A true believer never gives up supplicating to his/her Lord and imploring Him for guidance and aid. Almighty Allah teaches us to call upon Him and seek His forgiveness all the time. In the Qur’an, Almighty Allah teaches us: “Ask Allah of His bounty. Lo! Allah is ever Knower of all things.” (An-Nisa’: 32) Also: “And when My servant question thee concerning Me, then surely I am nigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he crieth unto Me. So let them bear My call and let them trust in Me, in order that they may be led aright.” (Al-Baqarah: 186)

In His Hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) guides us to the importance of du`a’ and says: “Du`a’ is a weapon of a believer, a pillar of religion and a light of the heavens and the earth.” The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Should I guide you to what would protect you against your enemies and bring you provision?’ Supplicate to Allah by day and night, for supplication is the weapon of a believer.”

In times of distress, afflictions, hardship, and spiritual weakness, a Muslim is to resort to Allah and seek His help and be assured that Allah will answer his du`a’ (supplication) and remove his hardship and strengthen his/her heart with iman.

Muslims always find peace of mind and heart in dhikr. This fact is stressed in the Qur’anic verse that reads (Who have believed and whose hearts have rest in the remembrance of Allah. Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest!) (Ar-Ra`d 13:28). So, it is our advice, dear sister, to seek Allah’s refuge and help against your worries and weaknesses via du`aa’, dhikr (remembrance of Allah), reciting the Qur’an, observing optional Prayers by the end of the night, making much istighfar (asking Allah for forgiveness), staying away from sins, giving out charity, patting the head of orphans, remember
ing death and the Hereafter, accompanying righteous and good friends, occupying your time with good and beneficial things, etc.

Moreover, you are encouraged to recite du`aas (supplications) mentioned in the Glorious Qur’an and the Sunnah. The following are some du`aas you can repeat:

La ilaha illa anta subhanaka inni kunt min azh-Zhalimin.

“There is no God save Thee. Be Thou glorified! I have been a wrong doer.” (Al-Anbiyaa’ 21: 87)

Allahumma rahmataka arju fala takilnee ila nafsee tarfata `ayn; wa aslih lee sha’nee kullahu , la ilaha illa anata (O Allah! I implore Your grace and mercy; so do not leave me to my own devices even for a single instant!)
La ilaha illa Allah al-`azeem al-haleem, la ilaha illa Allah rabbu al-`arshi al-`azeem, la ilaha illa Allahu rabbu as-samawati wa al-ardhi wa rabbu al-`arshi al-kareem (There is no god but Allah, the Great, the Clement; there is no god but Allah, Lord of the Mighty Throne; there is no god but Allah, Lord of the heavens and the earth, and Lord of the Mighty Throne.)
Allahumma innee amatuka, bint `abdik, bint amatik, nasiyatee bi yadika, qadin fiyya hukmuka, `adlun fiyya qada’uka; as’aluka bi kull ismin huwa laka sammayta bihi nafsaka aw anzaltahu fee kitabika aw `allamtahu ahadan min khalqika aw ista`tharta bihi fee `ilmi al-ghaybi `indaka an taj`ala al-Qur’ana rabee`a qalbee wa noora basaree wa jila`a huznee wa dhahaba hammee (O Allah! I am Your servant; daughter of Your servant, daughter of Your maid-servant; my forelock is under Your firm grip; Your decree is firmly established in my case; Your rule is just in my case. I ask You, invoking every single name You possess, with which You have called Yourself, or You have revealed in Your scripture, or instructed any of Your creation or You have kept hidden in the realm of the unseen with You, to make the Qur’an the spring of my heart, the light of my eyes, and an alleviator of my grief and a dispeller of my worries!)

Allaahumma aghninee bi halaalika an haraamika wa bi ta’atika an ma’siyatika wa bi fadhlika amman siwaaka
(“O Al
lah, make me sufficient and content in the things You have declared as halaal for me so that I am not compelled to turn to what You have declared as haraam for me; Make me content with Your obedience so that I need not resort to disobedience; make me content with Your favor, so that I need not look to favor of mortals!”)
“Allaahumma habbib ilaynaa al-imaana wa zayyinhu fee quloobinaa wa karrih ilayna al-kufra wa al-fusooqa wa al-‘isyaana
(O Allah, Make faith dear to our hearts and embellish our hearts with it, and make us abhor and detest disbelief, transgressions and disobedience!”)

Allaahumma tahhir qalbee wa ahsin farjee;

(O Allah, cleanse my heart (of all sinful thoughts) and help me to remain chaste and pure).

Rabbi qinee sharra basaree, rabbi qinee sharra sam’ee; rabbi qinee sharra lisaanee, rabbi qinee sharra maniyyee

(My Lord, guard me against the evils of my eyes, my Lord, guard me against the evils of my ears, guard me against the evils of my speech; guard me against the evils of my private parts).

Allaahumma habbib ilaynaa al-imaana wa zayyinhu fee qulubinaa wa karrih ilayna al-kufra wa al-fusuqa wa al-`isyaana

(O Allah, make faith dear to our hearts and embellish our hearts with it; and make disbelief, transgression and rebellion abhorrent to our hearts).