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5 Du’as for Palestine and Gaza | Blog


Published: October 24, 2023 • Updated: October 24, 2023

Author: Yaqeen Institute

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

If the circumstances in Gaza are the catalyst for you to start making more du'a, then let it be. If this is what moves you and causes you to turn back to Allah, then let it be. As our strongest weapon, now is the time that we need to teach ourselves, our families, and our communities how to make du'a.

Make du'a from an attentive heart

Before occupying ourselves with the particular formulas of certain du'a, the most important thing is to focus on our hearts. 

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Know that Allah does not answer a du'a from an inattentive heart.” [At-Tirmidhi #3479]

Any du'a that comes from your heart with sincerity is a good du'a, even if it is not a du'a specifically mentioned in the Qur’an or Sunnah. A sincere du'a from the heart is better than one that has been memorized without understanding or attentiveness. We must let our hearts naturally converse with our Lord–and it is permissible to do so in any language that comes naturally to you.

du'as to recite for Palestine and Gaza when you’re feeling tongue-tied

Sometimes we are at a loss for words. Our hearts are attentive but our feelings are so strong that we find ourselves tongue-tied. In these moments, the following 5 du'a adapted from the Qur’an, Sunnah, and pious predecessors may help springboard us into our own personal calls to Allah.

1. Dua for patience and victory for the Palestinian people

رَبَّنَآ أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْهِم صَبْراً وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَهُم وَٱنصُرْهُم عَلَى ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلْكَـٰفِرِينَ
Rabbana afrigh ‘alayhim sabran wa thabbit aqdaamahum wansurhum ‘ala al-qawm al-kafireen
Our Lord! Shower them with perseverance, make their steps firm, and give them victory over the disbelieving people.
Inspired by verse 250 of Surah al-Baqarah, this du'a reminds us that Allah is always with us, penetrating our hearts with firmness and tranquility.

2. Dua for the success of the Palestinians

رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِهِم فِى ٱلدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِى ٱلأخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِهِم عَذَابَ ٱلنَّارِ
Rabbana aatihim fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil-akhirati hasanatan waqihim ‘adhaab an-nar 
Our Lord! Grant them the good of this world and the Hereafter, and protect them from the torment of the Fire.
Inspired by verse 201 in Surah al-Baqarah, there is nothing better that we could ask for our brothers and sisters in Palestine than to be granted Paradise and saved from the Fire. As we watch events that seem unbearable unfold, we must remember that one dip in Jannah is all it takes for the cruelty and suffocation of this world to be forgotten.

3. Du'a for their protection

اللَّهُمَّ اسْتُرْ عَوْرَاتِهِم وَآمِنْ رَوْعَاتِهِم وَاحْفَظْهُم مِنْ بَيْنِ أَيْدِيهِم وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِم وَعَنْ أَيمَانِهِم وَعَنْ شَمَائلِهِم وَمِنْ فَوْقِهِم
Allahumma ustur ‘awraatihim wa-aamin raw’aatihim wahfadhhum min bayni aydeehim wa min khalfihim wa ‘an aymaanihim wa ‘an shamaa’ilihim wa min fawqihim
O Allah, conceal their faults, calm their fears, and protect them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left, and from above them.
Taken from the morning and evening remembrances of the Prophet ﷺ, this du'a seeks Allah’s protection from every direction. It is a befitting du'a for the people of Gaza, who are surrounded by hostility and violence.

4. Du'a when facing an enemy

اللَّهُمَّ مُنْزِلَ الْكِتَابِ سَرِيعَ الْحِسَابِ مُجْرِيَ السَّحَابِ هَازِمَ الأَحْزَابِ اهْزِمْهُمْ وَزَلْزِلْهُم وَانْصُرْنَا عَلَيْهِمْ
Allahumma munzil al-kitabi saree’ al-hisabi mujriya as-sahaabi hazim al-ahzaabi ihzimhum wa-zalzilhum wansurna ‘alayhim
O Allah, the revealer of the Holy Book, and the swift in reckoning, and the mover of the clouds, and the defeater of the clans; defeat them, and shake them, and grant us victory over them.
This du'a is inspired by a combination of du'a taken from several hadith detailing the Prophet’s supplications upon facing an enemy – an appropriate reminder of Allah’s ability to gather and bestow, to hold to account, and to take away.

5. Du'a to strengthen their trust in Allah

اللَّهُمَّ ارْزُقهُم صِدْقَ التَوَكُّلِ عَلَيكَ وحُسْنُ الظَنِّ بِك
Allahumma urzuqhum sidq at-tawakkuli ‘alayka wa husn ad-dhanni bik
O Allah grant them true reliance upon You, and good thoughts about You.
This is an adaptation of a du'a made by Sa’eed ibn Jubayr, a great scholar of Islam and pious predecessor. Through good thoughts we are able to put our trust in Allah and rely upon Him–a state we frequently see from our brothers and sisters in Gaza and one we pray continues.  

Never lose hope in the help of Allah

As our tragedies increase and intensify, it can often feel difficult to retain hope and optimism. We may be wondering why we aren’t seeing the relief that we’ve been so intensely praying for.
While this feeling is, to some extent, entirely natural, we must remind ourselves that it is precisely at the time of our utter depletion that the help of Allah is nearest. It is precisely when we feel exhausted of all worldly solutions that His aid is most imminent and we truly begin to depend on Allah for a way out.
Allah tells us in Surah al-Baqarah:

Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said, "When is the help of Allah?" Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near. [Qur’an, 2:214]

We should never lose hope in the help of Allah, and therefore should never stop making du'a for the people of Palestine.
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