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Overcome Anxiety and Sorrow with These Prophetic Words

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Overcome Anxiety and Sorrow with These Prophetic Words



You are experiencing physical pain or fever.

Will you call the doctor; take an aspirin/ ibuprofen; or ignore it?

What about when you feel psychological pain or stress?

Will you call a psychotherapist; take a break, or ignore it?

Life is filled with ups and downs.

And it brings along a fair share of worries, anxiety, stress, sorrow and pain in different forms. It is only human to feel mental and emotional distress from time to time.

But, what better way to overcome your inner pain, anxiety and sorrow than calling on the Creator of your psyche and emotions using wordings from pure prophetic teachings?

A closer look at anxiety and sorrow

The Merriam Webster online dictionary defined anxiety {anx·i·ety \aŋ-ˈzī-ə-tē\} as ”painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an impending or anticipated ill”.

Sorrow {sor·row |\ˈsär-(ˌ)ō, ˈsȯr-\}is defined as ”deep distress, sadness, or regret especially for the loss of someone or something loved”.

A lesson from over one decade ago

Many years ago, we hosted a small group of children (under 10s) over the summer holidays.

They were mostly under my mum’s care as they were playmates to my young sister (who is currently nearing the end of her medical undergrad programme).

In addition to their regular playtime; they got some life skills training and motherly nurturing. But the greatest education they received were the prophetic supplications my mum taught them.

At that time, I didn’t even realise they were learning anything of such significance. So imagine the surprise I received a few years ago when I met one of our house-guests who was studying for her A-levels.

While catching up on the gaps of years past, we talked about life, deen, studies and her future goals. She had a big smile on her face while recollecting the supplications my mum taught them during the holidays. She went on to recite one smoothly from start to finish…

“O Allah,
I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow,
weakness and laziness,
miserliness and cowardice,
the burden of debts and
from being over powered by men.”

I was pleasantly surprised.

At that moment I learned about the power of learning what is beneficial when opportuned. Such as utilising your youth before old age and free time before busy time.

In recent years, the above supplication has become one of my favourites – as I recite and reflect on it in both in Arabic and English language.

The supplication helps to overcome anxiety and sorrow as the wordings eloquently show.

It is among the supplications contained in the popular book of supplications, Hisnul Muslim [popularly known as ‘Fortification of the Muslim’ or ‘Fortress of the Muslim’].

It is available online, but my personal preference is the hard copy – as it is handy and can fit well into the pocket or handbag.

There are two supplications listed under chapter 34, invocations for ‘anxiety and sorrow’.

The wordings provide inner relief and solace and the overall effect of calmness and peace.

Chapter 34 of Hisnul Muslim – For anxiety and sorrow (includes audio on website)

1. “O Allah, I am Your servant, son of Your servant, son of Your maidservant, 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 Quran the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety.” (Ahmad, and Al-Albani – Authentic)

اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّي عَبْـدُكَ ابْنُ عَبْـدِكَ ابْنُ أَمَتِـكَ نَاصِيَتِي بِيَـدِكَ، مَاضٍ فِيَّ حُكْمُكَ، عَدْلٌ فِيَّ قَضَاؤكَ أَسْأَلُـكَ بِكُلِّ اسْمٍ هُوَ لَكَ سَمَّـيْتَ بِهِ نَفْسَكَ أِوْ أَنْزَلْتَـهُ فِي كِتَابِكَ، أَوْ عَلَّمْـتَهُ أَحَداً مِنْ خَلْقِـكَ أَوِ اسْتَـأْثَرْتَ بِهِ فِي عِلْمِ الغَيْـبِ عِنْـدَكَ أَنْ تَجْـعَلَ القُرْآنَ رَبِيـعَ قَلْبِـي، وَنورَ صَـدْرِي وجَلَاءَ حُـزْنِي وذَهَابَ هَمِّـي

Allâhumma innî ‘abduka, ibnu ‘abdika, ibnu amatika. Nâsiyatî bi-yadika. Mâdin fiyya hukmuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadâ’uka. As’aluka bi-kulli smin huwa laka, sammayta bihi nafsaka, aw anzaltahu fî kitâbika, aw ‘allamtahu ahadan min khalqika, aw ista’tharta bihi fî ‘ilmi-l-ghaybi ‘indaka, an taj’ala-l-qur’âna rabî’a qalbî, wa nûra ssadrî, wa jalâ’a huznî, wa dhahâba hammî.


