First: Imam al-Baqir (`a) is reported to have said: Whenever a horrifying matter inflicts you, you may turn your face towards the kiblah direction and offer a two-unit prayer. Upon accomplishment, you may say this supplicatory prayer seventy times, and submit your requests each time you come to its end:
يَا أَبْصَرَ ٱلنَّاظِرِينَ
ya absara alnnazirina
O best seer of all those who can see,
وَيَا أَسْمَعَ ٱلسَّامِعِينَ
wa ya asma`a alssami`ina
O best hearer of all those who can hear,
وَيَا أَسْرَعَ ٱلْحَاسِبِينَ
wa ya asra`a alhasibina
O swiftest of those who settle account,
وَيَا أَرْحَمَ ٱلرَّاحِمِينَ
wa ya arhama alrrahimina
and O most merciful of all those who show mercy!
Second: The Holy Prophet (s) has said: Whoever is inflicted by a distress, a grief, angst, or a hardship, may say the following statement::
اللَّهُ رَبِّي لاَ أُشْرِكُ بِهِ شَيْئاً
allahu rabbi la ushriku bihi shay'an
Allah is my Lord; I never associate any thing to Him.
تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَىٰ ٱلْحَيِّ ٱلَّذِي لاَ يَمُوتُ
tawakkaltu `ala alhayyi alladhi la yamutu
I put my trust in the Ever-living Who never dies.
Third: Imam al-Sadiq (`a) is reported to have said:
When his brothers threw (Prophet) Joseph in the well, Archangel Gabriel came to him and said, “O boy, what are doing here?”
Joseph answered, “My brothers have thrown me in this well.”
“Do you like to come out of it?” asked the archangel.
“This is up to Allah the Almighty and All-majestic.” answered Joseph, “If He wishes, He will do.”
“Allah the All-exalted says to you that if you pray me with this supplicatory prayer, I will take you out of this well,” taught Gabriel.
“What is this supplicatory prayer?” asked Joseph.“It is this one,” taught Archangel Gabriel:
wa an taj`ala li mimma ana fihi farajan wa makhrajan
and to prepare for me a relief and way out from what I am in.
After that, the caravan came and took Prophet Joseph out of the well, as the Holy Qur'an has related.
Fourth: Imam al-Sadiq (`a) is reported to have said: Whenever you fear something, you may say the following supplicatory prayer
اَللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ لاَ يَكْفِي مِنْكَ أَحَدٌ
allahumma innaka la yakfi minka ahadun
O Allah, nothing can ever save from You
وَأَنْتَ تَكْفِي مِنْ كُلِّ أَحَدٍ مِنْ خَلْقِكَ
wa anta takfi min kulli ahadin min khalqika
while You alone can save from any of Your creatures;
so, save me from…
(You may now mention the thing that terrifies you.)
According to another tradition, you may say the following supplicatory prayer (whenever you fear something):
يَا كَافِياً مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ
ya kafiyan min kulli shay'in
O He Who saves from all things
وَلاَ يَكْفِي مِنْكَ شَيْءٌ
wa la yakfi minka shay'un
while nothing can ever save from You
فِي ٱلسَّمَاوَاتِ وَٱلأَرْضِ
fi alssamawati wal-ardi
neither in the heavens nor on the earth,
wamnun bidhalika `alayya wa `ala kulli da`in da`aka
and endue me, as well as all suppliants that supplicate You, with all of that.
يَا أَرْحَمَ ٱلرَّاحِمِينَ
ya arhama alrrahimina
O most merciful of all those who show mercy!
وَصَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِهِ
wa salla allahu `ala muhammadin wa alihi
May Allah bless Muhammad and his Household.
Sixth: Imam al-Sadiq (`a) is reported to have said: `Ali ibn al-Husayn (`a) used to say: After I say these words, I do not care even if all men and jinn support each other against me::
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ وَبِٱللَّهِ
bismillahi wa billahi
In the Name of Allah (I begin), in Allah (I trust),
وَمِنَ ٱللَّهِ وَإِلَىٰ ٱللَّهِ
wa min allahi wa ila allahi
from Allah (I derive power), to Allah (I resort),
وَفِي سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ
wa fi sabili allahi
in the way of Allah (I proceed),
وَعَلَىٰ مِلَّةِ رَسُولِ ٱللَّهِ
wa `ala millati rasuli allahi
and on the principles of Allah’s Messenger (I advance),
صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ
salla allahu `alayhi wa alihi
may Allah bless him and his Household.
اَللَّهُمَّ إِلَيْكَ أَسْلَمْتُ نَفْسِي
allahumma ilayka aslamtu nafsi
O Allah, to You have I submitted myself,
وَإِلَيْكَ وَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِي
wa ilayka wajjahtu wajhi
towards You have I turned my face,
وَإِلَيْكَ أَلْجَأْتُ ظَهْرِي
wa ilayka alja'tu zahri
to You have I commended my cause,
وَإِلَيْكَ فَوَّضْتُ أَمْرِي
wa ilayka fawwadtu amri
and with You have I entrusted my affairs.
اَللَّهُمَّ ٱحْفَظْنِي بِحِفْظِ ٱلإِيـمَانِ
allahumma ihfazni bihifzi al-imani
O Allah, (please) safeguard me with the safeguard of faith
مِنْ بَيْنِ يَدَيَّ وَمِنْ خَلْفِي
min bayni yadayya wa min khalfi
before me, behind me,
وَعَنْ يَمِينِي وَعَنْ شِمَالِي
wa `an yamini wa `an shimali
to my right side, to my left side,
وَمِنْ فَوْقِي وَمِنْ تَحْتِي وَمَا قِبَلِي
wa min fawqi wa min tahti wa ma qibali
above me, beneath me, and in front of me,
وَٱدْفَعْ عَنِّي بِحَوْ لِكَ وَقُوَّتِكَ
wadfa` `anni bihawlika wa quwwatika
and defend me with Your might and power,
فَإِنَّهُ لاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِكَ
fa'innahu la hawla wa la quwwata illa bika
since there is neither might nor power except with You.
Seventh: The following supplicatory prayer of the Ahl al-Bayt (i.e. the Holy Prophet’s Household) may be said to fend off agonies, horrifying matters, and sways of ruling authorities:
يَا كَائِناً قَبْلَ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ
ya ka'inan qabla kulli shay'in
O He Who existed before all things!
وَيَا مُكَوِّنَ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ
wa ya mukawwina kulli shay'in
O He Who composed all things!
وَيَا بَاقِياً بَعْدَ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ
wa ya baqiyan ba`da kulli shay'in
O He Who shall survive after all things!
صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ…
salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin…
(Please) bless Muhammad and Muhammad’s Household and…
You may now submit your requests.
Eighth: Imam Muhammad al-Taqi (`a) is reported to have said: In order to reach at relief (from a trouble), it is recommended to say this supplicatory prayer regularly::
يَا مَنْ يَكْفِي مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ
ya man yakfi min kulli shay'in
O He Who saves from all things
وَلاَ يَكْفِي مِنْهُ شَيْءٌ
wa la yakfi minhu shay'un
but nothing can ever save from Him,
ٱكْفِنِي مَا أَهَمَّنِي
ikfini ma ahammani
(please) save me from what has distressed me.
Ninth: Imam Zayn al-`ªbidin (`a) is reported to have said to his sons: Whenever one of you is inflicted by a misfortune or troubled by a crisis, he should perform the ritual ablution (wudu') as perfectly as possible, offer a two-unit or four-unit prayer, and say the following supplicatory prayer thereafter:
يَا مَوْضِعَ كُلِّ شَكْوَىٰ
ya mawdi`a kulli shakwa
O target of all complaints!
وَيَا سَامِعَ كُلِّ نَجْوَىٰ
wa ya sami`a kulli najwa
O hearer of all confidential talks!
وَيَا شَاهِدَ كُلِّ مََلإٍ
wa ya shahida kulli mala'in
O witness of all gatherings!
وَيَا عَالِمَ كُلِّ خَفِيَّةٍ
wa ya `alima kulli khafiyyatin
O knower of all hidden things!
وَيَا دَافِعَ مَا يَشَاءُ مِنْ بَلِيَّةٍ
wa ya dafi`a ma yasha'u min baliyyatin
O repelling of whatever tribulation You will to repel!
يَا خَلِيلَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ
ya khalila ibrahima
O friend of Abraham!
وَيَا نَجِيَّ مُوسَىٰ
wa ya najiyya musa
O talker to Moses!
وَيَا مُصْطَفِيَ مُحَمَّدٍ
wa ya mustafiya muhammadin
O chooser of Muhammad,
صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ
salla allahu `alayhi wa alihi
may Allah bless him and his Household!
أَدْعُوكَ دُعَاءَ مَنِ ٱشْتَدَّتْ فَاقَتُهُ
ad`uka du`a'a man ishtaddat faqatuhu
I supplicate You with the supplication of one whose indigence is extreme,
wa qallat hilatuhu
whose stratagem has failed,
wa da`ufat quwwatuhu
and whose ability has fallen short;
دُعَاءَ ٱلْغَرِيبِ ٱلْغَرِيقِ ٱلْمُضْطَرِّ
du`a'a algharibi alghariqi almudtarri
the supplication of one who is stranger, drowned, distressed;
an tusalliya `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin wa an…
(please) bless Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad, and…
You may now submit your request.
Indeed, on the Resurrection Day, all archangels, missioned prophets, and tested faithful believers will be in need for Muhammad and `Ali, Allah’s peace be upon them and their Household.
[The author of the book] Let me, the poor, refer to this tradition on this occasion:
Ibn Abi’l-Hadid has reported the following incident from Imam `Ali Amir al-Mu'minin (`a): One day, I asked the Holy Prophet (s) to implore God to forgive me. Responding to me, the Holy Prophet (s) stood up, offered a prayer, and raised his hands for supplicating. Listening carefully to him, I heard him saying:
O Allah, (I beseech You) in the name of `Ali’s standing with You, (please) forgive `Ali.
Surprisingly, I said to him, “O Allah’s Messenger, what kind of supplication is this?” He (s) answered, “Can I find any other person who is dearer to Allah than you are so that I can beseech Him in his name?”
6] Her supplication after ritual Prayer seeking relief from sorrow and grief
It is narrated from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) that:
My mother, Lady Fatima Zahra (s.a.) used to offer a Prayer, which Jibraeel had brought. In the first of its two units Surah Hamd and Surah Qadr is recited and in the second unit, Surah Hamd once and Surah Tauheed a hundred times. After the Prayer, Tasbih of Lady Fatima (s.a.) is recited. After that the knees are exposed and placed on the Prayer mat and the following supplication is recited and after that one’s needs are sought. Then invoke blessings on the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and then supplicate as follows:
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِیْمِ.
BISMIL LAAHIR RAHMAANIR RAHEEM.
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
allaahumma innee atawajjaho elayka behim, wa atawassalo elayka behaqqehemul a’zeemil, lazee laa ya’lamo kunhahu sewaaka, wa behaqqe man haqqohu i’ndaka a’zeemun, wa be-asmaa-ekal husnaa wa kalemaatekat taammaatil latee amartanee an ad-o’oka behaa, wa as-aloka bismekal a’zeemil lazee amarta ibraaheema – a’layhis salaamo – an yad-o’wa behit tayra fa-ajaabatho.
wa bismekal a’zeemil lazee qulta lin-naare koonee bardan wa salaaman a’laa ibraaheema fakaanat, wa be-ahabbe asmaaeka elayka, wa ashrafehaa i’ndaka, wa a-a’zamehaa ladayka wa asra-e’haa ejaabatan, wa anjahehaa talebatan, wa bemaa anta ahlohu wa mustahiqqohu wa mustawjebohu.
wa atawassalo elayka, wa arghabo elayka, wa atasaddaqo minka, wa astaghferoka wa astamnehoka, wa atazarra-o’ elayka, wa akhza-o’ bayna yadayka, wa akhsha-o’ laka wa oqirro laka be-soo-e sanee-a’tee, wa atamalloqoka wa olehho a’layka.
wa as-aloka bekotobekal latee anzaltahaa a’laa anbeyaa-eka wa rosoleka, salawaatoka a’layhim ajma-e’ena, menat tawraate wal injeele wal qur-aanil a’zeeme, min awwalehaa elaa aakherehaa, fa-inna feehas makal a-a’zama, wa bemaa feehaa min asmaa-ekal u’zmaa ataqarrabo elayka, wa as-aloka an tosalleya a’laa mohammadin wa aalehi, wa an tofarreja a’n mohammadin wa aalehi wa taj-a’la farajee maqroonan be-farajehim, (wa toqaddemahum fee kulle khayrin) wa tabda-a behim feehe, wa taftaha abwaabas samaa-e le-do-a’a-ee fee haazal yawme, wa taazana fee haazal yawme wa haazehil laylate befarajee, wa e-a’taa-ee soalee wa amalee fid dunyaa wal aakherate, faqad massaneyal faqro, wa naalaniz zurro, wa salla-matnil khasaasato wa al-ja-atnil haajato, wa tawassamto biz-zillate, wa ghalabatnil maskanato, wa haqqat a’layyal kalemato, wa ahaatat beyal khatee-ato, wa haazal waqtul lazee wa-a’dta awleyaa-aka feehil ejaabata.
fa-salle a’laa mohammadin wa aalehi, wam sah maa bee be-yameenekash shaafeyate, wan zur elayya be-a’ynekar rahmate, wa adkhilnee fee rahmatekal waase-a’te, wa aqbil elayya be-wajhekal lazee ezaa aq-balta behi a’laa aseerin fakaktahu, wa a’laa zaallin hadaytahu, wa a’laa jaa-ezin addaytahu wa a’laa faqeerin aghnaytahu, wa a’laa za-e’efin qawwaytahu, wa a’laa khaa-efin aamantahu, wa laa tukhlenee leqaa-a a’duwweka wa a’duwwee, yaa zal jalaale wal ikraame.
yaa man laa ya’lamo kayfa howa, wa hayso howa wa qudratahu illaa howa, yaa man saddal hawaa-a bis-samaa-e, wa kabasal arza a’lal maa-e, wakh taara lenafsehi ahsanal asmaa-e.
yaa man sammaa nafsahu bil-ismil lazee behi taqzee haajata kulle taalebin yad-o’oho behi.
wa as-aloka be-zaalekal isme, falaa shafee-a’ aqwaa lee minho, wa be-haqqe mohammadin wa aale mohammadin (as-aloka) an tosalleya a’laa mohammadin wa aale mohammadin, wa an taqzeya lee hawaa-ejee, wa tusme-a’ mohammadan wa a’liyyan wa faatemata, wal hasana wal husayna wa a’liyyan wa mohammadan, wa ja’faran wa moosaa, wa a’liyyan wa mohammadan wa a’liyyan, wal hasana wal hujjata – salawaatoka a’layhim wa barakaatoka wa rahmatoka – sawtee, fayashfa-o’o lee elayka wa toshaf-fe-a’hum fiyya, wa laa toraddanee khaa-eban, be-haqqe laa elaaha illaa anta, wa be-haqqe mohammadin wa aale mohammadin, salle a’laa mohammadin wa aale mohammadin, waf a’l bee ‘kazaa wa kazaa’ yaa kareemo.
O God, I turn to You through the mediation of Muhammad and Progeny of Muhammad and I adjure by that right of theirs, whose reality is not known to anyone, except You. And I adjure by the rights of those, whose right is great in your view and I adjure by your beautiful names and the perfect words through which You have commanded us to supplicate. And I adjure You by that name through which You commanded Ibrahim Khaleel to call the dead birds.
And by that great name, which You blew on fire and made it cool and safe. And by your most loved, noble and great names, through which supplication is accepted immediately and needs are fulfilled and which You are deserving of and owner of.
I seek mediation to You, I am attentive to You and I seek your help. And I seek bestowal and favor; and I am a petitioner; and I am humble and sincere before You, and I confess to my evil deeds and I insist and persist before You.
O God, I adjure by your Books that You revealed on the prophets and messengers (your blessings and mercy be on them all). That is Taurat, Injeel and the great Quran from its beginning till its end. As it contains your great name and your beautiful names, through which I seek your proximity. I beseech You to bless Muhammad and progeny of Muhammad and remove their grief and sorrow and through their intercession, remove my grief and sorrow as well, and keep them at the forefront in every good, and begin this only with them and today open the gates of heavens for my supplications and today and tonight command peace for me and fulfillment of all my demands as poverty has besieged me and difficulties surround me. Needs have turned me over to You and needs have made me a refugee. Humiliation has targeted and poverty had overpowered, and your word is proved true and mistakes have surrounded me. This is the time, when You promised acceptance to your friends.
So, bless Muhammad and progeny of Muhammad and remove my difficulties through your curative hands and look upon me with mercy and admit me in your wide mercy. Turn your towards me, which if it is turned to the prisoner, he is freed. And if it is turned to the misguided, he becomes guided. And if it is turned to the perplexed, he is freed from perplexity. And if it is turned to the destitute, he becomes affluent. If it is turned to the weak, he becomes strong. If it is turned to the fearful, he is granted security. O God, allow my and your enemy to meet me, O owner of might and majesty.
O One, whose reality, position and power is not known to anyone, except Him. O One, who has confined the atmosphere by the sky and placed the earth on water and chose the best names for Himself. O that God, who adopted for Himself every that name through which He fulfills the needs of all those, who pray through them. I beseech You through the mediation of your names as I have no intercessor stronger than this. And I adjure You by the right of Muhammad and progeny of Muhammad that You bless Muhammad and progeny of Muhammad and fulfill all my pleas. And make my plea reach upto His Eminence Muhammad, Ali, Fatima, Hasan, Husain, Ali, Muhammad, Ja’far, Musa, Ali, Muhammad, Ali, Hasan and Hujjat Qaim [your blessings and mercy be on them all], so that they may be able to recommend my case in your court and You allow them to intercede for me. And don’t turn me away in despair, I adjure You by ‘there is no god, except Allah’ and I adjure You by Muhammad and progeny of Muhammad, conduct with me ‘as follows’, O merciful God.