Dua For Stress [National Stress Awareness Day]

Dua For Stress [National Stress Awareness Day]

The first Wednesday of November is Stress Awareness Day. So I thought what better way to take part than make a post showing how to implement dua for stress relief.

Treating conditions like stress, depression, anxiety and panic attacks requires a combination of treatments. Mental, physical and spiritual factors all play a role.

This post is focusing on making dua for stress relief.

Tawakkul

Dua for stress
Tie your camel and rely upon Allah

Tawakkul (reliance on Allah) is a big aspect of Islam. However, one shouldn’t use tawakkul alone to get out of problems.

Anas bin Malik narrated that a man said:
“O Messenger of Allah! Shall I tie it and rely (upon Allah), or leave it loose and rely (upon Allah)?” He said: “Tie it and rely (upon Allah).” Jami` at-Tirmidhi

The context behind this hadith is that a man – an owner of a camel – asked Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) a question. The question was, should he tie his camel and rely upon Allah, or leave it loose and rely upon Allah?

What he was asking was, how much effort should we put into managing our affairs ourselves, when its Allah who oversees everything?

If the man were to use tawakkul alone, would his camel remain or run away?

The Prophet’s (ﷺ) response was, “tie your camel and rely upon Allah”.

The wisdom behind this hadith is that a Muslim should do everything they can to do what Allah expects them to do. Then you can say you’ve tied your camel, so to speak. You’ve done your part.

The next part is leaving the results of your efforts to Allah’s divine will. This is tying your camel and relying upon Allah.

Resources

If you’re facing stress at the moment, please do reach out to resources that can help you deal with it. Making dua for stress relief is one form of tying your camel but it shouldn’t necessarily be the only one.

I’ve listed some helpful resources below which you can reach out to.

Stress

Depression

Suicide Prevention

Depending on the severity of stress, medication and counselling may be needed to treat it. See your General Practitioner.

Dua For Stress And Depression

Dua for stress
Seek refuge with Allah from worry and grief

#1

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

Allahumma inni a’udhu bika minal-hammi wal-Huzni wal-‘ajazi wal-kasli wal-bukhli wa dala’id-dayni wa ghalabatir-rijal.

O Allah! 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 Anas bin Malik:
The Prophet (ﷺ) used to say, “O Allah! 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.” Sahih al-Bukhari

#2

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

La ilaha il-lallah Al-`Alimul-Halim. La-ilaha illallah Rabul- Arsh-al-Azim, La ilaha-il-lallah Rabus-Samawati Rab-ul-Ard; wa Rab-ul-Arsh Al- Karim.

None has the right to be worshiped but Allah, the Majestic, the Most Forbearing. None has the right to be worshiped but Allah, the Lord of the Tremendous Throne. None has the right to be worshiped but Allah, the Lord of the Heavens and the Lord of the Honourable Throne.

Narrated Ibn `Abbas:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) used to say at the time of difficulty, “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Majestic, the Most Forbearing. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Lord of the Tremendous Throne. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Lord of the Heavens and the Lord of the Honourable Throne.” Sahih al-Bukhari

Dua To Remove Fear

#1

.أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّةِ مِنْ غَضَبِهِ وَشَرِّ عِبَادِهِ وَمِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِينِ وَأَنْ يَحْضُرُونِ

Audhu bi kalimati’ llahi’t-tammati min ghadabihi wa iqabihi wa sharri ibadihi wa min hamazati’ sh-shayatin wa an yahdurun.

I seek refuge in Allah’s perfect words from His anger, the evil of His servants, the evil suggestions of the devils and their presence.

Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-‘As:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to teach them the following words in the case of alarm: I seek refuge in Allah’s perfect words from His anger, the evil of His servants, the evil suggestions of the devils and their presence. Abdullah ibn Amr used to teach them to those of his children who had reached puberty, and he wrote them down (on some material) and hung on the child who had not reached puberty. Sunan Abi Dawud

#2

.إِنَّ أَبَاكُمَا كَانَ يُعَوِّذُ بِهَا إِسْمَاعِيلَ وَإِسْحَاقَ، أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّةِ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْطَانٍ وَهَامَّةٍ، وَمِنْ كُلِّ عَيْنٍ لاَمَّةٍ

Audhu bi kalimati’ llahi’t-tammati min kulle shaitanin wa hammatin, wa min kulle ainin lammah.

O Allah! I seek Refuge with Your Perfect Words from every devil and from poisonous pests and from every evil, harmful, envious eye.

