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A short but powerful prayer

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:

O Allah, I ask you for afiyah

Learn this dua if you dont already know it.

What is Afiyah?

Afiyah means:

  • 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).


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