1. It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) used to say at times of distress:

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ الْعَظِيمُ الْحَلِيمُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ رَبُّ السَّمَوَاتِ وَرَبُّ الأَرْضِ وَرَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْكَرِيمِ ‏‏

“Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah al-‘Aḍheem al-Ḥaleem, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah Rabb al-‘Arsh al-‘Aḍheem, la ilaaha ill-Allaah Rabb us-samawaati wa Rabb ul-arḍ wa Rabb ul-‘Arsh il-Kareem

There is no Diety worthy of worship but Allaah, the Greatest, the Forbearing. There is no Diety worthy of wiorship but Allaah, Lord of the mighty Throne. There is no Diety worthy of worship but Allaah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth, and Lord of the noble Throne.”

[Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6345; Muslim, 2730.]

 

2. The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “The words of relief are:

لا إله إلا الله الحَلِيمُ الْكَرِيمُ ، لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ ، لَا إله إلا اللهُ رَبُّ السَّمَوَاتِ السَّبْعِ وَرَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْكَرِيم

Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah al-Ḥaleem al-Kareem, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah al-‘Aliyy al-al-‘Aḍheem, la ilaaha ill-Allaah Rabb us-samawaatis-sab’i wa Rabb ul-‘Arsh il-kareem

There is no Diety worthy of worship but Allaah, the Forbearing, the Generous. There is no Diety worthy of worship but Allaah, the Most High, the Greatest. There is no Diety worthy of worship but Allaah, Lord of the seven heavens, and Lord of the noble Throne.”

[Saheeh al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer wa Ziyaadatuhu, 4571]

 

3. The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Shall I not tell you of something that, if any worldly calamity or disaster befalls any man among you and he says these words, he will be relieved of it. (It is) the du’aa’ of Dhun-Noon:

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

“Laa ilaaha illaa Anta subhaanaka inni kuntu min al-zaalimeen

None has the right to be worshipped but You (O Allaah), Perfect (and Exalted) be You! Truly, I have been of the wrongdoers.”

According to another report: “No Muslim man says this du’aa’ concerning anything but Allaah will answer his prayer.”

[Ṣaḥeeḥ al-Jaami’ al-Ṣagheer wa Ziyaadatuhu, 2065]

4. The Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) said: “The du’aa’ of the person who is in distress is:

اَللّهُمَّ رَحْمَتَكَ أَرْجُو فَلا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ

 ‘Allaahumma raḥmataka arjoo fa laa takilnee ilaa nafeei ṭarfata ‘ayn, wa aṣliḥ lee sha’nee kullahu laa Ilaaha illa Anta

O Allaah, for Your mercy I hope, so do not leave me in charge of my affairs even for the blinking of an eye; rectify all my affairs. There is no Diety worthy of worship except You).’”

[Narrated by Abu Dawood, 5090; classed as ḥasan by al-Albaani in Ṣaḥiḥ Abi Dawood, 4246.] 

5. If some matter was troubling him, he (ﷺ) would say,

يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيث

Yaa Ḥayyu yaa Qayyoom bi raḥmatika astagheeth

O Ever-Living, O Sustainer, by Your mercy I seek Your help/relief.”

According to another report: “If some matter worried him or distressed him.”

[Ṣaḥeeḥ al-Jaami’ al-Ṣagheer, 4791]

6. The Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) said: to Asma’ bint ‘Umays, “Shall I not teach you some words which you can say at times of distress and hardship?

اللَّهُ رَبِّي لا أُشْرِكُ بِهِ شَيْئًا

‘Allaahu rabbee laa ushriku bihi shay’an
Allaah is my Lord, I do not associate anything with Him.’

[Narrated by Abu Dawood, 1525; classed as ṣaḥiḥ by al-Albaani in Ṣaḥeeḥ Abi Dawood, 1349]. 

