When reading the Glorious Qur’an, the reader will notice that the Book of God uses a narrative that focuses on several areas, including “prayers.” Whilst prayers may be simple words of supplication spoken by the individual and addressing the Lord of the Universe, there are specific words that God has given us in the Qur’an which make the prayers more effective and more attainable.

The best example of the power of “focused prayer” is the story of Adam and his mate, as they ate from the forbidden tree and were banished from the lush gardens of paradise that they were initially placed in. It was only after Adam received words from His Lord and he spoke these words that God forgave him and his mate:

“And We said: ‘O Adam, reside you and your mate in the paradise, and eat from it bountifully as you both wish, and do not come near this tree, else you will be of those who have wronged.’ So, the devil caused them to slip from it, and he brought them out from what they were in, and We said: ‘Descend; for you are enemies to one another; and on the earth you will have residence and provisions until the appointed time.’ Adam then received words from his Lord, so He forgave him; He is the Forgiver, the Merciful.” (Qur’an 2:35-37)

In this article, we will share the various prayers that can be invoked in the Qur’an with a highlight as to the ailment they cover.

Asking for Provisions

“So he drew water for them, then he turned to a shaded area, and he said: ‘My Lord, I am poor, lacking any provisions You may have sent down.’” (Qur’an 28:24)

Asking for Help with Speech Problems

“He said: ‘My Lord, comfort for me my chest. And make my mission easy. And remove the knot in my tongue. So they can understand what I say.’” (Qur’an 20:25-28)

Asking for Protection from the influence and Presence of the Devils

“And say: ‘My Lord, I seek refuge with You from the whispers of the devils. And I seek refuge with you, my Lord, lest they be present with me.’” (Qur’an 23:97-98)

“Say: ‘I seek refuge with the Lord of the people, The King of the people, The god of the people, From the evil of the sneaking whisperer, Who whispers into the chests of the people. From the Jinn and the people.” (Qur’an 114:1-6)

Asking for a Child

“It was then that Zechariah implored his Lord; he said: “My Lord, grant me from You a good progeny. You are the Hearer of prayer.” (Qur’an 3:38)

“A reminder of the mercy of your Lord to His servant Zechariah. When he called out to his Lord secretly. He said: ‘My Lord, my bones have gone frail, and my hair has turned white, and I have never been mischievous in imploring You my Lord. And I fear the kinfolk after I am gone, and my wife is infertile, so grant me from Yourself an ally. To inherit from me, and inherit from the descendants of Jacob. And make him, my Lord, well pleasing.’” (Qur’an 19:2-6)

Asking for Protection from Envy & Witchcraft

“Say: ‘I seek refuge with the Lord of the rising dawn, From the evil among His creation, And from the evil of darkness as it falls, And from the evil of those who blow on knots, And from the evil of an envier when he envies.” (Qur’an 113:1-5)

Asking for a Job/Position

“Say: ‘Our god, Possessor of kingship; You grant kingship to whom You please, and revoke kingship from whom You please, and honor whom You please, and humiliate whom You please; in Your hand is goodness. You are capable of all things. You blend the night into the day, and You blend the day into the night; and You bring the living out of the dead, and You bring the dead out of the living; and You provide for whom You wish without reckoning.” (Qur’an 3:26-27)

Asking for Forgiveness

“…Our Lord, do not mind us if we forget or make mistakes; our Lord, do not place a burden upon us as You have placed upon those before us; our Lord, do not place upon us what we cannot bear; pardon us, and forgive us, and have mercy on us; You are our patron, so grant us victory over the rejecting people.” (Qur’an 2:286)

“And they did not say except: ‘Our Lord, forgive us our sins and our shortcomings in our responsibility, and make firm our foothold, and grant us victory over the rejecting people.’” (Qur’an 3:147)

“They said: ‘Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves and if You do not forgive us and have mercy on us, then we will be of the losers!’” (Qur’an 7:23)

“’Our Lord, we have heard a caller inviting to the faith: ‘Believe in your Lord,’ so we have believed. Our Lord forgive us our bad deeds, and forgive our sins, and let us die in the company of the righteous.’” (Qur’an 3:193)

Asking for Escape/Asylum

“And why do you not fight in the cause of God, when the weak among the men and women and children say: ‘Our Lord, bring us out of this town whose people are wicked, and grant us from Yourself a supporter, and grant us from Yourself a victor!’” (Qur’an 4:75)

Asking for Health/Recovery

“And Job when he called his Lord: ‘I have been afflicted with harm, and You are the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!’” (Qur’an 21:83)

Asking for Safety During Travel

“And He is the One who has created all the pairs, and He made for you of the ships and the hoofed animals that which you can ride. So that you may settle on their backs; then recall the blessing of your Lord once you have settled on them, and say: ‘Glory to the One who has commissioned this for us, and we could not have done so by ourselves. And we will ultimately return to our Lord.’” (Qur’an 43:12-14)

Asking for Patience

“And when they came forth to Goliath and his soldiers, they said: ‘Our Lord grant us patience, and make firm our foothold, and grant us victory over the disbelieving people.’” (Qur’an 2:250)


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