Dua in times of distress, hardship, anxiety and sadness:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
If any Muslim is afflicted with distress and makes this supplication, then his supplication will be answered. If he says this, Allah will remove his affliction and replace it with joy and happiness:
Allahumma inni ‘abduka, ibnu ‘abdika, ibnu amatika. Naasiyati biyadika, maadhin fiyya hukumuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadha’uka. Asaluka bi kulli ismin huwa laka, sammaita bihi nafsaka, aw an-zaltahu fi kitabika, aw ‘allamtahu ahadan min khalqika, awista’tharta bihi fi ‘ilmil-ghaibi ‘indaka an taj’alal-Qur’ana Rabbi’a qalbi, wa noora sadri, wa jalaa’a huzni, wa dhahaba hammi.
O Allah, I am your servant, the son of your servant, the son of your maidservant. My forelock is in your hand, your command concerning me prevails, and your decision concerning me is just. I call upon you by every one of the beautiful names of which you have described yourself, or which you have revealed in your Book, or you have taught to any of your creatures, or which you have chosen to keep in the knowledge of the unseen with you, to make the Quran the delight of my heart, the light of my chest, and to remove my sadness and dispel my anxiety.