Personal Changes to Prayers in the Qur’an and Hadith

Question: Is it possible to shorten or change prayers (du’a) that come in the Qur’an and Hadith?


Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

Yes, it is perfectly fine to do that. One is not changing the Qur’an or the Hadith. One is merely saying a prayer (du’a) that is like one that comes in the Qur’an or the Hadith.

It is also important to note that prayer (du’a) is generally recommended, and one does not have to limit oneself to the prayers that come in the Qur’an and Hadith.

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I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years, he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language.

Ramadan Guide For Menstruating Women

Although we all know that it’s really the inward that matters, sometimes the outward helps us get there. But when we lose certain acts of worship in Ramadan, it doesn’t mean we have to lose out. Here is a handy resource list for menstruating women to get the best out of Ramadan.

The Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, said about menstruation, “Verily this is a matter Allah has written upon the girls of Prophet Adam [peace be upon him].” [Bukhari] Those who claim that menstruation is like a punishment because one cannot perform acts of worship are severely mistaken. On the contrary, there are many forms of worship that a woman can do while menstruating aside from what is legally prohibited.

Allah says in the Qur’an, “He who obeys Allah and His messenger, and fears Allah, and keeps duty [unto Him]: such indeed are the victorious.” [Qur’an 24:52] Allah Most High has commanded menstruating women and women in a state of lochia (post-natal bleeding) to refrain from the ritual prayer and ritual fasting. Thus, if a menstruating woman fulfills this command with the intention to submit to Allah’s order, she is actually worshiping Allah the entire time that she refrains from the ritual prayer and ritual fasting.

It has been said, “Her praying while pure is worship (ibada), and her refraining from prayer while menstruating is worship. All of it is worship.” Therefore, there’s nothing dreadful or awful about menstruation or lochia (post-natal bleeding), rather it is a person’s attitude towards it that matters.

Suggested Acts of Worship

  1. Listen to the Qur’an
  2. Make remembrance (Dhikr) of Allah. See: Selected Supplications.
  3. Send blessings on the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). See: Selected Prophetic Prayers for Spiritual, Physical and Emotional Wellbeing by Chaplain Ibrahim Long.
  4. Give generously in charity. See: How Much Should I Give In Charity?.
  5. Be kind to others, including spouses and family members. See: Prophetic Guidance: On Forbearance, Patience, and Kindness.
  6. Make Dua for the Umma. See: Remembering the Umma in Prayers.
  7. Make much repentance. See: Chapter on Repentance-Imam Nawawi.
  8. Feed fasting people. See: Feed the People – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said.
  9.  Carry out any righteous deed. See: Easy Good Deeds by Mufti Taqi Usmani.
  10. Gain Islamic knowledge. See: Nine On Demand Courses for Ramadan.
  11. Babysit to help mothers worship. See: Making the Prophet Real for Children.


Do People Who Commit Suicide Go To Hell Forever?


Assalamu alaikum,
If an extremely depressed person commits suicide, will he stay in hell forever,
or is there a chance of him being forgiven?

What can the relatives of the dead person do to help him?


Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Only Disbelief Leads To Hell Forever

No, suicide does not mean that a person will go to Hell forever. The only way to go to Hell forever is to commit an act of disbelief. One such act of disbelief would reject the ruling of impermissibility and claim that suicide is permissible in Islam. This is the narrations indicating permanence in the Hellfire for those who commit suicide are understood.

The Meaning of ‘Khulud’

Many narrations state that a person will abide in Hell, repeating the process of his suicide. The word “khalidan“ is used to indicate this. However, this word, on its own, only means a long time and not permanence. So, it does not mean that anyone who commits suicide will be in Hell forever. (Raghib, Mufradat Alfaz al Qur’an)

Suicide Can Be Forgiven

As for a believer, who believes it is impermissible, but due to mental health issues or being overwhelmed by pain and difficulties – such a person, we hope, will be forgiven. Two men from the same tribe as Abu Hurayra moved to Medina to be with the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Upon reaching there, they both got ill. One of them could not bear the agony, so he slit his forearms and killed himself.

His friend prayed for a year to see him in a dream, which he did. He was in a good state – in Paradise, it seems – but he had bandages on his arms. The friend asked him what Allah did with him, and he replied that Allah forgave him because he emigrated to Medina. However, he was told, “We won’t fix what you damaged,“ hence the bandages.

