Can you imagine the desolation of a man who has been running for his life for days? Can you imagine his loneliness when he finally reaches a city far from his homeland where he doesn’t know a single person?
This was the condition of Prophet Musa (as) when he sat down beneath the shade of a tree and called out to his One Friend and Provider.
Pharaoh had sent his army to capture Prophet Musa (as). He escaped with his life and ran until he finally reached the city of Madyan, in present-day Jordan. In the heart of the city, some people were gathered around a well. He noticed a pair of sisters standing off to the side who had no one to help them draw water from the well. He offered his assistance and they left.
Feeling exhausted, Prophet Musa (as) then came and sat underneath the shade of a tree. He leaned against it and said:
رَبِّ إِنِّي لِمَا أَنزَلْتَ إِلَيَّ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَقِيرٌ
Rabbi inni lima anzalta ilayya min khayrin faqeer.
My Lord, I am in need of whatever good you send down to me. [28:24]
There was such desperation and humility in his words that Allah (swt) immediately responded to him.
The girls came back and offered to take Prophet Musa (as) to their home, where their father wanted to meet him. Their father, Prophet Shuaib (as), offered him a job, shelter, and marriage – “Tend to my fields and I will give my daughter’s hand to you in marriage.”
And thus, Prophet Musa (as) went from being unemployed to employed, homeless to having a home, and alone to having a family, within moments.
That is the power of this dua. The words of this dua are general so they can be recited for any blessing your heart desires. Particularly, however, it should be recited when seeking three blessings:
- For gaining employment.
- For having a home.
- For getting married.
You can recite this dua any time during the day, but specifically after every fardh salah or after praying 2 rakahs of voluntary prayer.
Which Quranic dua is your favorite? Comment below to let me know.