2. “O Allah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being over powered by men.” (Bukhari, Al-Asqalani)

اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّي أَعْوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الهَـمِّ وَ الْحُـزْنِ، والعًجْـزِ والكَسَلِ والبُخْـلِ والجُـبْنِ، وضَلْـعِ الـدَّيْنِ وغَلَبَـةِ الرِّجال

Allâhumma innî a’ûdhu bika mina-l-hammi wa-l-hazani, wa-l-‘ajzi wa-l-kasali, wa-l-bukhli wa-l-jubni, wa dala’i d-dayni wa ghalabati r-rijâl.

Make these words a part of your daily worship.

Memorise them both in Arabic and English language; teach others these special words; and internalise their meanings so they can be a form of healing for your mind, body and soul.

Make it a priority to overcome your anxiety and sorrow, learning these simple but rewarding words; one-word-at-a-time.

Take action!

”…and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so – for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.” (Al-Ahzab 33:35)

Sooooo… which of these words of remembrance do know already? And which will you commit to learning from today?



  1. Rukaiya May 9, 2016

    Alhamdulilah such comprehensive duas are very powerful in helping with the various forms of anxiety and stress we may face. Jazakaallahu khayran for the reminders will inshaaAllah recite them more frequently.

    1. Amina Edota May 9, 2016

      Wa iyyaki. They are free and effective stress busters indeed. I pray you are able to recite them more often ~ its life changing.

  2. Iman May 2, 2016

    That duaa is currently on a little card attached to my computer so I can recite it on a regular basis. I recently moved my desk to another room and have been meaning to develop a print that I can display on the wall so it is larger and translated so the kids learn it too. I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder 5 years ago and sometimes every day is a struggle. This dua is just so touching in so many ways – it encompasses absolutely everything and reminds us that comfort is found in the remembrance of Allah SWT. Thank you for the wonderful reminder x

  3. Myda Tahir May 2, 2016

    SubhanAllah, MAshaAllah, sis Amina,
    I have started learning it, Remember in Prayers.

    1. Amina Edota May 3, 2016

      Masha Allah, that’s very inspirational.

  4. Sainab May 1, 2016

    I love using the Hisnul Muslim, it’s always so useful!

    1. Amina Edota May 3, 2016

      It is indeed and so handy.

  5. Gemma Elizabeth April 30, 2016

    Subhanullah! This Prophetic supplication is one of those all-encompassing duaas. I’ve heard it many times before but your post has motivated me to commit it to memory. Jazakillahu khayrun.

  6. Rubina April 30, 2016

    These are so important to remember! We get so stressed out easily, when in fact Allah is the one in control of everything.

    1. Amina Edota April 30, 2016

      Indeed, Allah is in control of everything. We need to remember that always. Jazaakillah khayr for that reminder.

  7. Umme Hafsa April 28, 2016

    The duas you mentioned are soo beautiful. I remember whilst we we’re studying one of my teachers printed out both duas on a small card note – it was a really beautiful reminder 🙂

    1. Amina Edota April 30, 2016

      That’s a good way of keeping the reminders close and visual. I really should try that.

      1. Umme Hafsa May 2, 2016

        Yeah definitely give it a try, it’s really handy 🙂

  8. Jameela April 28, 2016

    Subhanallah, this dua that the young girl learnt is very important for everyone to learn. It covers 8 things that could cause us stress in one simple sentence. How grateful we are to Allah who has given us an easy way to deal with distress by relying on Him. Alhamdulillah. Thanks for the reminder. May Allah reward you.

    1. Amina Edota April 30, 2016

      Yes, you are right – its a simple distress formular from our Lord.

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