In the Qur’an mentioned in Surah Taha Allah (swt) gave Prophet Musa (AS) a grave task for him to complete.
He was to go on a this mission to see Firaawn (the pharaoh) and let him know that he has transgressed.
Can you imagine the difficulties of such a task?
Being commanded by Allah (swt) to go and tell the tyrant emperor who you knew had a history of enslaving and torturing the Israelites that what he practiced was wrong. To send a warning saying if he does not ask for the forgiveness of Allah (swt) that he would be punished.
So how did Prophet Musa (as) respond?
He recited the well known du’a beginning with rabbish rahli sadri which was said asking Allah for courage to go through the challenge he faced..
rabbish rahli sadri full dua in Arabic:
Here’s the full dua from Surah Ta ha in Arabic, it begins at ayat 25 and ends verse 28.
رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِنْ لِسَانِي يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي
Transliteration: Rabbish rahli sadri wa yassirli amri wah lul uqdatan min lisaani, yaf kahu kauli
rabbish rahli sadri meaning
So what exactly does this dua mean? What did Prophet Musa ask of Allah by reciting the above.
“My Lord, expand for me my breast [with assurance] and ease for me my task and untie the knot from my tongue that they may understand my speech.”
This is a beautiful dua, Prophet Musa asked Allah to clear his chest, to make this mission of his easy, to let the knot of his tongue be loosened so that they can understand what he says. That is so the people could understand the message of Allah swt.
Prophet Musa is a nabi and yet he still made this dua when given a difficult task.
We can benefit greatly from this dua, there will be times in our life when we will required to speak up and be courageous. Reciting this dua asks Allah to open up your chest, to speak with confidence and have good posture.
Inshallah by reciting this dua he will make the issue that lie ahead of you easier than you expected it to be.
As a reminder, we should make a habit of reading the duas of the prophets that are mentioned in the Quran and responded positively by Allah. Imagine being among the people that uttered the same words as the Prophets had said thousands of years ago.
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