The Supplication For When Things Become Difficult For A Person

From Anas that The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

‘O Allaah there is nothing that is easy except that You made it easy, and You can make this difficulty easy if You so wish to’

(Allaahumma la sahala illa ma ja’alta sahlan wa anta taj’all al-huzna itha shitta sahlan)

اللهم لا سهلَ إلا ما جعلتَه سهلاً وأنتَ تجعلُ الحزنَ إذا شئتَ سهلاََ

Collected by Ibn Hibban in ‘Saheeh’, Ibn Sunni and ad-Deeya in ‘al-Mukhtar’ and shaykh Albani declared it Saheeh upon the conditions of Muslim.

[Taken from ‘Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheehah’ vol.6 hadeeth no. 2886 p.902]


MUST READ | Ibn Qayyim: If you want to benefit from the Qur’an, you must concentrate and devote your heart..

Ibn Al-Qayyim Rahimahullaah:

If you want to benefit from the Qur’an, you must concentrate and devote your heart solely when reciting and listening to it. You must pay attention and try to comprehend the fact that what you are reading is the word of Allaah. As you read, you must know that Allaah is addressing you in and through this Qur’an. Indeed, it is the words of Allaah to you through the tongue of His Messenger. Allaah says:

“Verily, therein is indeed a reminder for him who has a heart or gives ear while he is heedful.”. (50:37)

[Al-Fawaa’I’d, Page 17]

What would he do about the frequent thoughts which (he thinks) do not please Allaahu Ta’aalaa – Shaykh Saleh al-Fawzaan

The questioner asks:

My thoughts often come to me in the things that are displeasing to Allaah and i always reproach myself from these thoughts and i say to myself this is from shaytaan, are the mankind accountable with it?

Shaykh Saleh Fawzaan says:

No, mankind is not accountable with it, (the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said) “My nation is forgiven for their mistakes and forgetfulness and the things that occur in their minds which they do not talk about or do” your state of hating to talk about it and stating it, this is a sign of faith and you should seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of shaytaan the accursed and you also have to reject those thoughts and avoid its interaction….Yes

Translated by: Umm Abdulazeez

Don’t Be Sure That Your Actions Are Accepted – Shaykh Abdur Razzaaq Ibn Abdil-Muhsin al-Badr

The noble Shaykh Abdur Razzaaq Ibn Abdil-Muhsin al-Badr (may Allaah preserve them both) stated:

“It is befitting that we make note that the Muslim has no way of being sure that his actions are accepted no matter how well or good he has done in performing the action. Allaah has mentioned, clarifying the state and affair of the complete believers during the performance of actions by which they seek nearness to Allaah from the acts of obedience:

“And those who give that which they give with their hearts full of fear because they are sure they are to return to their Lord.” (Soorah Mu-minoon: 60)

This means that they give from themselves that which they are commanded with from the acts of worship from Salaah, Zakaah, Hajj, Siyaam (Fasting) and other than that. They are in fear that their actions will not save them or that their acts of worship will not be accepted when their actions are being presented to Allaah and they have to stand in front of Allaah. Imaam Ahmad mentions in his Musnad on the authority of The Mother of The Believers Aaishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) stated:

“I said: Oh Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) Allaah has said:

“And those who give that which they give with their hearts full of fear because they are sure they are to return to their Lord.” (Soorah Mu-minoon: 60)

Is it the man who commits Zinaa (fornication/adultery) and consumes intoxicants? He (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: No oh daughter of Abee Bakr/ No oh daughter of as-Siddeeq. However he is the man who fast, prays and gives charity and yet he fears that it wont be accepted from him.”

