Dua of the Month: stand firm against disbelief

Update:

Video link with duaby Mishary AlAfasy (4:22 sec) and English translation

Surah Baqarah 243-257

After the time of the Prophet Musa, a war broke out between the Israelites and Philistines. A man named Goliath (Jalut in the Quran) captured the  Ark of Covenants, a box with the 10 Commandment tablets and the first Torah from the Israelites.

According to http://www.harunyahya.com, and The Israelites went to their counsel and asked for a king among them who could defend the people and retrieve their holy materials.

Allah chose a man named Talut to be king, according to Surah Baqarah. Talut led his army to defeat Goliath. When they marched out he instructed them not to drink more than a handful from a river, which would not suffice for his large army. These instructions were given by Allah, who wanted to test them. Many of the men drank to their full and were among those who had lost their way. Talut only allowed a few of them who had believed to march forward (2:247-250).

They said this dua: رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

‘Our Lord, pour down steadfastness upon us, and make our feet firm, and help us against this disbelieving people’ (2:250).

During the fight Talut encouraged a man to step forward to kill Goliath. He said, whoever kills him shall marry his daughter (making him future prince…king). A young solider named Dawud stepped forward. Everyone laughed at this young man, thinking he would not be able to win the battle with Goliath.

He told Talut he had killed a lion and a bear to protect his father’s sheep.

Dawud pulled out a slingshot and slung it at Goliath’s forhead, killing him.

Talut married him to his daughter and he became the future king. Dawud would later become a Prophet ordained by Allah.

Lessons:

This dua is asking Allah to give us patience and a strong foothold against disbelievers. We can use this in our everyday lives to face obstacles of racism, Islamaphobia, bullying, and help us increase our faith.

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