Dua upon encountering an enemy or those of authority

There are numerous instances where we may encounter people who do not have the best intentions for us or people with whom we find it difficult to communicate because of their position of authority. Upon encountering an enemy or those of authority, one should stand firm in their stance rather than shying away from the challenge and seek help from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) for one’s strength and resilience.

Dua is the most vital aspect of one’s faith. In such circumstances, making dua allows one to become resilient and seek Allah’s protection against the ill or harm that an enemy may cause. Narrated in Hisn al-Muslim,127, it is the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) to recite this dua in times when one is faced with an enemy or those with authority.

Hisnul Muslim

Upon encountering an enemy or those of authority

Joy & Distress Duas

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَجْعَلُكَ فِي نُحُورِهِمْ وَنَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شُرُورِهِمْ

Allaahumma 'innaa naj'aluka fee nuhoorihim wa na'oothu bika min shuroorihim.

O Allah, we ask You to restrain them by their necks and we seek refuge in You from their evil.

[Hisnul 126] [Abu Dawud 2/89, Al-Hakim.]

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ عَضُدي، وَأَنْتَ نَصِيرِي، بِكَ أَحُولُ وَبِكَ أَصُولُ وَبِكَ أُقَاتِلُ

Allaahumma 'Anta 'adhudee, wa 'Anta naseeree, bika 'ajoolu, wa bika 'asoolu, wa bika 'uqaatilu.

O Allah, You are my strength and You are my support. For Your sake I go forth and for Your sake I advance and for Your sake I fight.

[Hisnul 127] [Abu Dawud 3/42, At-Tirmizi 5/572.]

حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الوَكِيلُ

Hasbunallaahu wa ni'amal-wakeel.

Allah is sufficient for us and the best of those on whom to depend.

[Hisnul 128] [Al-Bukhari, 5/172.]

Etiquettes of Reciting Dua Upon Encountering an Enemy or Those of Authority

To make dua upon encountering an enemy or those of authority, one should recite the dua mentioned above for one’s protection and ease of heart rather than wishing ill upon their opponent. One should have the attitude of sincerity and confidence in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) and should practice both patience and self-control in times where one is being tested.

Benefits of Reciting Dua Upon Encountering an Enemy or Those of Authority

Dua is the weapon of a believer and a constant source of seeking protection and wellness for one’s self and others around. Making supplication upon encountering enemies or those of authority can help you find a direction in dealing with such individuals. You can ask Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) to soften the hearts of the people who do not hold a good intent for you in their hearts.

Through Allah’s (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) will, praying in such circumstances can soften your heart and give a sense of comfort and safety. Praying would also be beneficial in offering insight about how you can move towards peace and resolution towards your enemies. Praying in such an instance can help you navigate negative feelings in your heart and deal with adversity in a positive manner.


Islam, through the Quran and Sunnah, teaches us to be steadfast and seek help from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى). One has to be firm but should not transgress.
The sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (ï·º) teaches us to deal with conflicts through patience, forgiveness, mediation, and dialogue.