(This is so beautiful; we should all make an effort to memorise this super short du’aa so as to ensure we also earn the reward.)
“One day we were praying behind the Prophet ﷺ
and when he raised his head from rukoo’, he said, ‘Sami Allah liman hamidah (Allah hears those who praise Him).’
A man behind him said,
‘Rabbana wa laka’l-hamd hamdan katheeran tayyiban mubaarakan fihi (Our Lord, to You be praise, much good and blessed praise).’
When the prophet (peace be upon him) finished the prayer he said, ‘Who was the one who spoke?’
The man said: ‘Me.’
The Prophet said: ‘I saw thirty-odd angels rushing to see which of them would write it down first.’ “ [Bukhari, 2/284]
We criticize people who might’ve been settled in heaven for more than 200 years!
Yayha bin Ma’een, Siyar a’lam an-Nubala (v. 13, p. 268)
‘If a slave finishes the Qur’an (khatm), an Angel kisses him in-between his eyes.’ — • ‘Isa bin Yunus (rahimahullah)
Hilyat al-Awliya, by Abu Nu’aym (8/355)
Whoever is mindful of Allah when he is young and strong, Allah will take care of him when he is old and has become weak, and will bless him with good hearing, eyesight, strength and reasoning. One of the scholars who lived beyond the age of a hundred years and enjoyed good strength and reasoning, jumped up in a lively manner one day and was asked about that. He said: “I kept these physical faculties from sin when I was young and Allah has preserved them for me now that I am old.”
[Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali in Jami’ al-‘Uloom wa’l-Hukam, 1/186]
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to his companions: Shall I not tell you some words which, if distress or grief befalls any of you and he offers this prayer, it will bring him joy?
It is the du‘a of Dhoo’l-Noon (i.e. Prophet Yunus):
لا إله إلا أنت سبحانك إني كنت من الظالمين
la ilaha illa anta , subhanak, inne kuntu min adh dhalimeen
There is no God but You, exalted are You; surely, I was one of the wrongdoers!
Source: Sahih al-Jami‘ (no. 2605)
“Some scholars say this Surah (al-Fatihah) is the basis of how we should make du’a. Half of it comprises of His praise, and the other half comprises of our needs.”
Tafsir al-Qurtubi (p. 124)
Shuraih said: If I am afflicted with a calamity, then I praise Allah four times.
- I praise him that it was not worse than it was.
- I praise him when he provides me with patience to bear it.
- I praise him when he guides me to supplicate appropriately and hoping for reward.
- I praise him for not making it a calamity in my religion (i.e. making one a kaafir).
Source: Siyar a’laam an-Nubula (v. 4, p. 105)