Musa AS is the most frequently mentioned prophet in the Qur’an, so much so that our scholars said, “(It was) almost like as if the Qur’an is about  Musa AS“. The story of Musa AS is such an amazing and inspiring one that every time I read any part of it, I find solace in it. From his birth till the Exodus from Egypt, and perhaps even after that, he was in grave danger many, many times  and Allah SWT saved him.

One such occasion was his escape from Egypt and landing up in Madyan when he makes a beautiful and powerful dua:

  رَبِّ إِنِّي لِمَا أَنْزَلْتَ إِلَيَّ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَقِيرٌ

Translation: My Lord, indeed I am, for any good that you bestow on me, very needy.” (Surah Al Qasas, 28:24)

The words of this dua are words of desperation, words that reflect how lost Musa ASis feeling, so much so that he can’t even bring himself to ask for something specific, but he still asks and begs for *any* good that Allah SWT can send down upon him.

To have a little background, Musa AS unintentionally killed a man from the people of the ruling class of Egypt while he was only trying to restrain this man fighting with an Israeli, the slave class in Egypt at the time (also Musa’s AS people). Now, the murder of a man from the ruling class by a man from the slave class would surely not go unpunished, and so when news reached MusaAS that they were plotting to kill him in retaliation, he fled Egypt immediately.Register here!

Imagine his situation – scared, remorseful, fugitive, alone. What does he have with him? What can he ask for? He arrives in a completely new place amongst unknown people and has no direction to pursue. And that’s when Allah SWTinspires him with these beautiful words:

رَبِّ إِنِّي لِمَا أَنْزَلْتَ إِلَيَّ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَقِيرٌ

“My Lord, indeed I am, for any good that you bestow on me, very needy.”

No matter how much you sin, don’t lose your connection with Allah:

One very important lesson that I get from this episode of Musa AS is that no matter how big a crime you commit, it need not be a reason for you to lose your connection with Allah SWT. Even the guilt and remorse we feel after committing a major sin is from the mercy of Allah SWT, and we need to secure that by asking for Allah’s SWT forgiveness and beg for His favors upon us.

Satan, of course, tries to make us think otherwise – after what we’ve done, ‘our connection with AllahSWT is irredeemable’, that ‘we’re evil now’, ‘we’re too low’, ‘we’ve done this way too many times to have lost count’, ‘we’re not any good’.

But here, Musa AS killed someone by mistake; and was full of remorse. Musa ASdid not drown himself in guilt and regret, he invoked AllahSWT asking for any good because he’s in a situation where he doesn’t even know what to ask for specifically, he doesn’t even know what’s good for him, but he trusts Allah SWT and so he begs Allah SWT for it. How beautiful is this dua’a!

If you’ve ever been so desperate and lost that you can’t even figure what’s good for you and you need direction and help, then make this dua’a, it brings a lot of comfort to the anxious heart.

If you commit a mistake or sin, don’t isolate yourself from the world:

Another inspiring move by Musa AS is his effort in trying to help the two women with their sheep, soon after arriving at Madyan. Despite whatever he has been through, wronged or committed wrong himself, he doesn’t isolate himself from the rest of the world. When he sees someone in need of help, he gets up and offers it. Again, no sin is big enough to prevent you from doing an act of good.

Prophet Muhammad saw said,

“Fear Allah wherever you may be; follow up an evil deed with a good one which will wipe (the former) out, and behave good-naturedly towards people.” 1

It appears as though Musa AS is a personification of this hadith, because this is exactly what he’s doing. And this is exactly what we should be doing as well — follow up a sin with a deliberate act of good and serve the people.

Admit your weakness and wrongdoings, but don’t stop doing good:

Even almost a decade later, when Allah SWT bestowed Musa ASwith prophethood and assigned him to go to Firawn and have the Children of Israel released from bondage, Musa AS expressed his hesitation due to having killed one of their men. Allah SWT assured Musa AS that He will strengthen him and he need not be afraid. When they meet, Firawn uses this exact weakness of Musa AS to undermine his Da’wah – reminding him of his past crime, but Musa AS responds bravely that whatever he did was out of ignorance and now, AllahSWT has guided him, and continues with the work assigned to him. So, there’s no harm in admitting our weakness and wrong-doings, but we shouldn’t let them interfere with our pursuits by falling into despair, we shouldn’t allow them to overwhelm us.

With Allah’s help, you can achieve anything:

Nobody’s perfect. We struggle and seek perfection everyday, although we won’t reach it, we will keep improving as long as we keep trying. We’ll fall and we’ll have to pick ourselves up again. The best part about falling in Islam is that the rising back up is the most liberating experience, it teaches you that with Allah’s SWT support alone, you can overcome anything. Isn’t it funny when someone says something rude and judgmental to us, we retort back with “Allah SWT is my Judge”; yet, when Satan, our archenemy, whispers thoughts to weaken us with guilt and immobilize us from doing any good, we give in and actually expose ourselves to bigger doom by losing hope in the mercy of Allah SWT

Problems afflict every one of us. It’s our choice whether we want to be defined by those problems or be defined by our goals. As a Muslim, our motto is إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ [You (Allah) alone we worship and You (Allah) alone we seek help with], this is what should define us and drive us throughout our lives.

I’ve benefited from this dua’a many times, Alhamdulillaah. I hope I get to meet MusaASin the Hereafter and tell him how the words that he wove together into such an effective supplication brought comfort to my heart innumerable times. What an amazing moment that would be! Looking forward to that, in shaa Allaah. 🙂

Please share your thoughts about this article in the comments section below. 🙂

About the Author:

Haya Ismail is a 7th semester BAIS student at Islamic Online University. She has completed the Taalem-ul-Qur’aan Diploma course under Al Huda International. Besides studies, she enjoys baking and writing.


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38 replies on “Dua of Musa Alayhi’salam”

    March 5, 2016 at 12:03 am

    This is so inspiring!

      May 15, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      MashahAllah very inspiring.May ALLAH SWT grant u success,health,strong Emaan,happiness and jannatul firdous AMEEN

        Haya Ismail
        May 24, 2016 at 5:08 am

        Aameen and JazaakiAllaah Khair Bushra.

      Haya Ismail
      May 24, 2016 at 5:07 am

      JazaakAllaah Khairan Katheer.
      Your support is much appreciated. Alhamdulillaah.

    April 11, 2016 at 10:59 am

    JazakAllahu khair for sharing such a beautiful dua. I will definitely learn it and InshaAllah make it a part of my supplications.Also I shall share it with others.

      Haya Ismail
      May 24, 2016 at 5:16 am

      Lubna, this dua’a brings a lot of peace and humility to me, I’m sure it will benefit you the same way. BaarakAllaahu feeki.

    Kamran Sabir
    April 12, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Maa sha Allah such a wonderful way to explain this unique prayer. Before this prayer Musa alehi salam have nothing and after that ALLAH SWT blessed him with wife, house, teacher and source of income.
    Jazak Allah khairun sister. May Allah swt increase you in knowledge and wisdom.

      Haya Ismail
      May 24, 2016 at 5:19 am

      So true Br. Kamran. The journey of Musa (AS) is amazing and this dua’a is pivotal in his story. Aameen and BaarakAllaahu feek.

    Ali Fahmy
    May 15, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Inspiring lesson.

      Haya Ismail
      May 24, 2016 at 5:21 am

      JazaakAllaah Khair, Br. Ali.

    May 15, 2016 at 6:47 am

    ان الله الملك الأعلى
    I have enjoyed reading re-reading a myriad of times and Subhaballah each time I read I find it more inspiring reviving rejuvenating. Allahu Akbar.
    May Allah reward and protect the writer.

      Haya Ismail
      May 24, 2016 at 5:23 am

      Aameen and BaarakAllaahu feek, Br. Muhammad Garad.
      May Allaah Guide us to implement His words in our life, aameen.

    May 15, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Yes! i learnt a lot from these inspiring info i pray Allah to bless you and all and grant all our needs.

      Haya Ismail
      June 3, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Aameen and BaarakAllaahu feeki, Sr. Fathima. 🙂

    May 15, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Jazak Allah… beautiful article. May Almighty Allah bless us all.

      Haya Ismail
      June 3, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Aameen and wa Jazaakumullaah Khair, Arees.

    May 15, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Jazak Allahu Khairan ?

      Haya Ismail
      June 3, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Wa anti fee JazaakiAllaah Khairan, Sr. Sarah.

    Fatima Bashir Abubakar
    May 15, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Alhamdlillah for the gift of Islam..This is one of the most inspiring article I’ve ever read. Jaxakumullah khayran ..will share it to others in sha Allah

      Haya Ismail
      June 3, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Alhamdulillaah Wa Anti Fee JazaakiAllaah Khairan, Sr. Fatima for your encouragement. Hope everyone that you share it with also find it beneficial, Aameen.

    May 15, 2016 at 9:53 am

    May Allah s.w.t bless u…this z so inspiring….

      Haya Ismail
      June 3, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Aameen. May Allaah Help us implement what we learn, Aameen.

    May 15, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Truly inspiring reminder and eemaan booster,just what I needed

      Haya Ismail
      June 4, 2016 at 5:52 am

      BaarakAllaahu feeki, Sr. Aisha.

    May 15, 2016 at 11:24 am

    May The Almighty Allah bless u and ur family… Jazakallah Khair for sharing such a wonderful dua….
    Do keep posting….

      Haya Ismail
      June 4, 2016 at 5:53 am

      Aameen wa anti fee JazaakiAllaah Khairan Katheer, Sr. Anisa.

    May 15, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Very strong dua.

      Haya Ismail
      June 4, 2016 at 5:54 am

      Indeed it is a very strong and comforting dua’a, Alhamdulillaah. BaarakAllaahu feek.

    Rashida Ibrahim
    May 16, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Assalamu alaikum this write up has really inspired me. May Allah acceby Bleasby s your efforts.

      Haya Ismail
      June 4, 2016 at 5:56 am

      Wa alaikum as salaam wa rahmatullaah, Sr. Rashida.
      Alhamdulillaah and Aameen. May Allaah Help us act upon His words, Aameen.

    May 16, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    This is beautiful. MashaAllah. Haya, may Allah bless you and protect you. Abass

      Haya Ismail
      June 4, 2016 at 5:57 am

      Aameen and JazaakAllaah Khairan Katheer,Br. Abbas.

    Altaf Hussain
    May 17, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    This dua and it’s underlying message is great importance for man in today’s world which has made him so busy but in fact so much lonely. Allah can guide us further.

      Haya Ismail
      June 4, 2016 at 5:58 am

      That’s very true, Br. Altaf. And Allaah is our only refuge and support in such times. May Allaah protect us all, Aameen. BaarakAllaahu feek.

    September 25, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Islam as a perfect religion and a way of life gives us the best direction on how to invite people to Islam in the most effective way. To be successful Dua, Allah I commands us to invite people to Islam with hikmah (wisdom) and beautiful preaching.

    May 1, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Jazakillaah Khairan

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    November 15, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks a lot for this dua ..Allah bless you.