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What is the Dua for stuttering?

Q&A: What is the Dua for stuttering?



 I would like to know the Dua for stuttering. Is it “Rab-bish-rah lee sad-ree wa yas-sir lee ‘am-ree wahlul ‘uq-da-tam min li-saa-nee yaf-qahoo qaulee”. Or is there more to it. Can you read it all for stuttering or just some of it. Could you please advise me when to read it. 



In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,


There is no explicit mention of a Dua (supplication) in Quran and Hadith relating to stuttering. However, whilst narrating the story of Prophet Musa (peace and blessings be upon him), Allah, the Almighty mentions that Prophet Musa (peace and blessings be upon him) made the following Duas (supplications):



  “رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي. وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي. وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِّن لِّسَانِي . يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي”

“Rabbish rahli sadri, wa yassirli amri, wah lul uqdatan min lisaani, yaf kahu kauli”


“My Lord, put my heart at peace for me and make my task easy for me and remove the knot from my tongue, that they may understand my speech. [20:25,26,27,28]



Mufti Shafi’ (Allah have mercy on him) explains the above verses in his magnificent exegesis:



When Prophet Musa (peace and blessings be upon him) received the high honour of conversing with Allah, the Almighty and was granted the mission of prophethood, then, instead of relying on his own self and on his own ability, he turned to Allah, the Almighty and sought His help in the discharge of his duties without which it would be impossible for him to endure and persevere in the face of the trials and tribulations inherent in the performance of his mission. He, therefore, prayed to Allah, the Almighty to grant him five favours. The first prayer was,  “رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي”( “Put my heart at peace for me”) (20:25). Meaning to expand the ability of his heart to enable him to receive all the knowledge and wisdom of prophethood, and at the same time to bear with the slander of those people who will oppose him in his mission. His second prayer was, “وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي” ( “make my task easy for me”) (20:26). Having been granted prophethood he realized that it is not the human ability and skill or other apparent causes which make affairs easy or difficult. In reality, things become easy or difficult as Allah, the Almighty wills. In the hadith the believers have been advised to seek Allah, the Almighty’s help in their affairs with the following words:



 اللَّهُمَّ الْطُفْ بِنا فِي تَيْسِيرِ كُلِّ عَسِيرٍ ، فَإِنَّ تَيْسِيرَ كل عَسِيرِ عَلَيْكَ يَسِيرٌ

0 Allah! Be kind to us and make our difficult tasks easy because it is easy for you to make every difficult thing easy.



The third prayer was, “وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِّن لِّسَانِي” (“And remove the knot from my tongue, that they may understand my speech”) (20:27, 28). The story behind this “knot” is that as an infant Prophet Musa (peace and blessings be upon him) lived with his own mother who used to suckle him and was paid for her services by the Pharaoh. When he was weaned, the Pharaoh and his wife Asiya adopted him, and took him away from his mother. One day Prophet Musa (peace and blessings be upon him) caught hold of the Pharaoh’s beard and slapped him on the face. Another version has it that he was playing with a stick and with it he struck the Pharaoh on his head. The Pharaoh was enraged and made up his mind to put him to death. His wife Asiya tried to pacify him and said, “0 King! Why do you take this matter so seriously? After all he is merely a child who does not understand things. You can test him if you like and you will find that he cannot distinguish between good things and bad things”.


Thereupon, the Pharaoh ordered two trays to be brought. One was filled with live coal and the other with jewellery. It was expected that the child would be attracted by the brightness of the burning coal and reach for it because children are not normally drawn towards jewellery which is not as bright. This would have convinced the Pharaoh that what Prophet Musa (peace and blessings be upon him) did was nothing more than the act of an innocent child. But Prophet Musa (peace and blessings be upon him) was no ordinary child. Allah, the Almighty had chosen him to be a prophet whose instincts were unusual from the very moment of his birth. He put forth his hand to reach out for the jewellery instead of the coal, but Jibra’il (peace and blessings be upon him) turned his hand away and placed it in the tray containing coal. He picked up a piece of burning coal and put it in his mouth and so burned his tongue. The Pharaoh was thus fully satisfied that the action of Prophet Musa (peace and blessings be upon him) was not due to mischief but the result of a child’s inability to distinguish between good and bad for himself. This incident caused an impediment in his speech which has been called  “knot”(“عُقْدَةً”) in the Qur’an, and Prophet Musa (peace and blessings be upon him) prayed to Allah, the Almighty to make loose this knot.(Maa’rif-ul-Qura’n, V:6, Pg;88-90 with reference from Mazhari and Qurtubi)


The first two prayers are of a general nature and sought Allah, the Almighty’s help in all matters. The third prayer is for the removal of a disability because eloquence and fluency of expression are essential elements in the successful conduct of prophetic mission.

(Maa’rif-ul-Quran, V:6, Pg;90)


It is clear from the above that the Duas (supplications) mentioned in the question were made by Prophet Musa (peace and blessings be upon him). And specifically relating to the speech impediment, the Dua (supplication) made by him was:



  “وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِّن لِّسَانِي . يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي”

“and remove the knot from my tongue, that they may understand my speech”[20:27,28]


If someone makes the same Dua (supplication), there is nothing wrong. In fact, it will be advisable and commendable for one who suffers from speech impediment (stuttering) to make such Dua (supplication). However, one may also add the other Duas (supplications) Prophet Musa (peace and blessings be upon him) made too (ie.”رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي. وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي””My Lord, put my heart at peace for me and make my task easy for me”[20:25,26]).


Upon conclusion, the Dua (supplication) by Prophet Musa (peace and blessings be upon him) regarding his speech impediment is not a Dua (supplication) in the sense that the Quran or Hadith mentions if one is suffering from speech impediment (stuttering) he/she should read it. However, it is a (Dua) supplication established in the Quran attributed to Prophet Musa  (peace and blessings be upon him) who made the Dua (supplication) because of suffering from speech impediment (stuttering) and thus commendable and advisable to read for one suffering from speech impediment (stuttering). One may also make the other Duas (supplications) made by Prophet Musa (peace and blessings be upon him) whilst making the Dua (supplication) directly related to speech impediment (stuttering), although not compulsory.


There are no specific times for Dua (supplication) in the strict sense that one has to make Dua (supplication) in that time. Therefore,  one can make Dua (supplication) whenever one wants and where ever one wants keeping in mind the etiquettes of Dua (supplication) and the specific times when Duas (supplications) get accepted (for example after Fardh Salah (prayer)). However, there are some Duas (supplications) in Hadith mentioned and established to be read at prescribed times and those should preferably be recited at their allocated times.


And Allah, the Almighty knows best


Mufti Sufyan Ibn Yakub Khapi


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