Escaping bondage

Assalaamu alaikum WR WB, Brother.

Does Islam provide us with any authenticated Du’as to get out of the custody of people?

In other words, is there any Du’a to recite if we want to be free from any other human being’s governance and overpowering authorities?

Fee Amanillah

Wa Alaykum Assalaamu wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh, Sister.

Imam Ja`far As-Saadiq, may God have been pleased with him, said something very powerful. He said, “I’m amazed at one who is depressed and does not say (to God), ‘There is no god but You, may You be sanctified. I have been among the wrongdoers.’ (21:87) For I heard God say afterward, ‘So, We answered him and rescued him from depression, and thus We rescue believers.’ (21:88)”

That was in reference to the story of Prophet Yoonus (Jonah) as he lay inside the whale. Can you think of a more desperate bondage?

Did the words of Jonah surprise you? Why did he say that he was among the wrongdoers? A prophet like him who actually delivered God’s message to the people of Nineveh (in Iraq)? So, what did he do wrong?

The beginning of verse 21:87 tells it: “And Zhan-Noon (companion of the whale, i.e., Jonah) when he went angrily…” (21:87)

Jonah left Nineveh in anger when its people did not accept his message. He rode on a ship and was thrown into the sea just in time when the whale came sailing through to swallow him whole. It’s his anger that God wanted to teach Jonah to control, because a caller to God is not supposed to lose his temper or give up on his people so quickly! Jonah, being the conscientious prophet that he was, realized his error, mended his way, passed the test and was freed. The irony is that the people of Nineveh did become believers shortly after Jonah left, and it is said that they went after him to apologize but couldn’t find him.

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was asked about Jonah’s prayer if it was special for him only. He replied that it is for any Muslim who is in bondage or hardship. Narrated by Sa`d ibn Abi-Waqqaas and reported by At-Tirmizhi and Al-Albaani, both rating it authentic, and by Ibn Hanbal as well.

The moral of the story is that bondage, like any hardship, can be a teaching from God for a sin that one may not think of as a sin. Successful are those who are alert to such lessons. Sin is the the worst bondage and expiation of it is the true freedom.

Thus, after a believer has exhausted all material means available to free himself or herself from bondage, they should turn to God with Jonah’s supplication and picture themselves in the belly of a whale as he was.

One Response to “Escaping bondage”

  1. Faaraa says:

    Jazakallah Khair for explaining..
    I never knew to look at this Du’a through such a clear glass. Jazakallah Khair

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