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Many years ago, I came across a dua written in ‘Meaning and Message of the Traditions’ by Moulana Muhammad Manzoor Nomani in the section dealing with supplications for different times and situations. Specifically this dua was recommended when facing hardship and distress.
The dua (written below) is very moving and speaks to me on many different levels. I have often used it when facing difficulties I have even given the dua to family and friends. However following your reply about Dailami, I was wondering whether this is an authentic dua, for this was my impression when reading the book. I do not have a problem if it is weak but do not want to recommend a dua that may be forged. I still read this dua occasionally but since becoming a mureed I have now started to read the Grand Invocation especially when faced with difficulties or worries.
It is related on the authority of Hadrat Ali that the Prophet of Allah- blessings and peace be upon him – said to him: “O Ali! If you ever face a hardship, supplicate to Allah in these words:
“O Allah! Look at me with Your Eye that knows no slumber, and take me in Your shelter that none can dare challenge, and forgive my sins by the grace of the Absolute Power You have over me so that I may be saved from destruction. You are the centre of my hopes. My Lord! You bestowed on me many blessings for which I could not offer sufficient thanks to You. You put me to trials many times but I fell short of patience. But O’ the Benevolent Lord, who did not deprive me of Your bounties although I could not offer sufficient thanks for them, Who did not degrade me in Your sight inspite of my inability to observe patience in hardship, Who saw me indulge in sins but did not disgrace me in front of others! O You, Whose mercy is perennial and Whose bounties are abounding! I beseech You to send blessings on Muhammad and his progeny. I stand to face the enemies and oppressors on Your strength and support”
All the phrases and details of the supplication you quoted conform to the Qur’an and Sunnah without contravening anything of what is authentically related; therefore that supplication can be used as a du`a just as we may say extemporaneously, O Allah, save me, protect me, cure me, forgive me, guide me etc. in endlessly various ways, and Allah knows best.