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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.-10

2011-07-03

His Supplication for the People of the Frontiers

 

 

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1  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household,

          fortify the frontiers of the Muslims through Thy might,

          support their defenders through Thy strength,

          and lavish upon them gifts through Thy wealth! 

2  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household,

          increase their number,

          hone their weapons,

          guard their territory,

          defend their midst,

          unite their throng,

          arrange their affair,

          send them supplies in a steady string,

          undertake Thyself to suffice them with provisions,

          support them with victory,

           help them with patience,

           and give them subtlety in guile!122 

3  O God,

           bless Muhammad and his Household,

           give them the knowledge of that of which they are ignorant,

          teach them what they do not know,

          and show them what they do not see! 

4  O God,

           bless Muhammad and his Household,

           make them forget when they meet the enemy

                     to remember this cheating and delusive world of theirs,

           erase from their hearts the thought of enchanting possessions,

           place the Garden before their eyes,

           and display to their sight that part of it

                     which Thou hast prepared for them

                     - the homes of everlastingness and mansions of honour,

                     the beautiful houris,

                     the rivers gushing forth with all sorts of drinks,

                    the trees hanging, low with all kinds of fruits -

          lest any of them think of turning his back

          or suggest to himself to flee his opponent! 

5  O God,

          defeat their enemy through that,

          trim their nails from them,

          separate them from their weapons,

          pull out the firm ties from their hearts,

          keep them far away from their stores,

          bewilder them in their roads,

          turn them astray from their direction,

          cut off reinforcements from them,

          chop them down in numbers,

          fill their hearts with terror,

          hold back their hands from stretching forth,

          tie back their tongues from speaking,

          scatter by them the ones behind them123

          make them a lesson for those beyond them,

          and through their degradation

                    cut off the hopes of those who come after them! 

6  O God,

          make the wombs of their women barren,

          dry up the loins of their men,

          cut off the breeding of their mounts and their cattle,

          and permit not their sky to rain

                    or their earth to grow! 

7  O God, through that

          strengthen the prowess124 of the People of Islam,

          fortify their cities,

          increase their properties,

          give them ease

                    from their fighting

                              to worship Thee

                    and from their warfare

                              to be alone with Thee,

          so that none will be worshipped

                    in the regions of the earth but Thee

          and no forehead of theirs may be rubbed in dust

                    for less than Thee! 

8  O God,

          send out the Muslims of every region on raids against

                    the idolaters who face them!

          Reinforce them with angels in ranks from Thee,

                    till the idolaters are routed by them to the end of the land,

                              slain in Thy earth or taken captive,

                    or till they admit that Thou art God,

                               other than whom there is no god,

                              Thou alone, who hast no associate! 

9  O God,

          include in this Thy enemies in the regions of the lands,

                              the Indians, the Byzantines, the Turks,

                              the Khazars, the Abyssinians, the Nubians,

                              the Zanjis, the Slavs, the Daylamites,

                    and the rest of the idol-worshipping nations,

                              those whose names and attributes are concealed,

                               but whom Thou countest in Thy cognizance

                              and overseest through Thy power! 

10  O God,

           distract the idolaters from reaching for the borders of the Muslims

                     through the idolaters,

           bar them from cutting them down

                     through being cut down,

           and hold them back from massing together against them

                     through dissension! 

11  O God,

           empty their hearts of security

                    and their bodies of strength,

           distract their hearts from thinking of stratagems,

           make their limbs too feeble for clashing with men,

           make them too cowardly for contending with champions,

           send against them a troop of Thy angels

                     with some of Thy severity

                     as Thou didst on the Day of Badr,125

           so that through it Thou mayest

                     cut off their roots,

                     harvest their thorns,

                     and disperse their number! 

12  O God,

           mix their waters with pestilence

                    and their foods with maladies,

          hurl down their cities,

                    harass them with peltings,

                     hinder them through drought,

           place their supplies in the most ill-omened part of Thy earth

                     and the farthest from them,

          bar them from its fortresses,

           and strike them with constant hunger and painful illness! 

13  O God,

          if a warrior from the people of Thy creed

                              wars against them

          or a struggler from the followers of Thy prescriptions

                              struggles against them

                    so that Thy religion may be the highest,

                              Thy party the strongest,

                              and Thy share the fullest,

          cast ease to him,

                    arrange his affair,

                    attend to him by granting success,

                    select for him his companions,

                    strengthen his back,

                    lavish upon him livelihood,

                    give him enjoyment of joyous vitality,

                    cool for him the heat of yearning,

                    give him sanctuary from the gloom of loneliness,

                    make him forget the remembrance of wife and child, 

14                      pass along to him an excellent intention,

                     attend to him with well-being,

                     make safety his companion,

                     release him from cowardice,

                    inspire him with boldness,

                     provide him with strength,

                     support him with help,

                     teach him right conduct and the norms of the Sunna,

                     point him straight in judgement,

                     remove from him hypocrisy,

                     purify him from seeking fame,

                     and make his thinking and remembrance,

                               his departing and his staying,

                              be in Thee and for Thee! 

15            When he stands in ranks before Thy enemy and his enemy,

                     make them few in his eye,

                     diminish their importance in his heart,

                     give him a turn to prevail over them,

                               not them a turn to prevail over him!

                     But if Thou sealest him with felicity

                               and decreest for him martyrdom,

                     then let it be after

                               he has exterminated Thy enemies by slaying,

                               captivity has afflicted them,

                               the borders of the Muslims are secure,

                               and Thy enemy has turned his back in flight! 

16  O God,

           and if a Muslim should

                    take the place of a warrior or a soldier in his home,

                     attend to those left behind in his absence,

                     help him with a portion of his property,

                     assist him with equipment,

                    hone him for the struggle,

                     send along with him a supplication for his purpose,

                     or guard his honour in his absence,

           reward him with the like of his reward

                     measure for measure,

                    like for like,

           and recompense him for his act with an immediate compensation

                     through which he will hasten to

                               the profit of what he has sent forth

                              and the joy of what he has given,

                    till the present moment takes him to

                              the bounty Thou hast granted to him

                              and the generosity Thou hast prepared for him! 

17  O God,

          and if the affair of Islam

                     should worry a Muslim

          and the alliance of the idolaters' against Islam

                     should grieve him,

           so that he has the intention to go to war

                    and is about to enter the struggle,

           but frailty keeps him seated,

                    neediness keeps him waiting,

                    a mishap delays him,

                    or an obstruction prevents him from his wish,

          write his name

                    among the worshipers,

          make incumbent for him

                    the reward of the strugglers,

          and place him among the ranks

                    of the martyrs and the righteous! 

18  O God,

          bless Muhammad, Thy slave and Thy messenger,

                    and the Household of Muhammad,

          with a blessing high above all other blessings,

                    towering beyond all other salutations,

          a blessing whose end is never reached

                     and whose number is never cut off,

           like the most perfect of Thy blessings that has passed

                     to any one of Thy friends!

Thou art All-kind, Praiseworthy,

          the Originator who takes back again,

          Accomplisher of what Thou desirest. 


 

His Supplication in Fleeing to God

 

 

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1  O God,

          I showed sincerity by cutting myself off from everything but Thee. 

2            I approached Thee with my whole self. 

3            I averted my face from everyone who needs Thy support. 

4                      I ceased to ask from any who cannot do without Thy bounty. 

5            I saw that the needy who seeks from the needy

                     is foolish in his opinion,

                    and misguided in his intellect. 

6  How many people have I seen, my God,

          who sought exaltation through other than Thee

                    and were abased,

           who wanted wealth from someone else

                    and became poor,

          who tried to rise high

                     and fell down low! 

7            Observing the likes of them

                    corrects a prudent man;

          his taking heed

                    gives him success;

           his choosing the best

                     guides him to the path of right. 

8  So Thou, my Master,

          art the object of my asking

                    to the exclusion of all those who are asked

          and the patron of my need

                    to the exclusion of all those from whom requests are made. 

9             Thou art singled out for my call before all who are called;

          none is associated with Thee in my hope,

           none comes along with Thee in my supplication,

           nor does any join with Thee within it,

                    for to Thee is my appeal. 

10  To Thee, my God, belongs

          the Unity of number,

          the property of eternal power,

           the excellence of force and strength,

           the degree of sublimity and elevation. 

11  Everyone other than Thee is

           the object of compassion in his lifetime,

          overcome in his affair,

           overwhelmed in his situation,

          diverse in states,

          constantly changing in attributes. 

12  So Thou art high exalted

                     above likenesses and opposites,

           proudly magnified

                    beyond similitudes and rivals!

          Glory be to Thee!

                    There is no God but Thou. 


 

His Supplication when his Provision was Stinted

 

 

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1  O God,

          Thou hast tried us with

                    distrust in our provisions

                    and the expectation of long lives,

          until we begged for provisions

                    from those who are provided

          and craved in our expectations

                    the life-spans of the long-lived! 

2  So bless Muhammad and his Household,

          give us a true certainty

                    that will suffice us the burden of seeking,

          and inspire us with a sincere trust

                    that will release us from the hardship of exertion!  

3  Let Thy clear promise in Thy Revelation

                    which Thou hast followed in Thy Book with Thy oath

          cut off our worry

                    about the provision for which

                    Thou hast made Thyself responsible

          and sever our occupation

                    with everything

                    whose sufficiency Thou hast guaranteed! 

4  For Thou hast said

                    - and Thy word is the most truthful truth -

          and Thou hast sworn

                    - and Thy oath is the most kept and fulfilled -

          In the heaven are your provision and everything you are promised! 

5  And then Thou hast said,

          So by the Lord of heaven and earth,

                    it is as surely true as that you have speech!126 


 

His Supplication for Help in Repaying Debts

 

 

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1  O God,

           bless Muhammad and his Household

           and release me from a debt

                     which makes me lose face,

                     confuses my mind,

                     disrupts my thinking,

                     and prolongs my occupation with attending to it! 

2  I seek refuge in Thee, my Lord,

                     from worry and thought about debt,

                     from the distraction and sleeplessness of debt;

           so bless Muhammad and his Household

                     and give me refuge from it!

           I seek sanctuary in Thee, my Lord, from

                     debt's abasement in life

                     and its ill effects after death,

           so bless Muhammad and his Household

                     and give me sanctuary from it through

                               a bountiful plenty

                              or a continually arriving sufficiency! 

3  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household

          prevent me from extravagance and excess,

          put me on the course of generous spending and moderation,

          teach me excellent distribution,

          hold me back through Thy gentleness from squandering,

          allow me to attain my provisions through lawful means,

          direct my spending toward the gateways of devotion,

          and take away from me any possession

                    which will bring forth pride in me,

                              lead to insolence,

                              or drag me in its heels to rebellion! 

4  O God,

          make me love the companionship of the poor

                     and help me be their companion with excellent patience! 

5             Whenever Thou takest away from me

                    the goods of this perishing world,

                    store them for me in Thy abiding treasuries! 

6             Make this world's broken pieces

                               which Thou hast conferred upon me

                    and its goods

                              which Thou hast quickly granted to me

                    a way to reach Thy neighbourhood,

                              a link to Thy nearness,

                              and a means to Thy Garden!

          Verily Thou art Possessor of bounty abounding,

                    and Thou art the Munificent, the Generous.