The companion mentioned this to the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), and he said, “O Allah, forgive his arms too.“ (Muslim) This is a moving hadith, and it brings hope for those whose loved ones died in such a way.

The relatives can do any good deed and ask Allah to give it to the deceased. Charity, dhikr, and the recitation of the Qur’an are all easy deeds one can benefit them with.

May Allah grant us all the best of ends.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History, he moved to Damascus in 2007, where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

Prayer on the Fifteenth Night of Shaban – Muwasala

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It is the practice of many of the pious people of the Ummah to recite Surah Ya Sin three times on the 15th night of Sha`ban.

The first time they read it with the intention of being blessed with a long life spent in obedience to Allah, the second time with the intention that calamities are diverted and the third time with the intention of not being in need of people and being blessed with a good ending.

After each reading of Surah Ya Sin they read the following supplication:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين

اللهم صل على سيدنا محمد و آله و صحبه و سلم

اللهم يا ذا المَنِّ ولا يُمَنُّ عَلَيْهِ يا ذا الجَلالِ والإكْرام ياذا الطَوْلِ والإنْعام لا إلهَ إلا أَنْتَ ظَهْرَ اللاَّجِينَ وجَارَ المُسْتَجِيرينَ وأَمَانَ الخائِفِينَ

اللهم إِنْ كُنْتَ كَتَبْتَنَا عِنْدَكَ أَشْقِياءَ أَوْ مَحْرومينَ أَوْ مَطْرودِينَ أَوْ مُقَتَّراً عَلَيْنَا في الرِّزْقِ فَامْحُ اللهم بِفَضْلِكَ شِقَاوَتَنا وحِرْمَانَنا وطَرْدَنا

وإِقْتَارَ أَرْزَاقَنَا وأَثْبِتْنَا عِنْدَكَ في أُمِّ الكِتابِ سُعَداءَ مَرْزوقينَ مُوَفَّقِينَ لِلْخَيْراتِ

فَإِنَّكَ قُلْتَ وقَوْلُكَ الحَقُّ في كِتابِكَ المُنْزَل على لِسَانِ نَبِيِّكَ المُرْسَل (يَمْحُو اللهُ ما يَشَاءُ وَيُثْبِتُ وعِنْدَهُ أُمُّ الكِتَابِ)

إلهَي بِالتَّجَلِّي الأَعْظَمِ في لَيْلَةِ النِّصْفِ مِنْ شَعَبانَ المُكَرَّمِ الَّتي يُفْرَقُ فِيها كُلُّ أَمْرٍ حَكِيمٍ وَيُبْرَمُ نَسَأَلُكَ أَنْ تَكْشِفَ عَنَّا مِنَ البَلاءِ ما نَعْلَمُ

وما لا نَعْلَمُ وما أَنْتَ بِهِ أَعْلَمُ إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الأَعَزُّ الأَكْرَمُ

وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Compassionate.All praise is due to Allah Lord of the Worlds.

O Allah, bestow peace and blessings upon our Master Muhammad and upon his Family and Companions.

O Allah, the Bestower of favours. No one has favour over You. O Possessor of Majesty and Nobility, the One Who constantly bestows His bounties. There is no god but You, the One who grants safety and refuge to those that seek it and to those in fear.

O Allah, if You have recorded us as being wretched, deprived, cast out or if You have recorded that our provision be restricted then erase this by Your bounty. Instead record us in “the Mother of the Book” as being felicitous, as having plentiful provision and grant us the ability to do good works. Truly You have said, and Your word is true, in Your revealed Book, on the tongue of Your Prophet: Allah erases and confirms what He wishes and with Him is the Mother of the Book.1

O Allah, through Your most mighty manifestation on the fifteenth night of Sha`ban the Ennobled, in which every decreed affair becomes distinct and unchangeable, we ask You to remove all tribulations, those that we know and those that we do not know and those about which You know more, truly You are the Most Mighty, the Most Generous.

O Allah, bestow peace and blessings upon our Master Muhammad and upon his Family and Companions.

Resources for Seekers:
The Fifteenth Night of Shaban – Muwasala
Merits of Sha’ban – Muwasala
The Blessings of the Night of Mid-Sha’ban | Nur Sacred Sciences
It is Recommended to Perform Extra Worship on the Night of the 15th of Sha’ban?

