Al-Nu’man ibn Bashir reported: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.” [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim].
Our hearts are heavy, minds are restless, tears are overflowing. At this point, continuing with our daily lives feels illegal when our brothers and sisters in Palestine are fighting for survival. They’re running out food, water, electricity, and the will to live as their loved ones are taken away from them.
We have done everything we can—we prayed, donated, raised awareness, and shared information. Yet, as Muslims united, we yearn to do more. Am I the only one who wishes I could be there physically in Palestine, to wipe away the tears of helpless mothers, comfort innocent children and babies, care for the elderly in despair, and assist exhausted doctors and nurses?
While we grieve for the martyrs, there is still hope for us to aid the living. Remember that Allah (swt) did not create anything more powerful than Dua. So, please, never stop making Dua for the Ummah in Palestine. As long as we are able to raise our hands to the sky and move our lips, it is a sign of hope in Allah (swt). Trust that Allah (swt) will answer our Dua's.
Here is the list of Dua’s you can recite during these difficult times.
Dua’ for seeking justice from oppression or wrongdoing
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ ظُلْمِ الْمُلْكِ، وَمِنْ شَرِّ الْقَهَّارِ
Allahumma inni a’udhu bika min dhulmil-mulk, wa min sharri al-qahhar.
Translation: “O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the injustice of rulers and from the evil of the One who exercises power.”
Dua’ for the state of Palestine
اللهُـمِّ اغْفِـرْ لِحَيِّـنا وَمَيِّتِـنا وَشـاهِدِنا، وَغائِبِـنا، وَصَغيـرِن وَكَبيـرِنا، وَذَكَـرِنا وَأُنْثـانا. اللهُـمِّ مَنْ أَحْيَيْـتَهُ مِنّا فَأَحْيِـهِ عَلى الإِسْلام، وَمَن تَوَفَّـيْتََهُ مِنّا فَتَوَفَّـهُ عَلى الإِيـمان، اللهُـمِّ لا تَحْـرِمْنـا أَجْـرَه، وَلا تُضِـلَّنا بَعْـدَه
Allahum-maghfir lihayyinaa, wa mayyitinaa, wa shaahidinaa, wa ghaa’ibinaa, wa sagheerinaa wa kabeerinaa, wa thakarinaa wa ‘unthaanaa. Allahumma man ‘ahyaytahu minnaa fa’ahyihi ‘alal-‘Islaami, wa man tawaffaytahu minnaa fatawaffahu ‘alal-‘eemaani, Allahumma laa tahrimnaa ‘ajrahu wa laa tudhillanaa ba’dahu. [Sahih Abu Dawud: 3201 and Tirmidhi: 1024]
Translation: ‘Oh Allah, forgive our living and our dead, those present and those absent, our young and our old, our males and our females. O Allah, whom among us You keep alive, then let such a life be upon Islam, and whom among us You take unto Yourself, then let such a death be upon faith. O Allah, do not deprive us of his reward and do not let us stray after him.’
Dua’ for the martyred
اللهُـمِّ اغْفِـرْ لَهُ وَارْحَمْـه ، وَعافِهِ وَاعْفُ عَنْـه ، وَأَكْـرِمْ نُزُلَـه ، وَوَسِّـعْ مُدْخَـلَه ، وَاغْسِلْـهُ بِالْمـاءِ وَالثَّـلْجِ وَالْبَـرَدْ ، وَنَقِّـهِ مِنَ الْخطـايا كَما نَـقّيْتَ الـثَّوْبَ الأَبْيَـضَ مِنَ الدَّنَـسْ ، وَأَبْـدِلْهُ داراً خَـيْراً مِنْ دارِه ، وَأَهْلاً خَـيْراً مِنْ أَهْلِـه ، وَزَوْجَـاً خَـيْراً مِنْ زَوْجِه ، وَأَدْخِـلْهُ الْجَـنَّة ، وَأَعِـذْهُ مِنْ عَذابِ القَـبْر وَعَذابِ النّـار
Allaahum-maghfir lahu warhamhu, wa ‘aafihi, wa’fu ‘anhu, wa ‘akrim nuzulahu, wa wassi’ mudkhalahu, waghsilhu bilmaa’i waththalji walbaradi, wa naqqihi minal-khataayaa kamaa naqqaytath-thawbal-‘abyadha minad-danasi, wa ‘abdilhu daaran khayran min daarihi, wa ‘ahlan khayran min ‘ahlihi, wa zawjan khayran min zawjihi, wa ‘adkhilhul-jannata, wa ‘a'udhu min ‘adhabil-qabri wa ‘athaabin-naar. [Sahih Muslim: 963]
Translation: ‘O Allah, forgive them and have mercy on them and give them strength and pardon them. Be generous to them and cause their entrance to be wide and wash them with water and snow and hail. Cleanse them of their transgressions as white cloth is cleansed of stains. Give them an abode better than their home, and a family better than their family and a spouse better than their spouse. Take them into Paradise and protect them from the punishment of the grave, and from the punishment of Hell-fire.’
Dua' for the ummah of Rasulullah (pbuh)
اللَّهُمَّ أَصْلِحْ أُمَّةَ مُحَمَّدٍ اللَّهُمَّ فَرِّجْ عَنْ أُمَّةِ مُحَمَّدٍ اللَّهُمَّ ارْحَمْ أُمَّةَ مُحَمَّدٍ
Allahumma aslih Ummata Muhammad. Allahumma farrij ‘an Ummati Muhammad. AllahummaRham Ummata Muhammad [sallAllahu alayhi wasalam].
Translation: ‘O Allah, improve the state of the Umma of Muhammad. O Allah, grant ease to the Umma of Muhammad. O Allah, have mercy on the Umma of Muhammad (SAW).’
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