A comprehensive prayer for difficult times

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Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbasra relates one of the Holy Prophet’ssa oft-repeated prayers:

رَبِّ أعِنِّىْ وَلَا تُعِنْ علَىَّ وَانْصُرْنِىْ وَلَا تَنْصُرْعلَىَّ وَامْكُرْلِىْ وَلَا تَمْكُرْعلَىَّ وَاهْدِنِىْ وَيَسِّرِالْهُدَى لِىْ وَانْصُرْنِىْ عَلَى مَنْ بَغَى علَىَّ رَبِّ اجْعَلْنِىْ لَكَ شَكَّارًا لَكَ ذَكَّارًا لَكَ رَھَّابًا لَكَ مِطْوَاعًا لَكَ مُخْبِتًا اِلَيْكَ أَوَّاهًا مُنِيبًا رَبِّ تَقَبَّلْ تَوْبَتِىْ وَاغْسِلْ حَوْبَتِىْ وَأَجِبْ دَعْوَتِىْ وَثَبِّتْ حُجَّتِىْ وَسَدِّدْ لِسَانِىْ وَاھْدِ قَلْبِىْ وَاسْلُلْ سَخِيمَةَ صَدْرِىْ

“O my Lord, help me and do not help anyone against me. Bestow victory upon me and do not allow victory to my enemies over me. Plan and contrive for me and not against me. Make me steadfast upon guidance and make it easier for me to follow the right path. Come to my help if anyone transgresses against me. O my Lord, make me a grateful one; one who remembers You, fears You, is totally submitted to You, is a humble one in Your court and is inclined towards You. O my Lord, accept my repentance and cleanse me of my sins and accept my prayer. Establish my understanding firmly; make my tongue steadfast upon truth and the right path. Guide my heart and cleanse my bosom of rancour.” (Jami‘ al-Tirmidhi, Kitab al-Da‘wat)

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