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A befitting du’a to recite at the time of elections

Question

Kindly inform me if this is a masnun/Sunnah du’a to recite at the time of elections?

O Allah! Do not give authority (to a leader) over us who doesn’t have mercy upon us

 

Answer

The words of this du’a are sourced from a Hadith. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would often recite these words [as part of a longer du’a] when gathered with the Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum).

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3502)

 

However, this du’a is not a Sunnah du’a to recite at the time elections. Since the meaning has a close link to elections and leadership, one may recite this du’a without deeming it a Sunnah du’a specific for elections.

 

Arabic text and transliteration

اللهم] لَا تُسَلِّطْ عَلَيْنَا مَنْ لَا يَرْحَمُنَا]

[Allahumma] la tusallit ‘alayna mal la yarhamuna

O Allah! Do not give authority (to a leader) over us who doesn’t have mercy upon us

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar