Removing One’s Dependency on Cruel Individuals

It has been transmitted that Zayn al-Abidin – Ali ibn al-Husayn (a) – passed by a man while he was sitting on the doorstep of a man. He (a) said to him, “What makes you sit at the door of this self-indulgent cruel person?” He replied, “Calamity.” He (a) said, “Then I will show you a door better than his door, and a provider better for you than him.” He (a) took his hand until they arrived at the mosque of the Messenger of Allah (p) and said:

Face the Qiblah and perform two units of prayers, then raise your hands towards Allah (azwj), praise Him and send salutations upon the Prophet and his progeny, then supplicate with the last verse of Surah al-Hashr, the first six verses of Surah al-Hadid, *two verses from Aal Imran, then ask Allah (for your needs). You will not ask for a thing except that He will grant it.

*Allamah Majlisi says the two verses from Aal Imran may be referring to 3:18 and 3:26.

Source: Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 92, pg. 271

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