Can I Make Dhikr While Doing Some Other Task?

Can I make dhikr while doing some other task?
Dear questioner,
May Allah bless you and increase you in good.
In short, you are allowed to do dhikr of Allah all the time.
Remembrance of Allah
There are many virtues about remembering Allah that is worth mentioning here. Among them are the following;
Aisha (Allah be pleased with her) narrated that, “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) used to remember Allah in all of his affairs.” [Tirmidhi]
Allah says in the Quran, “O you who believe, remember God with frequent remembrance.”
[Qur’an 33:41]
“Remember Me, and I will remember you” [Qur’an 2: 152]
Adab While Performing Dhikr
You must have respect and adab (etiquette) while you are remembering Allah.
Among them are
(1.) Magnifying the greatness of Allah in your heart.
(2.) Not joking or laughing while doing dhikr.
(3.) Having tranquility and being serene
(4.) Intending to draw near to Allah and pleasing Him, and much more.
In general, try to perform dhikr as much as you can. This is also done by pondering and reflecting and while walking or standing.
This ayah perfectly explains that “Those who remember Allah while standing, sitting and lying on their sides, and ponder over the creation of the heavens and the earth, saying ‘Our Lord! You have not created (all) this in vain! Glory be to you! Save us then from the torment of the Fire.'” [Qur’an; 3:191]
May Allah bless you and raise your status among those who remember Him often.
Allah knows best
[Imam] Yama Niazi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Does Allah Express His Displeasure By Not Answering My Du’a?

Question: I feel Allah Most High isn’t pleased with me because I am not getting what I hoped for from my du’a and my prayers. What should I do?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate,


Intentions In Acts Of Worship

Acts of worship, such as supplicating (du’a) and praying, have a specific effect on the heart. However, the effect of the heart is not what one should seek by doing the act. One should only seek the pleasure of Allah Most High in all they do.

If one sincerely seeks Allah’s pleasure, generally, but not always, Allah Most High will cause an effect in their heart. Even then, one’s not experiencing such an effect is not a sign of Allah’s displeasure. It may be a test of sincerity; will you continue to worship Allah or beseech Him – even if you do not get anything out of it?


The Acceptance Of Supplication

Allah Most High says, “Your Lord says, ‘Call on Me, and I will answer you; those who are too proud to serve Me will enter Hell humiliated.” [Qur’an; 40:60]

Allah has promised to answer supplications. However, there are two factors that must be understood. The first is that there are etiquettes in supplicating to Allah. The second is that there are conditions for supplications to be accepted.

(1) Etiquettes Of Supplication

Imam Nawawi quotes from Imam Ghazali (Allah have mercy on them both) ten etiquettes for supplication. They are as follows:

(1) To seeking out auspicious times, such as Jumu’a, the final portion of the night, the Day of ‘Arafa, etc…
(2) To seek out noble states, such as when prostrating, when the call to prayer is called, when rain falls, etc…
(3) To face the Qibla, raise the hands, and to wipe the face with the hands after the supplication
(4) To keep one’s voice at a moderate volume
(5) To not force eloquence. It is advised that one supplicate from their heart, in their own language, and not to only rely on memorized supplications
(6) To be humble, in awe, and in sincere devotion
(7) To be resolute in one’s beseeching and to be certain of Allah’s answering.
(8) To be persistent in supplicating and not to deem the response to be too slow.
(9) To commence the supplication by praising Allah and sending prayers on the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace); likewise one should finish the supplication in the same way.
(10) To repent and to right one’s previous transgressions. The is the most important.
[Nawawi, Kitab al-Adhkar]


(2) Conditions Of Acceptance Of Supplications

Some of the conditions for one’s supplications to be accepted are as follows:

(1) Eating lawful food/drink
(2) Sincerity
(3) The thing being asked must not entail sin


How Supplications Are Accepted

One should not doubt whether their supplications are accepted or not. One should take the means explained above to make their supplication as best as they can and to be certain, thereafter, of acceptance.

Acceptance, however, does not necessarily mean that one gets exactly what they asked for immediately.

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “There is no Muslim on the Earth who makes a supplication to Allah except that Allah gives them exactly that or averts from them some evil the like of it as long as they do not ask for something sinful or the severing of family ties.” A person from the people then said, “In that case, we shall make many supplications.” He (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Allah has much more to give.” [Tirmidhi]

In another narration, the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) added, “…or Allah will reserve the equivalent reward for them in the Hereafter.” [Hakim]

Likewise, Allah Most High may delay the granting of your supplication to a later time.


Do Not Be Hasty
The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Each of your supplications is accepted as long as they are not hasty. Thus they say, ‘I have supplicated and no answer has come.'” [Bukhari]


Good Opinions Of Allah Most High

Allah Most High says, “If My slave asks you about Me then I am near…” [Qur’an; 2:86]

The fact that you find yourself concerned with your relationship with Allah and that you are asking about Him means that He is near to you. These are signs of Allah’s love and Divine concern for you.

Have a good opinion of Allah Most High. He intends good for you.

Allah Most High says, “He wishes to make His laws clear to you and guide you to the righteous ways of those who went before you. He wishes to turn towards you in mercy- He is all-knowing, all wise-He wishes to turn towards you, but those who follow their lusts want you to go far astray. [Qur’an; 4:26-7]

Please see:

I hope this helps,
Allah knows best.
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a graduate from Tarim; a student of Habib Umar and other luminaries; and authorized teachers of the Qur’an and the Islamic sciences

Asking From God – The Art of Supplication: A Comprehensive Reader

A Comprehensive Guide to Supplication (Dua)

In the Name of Allah, the Encompassingly Merciful, the Particularly Merciful. All praise belongs to Allah. May the best of blessings and most perfect of peace be upon our master Muhammad, and upon his followers, his companions, and all those guided by his teachings.


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The essence of asking from Allah Most High is calling upon Him in awe, need, love, and reliance. Allah Most High said, “I am near – I answer the call of the one who calls upon me.” (Qur’an, 2:186)

Supplication is an act of worship. When you engage in supplication, you are not only asking Allah Most High to help you or to fulfill your needs, but you are also busy in worshipping Him.

This is a comprehensive guide for supplication (dua) and supplication-related questions, such as the correct etiquette in asking from Allah and supplications for specific events. 


SeekerGuidance Articles on Supplication (Dua)

  1. Dua for Hope: What We Should Say When We Feel Despair
  2. Ramadan Mubarak: The Prophet’s Dua When the New Moon is Sighted
  3. What Dua To Recite When Sick, from Habib Muhammad bin Ali al-Junayd
  4. The Powerful Dua of a Parent
  5. Mercy Expressed in Active Concern: Remembering the Muslim Umma in One’s Prayers (dua) – Ma`ruf al-Karkhi
  6. Dua before reciting Qur’an – Qari Ismet
  7. Brief Prophetic Supplication (dua) for Difficulties
  8. Powerful Duas from Habib Umar – Taleef Collective
  9. Collection of Duas for the Oppressed
  10. Nasiri Dua: So Powerful, Rulers Would Ban It From Mosques
  11. Make Du’a or Leave It To Allah?
  12. Is Making Du’a from Contentment Or Resentment?
  13. The Do’s and Don’ts Of Du’a
  14. The Art of Asking for High Matters
  15. Certainty In Divine Response
  16. Watch Your Tongue When Speaking to The One
  17. Raise Your Hands to the Sky When Asking The Most High
  18. Let Praise Precede Your Asking of Needs
  19. Be Mindful Of God, He Will Be Mindful Of You
  20. Call On Allah By His Beautiful Names
  21. Beloved Calls: Making Du’a Like The Prophets of Allah
  22. Leave All Rhyme and Ask For The Sublime 
  23. How To Ask From Allah
  24. Loving The Beloved Messenger (peace be upon him)
  25. Three Manners of Supplication
  26. Begin With Yourself & Say Ameen
  27. Consistency, Praise, and Choosing Blessed Days
  28. The Times and Places of Du’a
  29. The Chosen Times Of Du’a
  30. The Many States That Can Change Your Fate
  31. Are my prayers being answered?


SeekersGuidance Course on Supplication (Dua)

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  5. Are There Prohibited Duas?
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  10. Is Making Dua in My Heart Enough?
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  12. How Can I Make Dua Without Implying Discontent?
  13. Is Dua Sufficient for Me to Get Married to a Particular Person?
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  15. My Mother Makes Supplications Against Me. Will Her Duas Be Accepted?
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  17. Which Duas and Parts of the Qur’an Should be Read When Visiting a Graveyard?
  18. Invocation (Dhikr) and Supplication (Dua) After Prayer
  19. What is the Dua to Say When Looking at One’s Self in the Mirror?