According to a version narrated in al-Ṣaḥeeḥ al-Jaami’, “Whoever is afflicted by worry, distress, sickness or hardship, and says,

اللهُ رَبِّي لَا شَرِيكَ لَه

Allaahu Rabbee laa shareeka lah

“Allaah is my Lord, He has no partner or associate”, will be relieved of that.” 

7. It was reported from ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “No person suffers any anxiety or grief, and says:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِي عَبْدُكَ ابْنُ عَبْدِكَ ابْنُ أَمَتِكَ نَاصِيَتِي بِيَدِكَ , مَاضٍ فِيَّ حُكْمُكَ , عَدْلٌ فِيَّ قَضَاؤُكَ , أَسْأَلُكَ بِكُلِّ اسْمٍ هُوَ لَكَ سَمَّيْتَ بِهِ نَفْسَكَ أَوْ أَنْزَلْتَهُ فِي كِتَابِكَ , أَوْ عَلَّمْتَهُ أَحَدًا مِنْ خَلْقِكَ , أَوِ اسْتَأْثَرْتَ بِهِ فِي عِلْمِ الْغَيْبِ عِنْدَكَ , أَنْ تَجْعَلَ الْقُرْآنَ رَبِيعَ قَلْبِي , وَنُورَ صَدْرِي , وَجَلاءَ حُزْنِي وَذَهَابَ هَمِّي

O Allaah, I am Your slave, son of Your slave, son of Your female slave, my forelock is in Your hand. Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just. I ask You by every Name belonging to You which You named Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the unseen with You, that You make the Qur’aan the life of my heart and the light of my chest, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety

  • but Allaah will take away his sorrow and grief, and give him in their stead joy.”

[Narrated by Aḥmad (1/391), authenticated by al-Albaani in Kalim uṭ-Ṭayyib (pg. 72)]

The female should recite:

اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أَمَتُك بِنْتُ أَمَتِك

8. Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet (ﷺ) used to say,

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْهَمِّ وَالْحَزَنِ، وَالْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ، وَالْجُبْنِ وَالْبُخْلِ، وَضَلَعِ الدَّيْنِ، وَغَلَبَةِ الرِّجَالِ

Allaahumma innee a’oodhubika min al-hammi wal-ḥazn, wal-‘ajzi wal-kasl, wal-jubni wal-bukhl, wa ḍala`id-dayni wa ghalabatir-rijaal

“O Allaah! I seek refuge with You from worry and grief, from incapacity and laziness, from cowardice and miserliness, from being heavily in debt and from being overpowered by (other) men.

[Narrated by Bukhari (6369)]

 

9. The Messenger (ﷺ) instructed to seek refuge in the following:

 اللهمَّ إنِّي أعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ جَهْدِ الْبَلَاءِ، وَدَرَكِ الشَّقَاءِ، وَسُوءِ الْقَضَاءِ، وَشَمَاتَةِ الْأَعْدَاءِ

Allaahumma innee a’oodhubika min jahdil-balaa`, wa darkish-shaqaa`, wa soo`il qaḍaa`, wa shamaatatil-a’daa`

O Allaah I seek refuge in you from the trouble of affliction, meeting with wretchedness, an evil decree, and the gloating of enemies.”

[Narrated by Bukhari (6616) (6347) and Muslim (2707)]

 

10.

  1. A du’aa` for ease:

اللَّهُمَّ لاَ سَهْلَ إِلاَّ مَا جَعَلْتَهُ سَهْلاً، وَأَنْتَ تَجْعَلُ الْحَزْنَ إِذَا شِئْتَ سَهْلاً

Allaahumma laa sahla illaa maa ja’altahoo sahlaa, wa Anta taj’al ul-ḥazna idhaa shi`ta sahlaa

O Allaah, there is no ease other than what You make easy, and You make the difficulty easy if it be by Your Will.

[Narrated by ibn as-Sunni (351) and Ibn Ḥibbaan (974). Authenticated by ibn Ḥajr in Nataa`ij ul-Afkaar (4/119) and al-Albaani in Silsilat us-Ṣaḥeeḥah (970)]