best dua for hardship

In this post you’re going to learn the duas you can recite if you’re experiencing hardships or difficult times.

These duas can help for the following situations:

  • Dua For Removing Hardships
  • For Overcoming Distress
  • Ask Allah For Ease
  • For Difficulties in Marriage and in Life

It’s a great step forward that you’re searching and looking for an answer which is how you came across the article. Typically, when you’re resisting something in your reality you’re shying away from it. This is why they say what you resist persists.

People who do this have a tendency to be complainers and resent it or protest against it. These emotions do not help channel your energy and your focus to solving the problem. 

In the Quran Surah Baqarah ayah 216 Allah says, “Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.”

We must learn to embrace our reality and accept our fate. It can be difficult but we must not fall into the ‘woe is me’ mentality. Yes, there are real tragedies, hardships, and adversities but if you can take power into your hands by accepting responsibility it can help you take the first step forward.

Take refuge and seek comfort in Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala with the following duas:

Dua For Overcoming Hardship and Adversity:

The first dua we’ll cover is straight from the Quran in Surah Anbiya where it gives some details about the story of Prophet Yunus

Ayat 87 it says, “And [mention] the man of the fish, when he went off in anger and thought that We would not decree [anything] upon him. And he called out within the darknesses… 

لَّآ إِلَٰهَ إِلَّآ أَنتَ سُبْحَٰنَكَ إِنِّى كُنتُ مِنَ ٱلظَّٰلِمِينَ

Transliteration: la ilaha illa anta subhanaka inneekuntu mina aththalimeen
Translation: There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.

dua for relief from difficult times

and in the next ayat 88 it continues “So We responded to him and saved him from the distress. And thus do We save the believers.”

This dua is also confirmed in Jami At-Tirmidhi book 48 hadith 136. Ibrahim bin Muhammad bin Sa`d narrated from his father, from Sa`d that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “The supplication of Dhun-Nun (Prophet Yunus) when he supplicated, while in the belly of the whale was: ‘There is none worthy of worship except You, Glory to You, Indeed, I have been of the transgressors. (La ilaha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minaẓ-ẓalimin) So indeed, no Muslim man supplicates with it for anything, ever, except Allah responds to him.”

You may be also interested in reading article Dua For Ease.

Here’s another dua from hadith that the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) used to say this when feeling distressed.

dua for removing hardship

Hadith Hardships:

The hadith books contains many lessons for Muslims to follow. It contains some of the truest wisdom that have withstood the test of time. and is applicable for all generations past and present. The daily problems and struggles of humanity don’t change it’s how we choose to react to them that makes all the difference.

Be Patient in Bad Times and Grateful In Prosperous Times

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him”. 1

Learn About Patience and Sabr

Difficulties At A Job

It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: It is obligatory for you to listen to the ruler and obey him in adversity and prosperity, in pleasure and displeasure, and even when another person is given (rather undue) preference over you. 2

Adversities Is Required For Jannah

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said. “The (Hell) Fire is surrounded with all kinds of desires and passions, while Jannah is surrounded with adversities.” 3

Be a Giver In Difficult Times

It was narrated from Buraidah Al-Aslami that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Whoever gives respite to one in difficulty, he will have (the reward of) an act of charity for each day. Whoever gives him respite after payment becomes due, will have (the reward of) an act of charity equal to (the amount of the loan) for each day.” 4

Providing Relief For Others in Their Burdens

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: : “Whoever relieves a Muslim of a burden from the burdens of the world, Allah will relieve him of a burden from the burdens on the Day of Judgement. And whoever helps ease a difficulty in the world, Allah will grant him ease from a difficulty in the world and in the Hereafter. And whoever covers (the faults of) a Muslim, Allah will cover (his faults) for him in the world and the Hereafter. And Allah is engaged in helping the worshipper as long as the worshipper is engaged in helping his brother.” 5


1. [Sahih Muslim] Riyad As Salihin Arabic/English book reference : Book 1, Hadith 27
2. Sahih Muslim Reference : Sahih Muslim 1836 In-book reference : Book 33, Hadith 52
3. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] Riyad As Salihin Arabic/English book reference : Book 1, Hadith 101

4. Sunan Ibn Majah Grade : Sahih (Darussalam) English reference : Vol. 3, Book 15, Hadith 2418 Arabic reference : Book 15, Hadith 2511
5. Jami At Tirmidhi Grade : Sahih (Darussalam) Reference : Jami At-Tirmidhi 1930 In-book reference : Book 27, Hadith 36