Dealing With Tribulations: A Comprehensive Reader

An Islamic Guide to Dealing with Tribulations

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Do men think that they will be left alone because they say, we believe, and will not be tested with affliction?”  (Qur’an, 29:2)

Trials and tribulations are decreed by Allah Most High. While one may encounter many difficulties in life, Allah Most High has provided guidance and ease to overcome these trials. Am I being punished? Are there blessings within tribulations? Are there supplications for distress? How did the prophets cope with tests? This comprehensive guide covers commonly asked questions and will help those drowning in their tests.


Questions and Answers Relating to Tribulations

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Every difficulty and outward trial or oppression that we go through will be taken into account in the next life. Those with a lot of wealth will not be tried like those who had no wealth. Those with health will not be tried the same way as those stricken with extreme illness. Ustadh Mohammed Tayssir Safi reminds us that Allah Most High knows what He gives and to whom and He will not oppress anyone on the Day of Judgement.

Lost My Faith Due To Doubting About God And Holy Quran

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Articles Relating to Tribulations

The 17 Benefits of Tribulation
In this article, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani summarizes “The Benefits of Tribulation” by one of the great scholars of Islam: Sultan al-Ulema al-Izz ibn Abd al-Salam (Allah be well pleased with him). This discussion took place at the beginning of the pandemic as a reminder for all of us on the attitude we should embody in the face of hardships.
The following has been transcribed (and in parts, paraphrased) from this lecture. Shaykh Faraz describes the benefits and, in parts, weaves in his own experience.

Be Prepared: Understanding the Wisdom of Calamities

Our Only Concern is Reliance on Allah – Shaykha Ieasha Prime

Triumphant in Times of Tribulations by Following the Prophet

The Prophet’s Smile – “Around Us But Not on Top of Us”

The Believer, Futuwwa, & Times of Crisis – Shaykh Salman Younas

Seek Refuge in Allah from Anxiety and Grief – Shaykh Salek bin Siddina

Prophetic Guidance in Times of Tribulations – Muwasala

A Letter To A Friend During Difficult Times, by Mohammed Tayssir Safi

Gratitude is the Best Attitude – Friday Reminder with Shaykh Yusuf Weltch 

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Videos on Tests and Tribulations

Ramadan 2020 Reminders | Episode 4: Understanding Test and Tribulations – Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

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Daily Qur’an Reflections: (18) Successful Believers, Knowing the Prophet, Allah’s Generosity and Patience in Trials- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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Reminder on the Righteous Servants of Allah – Faraz Rabbani – YouTube

Contentment, Reliance on Allah, and Pure Intention – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad


Podcasts on Tests and Tribulations

Tests and Tribulations Are Blessings: The Divine Promise That We Will Be Tested, Explained- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani expounds on different verses of the Qur’an, relating to the Divine promise that all people will be tested – with life itself being nothing but a test. “We will certainly test you with some fear and poverty, and loss of property, life, and crops…” (Qur’an, 2:155). Shaykh Faraz advises that the best response to tribulations is remaining steadfastly patient (sabr). He notes that patience is not passiveness,  but rather, “Remaining firm on what is pleasing to Allah Most High.”

The Believer’s Response to Trials and Tribulations: Reflections on the Quebec Shootings, A Year Later- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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Istikhara, The Prayer of Seeking Guidance: The Ultimate Guide – A Reader

A Comprehensive Guide to Istikhara

The Prayer of Seeking Guidance

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Have you ever become exhausted in trying to make a decision? Needed trustworthy advice? Sought sincere guidance? Craved validation for your decision? The answer to these questions is another question: Who is more Superior than Al-Hadi – one of the 99 names of Allah Most High – meaning “He who guides and gives success”, to provide perfect Guidance? Istikhara is a prayer of seeking guidance from Allah Most High. And this is a comprehensive guide for Istikhara and Istikhara-related questions including guidance for marriage. 

