بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ
“It’s not safe here anymore.”
“Our lives and those of our children are in danger.”
“There is no security. Security is a basic human need.“
These were (and still are) the reasons cited by born Muslims who wish to emigrate to Western countries from the war-torn, underdeveloped, unsafe, and politically turbulent Muslim-majority areas of the world.
Anyhow, as fate would have it, the tests and tribulations of faith that were initially reserved exclusively for those struggling to live normally in Muslim-majority areas, are slowly creeping into Western countries as well, though they still remain, by and large, safe and secure places to dwell in.
Those Muslims who choose to ‘water down’ their religious practice and appearance in public, can still remain undetected and temporarily undisturbed by the rising tide of “Islamophobia”.
But what about the openly practicing Muslims? Are all the developed countries of the world still safe for the mosque-going, ‘brown’-skinned, hijab-wearing, bearded, Arabic-speaking and ‘outwardly apparent’ Muslims?
Not so much, anymore. They need to really watch their back, and tread on eggshells when out and about.
Anyhow, this post is not about the West-East debate. In this post, I would like to share a few dua’s that are found in the Qur’an, but which, for some reason, are lesser known/memorized by most Muslims, and even less commonly used in practice.
The reason I am highlighting them, is because these dua’s are really needed today. They can help Muslims tremendously in remaining steadfast upon the practice of Islam, and safe from the harm of verbal/physical assaults by hateful unbelievers amidst the rising anti-Islamic sentiment around the world.
So before much further ado, let us study the first dua.
1- This dua was made by Prophet Noah (عَلَيهِ السَّلَام):
فَدَعَا رَبَّهُ أَنِّي مَغْلُوبٌ فَانتَصِرْ
“Thereupon he (Noah) called out to his Sustainer, “Verily, I am defeated! Come You, then, to my help!” [54:10]
This is a truly beautiful and concise call made by a desperate, sincere believer to Allah, for immediate help against antagonistic disbelievers.
Prophet Noah (عَلَيهِ السَّلَام) called out to Allah when the antagonism of his nation got too much for him to bear. Do recall that he preached to his nation for a staggering 950 years! Nevertheless, his beautiful plea to Allah has been recorded in the Qur’an for a reason:
So that mankind uses the same entreating words that he did, to call out to Allah, when they too, need Allah’s help in the face of unrelenting opposition from unbelievers, because of their faith.
2. The next dua that Muslims can memorize and use to supplicate to Allah during the current tribulation-laden times that we all find ourselves in, in which confusion and misrepresentation of Islam in the media continue to rage around us more and more with each passing year, is also one that was made by a Prophet of Allah.
This time, it was Prophet Lut (عَلَيهِ السَّلَام):
رَبِّ نَجِّنِي وَأَهْلِي مِمَّا يَعْمَلُونَ
“My Lord! Save me and my household from what they do.” [26:169]
As you might already know, Prophet Lut lived in a nation where male homosexuality was common and openly practiced. When he stopped them from committing the evil sin of sodomy, they told him to get out of their land because he considered himself “too pure” compared to them (as an aside, don’t you think that in today’s Western world, Prophet Lut might have been labelled as a “homophobe”? And considered to be extremely “intolerant” of his nation’s “life choices”? Food for thought, eh?)
Anyhow, take a close look at the words that he chooses to use when making a desperate dua to Allah. He asks Allah to rid him, as well as his family, of what they (his nation’s people) were doing.
This is a beautiful dua that persecuted Muslims today can make to Allah as well, whenever they encounter racist non-Muslims who hate them because of their Islamic faith, and especially those homosexual non-Muslims who call them “homophobes” and proceed to tell them to “go home”, or yell “get out of my country!” at them.
This dua is an appeal to Allah by a Muslim, to save him and his family members from the evil and vice that is rampant around them. This dua should be made by any Muslim for whom it is becoming difficult to live in that dwelling place/town/country because of increasing persecution and opposition.
Already, anyone who condemns homosexuality as a lifestyle i.e. cohabiting openly with a same-sex “partner” and thus letting the world know that you are engaging in physical relations with them — is labelled as “homophobia” and is frowned upon as being an “intolerant” and “judgmental” attitude towards homosexuals. Kind of like the attitude of the people of Lut.
And remember, even though he prayed to Allah to save him and his family from the vice of his people, his wife did not get saved. This was because she was a homosexual sympathizer. That is, even though she was not a homosexual person herself, she did not hate nor condemn the homosexual practices of her nation. Hence, she was not saved from Allah’s punishment.
This is some major food for thought for any Muslim who does not feel كَرَاهَة (utter distaste and revulsion) in their heart for the act of two people of the same gender acting out their homosexual thoughts together. A heart that is pure from spiritual disease and enlightened with the light of pure faith can never, ever approve of — or not feel repulsed by — the mere thought of physical acts of homosexuality. Remember that.
Anyhow, this lovely dua from the Qur’an made by Prophet Lut is one that you, too, should bookmark, note down, and bring into your regular use. Take this as sincere advice from me: you will need this dua in the coming decades.
I live here in Pakistan, and I also use this dua. It does not have to be made by a Muslim when they are faced with enmity from homosexuals only. It can be used in situations involving all kinds of enemies. In Urdu, there is an expression that aptly describes when a Muslim should use this dua: “jub zameen tung ho jaye” i.e. when the earth becomes too constricted for a believer. This is surely what is happening nowadays, especially to American Muslims who practice their faith.
3. The third dua from the Qur’an that is lesser-known, and that I would like to recommend, is the one below. It was, like the two previous ones I mentioned, also used by a Prophet of Allah.
And once again, it was Prophet Noah (عَلَيهِ السَّلَام) who made this dua:
قَالَ رَبِّ إِنَّ قَوْمِي كَذَّبُونِ
“He said: My Lord! Lo! My own folk deny me….
فَافْتَحْ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَهُمْ فَتْحًا وَنَجِّنِي وَمَن مَّعِي مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
Therefore, judge You between us, a (conclusive) judgment, and save me and those believers who are with me.” [26:117, 118]
As you can see, Prophet Noah had reached a pretty desperate place. He lamented to Allah that his own people were rejecting him and his message. So he beseeched Allah to judge between him and them, and to save him and the believers who were with him.
This dua represents the last straw. It is to be made when the life of a believer is actually in danger. And I think that time is not far, when a Muslim could even get killed because of his or her faith. Practicing Muslims are already being physically assaulted by antagonistic non-Muslims in random incidents here and there around the world, but which are, sadly, on the rise.
For a Muslim to be mistreated and oppressed by another who claims to be (and is) a Muslim, is a great trial. But to be persecuted with the intention of murder by a non-Muslim who hates Islam and Muslims, is an even greater trial. If a Muslim dies in the latter situation, they will be martyrs, insha’Allah. However, they should try their best to save themselves, their families, their righteous brethren, and their faith — from harm, first.
I hope that you will note down the above three dua’s and try to ponder upon their meanings in the context in which they were revealed in the Qur’an. Read the tafsir of the ayaat in which they are found in the Qur’an. Ponder upon their meanings and then reflect upon how powerful they can be for protecting and saving a true believer’s faith, self, and family from harm in today’s chaotic, politically unpredictable, Islamophobic world.
May Allah grant safety and security (the real, permanent kind) to all people around the world, including my brothers and sisters in faith.
May Allah guide us all to the pure faith, belief, and path of action that attains for us all, His eternal pleasure. Amen.