[21:87] – For Deliverance From Hardship

لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ.

There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.

La ilaha illa Anta subhanaka inni kuntu minadh dhalimin.

In the context of this supplication, “La ilaha illa anta” is an affirmation that Allah’s unique mercy, graciousness, and benevolence are all part of why He is the only deity deserving of worship, love ,and veneration. “Subhanak” states that Allah is free of any form of injustice or wrongdoing, or any other quality that is inappropriate to the Only Deity worthy of worship. Hence, in this supplication, Prophet Yunus states unequivocally that the hardship and difficulty that he was inflicted with was a product of his own doing and not something that Allah could be accountable for in any way. Prophet Yunus affirms his guilt explicitly and says, “I was of the wrongdoers”, and so all affirmations in this invocation were the means by which Prophet Yunus sought and received Allah’s deliverance and forgiveness. Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, authentically stated that anyone who makes this supplication will be granted deliverance from their hardship or tribulation, and so it is important to keep these meanings in mind when supplicating using these words. -Majmoo’ Fatawa Ibn Taymiyah.