The Prayer of Taif

 “O Allah! I complain to You of my weakness, my scarcity of resources and the humiliation I have been subjected to by the people. O Most Merciful of those who are merciful. O Lord of the weak and my Lord too. To whom have you entrusted me?

To a distant person who receives me with hostility? Or to an enemy to whom you have granted authority over my affair? So long as You are not angry with me, I do not care. Your favor is of a more expansive relief to me. I seek refuge in the light of Your Face by which all darkness is dispelled and every affair of this world and the next is set right, lest Your anger or Your displeasure descends upon me. I desire Your pleasure and satisfaction until You are pleased.

There is no power and no might except by You.”

   For nine years, since his selection by Allah for His mission, the Prophet (SAW) had been delivering the message of Allah in. Excepting a few persons who had either embraced Islam or who helped him though not accepting his creed, like the prophet’s (SAW) uncle Abu Talib, all the rest in Mecca left no stone unturned in persecuting and deriding him and his followers.The following year, on the death of Abu Talib, the Qu-reysh got a free hand and therefore accelerated their sinister pursuits without check and hindrance.

   At Taif, the second biggest town of Hijaz, there lived Banu Thaqif, a clan strong in number. The Prophet (SAW) left for Taif with the hope of winning them over to Islam, thus giving quarter to Muslims from the persecution of the Qureysh, and also establishing a base for the future propagation of Islam. On reaching Taif he visited the three chieftains of the clan separately, and placed before each of them the message of Allah, and called upon them to stand by his Prophet’s (SAW) side. Instead of accepting his message, they refused even to listen to him and, notwithstanding the proverbial Arab hospitality, each of them treated him most contemptuously and rudely.

   They plainly told him that they did not like his stay in their town. The Prophet (SAW) had expected a civil, even a cordial treatment and due courtesy in speech from them, as they were the heads of the clan. The Prophet (SAW), who was a rock of steadfastness and perseverance, did not lose heart over this check from the chieftains, and tried to approach the common people; but nobody would listen to him. Instead they asked him to clear off from their own town and go wherever else he liked. When he realised that further efforts were in vain, he decided to leave the town. But they would not let him depart in peace, and set the street urchins after him to hiss, to hoot, to jeer at, and to stone him. He was so much pelted at with stones that his whole body was covered with blood, and his shoes were clogged to his feet. He left the town in this woeful plight. When he was far out of the town, and safe from the rabble, he prayed to Allah with the above supplication.

For dua in arabic: dua-of-taif.gif

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3 Responses to “The Prayer of Taif”

  1. bhadravathi Says:

    a very beautiful, moving prayer to be recited at any time of adversity and hardship.

  2. Durr-e-Shehwar Ali Says:

    I’ve read this dua everyday ever since it’s been published… It’s such a blessing… Jazak-um-Khair, to whoever it was who posted it…^^

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