Jibril (‘alayhis salam) advises Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) to recite a du’a when distressed


What is the reference for this narration?

No affliction afflicted Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) but Jibril (‘alayhis salam) came down advising him to recite this du’a:

I have placed firm trust on the Ever living who does not die. All praise is due to Allah who has not taken a son nor does he have any partner in His kingdom; and glorify Him in abundance.


This narration is recorded in Mustadrak Hakim and Ad Da’awatul Kabir of Imam Bayhaqi.

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whenever I was distressed/grief struck, Jibril (‘alayhis salam) would appear and would say, O Muhammad! Recite the following:

تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى الْحَيِّ الَّذِي لَا يَمُوتُ، وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي لَمْ يَتَّخِذْ وَلَدًا، وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ شَرِيكٌ فِي الْمُلْكِ، وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ وَلِيٌّ مِنَ الذُّلِّ وَكَبِّرْهُ تَكْبِيرًا

Tawakkaltu ‘alal hayyilladhi la yamutu walhamdulillahil ladhi lam yattakhiz waladan walam yakun lahu sharikun fil mulki walam yakun lahu waliyyum minazzuli wa kabbir hu takbira

(Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 1 pg. 509, Ad Da’awatul Kabir, Hadith: 185. Also see: Al Faraju Ba’dash Shiddah of Imam Abu Bakr Ibn Abid Dunya, Hadith: 66, Targhib, vol. 2 pg. 619 and Al Matalibul ‘Aliyah, Hadith: 2449)

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) also instructed a Sahabi to recite this du’a who was undergoing financial difficulty and sickness. See here

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

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