Sometimes we are at a loss for words. Our hearts are attentive but our feelings are so strong that we find ourselves tongue-tied. In these moments, the following 5 du'a adapted from the Qur’an, Sunnah, and pious predecessors may help springboard us into our own personal calls to Allah.
1. Dua for patience and victory for the Palestinian people
رَبَّنَآ أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْهِم صَبْراً وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَهُم وَٱنصُرْهُم عَلَى ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلْكَـٰفِرِينَ
Rabbana afrigh ‘alayhim sabran wa thabbit aqdaamahum wansurhum ‘ala al-qawm al-kafireen
Our Lord! Shower them with perseverance, make their steps firm, and give them victory over the disbelieving people.
Inspired by verse 250 of Surah al-Baqarah, this du'a reminds us that Allah is always with us, penetrating our hearts with firmness and tranquility.
2. Dua for the success of the Palestinians
رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِهِم فِى ٱلدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِى ٱلأخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِهِم عَذَابَ ٱلنَّارِ
Rabbana aatihim fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil-akhirati hasanatan waqihim ‘adhaab an-nar
Our Lord! Grant them the good of this world and the Hereafter, and protect them from the torment of the Fire.
Inspired by verse 201 in Surah al-Baqarah, there is nothing better that we could ask for our brothers and sisters in Palestine than to be granted Paradise and saved from the Fire. As we watch events that seem unbearable unfold, we must remember that one dip in Jannah is all it takes for the cruelty and suffocation of this world to be forgotten.
3. Du'a for their protection
اللَّهُمَّ اسْتُرْ عَوْرَاتِهِم وَآمِنْ رَوْعَاتِهِم وَاحْفَظْهُم مِنْ بَيْنِ أَيْدِيهِم وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِم وَعَنْ أَيمَانِهِم وَعَنْ شَمَائلِهِم وَمِنْ فَوْقِهِم
Allahumma ustur ‘awraatihim wa-aamin raw’aatihim wahfadhhum min bayni aydeehim wa min khalfihim wa ‘an aymaanihim wa ‘an shamaa’ilihim wa min fawqihim
O Allah, conceal their faults, calm their fears, and protect them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left, and from above them.
Taken from the morning and evening remembrances of the Prophet ﷺ, this du'a seeks Allah’s protection from every direction. It is a befitting du'a for the people of Gaza, who are surrounded by hostility and violence.
4. Du'a when facing an enemy
اللَّهُمَّ مُنْزِلَ الْكِتَابِ سَرِيعَ الْحِسَابِ مُجْرِيَ السَّحَابِ هَازِمَ الأَحْزَابِ اهْزِمْهُمْ وَزَلْزِلْهُم وَانْصُرْنَا عَلَيْهِمْ
Allahumma munzil al-kitabi saree’ al-hisabi mujriya as-sahaabi hazim al-ahzaabi ihzimhum wa-zalzilhum wansurna ‘alayhim
O Allah, the revealer of the Holy Book, and the swift in reckoning, and the mover of the clouds, and the defeater of the clans; defeat them, and shake them, and grant us victory over them.
This du'a is inspired by a combination of du'a taken from several hadith detailing the Prophet’s supplications upon facing an enemy – an appropriate reminder of Allah’s ability to gather and bestow, to hold to account, and to take away.
5. Du'a to strengthen their trust in Allah
اللَّهُمَّ ارْزُقهُم صِدْقَ التَوَكُّلِ عَلَيكَ وحُسْنُ الظَنِّ بِك
Allahumma urzuqhum sidq at-tawakkuli ‘alayka wa husn ad-dhanni bik
O Allah grant them true reliance upon You, and good thoughts about You.
This is an adaptation of a du'a made by Sa’eed ibn Jubayr, a great scholar of Islam and pious predecessor. Through good thoughts we are able to put our trust in Allah and rely upon Him–a state we frequently see from our brothers and sisters in Gaza and one we pray continues.