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What to Say at Times of Grief, Concern, and Sadness

What to Say at Times of Grief, Concern, and Sadness (126)
At times of distress the Messenger of Allah would say La 'ilăha 'illă 'allăhu 'al-`atheemu 'al-haleemu, la 'ilăha 'illă 'allăhu rabbul `arshil-`atheemi, la 'ilăha 'illă 'allăhu rabbus-samăwăti wa rabbul-'ardhi wa rabbul-`arshil-kareemi.(147)
 
Footnotes

(147) There is no 'ilăh except Allah The Magnificent, The Forbearing. There is no 'ilăh except Allah Lord of the Magnificent Throne. There is no 'ilăh except Allah Lord of the Heavens, Lord of the Earth, and Lord of the Noble Throne.

Reporters

Agreed upon by Bukhări and Muslim and is #97 in The Authentic of Good Sayings.

 
What to Say at Times of Grief, Concern, and Sadness (127)
It is reported of the Prophet that if something distressed him he would say Yă hayyu yă qayyumu, bi-rahmatica 'astagheethu.(148)
 
Footnotes

(148) O' Living [a life not followed by death]. O Sustainer, in your Mercy I plead for rescue.

Reporters

Reported by At-Tirmithi, and Al-Albăni said it was comely hadeeth. He said that in At-Tirmithi's chain of ascription there was a weak person: Ar-Riqăshi whose name was Yazeed which also appeared in a report by Ibn As-Sunni (#332); however, this hadeeth has testimonial in Al-Mustadrak (#509/1). Al-Albăni included this hadeeth in The Authentic of Good Sayings as #98.

 
What to Say at Times of Grief, Concern, and Sadness (128)
Abi Bakrata stated that the Messenger of Allah said, "The supplications of the distressed are: 'Allăhumma rahmataka 'arjoo, fală takilnee 'ilă nafsee tarfata `eynin, wa'aslihlee sha'nee kullahu, la 'ilăha 'illă 'anta."(l49)
 
Footnotes

(149) O' my 'ilăh it is your Mercy that I beseech, so do not entrust me to my self for even a twinkle of an eye, and correct for me all my affairs, there is no 'ilăh other then You.

Reporters

Reported by Abu Dawood, and Al-Albăni said it was of comely ascription, and that Ibn Hibbăn (#2370) said it was sound. It is #99 in The Authentic of Good Sayings.

 
What to Say at Times of Grief, Concern, and Sadness (129)
The Messenger of Allah said to 'Asmă' binti 'Umaysin: "Shall I not teach you a few words which you can say when you are distressed - or at the time of distress - Allăhu, 'allăhu rabbee lă 'ushriku bihi shay'an.(150)
 
Footnotes

(150) Allah, Allah my Lord I associate not with Him a thing.

Reporters

Ibn Taymiyah referenced this hadeeth to Abu Dawood, and Al-Albăni said it was a comely hadeeth. The hadeeth, he said, has an unknown person in its chain, yet, the hadeeth has testimonial in the hadeeth of `Aishata reported as #2369 by Ibn Hibbăn in his Saheeh which includes that the phrase be repeated twice. Al-Albăni included this hadeeth in The Authentic of Good Sayings as #100.

 
What to Say at Times of Grief, Concern, and Sadness (130)
The Messenger of Allah said: "The petition of Thin-Noon [Jonah] which he petitioned with when he was inside the whale: Lă 'ilaha 'illă 'anta, subhănaka 'innee kuntu minath-thalimeena.(151)
 
No Muslim ever supplicated Allah with this supplication in any matter at all, except that Allah answered his supplication".
Footnotes

(151) There is no 'ilăh except You, Glorified are Thee, I have been one of the unjust.

Reporters

Ibn Taymiyah referenced it to At-Tirmithi, and Al-Albăni said it was in his Sunan as (#260/4), and that it w as likewise reported by Ahmad (#170/1), and Al-Hăkim (#383/2). He said that Al-Hăkim said it was sound, and that Ath-Thahabi agreed with him. Al-Albăni included this hadeeth in The Authentic of Good Sayings as #101.

 
What to Say at Times of Grief, Concern, and Sadness (131)
It is reported of the Prophet that he said: "No preoccupying concern, or sadness inflicts a bondservant whereupon he says: Allăhumma 'innee `abduka, wabnu `abdika, wabnu 'amatika, nasiyatee biyadika, mădhin fiyya hukmuka, `adlun fiyya qadhă'uka, 'as'aluka bikulli 'ismin huwa laka, sammayta bihi nafsaka, 'aw 'anzaltahu fee kităbika, 'aw `allamtahu 'ahadan min khalqika, 'aw 'ista'tharta bihi fee `ilmil ghaybi `indaka, 'an taj`alal qur'ăna rabee`a qalbee, wa noora sadree, wa jală'a huznee, wa thahăba hammee,(152)
 
except that Allah would dispel his concern and his sadness, and would replace it with ease and relaxation for him."
Footnotes

(152) O my 'ilăh I am your bondservant, son of your bondsman, and son of your bondswoman. My forelock is in Your Hands; Your judgement is continuously being carried out upon me; Your sentence upon me is juste. I ask You with every name that is Yours, with which You have named Yourself, brought down in Your book, taught to one of Your creation, or have preferred for Yourself in the hidden knowledge, with You: that You make the Qur'ăn the spring of my heart, and the light of my chest, and the despellation of my sadness, and deportation of my [preoccupying] concern.

Reporters

Ibn Taymiya referenced it to Ahmed in his Musnad and Ibn Hibbăn in his Saheeh. Al-Albăni said it was sound; although, he had previously thought it not to be. Al-Albăni included this hadeeth in The Authentic of Good Sayings as #102.

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