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Dua for Anxiety and Stress

Muslim man in sajdah or prostrationAlhamdulillah, here are some dua’a to make when under stress and experiencing anxiety. They are a means of dispelling fear, of seeking forgiveness of Allah, seeking His aid, protection and guidance. They are the words of the Messenger of Allah (sall’allahu alayhi wasallam) and hence anyone that sincerely makes these dua during times of great need Allah will always answer the dua of the sinere seeker. May they be of benefit to us all for there is not a time in the life of a believer when he or she does not need the protection, guidance and mercy of Allah.

And those that turn to Allah sincerely imploring His aid should know that in reality it is Allah turning to His servant, for, “When Allah wants to be good to someone, He tries him with some hardship.” (Abu Hurairah)

General advice from Prophet Muhammad (sall’allahu alayhi wasallam) when you are in distress or suffering from anxiety:

In hadith #599 narrated by Abdullah ibn Abbas in Sunan Abu Dawood, The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: If anyone continually asks pardon, Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress, and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide for him from where he did not reckon.

When in distress or difficulty or sorrow:

Source for this dua subsection: Fiqh-us-Sunnah, volume 4, no 128

1. Ibn ‘Abbas reported, “The Prophet, peace be upon him, at times of sorrow and grief used to supplicate, La ilaha illa Allah Al-’Azim, Al-’Alim, la ilaha illa Allah, Rabbul ‘arshil ‘Azim, la ilaha illa Allahu, Rabbus-Samawati wa rabbul ardi wa rabbul ‘arshi karim (There is no god but Allah, the Mighty, the Forbearing, there is no god but Allah, the Lord of the mighty throne, there is no god but Allah, the Lord of the heavens and the earth, and the Lord of the throne of honor)’.”
Source: Bukhari and Muslim.

2. Anas said that when the Prophet, peace be upon him, was faced with a serious difficulty, he would always supplicate, “Ya Hayyu, ya Qayyumu, bi-rahmatika astaghithu (O the Living, O the Eternal, I seek help in Your grace)."
Source: Tirmidhi

Hands raised in dua3. Abu Hurairah reported that whenever the Prophet, peace be upon him, was faced with a serious difficulty, he would raise his head to the sky and supplicate, “Subhan-Allah al-’Azim (glory be to Allah, the Mighty).” And when he implored seriously and strongly, he would say, “Ya Hayyu, Ya Qayyum (O the Living, the Eternal One).”
Source: Tirmidhi

4. Abu Bakrah reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “The supplications of distress are, ‘Allahumma rahmataka arju, fala takilni ila nafsi tarfata ‘ain, wa aslah li sha’ni kullahu, la ilaha illa anta (O Allah, I hope for Your mercy, so give me not over to my self even for as little as wink of an eye, and set right all my affairs, there is no god but You).”
Source: Abu Daw’ud

5. Asma, daughter of ‘Amais, reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, asked her, “Shall I tell you words that you may say in times of pain or distress. These are, ‘Allah, Allah, Rabbi la ushriku bihi shai’an (Allah, Allah, my Lord, I associate none with Him).” Another narration says that these words should be said seven times.
Source: Abu Daw’ud

6. Sa’d ibn Waqas reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “The supplication made by the Companion of the Fish (Prophet Yunus) in the belly of the fish was, ‘La ilaha illa anta, subhanaka, inni kuntu minadh-dhalimin (there is no god but You, You are far exalted and above all weaknesses, and I was indeed the wrongdoer)’. If any Muslim supplicates in these words, his supplication will be accepted.”

In another report we read, “I know words that will cause Allah to remove one’s distress. These are the words (of supplication) of my brother Yunus, peace be upon him.”
Source: Tirmidhi

7. Ibn Mas’ud reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “If any servant of Allah afflicted with distress or grief makes this supplication, his supplication will be accepted:O Allah, I am Your servant, son of Your servant, son of your maidservant. My forehead is in Your hand. Your command conceming me prevails, and Your decision concerning me is just. I call upon You by every one of the beautiful names by which You have described Yourself, or which You have revealed in Your book, or have taught anyone of Your creatures, or which You have chosen to keep in the knowledge of the unseen with You, to make the Qur’an the delight of my heart, the light of my breast, and remover of my griefs, sorrows, and afflictions‘.” A supplication in these words will be answered. Allah will remove one’s affliction and replace it with joy and happiness.
Source: Reported by Ahmad and Ibn Hibban

8. Anas reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, used to supplicate, “O Allah, there is no ease except what You make easy, and you alone can turn a difficulty into ease.” (Ibn As-sinni)
Source: Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 4, #131

Young Muslim woman making dua

Dua and Qadr (predestination) are both a part of Allah's plan

9. Allah’s Apostle used to say at the time of difficulty, “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Majestic, the Most Forbearing. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Lord of the Tremendous Throne. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Lord of the Heavens and the Lord of the Honourable Throne.”
Source: narrated by Ibn Abbas in Sahih Bukhari, volume 9, #526.

Remember that sickness expiates evil deeds and wipes out sins

Abu Hurairah narrates that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “When Allah wants to be good to someone, He tries him with some hardship.”

Abu Hurairah also reports that Allah’s Messenger, peace be upon him, said: “For every misfortune, illness, anxiety, grief, or hurt that afflicts a Muslim, even the hurt caused by the pricking of a thorn – Allah removes some of his sins.”

