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Sahifa-e-Sajjadiya (sahifae sajjadia) book of imam sajjad a.s.Sahifa-e-Sajjadiya (sahifae sajjadia) book of imam sajjad a.s-18(2

2011-07-03

68            Then Thou commanded him,

                    but he did not follow Thy commands,

          Thou restricted Him,

                    but he did not heed Thy restrictions,

          Thou prohibited him from disobedience toward Thee,

                    but he broke Thy command by doing what Thou hadst prohibited,

          not in contention with Thee,

                    nor to display pride toward Thee;

          on the contrary, his caprice228 called him

                    to that which Thou hadst set apart and cautioned against,

                    and he was helped in that by Thy enemy and his enemy.

          So he went ahead with it

                    knowing Thy threat,

                    hoping for Thy pardon,

                    and relying upon Thy forbearance,

          though he was the most obligated of Thy servants

                    - given Thy kindness toward him -

                    not to do so. 

69  Here I am, then, before Thee,

          despised, lowly, humble, abject, fearful,

          confessing the dreadful sins with which I am burdened

                    and the great offenses that I have committed,

          seeking sanctuary in Thy forgiveness,

          asking shelter in Thy mercy,

          and certain that

                    no sanctuary-giver will give me sanctuary from Thee

                    and no withholder will hold me back from Thee. 

70            So act kindly toward me,

                    just as Thou actest kindly

                    by Thy shielding him who commits sins,

          be munificent toward me,

                    just as Thou art munificent

                    by pardoning him who throws himself before Thee,

          and show kindness to me,

                    just as it is nothing great for Thee to show kindness

                    by forgiving him who expectantly hopes in Thee! 

71  Appoint for me in this day an allotment

                    through which I may attain

                    a share of Thy good pleasure,

          and send me not back destitute

                    of that with which Thy worshipers return

                    from among Thy servants! 

72            Though I have not forwarded

                    the righteous deeds

                    which they have forwarded,

          I have forwarded the profession of Thy Unity

                    and the negation from Thee

                    of opposites, rivals, and likenesses,

          I have come to Thee by the gateways

                    by which Thou hast commanded

                    that people come,

          and I have sought nearness to Thee

                    through that without seeking nearness through which

                    none gains nearness to Thee. 

73            Then I followed all this

          with repeated turning toward Thee,

          lowliness and abasement before Thee,

           opinion of Thee,

          and trust in what is with Thee;

           and to that I coupled hope in Thee,

                     since the one who hopes in Thee

                    is seldom disappointed! 

74            I asked Thee with the asking of one

                     vile, lowly,

                     pitiful, poor,

                     fearful, seeking sanctuary;

           all that in fear and pleading

                     seeking refuge and asking shelter,

           not presumptuous through the pride of the proud,

                     nor exalting myself with the boldness of the obedient,

                     nor presumptuous of the intercession of the interceders. 

75            For I am still the least of the least

                     and the lowliest of the lowly,

                     like a dust mote or less!

           O He who does not hurry the evildoers

                               nor restrain those living in ease!229

                     O He who shows kindness through releasing the stumblers

                               and gratuitous bounty through respiting the offenders! 

76            I am the evildoer, the confessor, the offender, the stumbler! 

77            I am he who was audacious toward Thee as one insolent! 

78            I am he who disobeyed Thee with forethought! 

79            I am he who hid myself from Thy servants

                    and blatantly showed myself to Thee!230 

80            I am he who was awed by Thy servants

                    and felt secure from Thee! 

81            I am he who dreaded not Thy penalty

                    and feared not Thy severity! 

82            I am the offender against himself! 

83            I am the hostage to his own affliction! 

84            I am short in shame! 

85            I am long in suffering! 

86             By the right of him whom Thou hast distinguished

                               among Thy creation

                     and by him whom Thou hast chosen

                               for Thyself!

           By the right of him whom Thou hast selected

                               from among Thy creatures

                    and by him whom Thou hast picked

                               for Thy task!

          By the right of him the obeying of whom Thou hast joined

                               to obeying Thee,

                    and by him the disobeying of whom Thou hast made

                              like disobeying Thee!

          And by the right of him whose friendship Thou hast bound

                               to Thy friendship

                    and by him whose enmity Thou hast linked

                              to Thine enmity!

           Shield me in this day of mine,

                    by that through which Thou shieldest

                               him who prays fervently to Thee

                                         while disavowing

                               and him who seeks refuge in Thy forgiveness

                                         while repenting! 

87            Attend to me

                    with that through which Thou attendest to the people of

                              obedience toward Thee,

                               proximity to Thee,

                              and rank with Thee! 

88            Single me out,

                    as Thou singlest him out who

                              fulfils Thy covenant,

                              fatigues himself for Thy sake alone,

                              and exerts himself in Thy good pleasure! 

89  Take me not to task for

          my neglect in respect to Thee,

          my transgressing the limit in Thy bounds,

          and stepping outside Thy ordinances!  

90  Draw me not on little by little by granting me a respite,231

          like the drawing on little by little

          of him who withholds from me the good he has

          by not sharing with Thee in letting favour down upon me! 

91  Arouse me from

          the sleep of the heedless,

          the slumber of the prodigal,

          and the dozing of the forsaken! 

92  Take my heart to that in which Thou hast

          employed the devout,

          enthralled the worshipers,

          and rescued the remiss! 

93  Give me refuge from that which will

          keep me far from Thee,

          come between me and my share from Thee,

          and bar me from that which I strive for in Thee! 

94  Make easy for me

          the road of good deeds toward Thee,

          racing to them from where Thou hast commanded,

          and coveting them as Thou desirest! 

95  Efface me not along with

          those whom Thou effacest

          for thinking lightly of what Thou hast promised! 

96  Destroy me not with

          those whom Thou destroyest

          for exposing themselves to Thy hate! 

97  Annihilate me not among

          those whom Thou annihilatest

          for deviating from Thy roads! 

98  Deliver me from the floods of trial,

          save me from the gullets of affliction,

          and grant me sanctuary from being seized by respite!232 

99  Come between me and the enemy who misguides me,

          the caprice which ruins me,

          and the failing which overcomes me! 

100  Turn not away from me

          with the turning away in wrath

          from one with whom Thou art not pleased! 

101  Let me not lose heart in expecting from Thee,

          lest I be overcome by despair of Thy mercy! 

102  Grant me not that which I cannot endure,

          lest Thou weighest me down

          with the surplus of Thy love which Thou loadest upon me! 

103  Send me not from Thy hand,

          the sending of him who possesses no good,

          toward whom Thou hast no need,

          and who turns not back [to Thee]! 

104  Cast me not with the casting of him who has

          fallen from the eye of Thy regard

          and been wrapped in degradation from Thee!

          Rather take my hand [and save me] from

          the falling of the stumblers,

          the disquiet of the deviators,

          the slip of those deluded,

          and the plight of the perishers! 

105  Release me from that with which Thou hast afflicted

          the ranks of Thy servants and handmaids

and make me reach the utmost degrees of him

          about whom Thou art concerned,

          towards whom Thou showest favour,

                    and with whom Thou art pleased,

          so that Thou lettest him live as one praiseworthy

                    and takest him to Thee as one felicitous! 

106  Collar me with the collar of abstaining from that which

          makes good deeds fail

          and takes away blessings! 

107  Impart to my heart restraint before

          ugly works of evil

          and disgraceful misdeeds! 

108  Divert me not

          by that which I cannot reach except through Thee

          from doing that which alone makes Thee pleased with me!233 

109  Root out from my heart the love of this vile world,

          which keeps from everything which is with Thee,

          bars from seeking the mediation to Thee,234

          and distracts from striving for nearness to Thee! 

110  Embellish for me solitude

          in prayer whispered to Thee

          by night and by day! 

111  Give me a preservation which will

          bring me close to dread of Thee,

          cut me off from committing things made unlawful by Thee,

          and spare me from captivation by dreadful sins! 

112  Give me purification from the defilement of disobedience,

          take away from me the filth of offenses,

          dress me in the dress of Thy well-being,

          cloak me in the cloak of Thy release,

          wrap me in Thy ample favours,

          and clothe me in Thy bounty and Thy graciousness! 

113  Strengthen me with Thy giving success

          and Thy pointing the right way,

          help me toward righteous intention,

                    pleasing words,

                    and approved works, and entrust me not to my force and my strength

                    in place of Thy force and Thy strength! 

114  Degrade me not on the day Thou raisest me up to meet Thee,

disgrace me not before Thy friends,

make me not forget remembering Thee,

take not away from me thanking Thee,

          but enjoin it upon me in states of inattention

          when the ignorant are heedless of Thy boons,

and inspire me to

          laud what Thou hast done for me

          and confess to what Thou hast conferred upon me! 

115  Place my beseeching Thee above the beseeching of the beseechers

and my praise of Thee above the praise of the praisers! 

116  Abandon me not with my neediness for Thee,

          destroy me not for what I have done for Thee,235

          and slap not my brow with that with which

                    Thou slappest the brow of those who contend with Thee,

                    for I am submitted to Thee.

I know

          that the argument is Thine,

          that Thou art closest to bounty,

                    most accustomed to beneficence,

                    worthy of reverent fear,

                    and worthy of forgiveness,236

          that Thou art closer to pardoning

                    than to punishing,

          and that Thou art nearer to covering over

                    than to making notorious! 

117            Let me live an agreeable life

                    that will tie together what I want

                    and reach what I love

                              while I not bring what Thou dislikest

                              and not commit what Thou hast prohibited;

          and make me die the death of him

                     whose light runs before him and on his right hand!237 

118  Abase me before Thyself

                    and exalt me before Thy creatures,

          lower me when I am alone with Thee

                    and raise me among Thy servants,

          free me from need for him who has no need of me

                    and increase me in neediness and poverty toward Thee! 

119  Give me refuge from

                    the gloating of enemies,

                    the arrival of affliction,

                    lowliness and suffering!

          Shield me in what Thou seest from me,

                    the shielding of him who

                              would have power over violence

                                        had he no clemency,

                              and would seize for misdeeds

                                        had he no lack of haste! 

120  When Thou desirest for a people a trial or an evil,

                    deliver me from it, for I seek Thy shelter;

          and since Thou hast not stood me in the station of disgrace

                    in this world of Thine,

          stand me not in such a station

                    in the next world of Thine! 

121  Couple for me the beginnings of Thy kindnesses with their ends

                    and the ancient of Thy benefits with the freshly risen!

          Prolong not my term with a prolonging

                    through which my heart will harden!238

          Strike me not with a striking

                    that will take away my radiance!239

          Visit me not with

                    a meanness that will diminish my worth

                    or a decency that will keep my rank unknown! 

122  Frighten me not

                    with a fright by which I will despair

                    or a terror through which I will dread,

          but make me

                    stand in awe of Thy threat,

                    take precautions against Thy leaving no excuses240

                                                  and Thy warning,

                    and tremble at the recitation of Thy verses! 

123  Fill my night with life by keeping me awake therein for

                    worshipping Thee,

                    solitude with vigil for Thee,

                    exclusive devotion to reliance upon Thee,

                    setting my needs before Thee,

                    and imploring that Thou wilt

                              set my neck free from the Fire

                              and grant me sanctuary from Thy chastisement,

                                        within which its inhabitants dwell! 

124  Leave me not

                    blindly wandering in my insolence241

                    or inattentive in my perplexity for a time,242

          make me not

                    an admonition to him who takes admonishment,

                    a punishment exemplary for him who takes heed,

                    a trial for him who observes,

          devise not against me along with those against whom Thou devisest,

          replace me not with another,

          change not my name,243

          transform not my body,244

          appoint me not

                    a mockery for Thy creatures,

                     a laughing-stock for Thyself,

                    a follower of anything but Thy good pleasure,

                    a menial servant for anything but avenging Thee! 

125  Let me find

                    the coolness of Thy pardon

                    and the sweetness of

                              Thy mercy,

                              Thy repose,

                              Thy ease,

                              and the garden of Thy bliss!245

          Let me taste,

                    through some of Thy boundless plenty,

                    the flavour of

                               being free for what Thou lovest

                               and striving in what brings about proximity

                               with Thee and to Thee,

          and give me a gift from among Thy gifts! 

126  Make my commerce profitable246

                    and my return without loss,247

          fill me with fear of Thy station,

           make me yearn for the meeting with Thee,

          and allow me to repent with an unswerving repentance

                    along with which Thou lettest no sins remain,

                                                  small or large,

                    and leavest no wrongs, open or secret! 

127  Root out rancour toward the faithful from my breast,248

                    bend my heart toward the humble,

                    be toward me as Thou art toward the righteous,

                    adorn me with the adornment of the godfearing,

                    appoint for me

                               a goodly report249 among those yet to come

                              and a growing remembrance among the later folk,

                    and take me to the plain of those who came first!250 

128  Complete the lavishness of Thy favour upon me,

          clothe me in its repeated generosities,

           fill my hand with Thy benefits,

          drive Thy generous gifts to me,

           make me the neighbour of the best of Thy friends

                    in the Gardens which Thou hast adorned for Thy chosen,

           and wrap me in Thy noble presents

                    in the stations prepared for Thy beloveds! 

129  Appoint for me

                    a resting place with Thee

                              where I may seek haven in serenity,

                    and a resort to which I may revert

                              and rest my eyes,

          weigh not against me my dreadful misdeeds,

          destroy me not on the day the secrets are tried,251

          eliminate from me every doubt and uncertainty,

          appoint for me a way in the truth from every mercy,

          make plentiful for me the portions of gifts

                    from Thy granting of awards,

          and fill out for me the shares of beneficence

                    from Thy bestowal of bounty! 

130  Make my heart trust in what is with Thee

                    and my concern free for what is Thine,

          employ me in that in which Thou employest Thy pure friends,

          drench my heart with Thy obedience when intellects are distracted,

          and combine within me

                    independence, continence,

                    ease, release,

                    health, plenty,

                    tranquillity, and well being! 

131  Make not fail

                    my good deeds

                              through my disobedience that stains them

                     or my private times of worship

                              through the instigations of Thy trial!

          Safeguard my face from asking

                              from anyone in the world,

                    and drive me far from begging

                              for that which is with the ungodly! 

132  Make me not an aid to the wrongdoers,

                    nor their hand and helper in erasing Thy Book!

          Defend me whence I know not with a defense

                    through which Thou protectest me!

          Open toward me the gates of Thy repentance, Thy mercy,

                    Thy clemency, and Thy boundless provision!

                    Surely I am one of those who beseech Thee!

          And complete Thy favour toward me!

                    Surely Thou art the best of those who show favour! 

133  Place the rest of my life in the hajj and the 'umra

                    seeking Thy face,

                    O Lord of the worlds!

          And may God bless Muhammad and his Household, the good,

          the pure,

                    and peace be upon him and them always and forever!