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The Best Way for Sisters to Say the Supplication to Alleviate Grief, Distress and Anxiety


According to Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (May Allah have mercy upon him)
An exclusive translation for Sisters Upon Al-Istiqaamah

Imam Ahmed, Musnad (1/391), and others reported upon the authority of Ibn Mas’ood that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “No slave is afflicted with anxiety and grief, and then says:

‘O Allah, I am Your slave, son of Your male slave, son of Your female slave. My forelock is in Your hand. Your judgement upon me is assured and whatever you have decreed for me is just. I ask You by every name belonging to You which You have named Yourself with, revealed in Your Book, taught one of Your creation or which You have preserved in the knowledge of the Unseen with You that You make the Qur’aan the spring of my heart and the light of my chest, a banisher for my grief and a reliever for my anxiety.’
Except that Allaah will replace his distress and grief with joy.”

He was asked, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, should we not learn it?’ He said, “Of course, whoever hears it should learn it.”

Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy upon him) was asked about a woman who heard the hadeeth: ‘O Allah, I am Your slave , son of Your male slave, son of Your slave. My forelock is in Your hand…(to the end of the hadeeth. And she continuously used this wording. So she was instructed to say, “O Allah I am your female slave  daughter of Your female slave- until the end of it.” However, she refused to say this and persisted upon the original wording. Is she correct in this or not?

He responded:

“Rather, it is befitting for her to say, “O Allah, I am Your female slave (أمتك), daughter (بنت) of Your male slave (عبدك), son of Your female slave (أمتك).”
اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أَمَتك بِنتُ عَبْدِك ابْنِ أَمَتِك

This is more appropriate and better even though her statement “I am your slave (عبدك), son (ابن) of your slave” has a angle in the Arabic language like the word Zawj (i.e. which can be used for man or wife). And Allah knows best.”

Majmoo’ Al-Fataawa Vol. 22, p. 488.


The supplication in Arabic:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّى عَبْدُكَ وَابْنُ عَبْدِكَ وَابْنُ أَمَتِكَ نَاصِيَتِى بِيَدِكَ مَاضٍ فِىَّ حُكْمُكَ عَدْلٌ فِىَّ قَضَاؤُكَ أَسْأَلُكَ بِكُلِّ اسْمٍ هُوَ لَكَ سَمَّيْتَ بِهِ نَفْسَكَ أَوْ عَلَّمْتَهُ أَحَداً مِنْ خَلْقِكَ أَوْ أَنْزَلْتَهُ فِى كِتَابِكَ أَوِ اسْتَأْثَرْتَ بِهِ فِى عِلْمِ الْغَيْبِ عِنْدَكَ أَنْ تَجْعَلَ الْقُرْآنَ رَبِيعَ قَلْبِى وَنُورَ صَدْرِى وَجَلاَءَ حُزْنِى وَذَهَابَ هَمِّى

So according to Shaykh Al-Islam it is better for women to say:

اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أَمَتك بِنتُ عَبْدِك ابْنِ أَمَتِك

And the rest of the supplication is exactly the same.

Sisters Upon Al-Istiqaamah


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Imaam Ibn Qayyim:

The one who calls to Allah and to Daar as-Salaam motivates the reluctant souls and (calls them to) the highest endeavours and the one who calls to Eemaan makes to hear those with attentive ears; and Allah makes to hear anyone (whose heart is) alive, and his hearing it elevates him to the rank of Al-Abrar and it encourages him on his journey and he does not stop until he reaches Dar al-Qaraar.

Ibn Qayyim|| Mukhtasar Zaad al Ma’aad Eng.Trans pg 303-304

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طلب العلم في زماننا وزمن من قبلنا

The student of Knowledge in our time and the time before us

By ash-Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Hadee Hafidhahullaah

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Knowledge has been claimed without right
by those who have no acquaintance with it
Yet only those who fear Him
can claim its portion by right
For knowledge only accompanies
those worthy of its friendship.


