Posted by: Dawud Israel | December 30, 2008

Collection of Duas for the Oppressed


This is a post that I think needs to be done, especially in light of Gaza. I understand that it’s not the only crisis in the Muslim world, there are many more but I think our attachment to the Holy Land should prompt people to return to Allah, because Allah will only grant us entrance into the Holy Land, His Land, when we return to Him.

Please understand that this is NOT to pray for the destruction of non-Muslims. Such a generalized and hateful thing is not permitted. This is to pray against the injustice that is happening in the Muslim world, whether it be from the work of non-Muslims or Muslims.

1) Tahajjud- Pray the Night prayers reciting long surahs and completing your salat with dua for the Gazans and for all who are oppressed. This is the best, tried-and-test method in Islam. Others are doing the same

2) Making Qunoot Nazila. This is especially recommended for times of calamity and is a practice in the Sunnah where Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasalam did this in times of difficulty. See here for more informaion.

3) The following are duas, wirds and hizbs on this topic. If you don’t know what wird and hizbs are, they are essentially duas but composed by Sufi shuyookh, for the specific purpose of the protection of all the Muslims. They have been historically recited enmasse amongst Muslims during periods of colonialism and destruction, and people have testified to their effectiveness. If you are unfamiliar with Sufism or not too comfortable with this, then stick to the Duas for the Quran and Hadith. These files aren’t formatted or official like material, but just kinda here…

Duas in the Quran and Hadith relating to Oppression

The Hizb of Completion of Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani

English Explanation of the Hizb of  Completion

Arabic and English of the Hizb of Completion

Hizbul-Nasr of the Shadili Tariqa

Nasiri Dua PDF

Shaykh Habib Ali’s instructions for praying for Gaza:

An instruction from Habib Ali:

Seeking refuge in Allah, returning to Him, and beseeching Him due to the situation of our Muslim brethren in Gaza in particular and in the rest of the world in general.

Habib Ali Zayn al-Abidin al-Jifri instructed all muslims with the remembrance of Allah, with His Words: “Those who have been warned by other people, “Behold, a host has gathered against you; so beware of them!” – whereupon this only increased their faith, so that they answered, “God is enough for us; and how excellent a guardian is He!” (3:173)

God is enough for us; and how excellent a guardian is He! (Hasbuna Allah wa ni’m al-Wakeel)

450 x times, at least 70 x times in the evening.

Afterwards concluding with the verse: “and returned [from the battle] with God’s blessings and bounty, without having been touched by evil: for they had been striving after God’s goodly acceptance – and God is limitless in His great bounty” (3:174)

Know that the Sahabas were more afraid of trial and tribulation during times of ease then they were in times of difficulty. Because they knew that Allah says in the Quran, “With every difficulty there is ease.” But when they were in times of ease, they knew a time of difficulty would soon be upon them. And yet even then they would remain firm in their faith- because Allah is their Lord, not just in times of prosperity and peace, but He is their Lord also in times difficulty. Their faith would not change and their state would remain the same in times of difficulty and in times of ease. And they would remain patient throughout those times.

Abu Dharr al-Ghifari radiallahu anhu said that the Prophet of Allah salallahu alayhi wasalam said:
“Indifference towards this world does not mean forbidding what is permitted, or squandering wealth, rather indifference towards this world means not thinking that what you have in your hand is more reliable than what is in Allah’s Hand, and it means feeling that the reward for a calamity that befalls you is greater than that which the calamity made you miss out on.”
Sunan Ibn Majah, Vol. 5, Chapters on Zuhd (37), Ch. 1, 4100.

Hisham said: Abu Idris al-Khawlani said: “The likeness of this Hadith compared to other Ahadith is like that of pure gold compared to ordinary gold.”

And as the hadith in Sahih al-Bukhari says, “Man yuridu allahi bihi ghayran yusibh minhu.” He whom Allah intends good he sends him some affliction. So we need to be patient and understand that “Hasbuna Allah” means Allah is SUFFICIENT for us. So don’t get disillusioned by your emotions and anger, just trust in Allah.

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.


  1. […] Join in. I’ll be praying too. Be sure to also see this post. […]

  2. JazakAllahu khayran for this wonderful post, masha’Allah!

  3. […] Not sure what to say in your dua’a? No problem! Check this out: Collection of Dua’as for the Oppressed […]

  4. jazakallah fr thiss!

  5. This site is good, I commend you. May Allaah reward you abundantly.

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