16 Duas for Difficult Times (Anxiety, Depression, Stress and Sadness)

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Hard times leave us all anxious, stressed, sad and, at times, depressed. But a life without difficulty is an illusion. This blog post provides sixteen duas for difficult times to help you do better.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is faith-based and spiritual in nature, and it does not intend to replace or be substitute for professional medical advice and/or mental health advice and/or financial advise.

Why are You Facing Difficult Times?

Allah almighty stated in the Holy Quran that He created humankind in hardship. So, It’s inevitable to avoid difficulties; they are a normal part of our daily lives. As a result of hard moments, we face a rollercoaster of negative emotions like anxiety, stress, sadness and depression.

But do you know that you’re not alone, and you’ve never been alone?

The Holy Quran tells us all the prophets had difficult moments in their lives where they faced suffering and distress. Even the strongest believers became anxious, stressed and sad upon trials, but their patience, determination and faith saved them.

Allah says: We will certainly test you with a touch of fear and hunger and loss of property, life, and crops. Give good news to those who patiently endure.

Surah al Baqarah 2:155

You’ll always go through difficult times in your life. But the good news is you can overcome these feelings and come out as a braver and stronger person.

Allah’s Promise For You:

“Allah will never burden a soul beyond it you can bear.” — (2:286). Your sadness or distress is not a sign of weak imaan (faith) rather it’s a blessing in disguise. Do your part of the job, make dua, and be patient, and you’ll be stunned to see the hidden secrets of this hard times.

Below are 16 duas for difficult times shared in two parts: Prophetic duas and other duas

8 Prophetic Duas:

The Holy Quran mentions beautiful duas of prophets, which they recited in the face of distress. The duas are as follows;

1. Dua of Prophet Adam (a.s) for finding your way out of distress

When Prophet Adam (a.s) disobeyed Allah and lost his way, he instantly realized his mistake and asked for pardon, to which he was guided and protected from distress.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) told us that whoever constantly seeks forgiveness, Allah Almighty appoints a way out of every distress, a relief from every anxiety, and provides sustenance for him from where he expects not.

تَغْفِرْ لَنَا وَتَرْحَمْنَا لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ

Roman/ Transliteration: Rabbanaa zalamnaaa anfusanaa wa-in lam taghfir lanaa wa tarhamnaa lanakoonanna minal khaasireen

Meaning: “Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will surely be among the losers.”

Source: Quran (7:23)

2. Dua of Prophet Yaqub (a.s) when you lose someone

Prophet Yaqub (a.s) was hurt, and his heart was full of grief in the memory of his lost son. He used to miss his son and cried so much that his eyes turned white out of sadness.

Yaqub (a.s) supplicated the following dua and put all hopes and trust in Allah alone, and the Almighty reunited him with his lost son.

إِنَّمَا أَشْكُو بَثِّي وَحُزْنِي إِلَى اللَّهِ

Roman/ Transliteration: Innamaaa ashkoo bassee wa huzneee ilal laahi

Meaning: “I only complain of my suffering and my grief to Allah.”

Source: Quran (12:86)

3. Dua of Prophet Yunus (a.s) to save yourself from anxiety, fear and misery

If you find yourself stuck in the ocean’s depth, where darkness has surrounded you, and no friend has accompanied you other than anxiety and fear. If misery has broken your backbone, then do what Prophet Yunus (a.s) did when he was in a similar situation.

Be humble, accept you’ve errored, reflect where you went wrong, and make the following dua which is capable of pulling you out of every inch of darkness.

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

Roman/ Transliterationlaa ‘ilaaha ‘illaa ‘Anlta subhaanaka ‘innee kuntu minadh-dhaalimeen

Meaning: “There is none worthy of worship but You, glory is to You. Surely, I was among the wrongdoers.”

Source: Quran (21:87)

4. Dua of Prophet Ayyub (a.s) to seek relief from calamity, disease, hopelessness & negative thoughts

When you face a difficult situation for too long, it’s possible to get infected with negative thoughts or become hopeless. Satan is ready to entrap you despite your strong faith.

So, follow the beautiful example of Prophet Ayyub (a.s) when he made a dua amidst calamity and disease after losing everything, and Allah doubled all his blessings.

رَبَّهُ أَنِّي مَسَّنِيَ الضُّرُّ وَأَنْتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ

Roman/ Transliteration: Rabbahooo annee massaniyad durru wa anta arhamur raahimeen

Meaning: “Indeed, adversity has touched me, and you are the Most Merciful of the merciful.”

Source: Quran (21:83)

5. Dua of Prophet Musa (a.s) for fear of misfortune, late marriage or poverty

Prophet Musa (a.s) had to leave his hometown due to something. He entered a new place – where he had no food, house, work or family. It was really difficult for him.

Musa (a.s) made this dua, then Allah blessed him with a selfless opportunity to help two young girls, which led him to welcome all sorts of blessings, such as a wife, a job, good provision and a place to live.

رَبِّ إِنِّي لِمَا أَنْزَلْتَ إِلَيَّ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَقِيرٌ

Roman/ Transliteration: Rabbi innee limaaa anzalta ilaiya min khairin faqeer

Meaning: “My Lord, indeed I am, for whatever good You would send down to me, in need.”

