A sister asked me to post some duas for people who are going through tough times. The way things are going it seems that the majority of people fall in this category. In fact there is hardly anyone who is not influenced by the calamities and prevailing disorder across the globe. Allah has warned us in Surah Al-Baqarah
And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the ones who are patient. (155)
It means that the first thing we need is the right attitude. We should have faith that this life is not the real life but just a test in which we are either going to qualify for the eternal pleasure and rewards of Allah or His anger and punishment (and we seek refuge in Allah from it). So whoever recognizes the true worth of this world will not over react in times of difficulties because he knows it is not forever. Patience means that we are constantly seeking Allah’s mercy and forgiveness through constantly being obedient to Him whether in happiness or despair. This will help a believer to remember the truth at all times:
Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.” (156)
If you ask me, I think that there cannot be any dua better than this because this is the essence of life…we are from Allah and to Him we will return. Thus all of the things that come in between this coming and going all are from Allah. If we have a good time it is from Him and we do shukr to Him and if there are bad times then we do sabar because we know that our affairs are in His hands and He will take care of us. Thus Allah says:
Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided. (157)
So you see duas are not merely words but a whole way of thinking and behaviour. InshaAllah with the right perspective we can save our energies and time by not wasting them in useless debates or excessive worrying; and using them in whatever useful work that we can do to help others. By making others comfortable and easing their troubles we will be actually doing Ehsaan on our own selves because there is no better feeling than the knowledge that you made a difference to someone’s life and made things easy for others. It does not have to be anything big…just a smile and warmth of greeting can alleviate the feeling of depression from someone’s heart. The more we give the more we receive…inshaAllah.