When a man falls into difficulty, he starts worrying. When the worries will take you towards good actions, it is a good sign. It implies that you are a beloved servant of Allah Taala. Often such difficulties purify us. Human gets the ability to reform and rectify. He does Tawba. He realizes that his wrongdoing has resulted in this difficulty. It is a warning and reprimand for him.
There are several ways, through which blessing comes into our life. The path of difficulties is also one. However, for our inability to comprehend it, we become upset. But the next step is under our control. In this step, we have to act according to the way we have been commanded by Allah Taala. Well, what have we been commanded?
We have been commanded to hold our patience. Patience will be easy to activate when you prompt for a while and contemplate on the point: “Allah Taala is Almighty; He is NEVER unjust; He is HAKEEM – His every WORK has a Wise Reason. We, His slaves will never be able to comprehend – WHY HE DOES WHAT(?) – This is an effective meditation (Muraqaba) at the time we get caught in difficulty. Doing so will ease and enable us to hold our patience inshaAllah.
Besides this contemplation, we should invoke one or two prophetic supplications at least. This will result in greater spiritual benefit and divine support inshaAllah. There are many, we present two:
لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ
“O Allah, there is none worthy of worship besides You. You are Pure, definitely, I have oppressed my soul by sinning”.
This is the supplication of Prophet Yunus عليه السلام. It has been mentioned in Hadith that any Muslim who would keep on reciting this, would be saved from difficulties by the grace of Allah Taala.
Quran states that these words were recited when Yunus (A.S.) called upon Allah from the belly of the fish. Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.) stated in a hadith that when any Muslim makes this dua via these words to Allah, then Allah surely accepts his duas.
اللَّهُمَّ رَحْمَتَكَ أَرْجُو فَلَا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَا أَنْتَ
Meaning: O Allah, it is Your mercy that I hope for, so do not leave me in charge of my affairs even for a blink of an eye, and rectify for me all of my affairs. None has the right to be worshiped except You. Abu Dawood