Supplications

DU’AS FOR PROTECTION AGAINST DISEASES INCLUDING COVID-19 

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In addition to adhering to all the health recommendations and guidelines issued by health professionals and governments, as well as the measures indicated by our respected Maraji’ Al-Taqlid, may Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) protect them all, such as social distancing, washing the hands, not touching the face, and other advices, reading the following Du’as and doing the actions below will inshallah help in protecting us from the harms of diseases such as COVID-19: 

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Try to pay Sadaqah every day as the hadith says, “Cure those who are sick through charity”, and “Surely Allah who there is no god but He, through Sadaqah, will indeed keep illness away,” and counted seventy different kinds of harms (Mustadrak Safīnat al-Biḥār, vol. 6, p. 237). Imam Ali (alaihi assalam) says, “Bring down the sustenance through Sadaqah(Nahj al-Balāghah, Short Words of Wisdom, No. 134)

There are many ways of doing that, but one way that might be easy to implement at home without having to leave is getting the Al-Ayn Foundation blue boxes to put the Sadaqah in them daily, since his Eminence, Ayatullah Sayed Sistani (may Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala prolong his life) has indicated that the money put in the box is considered as “received” Sadaqah.

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Do Istighfar as many times as you can, Try saying it at least 100 times in the morning and 100 at night. 

Astaghfirullah rabbi wa atubu ilaih. I seek the forgiveness of Allah and I repent before Him.

أستغفر الله ربي وأتوب إليه

Imam Ali (alaihi assalam) says, “There are two matters that keep the people safe from punishment, one is gone, so hold on to the other. The one that is gone is the Messenger (salla Allahu alaihi wa aalihi wa sallam). The one remaining is Istighfar. Allah, the Exalted, says, “But Allah will not punish them while you are in their midst, nor will Allah punish them while they plead for forgiveness,” (Nahj al-Balāghah, Short Words of Wisdom, No. 85 – the verse is from 8:33).

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Reading Ziayart Ashura every day and gift its reward (thawab/ajr) to al-Sayeda Narjis the mother of Imam al-Mahdi (ajjala Allahu ta’ala farajahu al-shareef). 

Suggestion from one of the Ulema when the plague hit Iraq.

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Listening to Masa’ib of Imam Husain (alaihi assalam), the eulogies at the end of the Majlis, on a daily basis. You can play a video at home and listen to it alone or with your family.

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Do a daily Tawassul in al-Sayeda Fatimah al-Zahrah (alaiha assalam) as follows: Ya Sayedati, Ya Mawalati, Ya Fatimatu Agheetheeni. 

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Praying to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) to keep the harm away from all Mu’mineen and Mu’minat, as the hadith says, “Nothing turns God’s determination other than Du’a.” Moreover, the hadith says, “When a Mu’min prays for his brother without informing him then Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) will say, ‘My angels, accept his Du’a and grant him the same’.” Start your Du’a with اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ، وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ followed by بِسْمِ ٱللّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ and then ask for your need. Imam Ali (alaihi assalam) states in Nahj Al-Balaghah that when you start the Du’a with Salawat and end with Salawat then Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) will answer it, as He (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is too generous to answer the beginning and the end parts of the Du’a but not the middle part of it. 

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Read Surah al-Ikhlas/al-Tawhid six times as follows: point your index finger to your right and read it once, then point it to your left and read it once again, then point it in front of you and read it again, then point it to the back and read it, then point it up and read it, and, finally, point it down and read it once again, for a total of six times in all six directions. According to Imam Al-Kadhim (alaihi assalam), This will inshallah keep all harm away from you.

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8 Please print the following and hang it above the entrance door of your home and the entrance 

from your garage, if you have one: 

إِنيِّ أُريدُ أَمانا ياَبنَْ فاطِمَة مسُْتمَْسِكا بيَدَِي مِنْ طارِقِ الزَمَّنِ

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According to Sheikh Abbas Al-Qummi in Mafatih Al-Jinan, recite the following 7 times after Fajr prayers to keep harm and illnesses away: 

بِسْمِ الله الرَّحْمن الرَّحيم لَا حَوْلَ وَ لَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ الْعَلِیِّ الْعَظِیمِ

In the Name of Allah the All-compassionate, the All-merciful; there is neither might nor power save with Allah, the All-high and All-great. 

One can also recite it three times several occasions during the day, as well.

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According to Ayatullah Sayed Hadi Al-Modarresi: Do Wudhu, face the Qiblah, say 

In the Name of Allah the All-compassionate, the All-merciful; بِسْمِ الله الرَّحْمن الرَّحيم and recite 70 times 

[Sura Yaseen:58] “Peace,” a word from a Merciful Lord سَلَامٌ قَوْلًا مِنْ رَبٍّ رَحِيمٍ

In addition, in the book Ṭib al-A’immah by Sayed Abdullah Shubbar (p. 376) one can also recite it eight times to keep harm away. 

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Recite the following seven verses after Fajr prayers: 

قُلْ لَنْ يُصِيبَنَا إِلَّا مَا كَتَبَ اللَّهُ لَنَا هُوَ مَوْلَانَا ۚ وَعَلَى اللَّهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ

[Sura Tawbah:51] Say, “Never will we be struck except by what Allah has decreed for us; He is our protector.” And upon Allah let the believers rely. 