So be afraid of Allâh; and Allâh teaches you

Al-Baqarah: 282

It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves

   that fear Allâh. 

Fatir: 28

~Bint Abee Abdul-Qaadir

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Shaykh Abdus-Salaam Ibn Barjas Rahimahullaah:

 “O student! If you want knowledge from its sources then you should stick to the great scholars [Kibâr-ul-‘ulama]: those who have gray beards and weak bodies and have lost their power in [pursuit of] knowledge and educating. Stick to them before they disappear and take from their treasure before they take it with them.

One misses the full-moon in the dark night.”

 ~al-‘Awa’iq, p. 26.

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إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون

Verily to Allaah we belong and Him we shall return

As many of you are aware, our dear beloved elder and teacher, Abu Talha Dawood Burbank and his wife Umm Talha have returned back to Allaah on Wednesday the 3rd of November; whilst on their way to perform Hajj. Qadr Allaah wa maa shaa fa’al, Indeed Allaah knows best for His believing servants and truly His promise will be fulfilled.

Thereof (the earth) We created you, and into it We shall return you, and from it We shall bring you out once again.

Surah Ta-Ha ||20:55

Nevertheless, All praise is due to Allaah, Abu Talha (Rahimahullaah) has left, by the Fadhl of Allaah, many precious pearls for our English speaking community to benefit from- Thus I kindly request that you benefit from what is available to you before a day when one is in severe need of knowledge coupled with righteous actions, as stated by the sahabee al jaleel, Ali RadhiAllaahu anhu:

‘For today there are (opportunities to do) deeds and there is no reckoning, but tomorrow there will be reckoning and no deeds’

Sahih al Bukhari: The Book of Raqâ`iq

Therefore I advise myself first, then you ( O’ reader) to benefit from the scholars of ahlus-sunnah and the du’aat, even if it may be that due to your striving for the sake of Allaah, much is sacrificed by way of wealth and time. Your sustenance has already been decreed for you and it is only shaytaan who threatens you with poverty, Allaah promises you that what you have put forward for the sake of Allaah will not be lost.

‘As for those who strive hard in Us (our cause), We will surely guide them to Our paths’


‘Whatever is with you, will be exhausted and what is with Allaah will remain’


‘So their Lord accepted of them, “Never will I allow to be lost the work of any of you, be he male or female.’

Surah Aali-Imraan|| 03:195

So benefit and strive to seek this ‘ilm before the sad news reaches you about the death of another ‘Alim or another Da’ee – the people of knowledge and truth are a few, so knowledge will certainly not come to you! It takes much effort, sacrificing and of course asking Allaah for success. Do not spend your time in regret for not taking benefit from those who have passed you, get up and hurry to catch the wagon before it’s too late. For once you have left this world it will be no more and too late, so May Allaah grant you tawfeeq. It is for this reason that I encourage myself first to benefit from the masses of precious gems and treasury of knowledge – our Teacher, elder and Brother Abu Talha Dawood Burbank left, so May Allaah have mercy upon him, his wife and all the deceased Muslims, Aameen.

Al Imaam Muqbil ibn Haadee al Wadi’ee Rahimahullaah:

‘ O’ my children, I swear by Allaah if knowledge could be poured into a glass, I would pour it for you, but it is not obtained except by hard work, exhaustion, and scraping of the knees.’