Source: Quran (28:24)

6. Dua of Prophet Musa (a.s) to speak with confidence

Sharing your feelings and thoughts can be stressful for some of us, especially if we’ve to say it aloud. This dua helped Musa (a.s) to speak fluently in the court of Pharaoh, although he had a speech impediment. You can overcome social anxiety through this dua.

رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِنْ لِسَانِي يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي

Roman/ Transliteration: Rabbish rahli sadri wa yassirli amri wah lul uqdatan min lisaani, yaf kahu kauli

Meaning: “My Lord! open my heart, and make my task easy for me, loosen the knot in my tongue, so that they may understand my speech.”

Source: Quran (20:25-29)

7. Dua of Prophet Zakariya (a.s) to say when you’re childless

Zakariya (a.s) was childless and had a strong urge to have a righteous child. When he went to meet maryam (a.s) in the sanctuary, he saw her with lots of unseasoned fruits. Zakriya (a.s) realized Allah almighty’s mercy is limitless, so he sincerely asked for a child with this dua. Allah accepted his dua and removed the sorrow from his heart.

رَبِّ لَا تَذَرْنِي فَرْدًا وَأَنْتَ خَيْرُ الْوَارِثِينَ

Roman/ Transliteration: Rabbi laa tazarnee fardanw wa anta khairul waariseen

Meaning:  “My Lord, do not leave me alone (childless), while you are the best of successors.”

Source: Quran (21:89)

8. Dua of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to get relief of the heart, mind and soul

Anas ibn Malik said that whenever something distressed prophet Muhammad (pbuh), he would recite this dua. You can also recite this dua and ask Allah almighty for relief and healing from your stress, anxiety or depression.

يَا حَىُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ 

Roman/ Transliteration: Ya hayyu ya qayyum, bi-rahmatika astaghith

Meaning: “O Living, O Self-Sustaining Sustainer! In Your Mercy do I seek relief.”

Source: Jami at Tirmidhi 3524 ; Grade: Sahih (authentic)

8 Other Duas from Quran & Hadith:

1. Dua of Umm Salamah to overcome sadness, loss and depression

Umm Salamah (r.a) reported Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “No Muslim is afflicted with any calamity and says the following dua and Allah will replace it (his calamity) with something better.”

Umm Salamah supplicated this dua herself when she lost her beloved husband in the war, after which Allah arranged her marriage with the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – the best of creation.

إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُوْنَ، اَللَّهُمَّ أْجُرْنِيْ فِيْ مُصِيْبَتِيْ وَأَخْلِفْ لِيْ خَيْرًا مِنْهَا

Roman/ Translitertion: Innaa lillaahi wa ‘innaa ‘ilayhi raaji’oon, Allaahumma’-jurni fee museebatee wa ‘akhliflee khayran minhaa

Meaning: “Indeed, to Allah we belong and to Allah we will return. O Allah, reward me in my affliction and replace it with something better than it.”

Source: Sahih Muslim 918; Grade: Sahih (authentic)

2. Dua of Asiya (a.s) when you’re facing torture

If you’re being tortured due to your belief in Allah and finding it hard to walk the path of Islam, remember the example of Asiya bint Muzahim (r.a) and supplicate with her dua.

She was a queen but tortured to death due to her belief in Allah. When Asiya (r.a) was left on the ground to die, she made this dua, and the angels showed her home in paradise. This dua will help you focus on your home in Jannah amidst the anxious and painful surroundings.

رَبِّ ٱبْنِ لِى عِندَكَ بَيْتًۭا فِى ٱلْجَنَّةِ

Roman/ Translitertion: Rabbi ibni lee ‘indaka baytan fee al-jannati

Meaning: “My Lord! build for me a house near you in paradise.”

Source: Quran (66:11)

3. Dua to recite at times of distress

Asma bint Umays reported: Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said to her “May I not teach you some words that you can say at times of distress?” then He taught her the following words of dua;

اللَّهُ اللَّهُ رَبِّي لاَ أُشْرِكُ بِهِ شَيْئًا

Roman/ Transliteration: Allahu Allahu rabi la a-shariku bihi shai-a

Meaning: “Allah , Allah is my Lord, I do not associate anything as partner with Him.”

Source: Sunan Abi Dawud 1525; Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to al-albani

4. Dua to deal with worries of debt

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) taught this dua to one of his companions who was sitting alone in the mosque due to worries about debt. He (pbuh) suggested this dua to recite one time in the morning and evening to release debt anxiety.


اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْهَمِّ وَالْحَزَنِ، ‏‏‏‏‏‏وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ، ‏‏‏‏‏‏وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْجُبْنِ وَالْبُخْلِ، ‏‏‏‏‏‏وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ غَلَبَةِ الدَّيْنِ وَقَهْرِ الرِّجَالِ

Roman/ Transliteration: Allahumma inni audhu bika min l-hammi wa l-hazan, wa audhu bika min l-ajzi wa l-kasal, wa audhu bika min l-jubni wa l-bukhl, wa audhu bika min ghalabatid-dayni wa qahrir-rajal

Meaning: “O Allah, I seek refuge in you from worry and sadness. I seek refuge in you from weakness and laziness. I seek refuge in you from cowardice and miserliness. And I seek refuge in you from being overwhelmed by debt and the tyranny of men.”

Source: Sunan abi Dawud 1555; Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to al-suyuti

5. Dua for a stressed and troubled person

Abubarkah (r.a) reported that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: The supplication of a distressed person is this and then He mentioned the following words;

اللَّهُمَّ رَحْمَتَكَ أَرْجُو فَلاَ تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ

Roman/ Transliteration: allaahumma rahmataka ‘arjoo falaa takilnee ‘ilaa nafsee tarfata ‘aynin, wa ‘aslih lee sha’nee kullahu, laa’ilaaha ‘illaa ‘anta

English Meaning: “Oh Allah, I hope for Your mercy. Do not leave me to myself even for the blinking of an eye (i.e. a moment). Correct all of my affairs for me. There is none worthy of worship but You.”

Source: Sunan Abi Dawud 5090; Grade: Hasan (good) according to al-Albani

6. Dua to say when anxious or depressed:

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said if a servant is struck by worry or grief and says the following words of dua, then Allah will expel his worry and replace his grief with joy.

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي عَبْدُكَ، ابْنُ عَبْـدِكَ، ابْنُ أَمَتِـكَ، نَاصِيَتِي بِيَدِكَ، مَاضٍ فِيَّ حُكْمُكَ، عَدْلٌ فِيَّ قَضَاؤُكَ، أَسْأَلُكَ بِكُلِّ اسْمٍ هُوَ لَكَ، سَمَّيْتَ بِهِ نَفْسَكَ، أَوْ أَنْزَلْتَهُ فِي كِتَابِكَ، أَوْ عَلَّمْتَهُ أَحَداً مِنْ خَلْقِـكَ، أَوِ اسْتَأْثَرْتَ بِهِ فِي عِلْمِ الغَيْبِ عِنْـدَكَ، أَنْ تَجْعَلَ القُرْآنَ رَبِيعَ قَلْبِي، وَنُورَ صَدْرِي، وجَلَاءَ حُزْنِي وذَهَابَ هَمِّي

Roman/ Transliteration: Allaahumma innee abduk, wabnu abdik, wabnu amatik, naasiyati beyadik, maadhin fiyya hukmuk, adlun fiyya qadhaa’uk, as’aluka bi kullismin huwa lak, sammayta bihi nafsak, aw anzaltahu fee kitaabik, aw ʿalamtahu ahadan min khalqik, awista-tharta bihi fee ʿilmil ghaybi ʿindak, an taj-al al-Qur’aan al-ʿađ̣eema rabeeʿa qalbi, wa noora sadri, wa jala’a huzni, wa dhahāba hammi.

Meaning: “O Allah, I am Your servant, the son of Your servant, the son of Your female servant. My forelock is in Your hand (You have total Mastery over me), Your decision over me has passed, and Your decree upon me is in justice. I ask You by every name with which you have named Yourself, or revealed in Your Book, or taught to one of Your creatures, or kept hidden in the Unseen with You, that You make the Quran the life (spring) of my heart, the light within me, the banisher of my depression, and the expeller of my anxiety.”

Source: Musnad Ahmad 3712; Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-albani

7. Dua to protect yourself from negative thoughts or emotions

 اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا عَمِلْتُ وَشَرِّ مَا لَمْ أَعْمَلْ

Roman/ Transliteration: Allahumma inni audhu bika min sharri ma ‘amiltu, wa min sharri ma lam a’mal

Meaning: “O Allah! I seek refuge in You from the evil of that which I have done and the evil of that which I have not done.”

Source: Sahih Muslim 2716; Grade: Sahih (authentic)

8. Dua to recite in times of trouble

Ibn Abbas (r.a) reported: Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) used to recite the following words of dua at times of suffering and trouble.

 لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ الْعَظِيمُ الْحَلِيمُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ رَبُّ السَّمَوَاتِ وَرَبُّ الأَرْضِ وَرَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْكَرِيمِ

Roman/ Transliteration: La ilaha illallahul-adhimul-haleem. La ilaha illallahu rabbul-arshil-adhim. La ilaha illallahu rabbus-samawati, wa rabbul-ardi, wa rabbul-arshil- kareem

Meaning: “There is no god but Allah, the great, the tolerant, there is no god but Allah, the Lord of the magnificent throne there is no God but Allah, the Lord of the heaven and the earth, the Lord of the edifying throne.”

Source: Sahih Muslim 2730; Grade: Sahih (authentic)

A Final Word from Mugs & Blogs:

We have shared sixteen duas taken from the Holy Quran or Hadiths. These are the duas for difficult times that you may recite at various hard moments of your life. You should not confuse these duas with medical, mental health or financial advice because they are spiritual in nature and intends to boost your spiritual strength to deal with hardships.

If you’re taking medications, you should continue to do so for emotional wellbeing and recite these duas along for spiritual wellbeing.

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