Taken from Duroos Aqeedah Mustafaadah Min Hajj by Shaykh Abdur Razzaaq Ibn Abdil-Muhsin al-Badr (may Allaah preserve them both) pg. 114, Translated by Abu Yusuf Khaleefah Brooklyn NYC
7th Night of Dhul-Hijjah 1432/ November 2nd 2011

Source : Abu Yusuf Khaleefah’s Site

LEARN THIS DU’AA- “Whoever recites it three times in the morning will not be afflicted by any calamity…

“Whoever recites it three times in the morning will not be afflicted by any calamity before evening, and whoever recites it three times in the evening will not be overtaken by any calamity before morning.”

“بِسْمِ اللهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ”.

Bismillaahil-lathee laa yadhurru ma’as-mihi shay’un fil-‘ardhi wa laa fis-samaa’i wa Huwas-Samee ‘ul- ‘Aleem .

In the Name of Allah, Who with His Name nothing can cause harm in the earth nor in the heavens, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.

Abu Dawud 4/323, At-Tirmithi 5/465, Ibn Majah 2/332, Ahmad. Ibn Majah’s chain of transmission is good (Hasan), Ibn Baz, p. 39.

MUST READ- What the scholars say about the student of knowledge memorising the Qur’aan!

The noble scholar Shaikh Ibn Taymiyyah:

“As for seeking to memorize the Qur’an then this is to be given preference over many of the things that the people consider to be knowledge, but are -in reality – either totally useless, or having little benefit. It is also to be given precedence in learning especially by those who wish to acquire knowledge of the Deen, its principles and its particulars. Since what is prescribed for such a person at this time is that he should begin by memorizing the Qur’aan, as it is the foundation of the branches of knowledge of the deen. This is contrary to what is done by many of the people on innovation, in that one of them will preoccupy himself with superfluous parts of knowledge; such as kalaam (rhetorical speech) and argumentation; or very rare matters of differences; and blind following, which there is no need for; or very strange and rare ahaadeeth which are not established, nor of benefit; and many discussions do not establish proofs. And he abandons memorizing the Qur’aan which is more important than all of this.”

Fataawaa al-Kubra (2/54-55).

The noble scholar Shaikh Muhamamd Ibn Saalih Al-Uthaymeen said in the Book of Knowledge:

-May Allah have mercy upon Him-

“The Noble Qur’aan: It is indeed obligatory upon the student of knowledge to be keen on it, by reciting it and memorising it and understanding it and acting upon it, for the Qur’aan is Allah’s strong rope, and it is the foundation of all sciences, and the Salaf used to be completely keen on the Qur’aan; it is mentioned about them some strange thing about their keenness on the Qur’aan; you will find one of them memorise the (whole)Qur’aan and he is seven years of age and some of them memorised the Quran in less than a month and in this is proof of the keenness of the Salaf –may Allah be pleased with them- on the Qur’aan.

So it is obligatory upon the student of knowledge to be keen on it (the Qur’aan) and memorising it upon one of the teachers, because the Qur’aan is taken by the way of التلقي (Meaning not self taught; learning directly from a teacher; the student recites to the teacher and the teacher corrects the student’s mistakes.)

And from (the matters) (one) is saddened for is that you will find some of the students of knowledge do not memorise the Qur’aan, actually some of them do not even recite the Qur’aan well, and this is a big defect in the method of seeking knowledge.

For this reason I repeat that it is obligatory upon the student of knowledge to be keen on memorising the Quran and acting upon it and calling to it and understanding it according to the understanding of the pious predecessors.”
The noble Mufti of Saudi Arabia Shaikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Aalish Shaikh
Translator: Abu ‘Abdis Salaam Siddiq Al Juyaanee

Q: How can we combine between memorizing the Noble Qur’an and seeking knowledge?

A: Start with the Qur’an, reading it and perfecting its recitation. If you accomplish
this –may Allah aid you in seeking knowledge- this is a great bounty from Allah upon
you. The Qur’an will be ease for the one who (sincerely) wants it, for verily, Allah
the Most High says,

وََلَقدْ يَسَّرْنَا الُقرْآ َ ن للذِّكِْر َفهَلْ مِنْ مُدَّكٍِر

“And We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember,
then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)?” [Al-Qamar: 17]

The Qur’an is the key to every (Islaamic) science. Your perfection of its recitation
and memorizing it will open up for you areas of knowledge that only Allah knows
(best to what extent will benefit you).

