Friday, 01 December 2023 | 11:58 AM
The dua for one whose affairs have become difficult has been taught by the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and reported in Hisnul Muslim. In this dua, a believer asks Allah Azzawajal to make the challenge easy. It is a Muslim's belief that Allah does not burden them more than they can bear. Thus, the dua acts as a solace for Muslims and a request to the almighty to make the task easy, ease the burden, and make one strong and resilient to face the challenge with grace.
It is a fact of life that everyone must face difficulty in their affairs at some time. Some face problems in their careers, while others might be struggling to maintain their familial relationship. Whatever the difficulty, Allah is omnipotent and has the power to solve all. Thus, a believer must recite the dua to approach Allah and beseech Him for his mercy. This dua is grade sahih hadith noted in Hisnul Muslim. It was narrated by Ibn Hibban in his Sahih.
The dua can be recited at anytime and anywhere. There are no set rules to offer this supplication. However, it is a general guideline that a dua is likely to be accepted if asked after reciting the praise of Allah and sending salat on His beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Therefore, recite Allah's praise, then recite Darood three times, then say the dua, and then recite Darood three times again. You may even increase the number of times you recite the Darood. It is preferable to recite the Darood in odd numbers, i.e., 3, 5, 7, 11, etc.
Another opportune time to offer this dua is during or after salah. You may recite this dua between prostrations. When you sit up straight from your first sujood on your left foot, holding your right foot high, hands placed on your knees, hold your head high and straight, and recite this dua. According to al-Bara, the Holy Prophet ﷺ would spend the same amount of time sitting between two sujood as he would during ruku. To lengthen that time and ask for Allah's سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى mercy, recite this supplication and ask for His mercy. Once you finish reciting it, you can perform your second sajdah as usual.
Allaahumma laa sahla 'illaa maal ja'altahu sahlan wa 'Anta taj'alul-hazna 'ithaa shi'ta sahlan.
O Allah, there is no ease other than what You make easy. If You please You ease sorrow.
This dua is said to have all the benefits of the world and the hereafter enclosed within. As you recite this dua sitting between the two sujood, you ask Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى for His mercy. You continue to remind yourself with this dua that all ease and relief comes from Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى only, and there is no other power that can bring good things to you.
As you recite this dua, you bow before Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى and ask for His assistance in your affairs that have become too hard to handle, and you acknowledge your trust in His and only His ability to ease your affairs. A continuous reminder like this in life would help individuals rely only on Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى no matter the situation.
During hard times, Islam encourages Muslims to observe Salah, recite the Quran, make supplications, such as when sitting between two sujood, and give Sadaqah for ease in dealing with difficult situations.
You can recite, "O Allah, there is no ease other than what You make easy. If You please, You ease sorrow" for ease in difficulty in worldly affairs.
There are conflicting views about reciting a supplication when sitting between the two sujood in different schools of thought. Most schools consider it a Sunnah and not obligatory, but the Hanbali school of thought views the recitation of a supplication between the two sujoods as obligatory.