Articles on Istikhara

The Reality of Istikhara

Questions and Answers Relating to Istikhara

  1. Istikhara Prayer for Marriage
  2. Istikhara: The Prayer of Seeking Guidance
  3. Understanding the Answer to My Istikhara
  4. Someone Else’s Istikhara Contrary to One’s Own Istikhara
  5. I prayed Istikhara and I am Still Unsure 
  6. Is It Permissible to Do Istikhara for Another Person?
  7. Should My Father Meet My Suitor Despite a Worrying Istikhara Prayer?
  8. Can I Perform the Prayer of Seeking Guidance (Salat Al-Istikhara) More Than Once?
  9. Can I Perform the Istikhara Prayer About a Matter Regarding Which I Have Already Performed It?
  10. Is It Permitted to Pray the Istikhara Prayer for Another?
  11. Following Istikhara in Pursuing Marriage
  12. Asking Someone to Make Istikhara On Your Behalf
  13. Did the Answer to My Istikhara Come in My Dreams?
  14. The Permissibility of Asking Another to Perform the Guidance Prayer (istikhara)
  15. Should I Accept a Proposal From My Relative Due To My Mother’s Death?
  16. Marrying Someone Older
  17. In Love

Podcast on Guidance

The Rahwa: Daily Guidance

 Triumphant in Times of Tribulations by Following the Prophet

Triumphant in the times of Tribulations by Following the Prophet

By Shaykh Faraz Khan


In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

In today’s age and time, we see many trials and tribulations all around the world. Perhaps, we feel that the most affected people from all these tribulations are from the Muslim community. Shaykh Faraz talks about how we can see the light in the midst of the darkness by following our beloved Prophet and his illuminated path (peace and blessings be upon him).

Tribulations in the Prophetic Life

Tribulation is what defines the context of Seerah. Our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) underwent the most difficult of trials. He was orphaned at birth, losing his father Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him). He lost his mother Aminah (may Allah be pleased with her) at the age of 6. Then, he lived under the care of his grandfather Abdul Mutalib whom he lost at the age of 8. Following this, he was brought under the care of Abu Talib and was brought up in his house.

He had seven children: Qasim, Zainab, Ruqaiya, Umm Kulthum, Fatima, Abdullah, Ibrahim (may Allah be pleased with them all). Of the seven children, he lost six of them in his life except for Fatima.

He was persecuted by his people, his own kinsmen, his own family. He was ridiculed and fought against, hostility was shown to him. All throughout the blessed Prophetic life, we find tribulation after tribulation. And when he was asked, what his most difficult time was? He referred to the year of sadness (Am al-Ḥuzn).


The Year of Sadness

The year in which our beloved Muhammad lost two of his loved ones: Abu Talib and Lady Khadija.

Abu Talib

A father figure to the Prophet but was also his means for the political protection in Mecca. Despite the hostility and ridicule directed against the Prophet, the Quraysh could not wage the war. They could not attack or threaten his blessed life while Abu Talib was alive. Because of the tribal system of the Quraysh and Abu Talib being the head of his clan, maintained that protection of him.

Lady Khadija

Lady Khadija (may Allah be pleased with her) is the beloved blessed wife, companion, best friend of the Prophet. She is the minister of truth, the genuine support for the Prophet. She is the one whom Allah Most High decreed that the Messenger of Allah would have most of his children. 

During their marriage, the revelation began and in the famous Hadith of the beginning of revelation, our mother Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) describes that when the Prophet came back from Hira after the first revelation and the encounter with Jibreel – Lady Khadija comforted him.


A Great Loss

After losing Abu Talib and Lady Khadija, the Prophet decided to make dawah to Tai’f, a place near Mecca. He preached and invited them to Islam. He was seeking support so that he can continue his preaching in Mecca. Perhaps they might afford him the political support now that Abu Talib passed.

But the leader of Tai’f mocked him, they were rude to him. Later, when the Prophet made dawah to the public of Tai’f, their leaders riled up the people to be hostile towards him and they got slaves and children to throw stones at him. This is the most intense tribulation for our Beloved Prophet.


Prophetic Light Tribulations

Supplication the of Prophet in Tai’f:

“O Allah! I complain to You of my weakness, my scarcity of resources, and the humiliation I have been subjected to by the people. O Most Merciful of those who are merciful. O Lord of the weak and my Lord too. To whom have you entrusted me? To a distant person who receives me with hostility? Or to an enemy to whom you have granted authority over my affair? So long as You are not angry with me, I do not care. Your Afiya is of more expansive relief to me. I seek refuge in the light of Your Face by which all darkness is dispelled and every affair of this world and the next is set right, lest Your anger or Your displeasure descends upon me. I desire Your pleasure and satisfaction until You are pleased. There is no power and no might except by You.”

