The keys to relief:


Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

If you are surrounded by fears and grave matters, implore your Lord by this great name, as the prophets (peace be upon them) used to do. Indeed, He hears the supplication, responds to those in distress, and removes harm. So, do not present your grief and distress to anyone else. Rather, fall in prostration before Allah Almighty, stand at His door, and talk and weep to Him, and then expect relief.

Zachariah (peace be upon him) called out his Lord secretly, so He gave him what his heart desired:

{When he called to his Lord a private supplication.}

[Surat Maryam: 3]

And after he supplicated Allah by His name the All-Hearing, He gave him a righteous offspring:

{...My Lord, grant me from Yourself a good offspring. Indeed, You are the All-Hearing of supplication.}

[Surat Ᾱl-‘Imrān: 38]

Likewise, Ibrahīm (Abraham) (peace be upon him) implored Allah by this name to accept his deed, after he and his son Isma‘īl (Ishmael) finished the construction of the Ka‘bah:

{...Our Lord, accept from us. Indeed, You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.}

[Surat al-Baqarah: 127]

Using this name, Abraham (peace be upon him) gave thanks to Allah for answering his supplication:

{Praise to Allah, Who has granted me in old age Ishmael and Isaac. Indeed, my Lord is the All-Hearing of supplication.}

[Surat Ibrahīm: 39]

Also by this name, the wife of ‘Imrān sought closeness to her Lord and asked Him to accept her deed as she dedicated what was in her womb in a vow:

{When the wife of ‘Imrān said: “My Lord, indeed I have pledged to You what is in my womb, consecrated [for Your service], so accept this from me. Indeed, You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.”}

[Surat Ᾱl-‘Imrān: 35]

As Joseph (peace be upon him) experienced tough circumstances and evil plots, he supplicated his Lord saying:

{...My Lord, prison is more liking to me than that to which they are inviting me. And if You do not avert from me their plot, I might incline toward them and [thus] be of the ignorant.So his Lord responded to him and averted from him their plan. Indeed, He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.}

[Surat Yūsuf: 33-34]

And as Yūnus (Jonah) (peace be upon him) was in the belly of the whale, he called out:

{...There is no god except You; Glorified are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.}

[Surat al-Anbiyā’: 87]

His feeble voice that came out of three types of darkness pierced the heaven, and behold! The All-Hearing, the All-Knowing saved him from the distress:

{So We responded to him and saved him from the distress...}

[Surat al-Anbiyā’: 88]

Allah Almighty afflicts His servants to hear their complaints and earnest imploring and supplication. He says:

{He said: “I only complain of my suffering and my grief to Allah...}

[Surat Yūsuf: 86]



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