Sir, you know by now very well that I don’t lie. My wife Rehana is extremely religious, a couple of years back she jotted down a rather smallish prayer from the Holy Quran and requested me to learn it by heart. Me being me, I read it and somehow in the realms of time forgot to erm.. actually recite it until recently. It didn’t take long for me to realise that the cases of ordinary road rage had become quite frequent with me, simply due to my careless and fearless driving (yes I put my hands up!). I found myself in hot water about nothing and everything almost every week. The petty incidents were happening rather constantly at regular intervals and my small car was no exclusion, it had to bear the brunt of my recklessness sometimes. Sir, I can confidently say that my pocket-sized car has taken a few different avatars, it took a new shape every time it bumped into a pillar or post. Innumerable dents made it unique, anyone could identify it from afar Sir. So, I started reciting the prayer not only while driving the car but while leaving the house as well to my office, or to the mall or the theatres etc. And, now even on my blunders of driving the car inappropriately or parking it at wrong place people (the sufferers) would never react angrily moreover they would try to help me out in getting off of these sticky situations. Sir, the wonderful short prayer helped me get through the interview for my reemployment in this cosy place at a stone’s throw from my house. Working here doesn’t feel like work at all, it literally feels like no work and yet a lot of honorarium, Alhamdulilah. My friends, I keep reciting this miraculous prayer from the moment I step out of the house until I’m back home safely. If you recite this prayer in good faith the negative and offensive parties of any kind and type will become totally harmless InShaAllah. The other day a new movie had released and I decided to take my family to watch it the very first day, we had no booking but went to the cinema and guess what Sir, all were taken in. I had to recite our favourite prayer only once. I lovingly snapped (yes, you can snap lovingly) at my lovely wife, “Baba why the hell you gave me this prayer so late? I would have had a more serene and hassle free life.” The moment I realised the importance and depth of this short and effective prayer, I passed it on to all my loving daughters and son in laws.
When one leaves the house, he should recite ‘Bismillahi tawakkaltu alallahi la hawla wala quwwata illa billah’
Translation: In the name of Allah, I place my trust on Allah, there is no power (to do good) and no might (to abstain from evil) except with the assistance of Allah.
Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) said, ‘Whoever recites this dua, it is proclaimed to him, ‘You have been guided, you have been sufficed (i.e. your needs have been taken care of), you have been protected’ and Shaytan leaves his path.’
However Sir, only dua will not help, always remember to be conscious of God, and try to be a good human being.