Du'a for Dealing with Difficult People

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

For those who have to deal with someone difficult, such as a superior at work, or people who do not give them respect, my shaykh taught us to say this:

سُوۡرَةُ یُوسُف
إِذۡ قَالَ يُوسُفُ لِأَبِيهِ يَـٰٓأَبَتِ إِنِّى رَأَيۡتُ أَحَدَ عَشَرَ كَوۡكَبً۬ا وَٱلشَّمۡسَ وَٱلۡقَمَرَ رَأَيۡتُہُمۡ لِى سَـٰجِدِينَ (٤)

Behold, Joseph said to his father, “O my father!  I did see eleven stars, and the Sun, and the Moon: I saw them prostrate themselves to me!” (Surah Yusuf:4)

Idz qaala Yusuf li abiihi, yaa abati, innii ra aytu ahada ‘ashara kawkaban wa ash-shamsa wa al-qamara ra aytuhum lii saajidiin.

For those who cannot read Arabic, I have written out the transliteration.

There are several ways.  One can either recite quietly before addressing the person.  One can recite it on water and give the person to drink - and this is effective against children.  Or one can recite and blow in the direction.  The intention is that the person treat you with respect, or calm down.


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