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The short yet powerful Dua

13 June 2017 - 14:34


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Our prophet (SAW) has told us of countless dua's to be recited, which can benefit us in a variety of ways. Some of which are long, and some of which are short. Nevertheless, each dua is important in itself, and must be made with the purest intentions and from the bottom of the heart for the greatest value.

Today we are going to share with you one such Dua the prophet (SAW) has shared. This dua is very short, but according to our beloved prophet (SAW), it is a very powerful as it includes great meanings solely for our benefit. 

The dua comes about in a short story regarding a conversation between the Prophet (SAW) and his uncle Al-'Abbās (may Allah be pleased with him).

One day the uncle of the prophet (SAW) Al-'Abbās (may Allah be pleased with him), came to him and said:
“Ya Rasūlullāh, teach me a du'ā.” 
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: 
“O my uncle, say:
اللهُمَّ إنِّي أسْأَلُكَ العَافِيَّة
Allāhumma inni asaluka al-'āfiyah 
(O Allāh, I ask you for 'āfiyah)."

What is  'āfiyah
When we ask Allah (SWT) for  'āfiyah it means
Asking to be saved from any afflictions
'āfiyah means to have enough money
It is to live, asking for life
It is asking for the protection of your children
It is being forgiven instead of being punished
 Asking for 'āfiyah simply means
" O Allah, protect me from any pain and suffering."
This includes life in this dunya and the akhira

Uncle of the Prophet (SAW) Al-'Abbās (may Allah be pleased with him) thought about this for while, and after a few days he came back and said  (paraphrased): “Ya Rasūlullāh, this du'ā’ seems a little short. I want something big.”
The Prophet (SAW) said: “My dear uncle, ask Allāh for 'āfiyah for wallāhi, you cannot be given anything better than 'āfiyah.”
It is a simple du'ā'.
Sincerely mean what you say. 
“O Allāh, I ask You to be saved from any distress, grief, hardship, harm. Don't test me.” 
All of this is included in:
اللهُمَّ إنِّي أسْأَلُكَ العَافِيَّة
“Allāhumma inni as’aluka al-'āfiyah”

(Riyadh As-Saliheen, Sunan At-Tirmidhi)

Make a habit of reciting this dua daily.

Remember, no matter how short a dua is, the meaning behind it may be more powerful than you think.


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