The noble Scholar Shaikh Al-albaani said:

The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said:

“The Best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it”

The Scholar Al-Baani (may Allah have mercy upon him said)

And in this Hadeeth is: a direction into learning The Quran, and that the best knowledge that a person can learn is learning the Quran.

So how wishful it is that the students of knowledge would realize that. Because in it, is great benefit.

And fom the calamities that have hit our era is that you find many of the callers or the beginners amongst the students of knowledge going into giving fatwa’s (Islamic verdicts) and answering questions of people; while he hasn’t even made good his recitation of Suratul Faatiha from its proper recitation…’

Up to where he said..
‘ advice to myself and then to them is that; the best of what a student of knowledge begins on is memorising The Quran’

Abu Umamah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
اقْرَءُوا الْقُرْآنَ فَإِنَّهُ يَأْتِي يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ شَفِيعًا لِأَصْحَابِهِ
Recite the Quran, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for its reciters.
Source: Sahih Muslim

Aisha reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
مَثَلُ الَّذِي يَقْرَأُ الْقُرْآنَ وَهُوَ حَافِظٌ لَهُ مَعَ السَّفَرَةِ الْكِرَامِ الْبَرَرَةِ وَمَثَلُ الَّذِي يَقْرَأُ وَهُوَ يَتَعَاهَدُهُ وَهُوَ عَلَيْهِ شَدِيدٌ فَلَهُ أَجْرَانِ
The example of those who recite the Quran and memorize it is that of one who is with the ‘righteous and noble scribes’ (80:15); and the example of one who recites the Quran with great difficulty is that of one who receives a double reward.
Source: Sahih Bukhari

Abu Musa Al-Ashari reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
مَثَلُ الَّذِي يَقْرَأُ الْقُرْآنَ كَالْأُتْرُجَّةِ طَعْمُهَا طَيِّبٌ وَرِيحُهَا طَيِّبٌ وَالَّذِي لَا يَقْرَأُ الْقُرْآنَ كَالتَّمْرَةِ طَعْمُهَا طَيِّبٌ وَلَا رِيحَ لَهَا وَمَثَلُ الْفَاجِرِ الَّذِي يَقْرَأُ الْقُرْآنَ كَمَثَلِ الرَّيْحَانَةِ رِيحُهَا طَيِّبٌ وَطَعْمُهَا مُرٌّ وَمَثَلُ الْفَاجِرِ الَّذِي لَا يَقْرَأُ الْقُرْآنَ كَمَثَلِ الْحَنْظَلَةِ طَعْمُهَا مُرٌّ وَلَا رِيحَ لَهَا
The example of a believer who recites the Quran is that of a citrus fruit which tastes good and smells good; and one who does not recite the Quran is like a date which tastes good but has no smell. The example of a wicked person who recites the Quran is that of basil which smells good but tastes bitter; and a wicked person who does not recite the Quran is that of a vine which tastes bitter and has no smell.
Source: Sahih Bukhari

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
إِنَّ الَّذِي لَيْسَ فِي جَوْفِهِ شَيْءٌ مِنْ الْقُرْآنِ كَالْبَيْتِ الْخَرِبِ
Verily, one who does not memorize anything from the Quran is like a ruined house.
Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi / Grade: Sahih

Beautiful!!- Instead ask One who has ordered you to ask Him…

Asking Allaah expresses servitude of a profound nature because in doing so, one displays his need of Him and acknowledges His ability of answering that need. To ask a created object is oppressive because that object is unable to produce good for itself, or repress harm from itself, let alone do so for another!To ask of it is to put something that is unable in the place of One who is able.

