Lucky or unlucky: whether in Islam the fact of being unlucky exist or not.


As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)

One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

Asaalam A, I’m writing to you to ask whether in Islam the fact of being unlucky exist or not. I don’t know how to explain but I really feel that I’m very unlucky because of what is happening to me. Most of the times when I buy a new product (mobile, laptop, watch…) it becomes defective. I don’t know why it happens to me only. Sometimes we are 4 or 5 to buy it at same time same place but the product will work fine for others but for me after few days it will no more work. This irritates me a lot. Is there any Dua that I can have to stop all those things? Is there any reason for that happening to me? Is it a curse? Many Thanks.

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Lucky or unlucky

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

Allah says in the Holy Quran in Chapter 67 Surah Al Mulk verse 2:

He (Allah) created death and life that He may test you, to see which of you is the best in deeds.

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 21 Surah Anbiyaa verse 35:

35      Every soul shall have a taste of death: and We test you by evil and by good (only) by way of trial: to Us must ye return.

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale-Imraan verses 185-186:

185    Every soul shall have a taste of death!  And only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense.   Only he who is saved far from the fire,  and admitted to the Gardens will have attained the object (of life):  for the life of this world is but goods,  and chattels of deception.

186    Ye (O Believers) shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions,  and in your selves; and ye shall certainly hear much that will grieve you from those who received the Book before you (Jews and Christians),  and from the ‘mushriks’ (those who worship many gods).  But if ye persevere patiently and guard against evil,  then that will be a determining factor in all affairs.

Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 4.1

Abu Hurairah narrates that the Prophet (saws) said: "When Allah wants to be good to someone, He tries him with some hardship."

Abu Hurairah reports that Allah's Messenger (saws) said: "For every misfortune, illness, anxiety, grief, or hurt that afflicts a Muslim -even the hurt caused by the pricking of a thorn - Allah removes some of his sins."

Ibn Mas'ud said: "I visited the Messenger of Allah (saws) while he (saws) had a fever. I exclaimed: 'O Messenger of Allah (saws) ! You have a high fever!'  He (saws) said: 'My fever is as much as two among you [might have].'  I asked: 'Is it because you have a double reward?'  He (saws) replied: 'Yes, that is right. No Muslim is afflicted with any hurt, even if it is no more than the pricking of a thorn, but Allah wipes off his sins because of it and his sins fall away from him as leaves fall from a tree'."

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.545   Narrated by Abu Said Al Khudri and Abu Huraira

The Prophet (saws) said, "No fatigue, no disease, no sorrow, no sadness, no hurt, no distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that."

First and foremost brother, there is no such thing as ‘luck’, good or bad, which plays any role whatsoever in one’s life in the least!!!! Whatever accident or incident transpires in one’s life is not by luck or by chance, but according to the ‘Qadr’ or Pre-destined Decree and The Will of the Lord Most Majestic Who Created so that He may test man and see whether the one who receives good is grateful or not, and see whether the one who is afflicted by a calamity is patient or not!

Respected brother, the afflictions and calamities which occasionally occur in our lives are not through some element of 'bad' luck or a 'curse', but rather it is a trial from our Lord Most Wise who wishes to see what we do in the given circumstances.  Are we patient and grateful and keep our faith firm in Him and Him Alone, or are we impatient and ungrateful and turn to the other false deities to remove these afflictions!!!

Allah Says in His Holy Quran Chapter 35 Surah Fatir verse 2:

2       What Allah out of His Mercy doth bestow on mankind there is none can withhold: what He doth withhold there is none can grant apart from Him: and He is the Exalted in Power Full of Wisdom.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imraan verse 160:

If Allah helps you none can overcome you: if He forsakes you who is there after that that can help you?  In Allah then let believers put their trust.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 51:

Say: "Nothing will happen to us except what Allah has decreed for us:  He is our Protector";  and on Allah let the believers put their trust.

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 17:

17      If Allah touch thee with affliction none can remove it but He; if He touch thee with happiness He hath power over all things.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzaab verse 3:

And put your trust in Allah Alone; and enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.

Your Question: Is there any Dua that I can have to stop all those things?

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 155-157:

155    Be sure We shall test you with something of fear, and hunger, some loss in goods, or lives, or the fruits (of your toil); but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.

156    Who say when afflicted with calamity: "To Allah we belong and to Him is our return."

157    They are those on whom (descend) blessings from Allah and Mercy; and they are the ones that receive guidance.

One of the best supplications one can and should constantly make when afflicted with any trial or calamity is 'Inna lillahe wa inna ilayhe rajeoon' (To Allah we belong and to Him is our ultimate return).  It is expected that the Lord Most Gracious will shower His Blessings and His Mercy on these grateful and patient believers, and make their trials easy for them.

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is only ones. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

Your brothers and well wishers in Islam,


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