Narrated Ibn `Abbas:
The Prophet (ﷺ) used to seek Refuge with Allah for Al-Hasan and Al-Husain and say: “Your forefather (i.e. Abraham) used to seek Refuge with Allah for Ishmael and Isaac by reciting the following: ‘O Allah! I seek Refuge with Your Perfect Words from every devil and from poisonous pests and from every evil, harmful, envious eye.'” Sahih al-Bukhari

#3

.اللَّهُمَّ اكْفِنِيهِمْ بِمَا شِئْتَ

O Allah, save me from them and what they want to do.

Allahumma ikfinihim bima shi’ta.

Hadith from Sahih Muslim.

Dua To Ease Difficulties

Dua for stress
Seek refuge with Allah from the difficulties of severe calamities

#1

.رَبِّ إِنِّي لِمَا أَنزَلْتَ إِلَيَّ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَقِيرٌ

Rabbi ‘inni limaa ‘anzalta ‘ilayya min khairin-faqeer.

My Lord, indeed I am, for whatever good You would send down to me, in need.

So he watered [their flocks] for them; then he went back to the shade and said, “My Lord, indeed I am, for whatever good You would send down to me, in need.” Qur’an 28:24

#2

.اللهمَّ إنِّي أعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ جَهْدِ البَلاَءِ، وَدَرَكِ الشَّقَاءِ، وَسُوءِ القَضَاءِ، وَشَمَاتَةِ الأَعْدَاءِ

Allahumma inni a‛oodhu bika min jah-dil-bala’, wa darak-ish-shaqa’, wa soo’il-qaḍa’, wa shamata-til a‘da’.

O Allah I seek refuge with You from the difficulties of severe calamities, from having an evil end and a bad fate and from the malicious joy of my enemies.

Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Take refuge with Allah from the difficulties of severe calamities, from having an evil end and a bad fate and from the malicious joy of your enemies.” Sahih al-Bukhari

.يَا حَىُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ

#3

Ya Hayyu ya Qayyum, bi-rahmatika astaghith.

O Living, O Self-Sustaining Sustainer! In Your Mercy do I seek relief.

Anas bin Malik said:
“Whenever a matter would distress him, the Prophet (ﷺ) would say: ‘O Living, O Self-Sustaining Sustainer! In Your Mercy do I seek relief (Yā Ḥayyu yā Qayyūm, bi-raḥmatika astaghīth).’” And with this chain, that he said: “The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘Be constant with: “O Possessor of Majesty and Honor (Yā Dhal-Jalāli wal-Ikrām).’” Jami` at-Tirmidhi

#4

.اللَّهُمَّ رَحْمَتَكَ أَرْجُو فَلاَ تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ

Allahumma rahmataka arju fala takilni ila nafsi tarfata ‘aynin wa aslih li sha’ni kullahu la ilaha ila anta.

O Allah! Your mercy is what I hope for. Do not abandon me to myself for an instant, but put all my affairs in good order for me. There is no god but You.

Narrated AbuBakrah:
AbdurRahman ibn AbuBakrah said that he told his father: O my father! I hear you supplicating every morning: “O Allah! Grant me health in my body. O Allah! Grant me good hearing. O Allah! Grant me good eyesight. There is no god but Thou.” You repeat them three times in the morning and three times in the evening.

He said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) using these words as a supplication and I like to follow his practice.

The transmitter, Abbas, said in this version: And you say: “O Allah! I seek refuge in Thee from infidelity and poverty. O Allah! I seek refuge in Thee from punishment in the grave. There is no god but Thee”. You repeat them three times in the morning and three times in the evening, and use them as a supplication. I like to follow his practice.

He said: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: The supplications to be used by one who is distressed are: “O Allah! Thy mercy is what I hope for. Do not abandon me to myself for an instant, but put all my affairs in good order for me. There is no god but Thou.” Some transmitters added more than others. Sunan Abi Dawud

Final Thoughts

A positive way to look at stress is that its Allah’s way of expiating sins. Its Allah’s mercy for the believing Muslim, who remains patient during their hardship.

Abu Sa’id and Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“Never a believer is stricken with a discomfort, an illness, an anxiety, a grief or mental worry or even the pricking of a thorn but Allah will expiate his sins on account of his patience”. Riyad as-Salihin

Its better that we face punishment in this world rather than on the Day of Resurrection.

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “When Allah intends good for His slave, He punishes him in this world, but when He intends an evil for His slave, He does not hasten to take him to task but calls him to account on the Day of Resurrection.” Riyad as-Salihin

We always have a reason to say alhamdulillah, through good times and bad. How great is the mercy of Allah!

Suhaib reported that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said:
Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer for if he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks (God), thus there is a good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shows resignation (and endures it patiently), there is a good for him in it. Sahih Muslim

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