The Man who was in Trouble
Let us read a story of a man who was in trouble. He turned to Allah Ta’ala calling Him with the special name Al Wadood, read on to find out what happened.
It was narrated that Sayyiduna Anas ibn Maalik رضي الله عنه said:
There was one of the companions of the Prophet ﷺ, one of the Ansaar, who was known by the Kunyah of Abu Ma’liq.
He was a merchant who did trade with his own wealth and on behalf of others, he used to travel all over, and he was a pious man.
He went out on one occasion and was met by an armed thief who said to him: Give me what you have, for I will kill you.
The pious man said: You do not need my blood, all you want is the wealth!
The thief said: As for the wealth, it is mine; all I want is your blood.
He said: If you insist, then let me pray four rak’ahs.
The thief said: Pray as much as you want.
So Abu Ma’liq did wudhu, then he prayed four rak’ahs, and among the words that he said in du’a in the last prostration were:
یا وَدُودُ، يَا ذَا الْعَرْشِ الْمَجِيدِ، يَا فَعَّالا لِمَا يُرِيدُ، أَسْأَلُكُ بِعِزَّتِکَ الَّتِی لَا تُرَامُ، وَمُلْكِكَ الَّذِي لَا يُضَامُ، وَبِنُورِكَ الَّذِي مَلَأَ أَرْكَانَ عَرْشِكَ، أَنْ تَكْفِيَنِي شَرَّ هَذَا اللِّصِّ، يَا مُغِيثُ أَغِثْنِي، يَا مُغِيثُ أَغِثْنِي، يَا مُغِيثُ أَغِثْنِي
Ya Wadudu, Ya Dhal ‘Arshil Majid, Ya Fa’aalal lima yurid, as-aluka bi ‘Izzatikal ladhi la turamu wa mulkikal ladhi la yudhamu wa bi nurikal ladhi mala-a arkana ‘arshika an takfiyani sharra hadhal lissi, ya Mughithu aghithni, ya Mughitu agithni, ya Mughitu agithni
“O Most Loving, O Most Loving, O Owner of the majestic Throne, O Initiator, O Returner, O You Who do whatever You will, I ask You by the Light of Your Countenance which fills the pillars of Your Throne, and I ask You by Your Power by which You control all of Your creation, and I ask You by Your mercy which encompasses all things, there is no god but You, O Helper help me”
Abu Ma’liq asked: Who are you, may my father and mother be sacrificed for you? Allah has helped me by you today.
The horseman said: I am an angel from the fourth heaven. When you said your du’a the first time, I heard the gates of heaven tremble, then when you said your du’a the second time I heard a noise from the people of heaven, then when you said your du’a the third time it was said to me: The du’a of one who is in distress, and I asked Allah to let me kill him.
Sayyiduna Anas رضي الله عنه said: So you should know that whoever does wudhu and prays four rak’ahs and recites this du’a, will receive an answer, whether he is in distress or not.
This incident is based on a narration in Al-Isabah