Your sister in Islaam

Bint Abee Abdul-Qaadir

Usool ath-Thalatha by our Brother and elder Abu Talha Dawood Burbank Rahimahullaah

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Golden advice…


Muhammad Ibn Sireen:


Indeed this knowledge is deen,

so look to whom you take your deen from!

al-Hilyatul-Awliyaa 1/28-38/248

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The believers are those whose heart tremble when Allaah is mentioned, whose faith is increased when His signs are recited to them, who put their trust in their Lord, who establish the prayer and give of what we provided for them, They are the believers in truth. They have high ranks with their Lord and forgiveness and generous provision.
Surah al Anfaal v.2-4

Al-Allaamah as-Sa’dee said in commentary to the verses:

‘Whose faith increase when His signs are recited to them’

Because they are pay careful attention to it and their hearts are present and aware when contemplating it, hence their faith increases. This is because contemplation is from the actions of the heart, and upon contemplation, meanings that were previously unknown to them will be discerned, they will remember that which they had forgotten, a desire to strive after good would be inculcated in their hearts, a yearning to attain the blessing of their Lord will be created, a fear would be attained of His punishment and of sins. All of this serves to increase faith.

‘who put their trust in their Lord’

 Their hearts depend upon their Lord in order to procure the good and repress the harm, both wordly and religious, and they have absolute trust that Allaah would indeed do this. Tawwakul is the vessel that carries all actions, they cannot exist or be perfected except by virtue of it…

‘They are the believers in truth’,

Because they combine Islaam and faith, outer and inner actions, knowledge and actions, fulfilling the rights of Allaah and the rights of His servants. The actions of the heart were mentioned first because they are the source of bodily actions and better than them. This verse also comprises proof that faith increases and decreases,increasing with actions of obedience and decreasing with actions of disobedience. This verse also shows that it is upon the servant to tend to his faith and to that which would increase it, the first step towards that is contemplation of the book of Allaah.

~‘Allaamah as Sa’dee: Taysir Kareem ar Rahmaan

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The Greeting Sabaahul Khayr-Sabaahun Noor; Masaa-ul Khayr-Masaa-in Noor Is A Greeting Of The Magians

A great number of the of the people would say when they greet one another; ”Sabaahul-Khayr or Masaa-ul Khayr!”  The respond to this greeting is: ”Sabaahun Noor and Masaa-in Noor”.  This greeting is a Magian greeting (i.e. a greeting of the fire worshippers).

The Magians believe in two powerful (forces); the forces of Good and Evil, which they compare to Light and Darkness.  The Magians have two gods; the god of goodness or light and the god of evil or darkness; and that these two (gods) contend with one another to rule the world.

So this is the reason the Magians greet one another with their statement: Sabaahul Khayr-Sabaahun-Noor; while Islaam has commanded us (Muslims) to greet with the Islaamic Greeting ‘As-Salaamu-Alaykum’………

[Source: Mu’jamul Manaahiyy Lil-laf-dhiyyah (page:334-335) of Sheikh Bakr Abu Zaid (rahimahullaah)]

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Question: What are the books that a student of knowledge begins with, then if he wishes progresses onto?

Answer:  The books that a student at the beginning stages of seeking knowledge starts with – if he is well versed in reading and writing (Arabic) – then he should study

  • ‘Fathul-Majeed Sharh Kitaabut-Tawheed’ since it is a great book and also study
  • ‘Aqeedahtul Waasitiyyah’ by Shaykh ul-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah, and
  • ‘al-Qawlul Mufeed’ by our brother Muhammad bin ‘Abdul Wahaab al-Wasaabi and likewise
  • ‘Bulugh al-Maraam’ and
  • ‘Riyaadhus Saliheen’

Furthermore, once you have studied these books and you wish and desire (to move to) other books, and indeed if you are able you should begin with the memorisation of the Qur’aan then that is better and more virtuous. Subsequently, the issue of the Arabic language for our non-Arab brothers is very important, since if a non-Arab was not well versed in the Arabic language, it is possible that a person in an Islamic garb could come to you and explain the Qur’aan upon other than its correct explanation, like that which occurred with the Mu’tazilah.

al-‘Allaamah Muqbil bin Haadee al Waadi’ee

Reference: Tuhfatul Mujeeb ‘Alaa Asilatil-Hadhir wal-Ghareeb P.156, Dar al-Aathar.

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