This dua is for seeking and attaining knowledge

O, my Lord! Open for me my chest (grant me self-confidence, contentment, and boldness). And make my task easy for me. And loosen the knot (the defect) from my tongue that they may understand my speech. (TAHA: 25-28)

In this dua we ask Allah for four things, to open our chest, to make easy our task, for the knot from our tongue to be loosened and for people to understand what we are saying.

Word to Word Translation (read from right to left)

andMy chestFor meopen(O)my Lord
loosenandMy taskFor meMake easy
My speech(so) They understandMy tonguefromknot

My Rabb open for me my chest and make easy for me my task, and loosen the knot from my tong so they can understand my speech.

This dua was said by Musa (as) when he was going to talk to Pharaoh to let his people go.

In order to go to Jannah, we have to be one who walks the straight path.

To get to the straight path we need to ask for Allah’s help, make dua.

We should try to be specific when we are making dua, be conscious of what you are asking for - so in order to walk upon the path of Allah we need to understand his deen.  In order to understand his deen we need to learn his book, in order to learn his book, we need a good memory and we need an open heart.


Ishra – is to dissect,  like when a surgeon cuts to open someone up.  So we want that opening, not physically but spiritually.  The health of your heart is important it as to be physically and spiritually safe and sound,   We need our hearts to think with.  I learned that the first thing that comes alive when you are being shaped in the womb is the heart it’s the first thing that beats.


hardship and ease -  one of the ways to distinguish when something is easy or difficult is by your attitude towards it. We should try to be positive in your outlook, change your attitude when you find things difficult, give your self a mental boost by making this dua and asking Allah to make our work easy.


وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِنْ لِسّانِى               and loosen the knot  - open the knot from my tongue so I can speak from the heart, so we can communicate.  We also want the knot of our tongues to be opened because you want to share what you have learned with others, but maybe you can’t find the right words to convey what you have learned.  So make this dua.


the people you are conveying the message to, you want them to understand and remember when making any dua you have to be very conscious -  Allah does not listen to the dua made from a heedless heart, you need your mind and your heart to be fully present.


The Quran was revealed to touch our hearts, we ask Allah to open our chest to receive it, and to make it easy for us. If we all have obstacles that get in the way we ask Allah to make it easy for us.  We ask him to loosen the knot from our tongues when we are tongue-tied, when we are practising tajweed, or when we are talking to others or making a speech we ask Allah to give us the words so that others can understand us.  Ameen







  1. Thank you for the beautiful reminder of this dua. Indeed may Allah increase us in knowledge and accept it from us Ameen.

    I love how you broken down the pronounciation, translation and explanation of the dua.

    May Allah bless you

  2. This is one of my favourite duas have heard it so many times from famous scholars and also memorized it often use it. However, love the way you dissect each word and explain the meaning. It gives a whole new perspective to the dua. Love the analogy about surgery and how we want Allah to open our hearts. JazakAllahu khair❤️

  3. Assalamualikum – it will be easier if you could please re post the arabic from right to left and leave the running translation only as is from left to rigth. JazakAllah khairan


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