Supplicating To Allaah During Trials, Sh. Saalih Al-Fawzaan
Abundant supplication to Allaah is from the causes of success at times of trials, in order for Allaah to protect us from such tests.
The Messenger (saw) said:
“Seek refuge in Allaah from trials whether apparent or hidden.” [Saheeh Muslim]
The Prophet (saw) in the last tashahhud would seek refuge from four things and he ordered us to do similarly. He (saw) said:
“Seek refuge in Allaah form four: punishment of the hell fire; punishment of the grave; the trials of life and death; and from the trials of the Anti-Christ (Dajjaal).” [Saheeh Muslim]
The Muslim should increase therefore, in calling upon Allaah to protect himself from evil of known and unknown trials. He should beg Allaah, for He is close to us (in responding)and answering our prayers. Whoever turns to Allaah and seeks His protection, is protected by Him. Whoever calls upon Him, He answers. He descends every night to the lowest heaven and says:
“Is there anyone asking from Me that I may give him his need? Is there one calling upon Me that I may answer him? Is there anyone seeking forgiveness from Me that I may forgive him?” [Bukhaaree & Muslim]
Allaah has opened His door to those in need, night and day, but this is an additional time and opportunity Allaah designates, as a Mercy for them.
A Muslim should call upon Allaah at all times, yet especially during the best times, such as in prostration (sujood), The Prophet (saw) said:
“Increase supplication in prostration for it is most likely that your supplication will be answered.” [Saheeh Muslim]
The Prophet (saw) said:
“The servant is closest to Allaah when he is prostrating, so supplicate much therein.” [Saheeh Muslim & Saheeh Sunan Abee Daawood]
Other examples of the most superior times to supplicate are: in the last third of the night, the last hour on friday (before the maghrib prayer), and the last part of each prayer.
One should beg Allaah and not be heedless from supplicating, especially in asking Allaah for protection from trials, once a person is protected, he will be safe from all evil. If a person is safe from trials, consequently, his religion is safe and thus his state at the point of death will also be safe.
[Taken from “Trials Of Life” by Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan, Pp. 71-73]