Question 17: I live with my parents, brothers, and sisters. We all love and respect each other; praise be to Allaah. I love my family very much and this makes me very worried when any member of my family falls sick to the extent that I can not speak of anything. I only sometimes make Du`aa’ (supplication), but at other times I keep silent. I often think that one of them may die at any time and I fear trials of faith and inability to be patient, may Allaah protect us! I would like your Eminence to give me some advice in this regard that I may never forget.
Answer: Our advice to you is to say at times of adversity: “Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji`oon; Allaahumma ‘ajurnee fi museebatee wa-khluf li khayran minhaa [Verily, to Allaah we belong, and unto Him is our return. O Allaah! Reward me for my calamity and compensate me with something better than it].”... read more here.