اَللّٰهُمَّ اِنِّي أَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْ زَوَاْلِ نِعْمَتِكَ وَتَحوُّلِ عَافِيَتِكَ وَفُجَأَةِ نِقْمَتِكَ وَجَمِيْعِ سَخَطِكَ
O Allah! I seek protection in You from all your Ne’mats being snatched away from me, and I seek protection in You from your Aafiyat being changed, and I seek protection from sudden punishment and from all Your displeasure.
We should remember that whatever Fitna or trouble occurs, or the sins a person commits, Shaytaan and Nafs are the cause of placing the desire to commit the act in a person. These are two such enemies that one cannot combat by himself. You can only gain protection with Allah’s help.
In the first portion of the Dua we seek protection in Allah Ta’ala from the removal of any bounties from us, and the greatest bounty is the Ne’mat of Imaan and Islam. We are also making Dua to Allah Ta’ala that He should not remove the various other bounties which He has blessed us with such as our children, business, car, house, limbs of the body etc.
In the second portion of the Dua we seek protection in Allah Ta’ala from Aafiyat being changed. As generally everything is in order at home, in the business etc. Thus, in this Dua we supplicate that all the Aafiyat, which is also a Ne’mat, which we experience not to be converted. There is a difference between Zawaal-e-Nemat and Tahawwul-e-Aafiyyat.
The third portion of the Dua is we seek protection from sudden punishment. Without warning everything just explodes into problems, everything around just becomes dark, and there are sudden problems. Problems like losing one’s family, losing one’s children, losing one’s business, losing one’s job, one becomes extremely ill, in hospital, and no one comes to visit one, nobody even asks your condition. This Dua pleads for protection for the Azaab of Allah Ta’ala.
Finally, we seek protection from all those things that displease Allah Ta’ala. An example of this is when Hadrat Sufyaan-e-Thauri R.A once related to his friends that he committed a Ghuna on account of which, for five months Allah Ta’ala deprived him of Tahajjud Salaah. Everyone pondered what Ghuna did this great Imaam commit that Allah Ta’ala punished him in this way. He related that his Ghuna was that he saw somebody crying, and in his heart he thought that this person was pretending to cry, he was not genuine, he was crying as a show for people to see. Thus, these are the sort of things that displease Allah Ta’ala.
- Kitaab Masnoon Duas