Du’aa to make when faced with a decision

اَللّٰهُمَّ خِرْ لِيْ وَاخْتِر لِيْ ـ

Allaahumma khir lii wakh-tar lii. [Abu Bakr. Sunan at-Tirmidhi #3438]

O Allah, choose and select for me.

When a person is faced with a decision and there is no time for Istikhaarah salaat, this du’aa can be said repeatedly instead.

(Source: Khalid Baig’s transliteration, translation and commentary of du’aa #132 from the Accepted Whispers: Munajat-e-Maqbul)

Du’aa for freedom from needing those of Allah Ta’aala’s creatures who do not need us

اَللّٰهُمَّ أَنْتَ السَّلَامُ وَ مِنْكَ السَّلَامُ وَأِلَيْكَ يَعُوْدُ السَّلَامُ، أَسْأَلُكَ يَا ذَا الْجَلَالِ وَالْأِكْرَامِ أَنْ تَسْتَجِيْبَ لَنَا دَعْوَتَنَا، وَأَنْ تُعْطِيَنَا رَغْبَتَنَا، وَ أَنْ تُغْنِيَنَا عَمَّنْ أَغْنَيْتَهُ عَنَّا مِنْ خَلْقِكَ ـ

Allaahumma antas-Salaamu wa minkas-salaamu wa ilayka ya’uudus-salaam(u), as’aluka yaa Dhal-jalaali wal-‘ikraami an tastajiiba lanaa da’watanaa, wa an tu’tiyanaa raghbatanaa, wa an tughniyanaa ‘amman aghnaytahuu ‘annaa min khaliqik. [Abu Sa’id al-Khudri. Majma’ az-Zawa’id #16998]

O Allah, Your name is as-Salaam (Giver of Peace); peace comes only from You and returns to You. I beg You, O the Majestic and Benevolent, that You accept our du’aas, grant us what we long for, and free us from needing those of Your creatures who do not need us.

free us from… who do not need us: This is an interdependent world. That makes communities, societies, and civilization itself possible. When two parties have mutual and roughly equal needs for each other, the result is an equitable exchange. On the other hand, one-sided dependence is the source of all exploitation. We seek Allah’s help in getting out of it and we must do all we can to end such a relationship.

(Source: Khalid Baig’s transliteration, translation and commentary of du’aa #131 from the Accepted Whispers: Munajat-e-Maqbul)

Du’aa for a surprise blessing and protection from sudden misfortune

اَللّٰهُمَّ أِنِّيْ أَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فُجَاءَةِ الْخَيْرِ، وَأَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْ فُجَاءَةِ الشَّرِّ ـ

Allaahumma inii as’aluka min fujaa’atil-khayr(i), wa a’uudhu bika min fujaa’atish-sharr. [Anas ibn Malik. ‘Amal al-Yawm wal-Laylah (Ibn as-Sunni) #39]

O Allah, I beg you for a surprise blessing and seek Your protection from a sudden misfortune.

We do not know what a new day brings with it. So we should be making this du’aa every morning and evening, as was the practice of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallem). He said that anyone who makes this du’aa every morning and evening will be saved from sudden calamities during that day or night.

(Source: Khalid Baig’s transliteration, translation and commentary of du’aa #130 from the Accepted Whispers: Munajat-e-Maqbul)