وَإِن يَمْسَسْكَ اللَّهُ بِضُرٍّ فَلَا كَاشِفَ لَهُ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ وَإِن يُرِدْكَ بِخَيْرٍ فَلَا رَادَّ لِفَضْلِهِ ۚ يُصِيبُ بِهِ مَن يَشَاءُ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ ۚ وَهُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ

[Sura Yunus:107] And if Allah should touch you with adversity, there is no remover of it except Him; and if He intends for you good, then there is no repeller of His bounty. He causes it to reach whom He wills of His servants. And He is the Forgiving, the Merciful 

وَمَا مِن دَابَّةٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ إِلَّا عَلَى اللَّهِ رِزْقُهَا وَيَعْلَمُ مُسْتَقَرَّهَا وَمُسْتَوْدَعَهَا ۚ كُلٌّ فِي كِتَابٍ مُّبِينٍ

[Sura Hud:6] And there is no creature on earth but that upon Allah is its provision, and He knows its place of dwelling and place of storage. All is in a clear register. 

وَكَأَيِّن مِّن دَابَّةٍ لَّا تَحْمِلُ رِزْقَهَا اللَّهُ يَرْزُقُهَا وَإِيَّاكُمْ ۚ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ

[Sura Ankabut:60] And how many a creature carries not its [own] provision. Allah provides for it and for you. And He is the Hearing, the Knowing. 

مَّا يَفْتَحِ اللَّهُ لِلنَّاسِ مِن رَّحْمَةٍ فَلَا مُمْسِكَ لَهَا ۖ وَمَا يُمْسِكْ فَلَا مُرْسِلَ لَهُ مِن بَعْدِهِ ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ

[Sura Fatir:2] Whatever Allah grants to people of mercy – none can withhold it; and whatever He withholds – none can release it thereafter. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. 

وَلَئِن سَأَلْتَهُم مَّنْ خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ لَيَقُولُنَّ اللَّهُ ۚ قُلْ أَفَرَأَيْتُم مَّا تَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ إِنْ أَرَادَنِيَ اللَّهُ بِضُرٍّ هَلْ هُنَّ كَاشِفَاتُ ضُرِّهِ أَوْ أَرَادَنِي بِرَحْمَةٍ هَلْ هُنَّ مُمْسِكَاتُ رَحْمَتِهِ ۚ قُلْ حَسْبِيَ اللَّهُ ۖ عَلَيْهِ يَتَوَكَّلُ الْمُتَوَكِّلُونَ

[Sura az-Zumar:38] And if you asked them, “Who created the heavens and the earth?” they would surely say, “ Allah .” Say, “Then have you considered what you invoke besides Allah ? If Allah intended me harm, are they removers of His harm; or if He intended me mercy, are they withholders of His mercy?” Say, “Sufficient for me is Allah ; upon Him [alone] rely the [wise] reliers.” 

فَإِن تَوَلَّوْا فَقُلْ حَسْبِيَ اللَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ ۖ وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ

[Sura Tawbah:129] But if they turn away, [O Muhammad], say, “Sufficient for me is Allah ; there is no deity except Him. On Him I have relied, and He is the Lord of the Great Throne.” 

According to one of the Ulema when a major illness hit his town. 

 

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The Invocation of Al-Ridha’ for Every Illness and Fear 

In the book Ṭib Al-A’immah by Sayed Abdullah Shubbar, it is narrated from Imam Al-Ridha (alaihi assalam) that at the time of disease say, 

Muhammad b. Kathir at-Dimashqi narrated from al-Hasan b. ‘Ali b. Yaqtin from Al-Ridha’, peace be upon him, that he [al-Hasan] said: I took this invocation from Al-Ridha’. He mentioned that it was a comprehensive preventative and a safeguard and protection from every illness and fear: 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم، لا حَوْلَ وَ لا قُوَّةَ إلاّ بالله العَليِّ العَظيم، وَ لا يَنْفَعُ شَئٌ إِلاّ بِإِذْنِ الله، تَوَكّلتُ عَلى الله، وَ لا يَأْتي بالشِّفاءِ إلاّ بالله، ما شاءَ الله وَ لا يَصْرفُ السوء إلاّ الله، حَسْبيَ الله الذي خَلَقني فَهُوَ يَهدين، وَ الذّي هُوَ يُطْعِمُني وَ يَسْقينِ، وَ إذا مَرِضْتُّ فَهُوَ يَشْفين، وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ القُرآنِ ما هُوَ شِفاءٌ وَرَحْمَةً لِلْمؤْمِنين، اللَّهُمَّ ارْزُقْنا العَافية، لا تُفرّق بيننا و بَيْنَ العافية، يا خالقَ العافية، بِرَحْمَتِكَ يا أرْحَمَ الرّاحِمينَ.

‘“In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate, In the Name of Allah, slink you into it, and do not speak to me (23:108). I take refuge in the All-merciful from thee if thou fearest God (19:18) or do not fear God. I take hold, with the Hearing of Allah and His Sight, over your hearing and sight, and with the Might of Allah over your might. No authority have you over so-and-so, son of so-and-so, or over his progeny, or his wealth, or his family. I draw down between you and him the veil of Prophethood, by which they concealed themselves from the assault of the Pharoahs, with Jibra’il on your right, and Mika’il on your left, and Muhammad, blessings be on him and his Ahl al-Bayt before you, with Allah, the Exalted, overshadowing you. Allah guards him, his progeny, his wealth, and his family from the demons (al-shayatin). Whatever Allah has willed, there is no might or power except with Allah, the Most High, the Mighty. O Allah, his clemency will not attain Your patience as long as it does not attain the utmost degree of Your Power. You are the most excellent Master and the most excellent Helper. Allah guard you and your progeny, O so-and-so, by that with which He guarded his friends, blessings of Allah on Mohammad and his Ahl al-Bayt.” ‘Write the verse of the Throne (2:255) up to: And He is the Most High, the Mighty. Then write: “There is no might or power except with Allah, the Most High, the Mighty. There is no refuge from Allah except with him. Sufficient for us is Allah, the most excellent protector.”’

(Ṭib al-A’immah by Sayed Abdullah Shubbar, p. 373) 

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