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Ad’iyyah Invoked By Nabi Dawud (‘A)

In the time of Nabi Dawud (‘a) we have a beautiful episode of Jalut (Goliath) and how effectively Nabi Dawud (‘a) routed the army of Jalut by His Will. Earlier, people under the command of Talut (Saul) advancing to meet the powerful army of Jalut disobeyed the commands of Talut and drank the water from the stream.1

رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانْصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

“O our Rabb! Pour out constancy on us and make our feet firm and give us victory against the rejecters of faith.” (2:250).

In Surah 27 An-Naml, Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, reveals how both Nabi Dawud (‘a) and Nabi Sulayman (‘a) did the Shukr to Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, for the Gift of Knowledge that Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, bestowed upon both of them. They did this wonderful Du’a:

وَلَقَدۡ ءَاتَيۡنَا دَاوُ دَ وَسُلَيۡمَـٰنَ عِلۡمً۬ا وَقَالَا ٱلۡحَمۡدُ لِلَّهِ ٱلَّذِى فَضَّلَنَا عَلَىٰ كَثِيرٍ۬ مِّنۡ عِبَادِهِ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ

“And indeed gave We knowledge to Dawud and Sulayman and (both of them) Said: All Praise is Allah’s Who has made us to excel many of the believing servants”. (27:15).

  • 1. Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala reveals in the Qur’an that they were clearly commanded not to drink water from the stream. If they still had to, they could drink only a handful. Except for only few, others clearly disobeyed his command.