Ibn Mas’ud said: “I visited the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, while he had a fever. I exclaimed: ‘O Messenger of Allah! You have a high fever! ‘ He said: ‘My fever is as much as two among you [might have]. ‘ I asked: ‘Is it because you have a double reward?’ He replied: ‘Yes, that is right.  No Muslim is afflicted with any hurt, even if it is no more than the pricking of a thorn, but Allah wipes off his sins because of it and his sins fall away from him as leaves fall from a tree‘.”

Abu Hurairah (r) said: “The Prophet, peace be upon him, remarked: ‘The example of a believer is like a fresh tender plant; from whichever direction the wind blows, it bends the plant. But when the wind dies down, it straightens up again. (Similarly a believer is tested by afflictions to strengthen his faith and heart, and he remains patient and firm). And an evil person is like a pine tree which remains hard and stiff until Allah breaks it whenever He wills.”

Source: Fiqh-us-Sunnah, volume 4, #1

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  1. Dear Muslim brothers and sisters
    I myself has faced so much pain...I tried almost every wazifa told to u me to remove pain and worries. Bt nothing really worked...in the end when I left all da wazifas and just started 5 times prayers with all the azkars told by prophet(pbuh) like subhanaAllahi-e-wabi hamdi hi 100 times after fajar and maghrib, all the masnoon azkars, all the astaghfars told by prophet pbuh..darood only authentic one.. When I left all the wazaif told by people started reciting what was told by prophet..my life immensely changed.. I gained faith, strength, health, wealth everything.. My prayers started being answered by Allah very quickly becoz of reciting astaghfars told by prophet 1000 times daily...just remember one Hadees...always keep your tongue bzy with the remembrance of Allah.. La illah ha illaha, astaghfirulAllah wa atobu ilai,subahanAllah , just always don't sit idol...don't waste life watching tv.. Life is short our hearts and tongue should always b accused with azkars.. If we Will remember Allah, he will also re
    Luk at us with mercy.. Stop all the wazifas just recite what is told by our prophet pbuh ur life will be changed

  2. what to do to explict fears

  3. I am feeling anxiety in almost all aspects of life. Please tell me Duas for it.

  4. Salaam, I am having really bad stress that people are doing things and saying things about my life which are hurting me and the people I love because they are not true.All I want them to do is to stay so happy in their lives so that they don't have to ruin my happiness. I need a dua for this please.
    Jzk

    • Salaams,

      Your happiness shouldn't be based on whether others are happy or not- with you or in their own lives. It does hurt when people say untrue and hurtful things, but if you really know who you are and who Allah made you to be, that's what counts. Sometimes it's just best to focus on what WE know to be true about ourselves, and disregard the lies people say about us or the misconceptions they have about us.

      -Amy
      IslamicAnswers.com Editor

  5. Assalamu Alaykom to everyone I am 28 years old i just got married to reverted girl .After marrying her for few days i have doubts about her i find her activities suspicious (may be its only because of my mind) since i have problem trusting anyone .. and its stressing me and effecting my life and (specially marital life badly) ..I wish someone could help me with this .

  6. Assalamu Alaykum

  7. im only 16 year old n facing an anxiety fear for no reason anyone plz help me im so young to face all these fears. a fear of daying everytime i cant enjoy my life as i used to . Its like Banging a head with tye wall im so much stress any dua you guys know .

  8. One more thing My dad sided family has a so much trend of "Black Magic" they did that to even destroy my parents relation & im pretty sure they are doing it on me as well as i have the most stylish way of living better education than them & the most person who is loved by my dad they are jealous of me & my want all the money property of my dad they even want me to marry their un-educated town boys which are totally out of my status I also have da right to live my own way plz for God sake Help . May allah bless u

    • i think any magic will not works upon you because magic will only be useful untill it is hidden from you i mean untill u dont know that they practicing some magic on you. but most suitable way to be happy and enjoy your life is to pray salah and ask refuge of allah from these evil deeds ask allah to protect you from magic, and from all other harmful things, i am sure you will feel light and get peace if you pray 5 times salah with full concentration.

    • they did that to even destroy my parents relation ....... they even want me to marry their un-educated town boys which are totally out of my status I also have da right to live my own way plz for God sake Help . May allah bless
      u...........im only 16 year old n facing an anxiety fear for no reason

      Why do you think other people destroyed your parent's relationship? Did you see your parents fighting and arguging a lot? Don't marry any uneducated cousin or any other relative.

      Your parent's problems may be the cause of your anxiety porblem. You fear things that don't exist. If you look back most things you fear never happen. Try to love both your parents.

  9. I'm also patient of anxieti and panic disorder.i'm using medicines,these are effective

  10. Asalamualikum,
    I am 24 year old and Allah has blessed me with a great husband who supports me in everything. I just finished my bachelor's degree and own a business by the grace of Allah. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl about a month ago. I am going through depression, anxiety, fear and sadness. I feel as though I am not going to be a good mother, and I am going to lose everything. I get panic attacks, my heart starts to beat very fast and I am losing interest in life. With my current situation I cannot pray my salah but I do make some zikar everyday. Once I recover insahllah I will pray my salah 5 times a day. But can u tell me zikar or duas that I can recite to remove these evil thoughts from my head. I know it is shaitan trying to play with my brain and to weaken my aqeedah. Please help me!

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