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A du’a asking for strength and honour

Question

Can we read and practice on this on this du’a? What is the correct reference?

اللهم ‍ إني ضعيف فقو في رضاك ضعفي، وخذ إلى الخير بناصيتي، واجعل الإسلام منتهى رضائي، اللهم إني ضعيف فقوني، وذليل فأعزني، وفقير فارزقني

 

Answer

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once told a Sahabi, ‘O Buraydah! Should I not teach you some words, which when Allah wishes good for someone he [inspires] him with these words, thereafter he will never forget it?’ When he replied in the affirmative, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) then instructed him to recite ‘Alalhumma inni dai’fun faqawwi fi ridaka da’fi, wa khudh ilal khayri binasiyati waj’alil Islama muntaha rida’i Allahumma inni da’ifun faqawwini wa dhalilun fa a’izzani wa faqirun farzuqni

(Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 29965, Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 1 pg. 527, Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 6585)

 

However, the chain consists of an extremely weak narrator. ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared him very weak. In fact, some Muhaddithun like Imam Yahya ibn Ma’in (rahimahullah) have declared him a liar.

(Mizanul I’tidal, vol. 5 pg. 33, Taqribut Tahdhib, 7181, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 10 pg. 182. Also see: Al Matalibul ‘Aliyah, Hadith: 3348)

 

Translation

O Allah! I am weak [in pleasing you] so grant me strength, lead me to good, make Islam the pinnacle of my joy. O Allah! I am weak so grant me strength, humiliated so grant me honour, destitute so grant me sustenance.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar