Turning to God in our powerlessness and helplessness

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) made many supplications which we did not memorize. We said to him: “O Messenger of Allah! You have made many supplications of which we do not remember anything.” He said, “Shall I tell you a comprehensive prayer? Say: O Allah, I beg of You the good which Your Prophet Muhammad, upon him peace and blessings, begged of You; and I seek refuge in You from the evil where from Your Prophet Muhammad, upon him peace and blessings, sought refuge. You are the One from Whom help is sought and Your is the responsibility to communicate (the truth). There is no power or strength except with Allah the Exalted, the Great.

Imam Nawawi, Riyad Saliheen (Gardens of the righteous)

God placed Hajar and Moses, upon them peace, in such trials even though they were sincere and true in their obedience to God. We should not play God and place ourselves or others in such trials. However, we can reflect on their trials to help us in facing our own when we are placed in such situations. Look for people more powerless and helpless than you, and help them.

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