Wa Ajjil Farajahum
Wa Ajjil Farajahum
A brother had linked me the video of an individual claiming that وعجل فرجهم (may Allah hasen their [Al Muhammad]’s relief) which we say in our duas - and particularly after prayers - was innovated after the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
He also claims the phrase contradicts the Quran - “The command of Allah is coming, so be not impatient for it.” (16:1), claiming this indicates we should not ask Allah to hasten his relief as Allah tells us not to be impatient.
This is my response -
Ahadith (earliness of the phrase):
“O Allah, send your blessings upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, and hasten their Faraj (relief)..”
اللهم صل على محمد وآل محمد وعجل فرجهم وروحهم وراحتهم وسرورهم وأذقني طعم فرجهم وأهلك أعداءهم من الجن والإنس
(Jannat al-Aman, by al-Kaf’ami d. 905 AH )
“Narrated from al-Sadiq:
Whomever says after every Salat al-Fajr & Salat al-Dhuhr:
O Allah, send your blessings upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, and hasten their Faraj (relief).
He will not die until he sees the Qa’im from Al Muhammad [i.e, the Mahdi]’”
جنة الأمان: عن الصادق عليه السلام من قال بعد صلاة الفجر وبعد صلاة الظهر: اللهم صل على محمد وآل محمد وعجل فرجهم، لميمت حتى يدرك القائم من آل محمد صلى الله عليه وآله.
Asking Allah to hasten his relief:
1st verse —
“Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messengerand those who believed with him said, "When is the help of Allah?" Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near.” (Quran 2:214)
Sunni Tafsir (Ibn Kathir) (1):
وقوله : ( وزلزلوا حتى يقول الرسول والذين آمنوا معه متى نصر الله ) أي : يستفتحون على أعدائهم ، ويدعون بقرب الفرج والمخرج ،عند ضيق الحال والشدة
“(When is the help of Allah?) - meaning they [Sahaba & the Prophet] were seeking victory over their enemies. And they were doing dua for Faraj be near (i.e, Allah’s relief aka giving them victory over their enemies)..”
“Say, "Who rescues you from the darknesses of the land and sea [when] you call upon Him imploring [aloud] and privately, 'If He should save us from this [crisis], we will surely be among the thankful.'" (Quran 6:63)
“Say, "It is Allah who saves you from it and from every distress; then you [still] associate others with Him." (Quran 6:64)
In short - if Allah did not want us to ask for him to hasten his relief, there will be no use of calling upon Allah and doing dua to him when we are in crisis.
And what bigger crisis is there than the ghayba of the Imam of our Time?
May Allah bless you all :)
(1) Al-Kafi, vol 2, page 583 http://shiaonlinelibrary.com/الكتب/1123_الكافي-الشيخ-الكليني-ج-٢/الصفحة_583#top