Du’aa to keep safe from the punishment of Hell and from seeking destruction

اَللّٰهُمَّ إِنِّيْ أُنْزِلُ بِكَ حَاجَتِيْ، وَ إِنْ قَصَّرَ رَأْيِيْ وَ ضَعُفَ عَمَلِي افْتَقَرْتُ إِلىٰ رَحْمَتِكَ. فَأَسْأَلُكَ يَاقَاضِيَ الْأُمُوْرِ، وَيَا شَافِيَ الصُّدُوْرِ، كَمَا تُجِيْرُ بَيْنَ الْبُحُوْرِ، أَنْ تُجِيْرَنِيْ مِنْ عَذَابِ السَّعِيْرِ، وَمِنْ دَعْوَةِ الثُّبُوْرِ، وَمِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْقُبُوْرِـ

Allaahumma innii unzilu bika haajatii, wa in qassara ra’yii wa da’ufa ‘amalif-taqartu ilaa rahmatik(a). Fa as’aluka yaa Qaadiyal-‘umuur(i) wa yaa Shaafiyas-suduur(i), kamaa tujiiru baynal-buhuur(i), an tujiiranii min ‘adhaabis-sa’iir(i), wa min da’watith-thubuur(i), wa min fitnatil-qubuur.

[‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas. Sunan at-Tirmidhi #3341; Mu’jam al-Kabir (Tabarani) 10/284; Kanz al-‘Ummal #3608, 4988 – this du’aa is a part of one comprehensive du’aa that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said at the end of his nightly Tahajjud salaat]

O Allah, I place my needs before You. Although my thoughts are deficient and my actions weak and wanting, I am in need of Your mercy. So, O the One Who decides all affairs and O the One Who heals the hearts, just as You keep the oceans apart from each other, so keep me away from the punishment of Hell and from seeking destruction (in the Hereafter, due to agonies of Hell) and (protect me) from the tribulations of the grave.

Seeking destruction: This refers to this verse: “Pray not that day for one destruction, but pray for many destructions!” (Al-Furqan, 25:14). People will be seeking self-destruction as an escape from the agonies of Hell but they will not get it.

The Prophet ﷺ said this du’aa out of humbleness before Allah. No one should entertain any idea that prophets face questioning in the grave (Zamakhshari in Fayd al-Qadir).

(Source: Khalid Baig’s transliteration, translation and commentary of du’aa #141 from the Accepted Whispers: Munajat-e-Maqbul)

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