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Translation of Imam Shafi'i's du'a for protection when summoned by the Khalifah

Question

Please translate the du’a that Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah) recited for protection when summoned by the Khalifah.

Answer

The Arabic text, as well as the authenticity and reference for this du’a can be found here. Kindly see the translation below:

 

O Allah! I seek refuge through the divine light of your sacredness, and through the blessing of your purity, through your immense loftiness that you protect me from every type of malady, ailment and calamity, [and I seek protection] from the appearance of evil Jinn and Men, not from the good which comes from you, O Merciful one. O Allah! You are my source of protection and refuge, I seek refuge in you only, you are my source of aid, I seek assistance from you only. O the one to whom every Pharaoh [Tyrant ruler] was disgraced, and the one to whom every arrogant haughty ruler surrendered, remembering and praising you is my distinguishing characteristic, I am under the tent/shadow of your protection, safeguard me and make me independent by granting me the best from you O The Merciful.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abbasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar