The concept of dua or supplication holds a significant place as it allows individuals to communicate with Allah and seek His blessings, forgiveness, and guidance. Muslims are encouraged to make dua in all aspects of their lives, whether it be during times of ease or difficulty.
One of the most powerful and highly recommended duas in Islam is Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum bi rahmatika. This dua is known to have numerous benefits, including seeking protection from harm, asking for blessings, and seeking relief from distress and anxiety.
In this blog, we will explore the meaning and significance of Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyoom dua, its benefits, and how to incorporate this powerful dua into our daily lives.
Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum in Arabic
Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyoom is written in Arabic as:
يَا حَىُّ يَا قَيُّومُ
Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum Meaning
Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum means O Ever-Living, O Self-Sustaining and All-Sustaining. Al Hayyu means the ever living one who always remains without any beginning nor any end, with perfect and ever-lasting life. He never dies nor passes away.
Allah, Glorified and Sublime be He, says, “Allah, there is no god but He, the Ever Living, the All-Sustainer…” (surah al-Baqarah 255)
This name means the One who never dies. His life is perfect, which requires all perfect attributes and negates all their opposites in every sense. This perfect attribute requires that neither sleep nor slumber overtakes Him.
Al Qayyum means The Self Subsisting One Upon Whom Everything Depends, the one who sustains everything that exists, the one who has no need of anything but rather everything in existence has total need of Him.
Al-Qayyoom is the Self-Sufficient Master who is not in need of anyone, everything exists because of Him and everything other than Him needs Him and totally depends on Him.
Al-Qayyoom also means the Everlasting One who never dies. This name entails that He is so perfect that neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him.
The names AI-Hayyu Al-Qayyoom (the Ever-Living, the All-Sustainer) are so special that invoking Allah, Exalted be He, by them will help us have our prayer answered and distress removed.
Fearing Allah, Exalted be He, and being aware of His constant presence, for He watches every person and sees everything he does.
Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum Dua
This du‘a ‘Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyoom…’ was narrated in a sahih hadith from Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said to Fatimah:
“What could prevent you from listening to the advice I give you? You should say when morning comes and when evening comes the Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyoom dua.
Narrated by an-Nasai in as-Sunan al-Kubra (6/147) and in ‘Amal al-Yawm wa’l-Laylah (no. 46); by al-Hakim in al-Mustadrak (1/730); by al-Bayhaqi in al-Asma’ was-Sifaat (112), and others.
Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum Bi Rahmatika Astaghees In Arabic
The shorter version is written as:
يَا حَىُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ
Transliteration: Ya Hayyu ya Qayyom, bi Rahmatika astaghith.
Meaning: O Ever-Living One, O Everlasting One, by Your mercy I seek help.
Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyoom full Dua is written in Arabic as:
يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ أَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ وَلَا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ
Ya Hayyu ya Qayyoom, bi rahmatika astaghith, aslih li shani kullahu, wa la takilni ila nafsi tarfat ‘ayn.
Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum Bi Rahmatika Meaning in English
The general meaning of this Dua is O Ever-Living, O Self-Sustaining and All-Sustaining, by Your mercy I seek help; rectify all my affairs and do not leave me in charge of my affairs even for the blink of an eye.
A similar version of this du‘a was narrated in the hadith of Abu Bakrah, according to which the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The supplication of the one who is in distress:
اللَّهُمَّ رَحْمَتَكَ أَرْجُو فَلَا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَا أَنْتَ
Allaahumma rahmataka arjoo fa laa takilni ilaa nafsi tarfat ‘ayn wa aslih li sha’ni kullahu laa ilaaha illa anta.
O Allah, for Your mercy I hope, so do not leave me in charge of my affairs even for the blink of an eye; rectify all my affairs, there is no god but You.
Narrated by Ahmad (27898) and Abu Dawud (5090).
This du‘a is one of the greatest supplications that inspires the Muslim to be a true slave to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and to draw close to Allah by virtue of His names and attributes.
For He, may He be glorified, is al-Hayy (the Ever-Living), al-Qayyum (the Self-Sustaining and All-Sustaining), ar-Rahman (the Most Gracious), ar-Rahim (the Most Merciful),
And the individual is seeking help and support from the fact that He, may He be glorified and exalted, is the Sustainer, just as he beseeches Him by virtue of His mercy which encompasses all things, in the hope that he will be granted of that mercy that which will bring him happiness in this world and the Hereafter.
Then he asks Allah to rectify his affairs and grant him well-being, as he says: “aslih li shani kullahu (rectify all my affairs)”, meaning: all my affairs, in my household, my family, my neighbours, my friends, my work, my study, my soul, my heart and my health…
In all things having to do with me, guide me, O Lord, to the right path and grant me well-being.
All of that may be attained by the grace of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, not because the person deserves it because of his high status.
Hence this supplication ends with an acknowledgement of one’s utter helplessness and need of Allah, may He be glorified, and complete submission to His perfect might, so he says:
“wa laa takilni ila nafsi tarfata ‘ayn (and do not leave me in charge of my affairs even for the blink of an eye)”
Meaning: do not leave me to my weakness and helplessness for even a moment; rather grant me well-being always, and help me by Your power and might, for the one who relies on Allah, He will suffice him, and the one who seeks the help of Allah, He will help him.
The individual cannot do without Allah even for the blink of an eye.
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
“Because of that, the one who is a failure failed and the one who was guided attained guidance.
Thus Allah concealed from the one who failed his own reality, so he forgot himself, and he forgot his utter need for his Lord; hence he transgressed and behaved in an arrogant manner, so he was doomed to wretchedness.
Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):
“No! [But] indeed, man transgresses, Because he sees himself self-sufficient”Surah al-‘Alaq 96:7
“As for he who gives and fears Allah, And believes in the best [reward], We will ease him toward ease. But as for he who withholds and considers himself free of need, And denies the best [reward], We will ease him toward difficulty.”Surah al-Layl 92:5-10
The most perfect of people is the one who is most perfect in servitude to Allah, most aware of his utter need of his Lord and that he cannot do without his Lord even for the blink of an eye.
Hence one of the supplications [of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)] was:
“aslih li shani kullahu, wa la takilni ila nafsi tarfata ‘ayn wa la ila ahadin min khalqika (rectify all my affairs and do not leave me in charge of my affairs even for the blink of an eye or [leave me] to any of Your creation).”
And he used to say in his supplication “Ya muqallib al-qulub thabbit qalbi ‘ala dinik (Meaning: O Controller of the hearts, make my heart adhere firmly to Your religion).”
The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) knew that his heart was in the Hand of the Most Gracious, may He be glorified and exalted, and that he had no control over it at all, and he knew that Allah, may He be glorified, directs it as He wills.
How could it be otherwise, when he recited the words of Allah, may He be exalted (interpretation of the meaning):
“And had We not made you stand firm, you would nearly have inclined to them a little.” [al-Isra 17:74]
Thus the extent of a person’s awareness of his need for his Lord is commensurate with his knowledge of his Lord, how close he is to Him and his status before Him. (Tariq al-Hijratayn (25-26)
Al-Munawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said, commenting on the second report, the supplication of one who is in distress:
“Whoever testifies to the oneness and might of Allah, whilst focusing in his supplication and humbling himself, deserves to be relieved of distress in this world and to be shown mercy and raised in status in the Hereafter.”Fayd al-Qadir (3/526
Adopted from IslamQA.
Memorise the greatest name of Allah, and ensure you always call upon Allah with this name whenever you supplicate to Him.
Though very short, this supplication carries great meanings, and must never be said without contemplation as you are setting your frame of mind for the rest of the day when you say this supplication.
Whenever you say this supplication, always ensure you realise you will fail if you only depend on yourself, even if it is for a moment of your life, so you are always in need for Allah.
Once you say this supplication from the bottom of your heart, you will feel at great ease and comfort as you have entrusted all your affairs to Allah, therefore you know you will have a very successful morning or evening.