Hadith on Dua: Supplication for Protection and Purification

📖Sahih Muslim 2722
Zaid b. Alqam reported: I am not going to say anything but only that which Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upgn him) used to say. He used to supplicate:” O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from incapacity, from sloth, from cowardice, from miserliness, decrepitude and from torment of the grave. O Allah, grant to my soul the sense of righteousness and purify it, for Thou art the Best Purifier thereof. Thou art the Protecting Friend thereof, and Guardian thereof. O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from the knowledge which does not benefit, from the heart that does not entertain the fear (of Allah), from the soul that does not feel contented and the supplication that is not responded.”

This hadith from Sahih Muslim 2722 teaches Muslims a powerful supplication that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to recite. In this supplication, the Prophet seeks refuge in Allah from various negative traits and conditions, such as incapacity, sloth, cowardice, miserliness, decrepitude, and the torment of the grave. He also asks Allah to grant his soul a sense of righteousness and to purify it, recognizing that Allah is the best purifier and protector. The supplication further seeks refuge in Allah from knowledge that does not benefit, a heart that does not fear Allah, a soul that is not content, and supplication that is not answered.

  • This supplication highlights the importance of seeking refuge in Allah from negative traits and conditions that can harm a person’s spiritual and worldly well-being. It also emphasizes the importance of seeking Allah’s protection and guidance in all aspects of life, including seeking beneficial knowledge and maintaining a pure heart and soul. Muslims can learn from this hadith to incorporate this supplication into their daily prayers and to strive to avoid negative traits and conditions in their lives.