Category Archives: Illness & Affliction

On Dealing with Mental Illness Amongst the Youth

Answered by Sayyidi al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Hafīẓ (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him).

How should we deal with mental illness amongst our youth? Is there a light dhikr that people can read that can ease their state?

In general any dhikr or prayer upon the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) is beneficial in this regard. The following adhkar can be read specifically:

Read 100 times a day:

رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لي صَدْرِي و يَسِّرْ لي أَمْرِي

Rabbi-shraḥ lī ṣadrī wa yassir lī amrī

(“My Lord bring tranquillity to my heart and give me ease in my affair.” Ta Ha 20:25-26)

Read 70-450 times a day according to the need:

حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيل

Hasbunallāhu wa n`am al-wakīl

(“Allah is enough for us and He is the best One in whom we place our trust.” Al `Imrān 3.173)

Read 11-100 times a day:

و أُفَوِّضُ أَمْرِي إلى الله إِنَّ الله بَصِيرٌ بِالعِباد

wa ufawwiḍu amrī ila’llāh inna’llāha baṣirun bi’l`ibād

(“I resign my affair to Allah, Allah is fully aware of (His) slaves.” Ghāfir 40.44)

Read Surat al-Inshirāḥ (94) and Ayat al-Kursī after every prayer.

Surat al-Ikhlāṣ, al-Falaq and al-Nās are also effective in warding off different types of harm.

On Dhikr for Difficult Times

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him).

I am in great difficulty. What dhikr should I recite?

You should turn yourself to Allah and repeat the Prayer of Difficulty [Dua al-Karb] which the Best of Creation ﷺ taught us:

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ العَظِيمُ الْحَلِيم

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ رَبُّ العَرْشِ العَظِيم

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ رَبُّ السَّمَاوَات وَرَبُّ الأَرْض، وَرَبُّ العَرْشِ الكَرِيم

La ilaha ill-Allah ul-`Azimul-Halīm,

La ilaha ill-Allahu rabbu’l`arshi-l’`azim,

La ilaha ill-Allahu rabbu`ssamawati wa rabbu’l-ardi wa rabbu’l`arshi-l-karim

There is no god but Allah, the Awesome, the Forbearing, there is no god but Allah, the Lord of the mighty throne, there is no god but Allah, the Lord of the heavens and the earth and the noble throne.”


Also repeat abundantly:

يا حَيُّ يا قَيُّوم

Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum

O Living! O Sustainer!


Also bestow abundant prayers upon the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace).

In one instant Allah can change someone’s state. May Allah remove all difficulties from all of us, by Your Mercy, O Most Merciful. 

On Curing Addiction and Leaving Bad Habits

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

What can people recite to cure addiction or to help them leave bad habits?

They should recite the following dhikr at least 300 times a day. The stronger the habit the more dhikr is needed.

يا حَيُّ يَا قَيَّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ ومِنْ عَذابِكَ أسْتَجِيرُ

أَصْلِحْ لِي شَأنِي كُلَّهُ ولاَ تَكِلْنِي إلى نَفْسِي وَلا إِلى أَحَدٍ مِن خَلْقِكَ طَرْفَةَ عَينٍ

Ya Hayyu ya Qayyum bi rahmatika astaghith wa min `adhabika astajir, aslih li sha’ni kullah wa la takilni ila nafsi wa la ila ahadin min khalqika tarfata `ayn

 O Living! O Sustainer! I call upon Your Mercy for assistance, and from Your punishment I seek refuge! Make good all my affairs and do not entrust me to myself or any of Your creation even for the blink of an eye.

Also reflect on the return to Allah and long to meet the Prophet ﷺ . You must then avoid places which arouse in you the desire to return to that habit and if you do feel that desire you should remember Allah and the next life. You should keep the company of those who remind you of Allah and those with whom you find tranquillity.


On Removing Waswasah and Evil Thoughts

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

How can I rid myself of satanic whisperings (waswasah) and evil thoughts?

You do this firstly by ignoring them, seeking refuge in Allah from them and pleading with Him to rid you of them. You must then make Allah’s remembrance dominate your heart by forcing yourself to be present and focusing your thoughts on the meaning of the remembrance and the greatness of the One Whom you are remembering.


You should recite:

Surat al-Nas eleven times in the morning and evening

181 times a day:

يا قَهَّار

Ya Qahhar

“O Compeller”

Also repeat the name of Allah, elongating the “a” – “Allaaah.” You can do this while raising your head to the sky.