This supplication teaches us his manifesting his servanthood to Allah, the Exalted. This was his concern: is this a manifestation that Allah is upset with me? Or is this simply a test? A test which is an expression of Allah’s love. Of course for the Prophet, everything was an expression of the intimate love of Allah for him.


Is Allah Upset With Me?

In facing hardship – we turn to Allah Most High in servitude and we ask Allah and ourselves: Is this a sign that Allah is upset with me? Or is this a raising of my ranks?

How do we answer these questions? By seeking forgiveness and asking ourselves: am I involved in something displeasing to Allah? Also, a way for us to have an indication of whether a test is an expression of Allah’s pleasure and love or His displeasure is how we respond during it? Do we have the patience, fortitude, and contentment with Allah Most High, and what He has decreed for us?

“Whoever relies on the beautiful choice of Allah for him, he will not desire anything other than what Allah chose for him” –Hussain ibn Ali

It is beautifully indicated by Shaykh Abdul Qadir Al-Jilani (may Allah be pleased with him) when he said: if a person has patience and is content with Allah’s decree then it’s a sign that the test is coming from Allah’s pleasure and love. But if a person is lacking patience and falling apart then it is a sign that the test is from the displeasure of Allah.

“Your afiya is of a more expansive relief to me”

In the above dua when the Prophet said: “Your afiya is of a more expansive relief to me”. It can be understood from another Hadith, where the Prophet said that the best thing to ask Allah for, after certitude is afiya; afiya encompasses all good in terms of one’s life and livelihood.

The Prophet’s light triumphs during tribulation because his light is a mirror and expression of the light of Allah Most High. Allah is the light and the source of all light in the heavens and the earth (Quran 24:35).


The Answer is Allah

The answer to the philosophical problem of evil and suffering is explicitly given in this dua because it is the light of Allah that removes all darknesses. In other words, if we recognize Allah is governing all of our tribulations and He is the owner and master of every moment of existence and Allah is the one who has decreed everything eternally, then the darknesses of our tribulations, trials, anxiety, depression and trauma are illuminated by Allah Himself.


Reliance on Allah

  “Your need for Allah is intrinsic to what you are, who you are? It never leaves us, and when tribulations occur they are but reminders of what we forget, that we need Allah in every moment” – Ibn Ata-Allah

Relying on Allah, the illuminator and the light of the heavens and earth lights up the darknesses. The darkness of our circumstance is illuminated when we express our absolute intrinsic need for Allah.

The light of the Prophet is at heart the most salient virtue of his life is his perfection of slavehood to Allah, the Exalted, and expressing his need to Allah.

“If one’s need for Allah is authentic and real then one’s enrichment through Allah will be authentic and real.” – Abu Bakr Al-Kittani 


Means for increasing contentment with Allah Most High

The beauty of the Prophet, his blessed light is a perfect reflection of Al-Fatiha itself which begins after the Basmala, all praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. Whatever our circumstances are, whether we are having the good times or the bad times, what should be reverberating and echoing in our hearts and on our tongues is all praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds.


About Shaykh Faraz Khan

Shaykh Faraz A. Khan has spent the last several years studying and teaching traditional Islamic sciences, with a focus on Hanafi jurisprudence, Hadith studies and methodology, theology, logic, and Arabic grammar.

In 2004 Shaykh Faraz moved to Amman, Jordan. Since then, he has been honored to sit at the feet of many eminent scholars. His teachers include Shaykh Ahmad al-Jammal, Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Ani (Allah have mercy on him), Shaykh Akram Abdul Wahhab, Dr. Ashraf Muneeb, Dr. Salah Abu ’l-Hajj, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Bilal Najjar, Shaykh Hamza al-Bakri, and Shaykh Naeem Abdul Wali.

Shaykh Faraz also translated and annotated the classical Hanafi primer Ascent to Felicity (Maraqi ‘l-Sa`adat) by Imam Shurunbulali [published by White Thread Press, 2010], which Shaykh Faraz Rabbani has described as “the best mid-sized manual of Hanafi fiqh available in English. Highly recommended.”