Reading the so called ‘wazīfahs’ in times of crisis was not the way
of the Prophet (sws) and his Companions (rta). What they did was that they
made du‘ā to the Almighty as much as they consciously could. Invoking the
help of the Almighty in times of crisis through whatever words one can
gather is actually what is required. Certain supplications of the Prophet (sws)
might give a person the most apt wordings for du‘ā.
It is known
from the Qur’ān and certain Ahadīth that among the most appropriate times
for du‘ā are the prayers we offer and specially the Tahajjud prayer offered
late at night.