by Shaikhul Hadeeth, Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (RA)
Allah Ta’ala says: “When my slave puts his trust in Me, I will find a way out for him, even if the skies and the earth were to join together against him.” Ibnu Abbaas I says, “Allah Ta’ala sent wahi (revelation) to Isa (alayhis salaam), ‘Put absolute trust in Me, for I shall take upon Myself the responsibility to fulfil all your needs. Choose no one as your protecting friend other than Me, otherwise I will leave you.’”
When the son of Auf Ibnu Maalik radiyallahu anhu was caught (by the kuffaar), they tied him tightly with leather-straps so that he could not escape. He was kept without food and treated very badly. He, however, managed to send a message to his father, informing him about his sad condition and requesting Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam to make dua for his release. When Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam was told of this, he said, “Send someone to him with the message that he should have piety (Taqwa), put his trust in Allah Ta’ala and recite this verse every morning and evening.”
لَقَدْ جَآءَكُمْ رَسُوۡلٌ مِّنْ اَنۡفُسِكُمْ عَزِیۡزٌ عَلَیۡہِ مَا عَنِتُّمْ حَرِیۡصٌ عَلَیۡكُمۡ بِالْمُؤْمِنِیۡنَ رَءُوۡفٌ رَّحِیۡمٌ ﴿۱۲۸﴾ فَاِنۡ تَوَلَّوْا فَقُلْ حَسْبِیَ اللہُ ۫٭ۖ لَاۤ اِلٰہَ اِلَّاہُوَ ؕ عَلَیۡہِ تَوَکَّلْتُ وَہُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِیۡمِ ﴿۱۲۹
A Rasul came to you from amongst yourselves, whatever harms you is difficult for him, he is full of concern for you, for the believers he is full of pity and merciful. Now if they turn away (O, Muhammad) say: Allah is enough for me. There is no deity besides Him. In Him have l put my trust, and He is the Rabb of the magnificent Throne. (at-Taubah 128-29)
When the message reached him, he began to recite this Aayah until one day, the straps broke themselves. He escaped from them and also brought home with him some animals of the kuffaar which he captured as booty. Ibnu Abbaas I says that whoever reads this verse, at a time when he fears injustice from a ruler, attack by a wild animal or getting drowned in a river, will escape any harm, Insha Allah.
A Hadith says that this Sahaabi was also advised to read the following dua very often:
لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ اِلَّا بِاللهْ
There is no power and strength except from Allah Ta’ala.
Then this Aayah was revealed:
وَ مَنۡ یَّتَّقِ اللہَ یَجْعَلۡ لَّہٗ مَخْرَجًا ۙ﴿۲﴾ وَّ یَرْزُقْہُ مِنْ حَیۡثُ لَا یَحْتَسِبُ ؕ وَ مَنۡ یَّتَوَکَّلْ عَلَی اللہِ فَہُوَ حَسْبُہٗ ؕ
And for him who fears Allah, (has ‘Taqwa’) Allah finds a way out; and He will provide for him from where he did not expect, And whoever puts his trust in Allah, He will be enough for him. (at-Talaaq: 2-3) [fazaail-e-Sadaqaat Page 440]