Allahumma inni as’aluka al afiyah is a short yet powerful dua that comes from a Sahih (authentic) hadith from Hadith book Ibn Majah and Sunan Abu Dawud.
Allahumma inni as’aluka Dua in Arabic:
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When To Recite:
According to the Hadith the Prophet Muhammad (saws) used to recite this supplication in the morning when first waking up and in the evening.
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said: “The Messenger of Allah (saas) never abandoned these supplications, every morning and evening: Allahumma inni as’alukal-‘afwa wal-‘afiyah fid-dunya wal-akhirah. Allahumma inni as’alukal-‘afwa wal-‘afiyah fi dini wa dunyaya wa ahli wa mali. Allahum-mastur ‘awrati, wa amin raw’ati wahfazni min bayni yadayya, wa min khalfi, wa ‘an yamini wa ‘an shimali, wa min fawqi, wa ‘audhu bika an ughtala min tahti
(O Allah, I ask You for forgiveness and well-being in this world and in the Hereafter. O Allah, I ask You for forgiveness and well-being in my religious and my worldly affairs. O Allah, conceal my faults, calm my fears, and protect me from before me and behind me, from my right and my left, and from above me, and I seek refuge in You from being taken unaware from beneath me).” Waki’ (one of the narrators, explaining) said: “Meaning Al-Khasf (disgrace).” Grade : Sahih (Darussalam) In-book reference : Book 34, Hadith 45
In Another Hadith Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) never failed to utter these supplications in the evening and in the morning: O Allah, I ask Thee for security in this world and in the Hereafter: O Allah! I ask Thee for forgiveness and security in my religion and my worldly affairs, in my family and my property; O Allah! conceal my fault or faults (according to Uthman’s version), and keep me safe from the things which I fear; O Allah! guard me in front of me and behind me, on my right hand and on my left, and from above me: and I seek in Thy greatness from receiving unexpected harm from below me.” AbuDawud said: Waki’ said: That is to say, swallowing by the earth. Grade : Sahih (Al-Albani) In-book reference : Book 43, Hadith 302
Breakdown of Meaning Of This Dua:
ALLAHUMMA INNI AS’ ALUKA AL’AFIYAH
Meaning: “O Allah, I ask you for Afiyah.”
Afiyah is an all encompassing word referring to overall well-being. This can include health, wealth, and safety from anything that may be deemed as harmful.
To be saved from any afflictions, you are in Afiyah.
To be healthy, you are in Afiyah.
To have enough money, you are in Afiyah.
To live, you are in Afiyah.
To have your children protected, you are in Afiyah.
And if you are forgiven and not punished, you are in Afiyah.
The Dua continues “wal-‘afiyah fid-dunya wal-akhirah”
Wal-afiyah to be well in this Dunya referring to this worldly life and the akhirah meaning the afterlife.
As you can see this Dua is a very powerful dua. It’s asking Allah not only for success in this world but the afterlife as well which is the real indicator of success. The allahumma inni as’aluka dua is very short and we would do well if we memorize it and recite it every so often.