The meaning is testified to by the hadith in Sahih Muslim on the authority of Abu Dharr that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said (Allaah says:), “My servants! If the first and last of you, the man and jinn of you, stood in one plain and asked of Me, and I grant every one his request, it would not decrease what is with Me except as a needle decreases the (volume) of an ocean when dipped in it” (Muslim)

Tirmidhee and others record an additional wording “…and that is because I am Generous, Rich beyond need, Glorious. I do what I wish. My gift is a word and My punishment is a word. When I wish a thing to be, I only say, ‘Be!’ and it is.” (Tirmidhee graded Hasan)

So how can one who is needy and incapable be asked yet the One who is rich and able be left?! This is truely astonishing!

One of the Salaf said, ‘I am ashamed to ask Allaah for anything of this world even though He owns it, so how can I possibly ask someone who does not own it?! ‘ i.e an object of creation.

One of the Salaf came upon difficult times and decided to ask one of his brothers for help. He saw a person in a dream saying,

Is it acceptable for one who is free,

When he finds all he wants with Allaah,

To incline his heart towards the servant?

He awoke to find that he was, amongst people, the most content of heart.

One of the Salaf said, ‘I read the following in one of the heavenly scriptures:

“Allaah, Mighty and Magnificent, says, ‘Is someone other than Me hoped for during adversity?! Adversity is in my hand and I am the Ever-Living, the Self-Sustaining. Someone other than Me is hoped for and his door is knocked on in the early hours?! In My hands are the keys to all treasures and My door is open to whoever invokes Me! Who can say that he placed his hope in Me during hardship yet I cut him off? Who can say that he placed his hope in Me during adversity and I cut short his hope? Who can say that he knocked on My door and I did not open it for him? I am the source of hopes, so how can hopes be severed before Me? Am I a miser such that the servant finds me niggardly? Is not the world, the Hereafter, kindness and grace entirely with Me? What prevents the hopers from placing their hope in Me? Were I to gather the inhabitants of the heavens and earth and grant each and everyone of them what I grant all of them together, and were I to fulfil the hope of each one of them, My dominion would not be decreased an atoms weight! How can a dominion decrease, the sustainer of which is Me? Wretched is the state of those who disobey Me and boldly encroach My proscriptions!” ‘

Allaah loves to be asked and is angry at someone who does not ask Him. He wants His servants to desire Him, to ask Him, to invoke Him and show their need of Him.

He loves those who are earnest and persistent in supplication. Creation generally hates being asked because it is in need and incapable.

Ibn al-Sammak said, ‘Ask not one who will run away from you rather than listen to your request, instead ask One who has ordered you to ask Him.‘

Abu’l- Ataiyyah said,

Allaah is angry if you leave asking Him

The child of Adam is angry when you ask Him

Direct your request to Allaah since

In our Lords blessings do we vacillate.

Yahya ibn Mu’adh would say, ‘O You who is angry at whoever does not ask of You, do not hold back from someone who does ask You!’

Allaah, Most High, requests His servants to ask of Him. Every night He calls out, ‘Is there one asking of Me that I may give im? Is there one invoking Me that I may respond?’ (-Bukhari & Muslim)

Allaah, The Most High says,

وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِى عَنِّى فَإِنِّى قَرِيبٌ‌ۖ أُجِيبُ دَعۡوَةَ ٱلدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ‌ۖ
“If My servant asks you about Me, I am near. I answer the call of the caller when he calls on Me” (2:186)

Regardless of what time the servant supplicates to Him, he will find Him hearing, close and responsive; there will be no screen between the two and no sentry at the door. Were he to ask a created being, quickly would he find barriers erected, doors being closed and he will find it very difficult to reach the person most of the time.

~Ibn Rajab al Hanbali: Nuru’l l-Iqtibas fi Mishkat Wasiyyah al Nabi li’bn ‘Abbaas
The Legacy of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) Eng trans. pg. 76-79