Du’aa at high and low points in life

duaa 113

Allaahumma innaka tasma’u kalaamii, wa taraa makaanii, wa ta’lamu sirrii wa ‘alaaniyatii, laa yakhfaa ‘alayka shay’um min amrii, wa anal-baa’isul-faqiir(u), al-mustaghiithul-mustajiir(u), al-wajilul-mushfiqul-muqirrul-mu’tarifu bidhambih(ii). As’aluka mas’alatal-miskiin(i), wa abtahilu ilaykab-tihaalal-mudhnibidh-dhaliil(i), wa ad’uuka du’aa’al-khaa’ifd-dariir(i), wa du’aa’a man khada’at laka raqabatuh(u), wa faadat laka ‘abratuh(u), wa dhalla laka jismuh(uu), wa raghima laka anfuh(u). Allaahumma laa taj’alnii bidu’aa’ika shaqiyya(n), wa kum bii Ra’uufan Rahiima(n), yaa Khayral-mas’uuliin(a), wa yaa Khayral-mu’tiin(a). Allaahumma ilayka ashkuu du’fa quwwatii, wa qillata hiilatii, wa hawaanii ‘alan-naas(i). Yaa Arhamar-raahimiina ilaa man takilunii? Ilaa ‘aduwwin yatahajjamunii, am ilaa qariibim mallakatuhuu amrii? In lam takun saakhitan ‘alayya fa laa ubaalii, ghayra anna ‘aafiyataka asa’u lii.

(composite: ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas and ‘Abdullah ibn Ja’far. Kanz al-‘Ummat #3614, 3613)

O Allah, You hear my speech and behold my situation. You know my secret and open matters. None of my affairs is concealed from You. And I am the miserable, needy, suppliant, succor-seeking, fearful and anxious person who confesses his sins. I beg of You – the begging of the destitute. I implore You – the imploring of an abased sinner. And I make du’aa to You – the du’aa of the fearful afflicted person, whose neck is bowed down before You, whose eyes pour out tears before You, whose body is humbled before You, and whose nose cleaves to the ground for You. O Allah, do not make me frustrated in my supplication to You. And be Compassionate and Merciful to me. O, the Best of those who are asked, and the Best of all who give. O Allah, I place my complaint before You for my weakness, lack of means, and my insignificance in the eyes of people. O the Most Merciful of those who show mercy, to whom will You entrust me? To an enemy who will oppress me or to the hands of a sympathetic friend whom You have entrusted my affair? (O Allah,) if You are not displeased with me then I do not care for such things. Still, Your protection will be the easier for me.

O Allah, You hear my speech… and the Best of all who give: The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallem) made this du’aa on the day of ‘Arafah during his last Hajj. At this time all of Arabia had come under the domination of Islam. About 124,000 companions performed Hajj with him.

O Allah, I place my complaint… Still, Your protection will be the easier for me: This du’aa was made on one of the saddest days in the life of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallem). It was June 619 CE when he visited Ta’if, a  hill station near Makkah. The pagans of Ta’if not only mocked his invitation to believe in the one true God, they also sent their urchins to throw stones at him until his shoes filled with blood. In great distress the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallem) turned to Allah with this du’aa. Slightly more than a decade later, the entire area came under the rule of Islam.

Thus, of the two du’aas that Munajat has put together here, one was said at the height of his worldly achievements; the other at one of the lowest points in his life. Yet they have exactly the same tone. The juxtaposition is extremely significant. It points out that in the best of times, just as in the worst of times, Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallem) was the same servant of Allah.

(Source: Khalid Baig’s translation and commentary of du’aa #112 from the Accepted Whispers: Munajat-e-Maqbul)

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