In the Quran Surah Baqarah ayah 216 Allah says, “Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.”We must learn to embrace our reality and accept our fate. It can be difficult but we must not fall into the ‘woe is me’ mentality. Yes, there are real tragedies, hardships, and adversities but if you can take power into your hands by accepting responsibility it can help you take the first step forward. In this article you will find dua for difficult times , dua for sabr , dua when afflicted with difficulty , dua for anxiety , dua to safeguard from anxiety and depression and dua when distressed.
dua for difficult times
Take refuge and seek comfort in Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala with the following duas:
The first dua we’ll cover is straight from the Quran in Surah Anbiya where it gives some details about the story of Prophet Yunus.
Ayat 87 it says, “And [mention] the man of the fish, when he went off in anger and thought that We would not decree [anything] upon him. And he called out within the darknesses…
لَّآ إِلَٰهَ إِلَّآ أَنتَ سُبْحَٰنَكَ إِنِّى كُنتُ مِنَ ٱلظَّٰلِمِينَ
Transliteration: la ilaha illa anta subhanaka inneekuntu mina aththalimeen
Translation: There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.
dua for sabr
Dua For Sabr (Patience) #1 Surah Baqarah Ayat 250: In Arabic:
رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْراً وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانصُرْنَا عَلَى القَوْمِ الكَافِرِينَ
Transliteration: Rabbana afrigh AAalayna sabranwathabbit aqdamana wansurnaAAala alqawmi alkafireen
Sahih International Translation: “Our Lord, pour upon us patience and plant firmly our feet and give us victory over the disbelieving people.”
dua when afflicted with difficulty
أَنِّي مَسَّنِيَ الضُّرُّ وَأَنتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ
Annee massaniya addurru waanta arhamuarrahimeen
Indeed, adversity has touched me, and you are the Most Merciful of the merciful.
Surah Al-Anbiya – 21:83
لا إلهَ إلاّ اللّهُ وَاللّهُ أَكْبَـر، لا إلهَ إلاّ اللّهُ وحْـدَهُ , لا إلهَ إلاّ اللّهُ وحْـدَهُ لا شَريكَ لهُ، لا إلهَ إلاّ اللّهُ لهُ المُلكُ ولهُ الحَمْد، لا إلهَ إلاّ اللّهُ وَلا حَـوْلَ وَلا قُـوَّةَ إِلاّ بِالله.
Laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu wallaahu ‘Akbar, laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu wahdahu, laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata ‘illaa billaah
There is none worthy of worship but Allah, Allah is the Most Great. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, Who has no partner. There is none worthy of worship but Allah, His is the dominion and His is the praise. There is none worthy of worship but Allah, there is no power and no might but by Allah.
At-Tirmidhi: 3430, Ibn Majah: 3794
dua for anxiety
حَسْبِيَ اللَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ (سَبْعَ مَرَّاتٍ
Ḥasbiya Allāhu lā ilāha illā huwa ʿalayhi tawakkaltu wa-huwa rabbu al-ʿarshi al-ʿaẓīm.
Translation: Allah is enough for me. There is no true god but Him, in Him I put my trust, and He is the Lord of the Great Throne. (Repeat seven times.) [Abū Dāwūd]
This supplication appears in the Qur’an. Allah, the Almighty, says, If they turn away, say, “Allah is enough for me. There is no true god but Him, in Him I put my trust, and He is the Lord of the Great Throne.
This duʿāʾ is a reminder that everything in creation is under Allah’s control. Our belief in Him and His divine decree has the ability to soothe our hearts. Once we have put forth the effort for our desired results, we no longer have to worry. The outcome is in the Hands of the Lord of “the Great Throne” and the Throne is the greatest of all creations.
dua to safeguard from anxiety and depression
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْهَمِّ وَالْحُزْنِ وَالْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ وَالْبُخْلِ وَالْجُبْنِ وَضَلَعِ الدَّيْنِ وَغَلَبَةِ الرِّجَالِ
Allahumma inni a’udhu bika minal-hammi wal-Ḥuzni wal-’ajazi wal-kasli wal-bukhli wal-jubni wa ḍala’id-dayni wa ghalabatir-rijal.
“O Allah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being overpowered by men.” (Al-Bukhari)
This supplication is especially important during turbulent times of widespread economic instability, public health crises, and general apprehension about what the future holds. A believer can draw on their faith to prevent panic and maintain hope, finding solace in this prophetic prayer. He or she knows that whoever seeks refuge in Allah is safeguarded by the Most Merciful Protector and Wise Overseer.
dua when distressed
اللَّهُمَّ رَحْمَتَكَ أَرْجُو فَلَا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَا أَنْتَ
Allahumma rahmataka arju fala takilni ila nafsi tarfata ‘aynin wa aslih li sha’ni kullahu la ilaha ila anta
“O Allah, I hope for Your mercy. Do not leave me to myself even for a blink of an eye. Correct all of my affairs for me. There is none worthy of worship except You.”
This dua is one of the supplications of the distressed. The Prophet ﷺ advised his daughter, Fatima R.A to say it in the morning and evening.
You are asking Allah SWT not to leave you to yourself because when you put your trust in Him, your affairs will be okay. You may misjudge, be led by your desires, or lack wisdom, so you ask the One who constantly manages the affairs of the world not to leave you to yourself.
If you are in distress, you should be hopeful of Allah’s Mercy and expect that He will take care of all your problems. Knowing that in itself brings me relief immediately – what’s better than that?