Is this a du’a?
‘O Allah! Bless me with a pious companion’
Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has recorded this as a du’a of ‘Alqamah ibn Qays (rahimahullah), the senior Tabi’i who was born in the lifetime of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). When he went to Syria, he offered two rak’ahs of Salah and made the following du’a:
اللَّهُمَّ يَسِّرْ لِي جَلِيسًا صَالِحًا
Allahumma yassir li jalisan saliha
Translation: O Allah! Facilitate a pious companion for me
The narration states that Sayyiduna Abud Darda (radiyallahu ‘anhu) then sat beside him.
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 3742-3743. See the Hadith here)
Imams Nasai and Tirmidhi (rahimahumallah) have recorded this as the du’a of Hurayth ibn Qabisah/Qabisah ibn Hurayth (rahimahullah) which he recited when he went to Madinah. After making this du’a, he met Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu).
(Sunan Nasai; Al Mujtaba, Hadith: 465 and Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 413)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar