“Rabbish Rahli Sadri” is a part of Musa (a.s)’s dua, which he made before going to speak at the court of Pharaoh. This dua is very unique in its context.
Let’s learn about the full dua, its meaning, benefits, address some common questions, and more.
Rabbish Rahli Sadri Dua in Arabic:
رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِنْ لِسَانِي يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي
Rabbish Rahli Sadri Dua in Roman/ Transliteration:
Rabish rah li sadri wa yassirli amri wah lul uqdatan min lisaani, yaf kahu kauli
Rabbish Rahli Sadri Dua in English:
“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.” (20:25-29)
Background of This Dua
In Surah Taha (25-28) and Surah As Shaura (26:10), Allah talks about giving Musa (a.s) the heavy task of talking to the pharaoh and convincing him to leave his corruption and submit to one God.
Pharaoh lived in Egypt, and Musa (a.s) was wanted there. He was charged with murdering someone. Also, according to some scholars, he had a stammering problem. It was indeed a difficult task for him.
In the midst of self-doubt and insecurities, He asked Allah with the words of this dua, “Rabbish rahli Sadri wa yassirli amri wah lul uqdatan min lisaani yafkahu kauli.”
In the Holy Quran, Allah beautifully acknowledges his feelings, gives him firmness of heart and consoles him by saying that Allah will be listening to him there.
After this dua, Musa (a.s) went to the pharaoh’s court with Haroon (a.s), and he spoke without any difficulty and surprised the people and magicians gathered there.
This dua tells us that nothing is impossible if Allah is with you. If you ask Allah sincerely, He removes your problems and makes you win when you know you won’t.
The Meaning of this Dua:
In this dua, Musa (a.s) asked Allah for four things.
- He asked for “Opening his heart“, which means he wanted to gain focus and calmness
- He asked Allah to “Make his task easy“, which means he wanted to speak clearly without distractions or hurdles
- He asked for “Untying the knot of his tongue“, which tells us that he wanted to speak fluently without getting confused
- Lastly, he asked Allah for “People to understand his speech.“
Rabbish Rahli Sadri Dua in Quran:
This dua is in Surah Taha which is the 20th Surah of the Quran. Verse 25 to 28 of Surah Taha mentions this dua, which is as follows;
قَالَ رَبِّ ٱشْرَحْ لِى صَدْرِى , وَيَسِّرْ لِىٓ أَمْرِى , وَٱحْلُلْ عُقْدَةًۭ مِّن لِّسَانِى , يَفْقَهُوا۟ قَوْلِى
“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.” (Surah Taha: 25-29)
Rabbish Rahli Sadri Dua Benefits:
1. Increase Confidence
This dua is best to boost your confidence level. What is confidence anyway? It’s the acceptance of your abilities and qualities. It’s your belief in yourself and your ability to speak without fear of something. Musa (a.s) recited it to gain confidence for public speaking.
2. Improve Focus
It also helps you improve your focus. People who are less confident often forget everything in the middle of a speech, interview or conversation. That is because of focus issues. The phrase of “Rabbish rahli sadri dua means “Oh my Lord! open my heart” so that I can be focused on my speech.
3. Reduce Nervousness and Anxiety
Nervousness and anxiety are caused by low-self esteem and lack of confidence. This dua helps you attain calmness and peace of heart, which removes your nervousness and anxiety in no time.
4. Help With Completion of Any Task
If you are facing difficulty to accomplish any task, this is the right dua for you. Musa (a.s) was given a difficult task to remind, and convince the Pharaoh to worship Allah alone. Musa (a.s) simply aced it, and the righteous among them believed.
5. Help With Clear Speech
This dua helps you make a clear speech. Clear speech is your ability to speak in simple and clear words. When you’re in a confused state, your speech goes all over the place, and nothing makes sense. This dua can help you with this issue.
6. Help Making Impactful Speech
It also helps you in making an impactful speech, a speech that inspires people. Sometimes your speech/lecture is in clear words, but it has no barakah. It doesn’t really change or encourage people. Musa (a.s)’s speech made the magicians bow down to Allah in complete awe.
7. Best for Exams
Although this dua is mainly for increasing confidence, it can also be used for exam success. You can recite this dua before writing your exam paper. It can help you write clearly, which make your points understandable for your examiner.
8. Excellent for Interviews
If you’re stressed about an upcoming job interview, then this dua is best for you, insha’Allah. It will help you overcome interview stress, gain confidence and improve your interview performance.
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9. Good for Speeches, Debates and Presentations
This dua is especially for effective speeches, debates and presentations. If you have a debate competition, speech or subject presentation at your school/ college/ university, read this dua before performing your part.
10. Best for Difficult Conversations
Many of us has at least one person in our life, with whom conversation seems difficult. For some it can be thier father, mother or an uncle etc. For Musa (a.s) it was the Pharaoh. Allah taught this dua to musa (a.s), after which he was given confidence and strength to speak the truth.
If you want to know how many times you should recite this dua or how you can benefit from it, then read this mini blog now,“Powerful Dua for Confidence by Musa (a.s).”
Frequently Asked Question (FAQ’s)
These are the most commonly asked questions about Rabbish Rahli Sadri dua.
1. What does Rabbish Rahli Sadri mean?
Rabbish Rahli Sadri is the first sentence of Musa (a.s)’s dua, which means, “Oh my Lord! open my heart.” It is also translated as, “Oh my Lord! expand my chest for me”.
2. What are the Benefits of Rabbish Rahli Sadri Dua?
There are 10 main benefits of this dua. I.e., it helps to increase confidence, improve focus, reduce nervousness and anxiety, help with the completion of any task, help with clear and impactful speech, helps to get exams, speech, debate and presentation success and to hold difficult conversations.
3. What Surah is Rabbish Rahli Sadri?
This dua is in the 20th Surah of Quran, which is known as Surah Taha ayah 25 til 28.
4. What is Rabbish Rahli Sadri English Translation?
There are different english translations of this dua, two of our favourite are as follows;
“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.” —Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
“O my Lord! Open for me my chest (grant me self-confidence, contentment, and boldness). And ease my task for me. And make loose the knot (the defect) from my tongue, (i.e. remove the incorrectness from my speech). That they Understand my speech.” — Muhsin Khan
5. What is Rabbish Rahli Sadri Urdu Translation?
The Urdu translation of this dua is as follows;
میرے رب! میرے لیے میرا سینہ کشادہ فرما دے ۔ اور میرا کام آسان کر دے ۔ اور میرے زبان کی گرہ کھول دے تاکہ وہ میری بات سمجھ سکیں۔
This dua tells us so many beautiful things, but most importantly, it tells us that despite being religious and having faith in Allah, we can still get scared and nervous to speak the truth in front of normal people or world leaders and authorities. We can doubt our abilities for public speaking and to speak what is true. But, It also tells us when we ask Allah for help, His help comes.