PROTECTION OF IMAN

FOR FIRMNESS OF THE HEART

1. يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوْبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِيْ عَلَىٰ دِيْنِكَ.

O Changer of the hearts, make my heart firm upon Your religion.

Yā Muqalliba-l-qulūbi thabbit qalbī ʿalā dīnik.

Anas (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhu) said: “The Messenger of Allah ﷺ would often say [the above]. So I asked: ‘O Messenger of Allah, we believe in you and what you have come with, but do you fear for us?’ He replied: ‘Yes. Indeed the hearts are in between the two Fingers of Allah’s Fingers. He changes them as He wills.”’ (Tirmidhī 3522)

WHEN ONE EXPERIENCES DOUBT IN FAITH

2. آمَنْتُ بِاللهِ وَرُسُلِهِ.

I believe in Allah and His Messengers.

Āmantu bi-llāhi wa rusulih.

The Messenger of Allah said: “Shaytān comes to one of you and says: ‘Who created you?’ He replies: ‘Allah.’ Then Shaytān says: ‘Who created Allah?’ If that happens to any one of you, let him say [the above]. Indeed it will go away from him.” (Ahmad 25671)

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Whoever experiences any of these insinuations should say [the above] thrice, and it will leave him. (Ibn al-Sunnī 629)

3. هُوَ الْأَوَّلُ وَالْآخِرُ وَالظَّاهِرُ وَالْبَاطِنُ ، وَهُوَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيْمٌ.

He is the First and the Last, the Most High and the Most Near. And He is All-Knowing about everything.

Huwa-l-Awwalu wa-l-Ākhiru wa-ẓ-Ẓāhiru wa-l-bāṭin, wa Huwa bi-kulli shay’in Qadīr.

Abu Zumayy reported: “I asked Ibn Abbas: ‘What is this that I am experiencing?’ He answered: ‘What is it?’ I said: ‘By Allah, I cannot talk about it.’ He asked me: ‘Is it something to do with doubt?’ [When answered it was], he smiled and said: ‘No-one was safe from it until Allah revealed:

“If you are in doubt concerning what We revealed unto you [O Prophet], ask those who read the Scripture from before your time. The truth has indeed come to you from your Lord, so be not one of those in doubt.” (10:94)

[Ibn Abbas] told me: ‘If you find any [doubt] within yourself, say: [the above].” (Abū Dāwūd 5110)

WHEN ONE FEARS SHIRK & RIYĀ’

4. اَللّٰهُمَّ إِنِّيْ أَعُوْذُ بِكَ أَنْ أُشْرِكَ بِكَ وَأَنَا أَعْلَمُ ، وَأَسْتَغْفِرُكَ لِمَا لَا أَعْلَمُ.

O Allah, I seek Your protection from knowingly committing shirk and seek Your forgiveness for unknowingly (committing it). (Ahmad)

Allāhumma innī aʿūdhu bika an ushrika bika wa-ana aʿlam, wa astaghfiruka limā lā aʿlam.

The Messenger of Allah said: “O people, beware of this shirk, for it is more subtle than the footsteps of an ant.” The one whom Allah willed should speak asked him: “How can we beware of it when it is more subtle than the footsteps of an ant, O Messenger of Allah?” He replied: “Say [the above].” (Ahmad 3731)

Ma’qil bin Yasār (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhu) narrated: “I walked with Abū Bakr Siddīq (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhu) to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ. He ﷺ said: “O Abū Bakr! This shirk is more subtle than the footsteps of an ant.” Abū Bakr asked, “Is shirk not only when a person ascribes a partner with Allah?” The Messenger of Allah ﷺ replied: By the One in whose hands my life is, shirk is more subtle than the footsteps of an ant. Shall I not guide you towards something which if you say, it will remove it’s minor and major? He ﷺ said: “Say [the above].” (Al-Adab al-Mufrad 716)

PROTECTION FROM DAJJĀL, TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS

5. اَللّٰهُمَّ إِنِّيْ أَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ جَهَنَّمَ ، وَمِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ ، وَمِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَحْيَا وَالْمَمَاتِ ، وَمِنْ شَرِّ فِتْنَةِ الْمَسِيْحِ الدَّجَّالِ.

O Allah, I seek Your protection from the punishment of the Hell-fire, and from the punishment of the grave, and from the trials of life and death, and from the evil of the tribulation of Dajjāl, the false Messiah.

Allāhumma innī aʿūdhu bika min ʿadhābi jahannam, wa min ʿadhābi-l-qabr, wa min fitnati-l-maḥyā wa-l-mamāt, wa min sharri fitnati-l-masīḥi-d-dajjāl.

The Messenger of Allah said: “After the tashahhud (in Salāh), one should seek Allah’s protection from four things by saying [the above].” (Muslim 588)

He also said: “If anyone learns the first ten verses of Sūrah al-Kahf by heart, he will be protected from Dajjāl.” (Muslim 809)

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