Al-Abbas (R.A.), the uncle of the Prophet (ﷺ), came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and said: “Ya Rasulullah, teach me a du’a.” The Prophet ( ﷺ) said: “O my uncle, say:
ALLAHUMMA INNI AS’ ALUKA AL’AFIYAH
O Allah, I ask you for afiyah
Learn this dua if you dont already know it.
What is Afiyah?
- To be saved from any afflictions
- To be healthy
- To have enough money
- To live
- To have your children protected
- And if you are forgiven and not punished, you are in afiyah.
So basically, Afiyah means: “O Allah, protect me from any pain and sufferings.” This includes both dunya and akhirah.
Al-Abbas (R.A.) thought about this for a while, and then he came back after a few days and said (paraphrased): “Ya Rasulullah, this du’a seems a little short. I want something big.”
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “My dear uncle, ask Allah for Afiyah for Wallahi, you cannot be given anything better than afiyah.”
It is a simple du’a.
Sincerely mean what you say while praying. “O Allah, I ask You to be saved from any: distress, grief, hardship, harm, and don’t test me, etc.”
All of this is included in *“Allahumma inni as’aluka al’afiyah” (Riyadh As Saliheen, Sunan At-Tirmidhi).