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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.-11


His Supplication in Repentance

His Supplication in Mentioning and Asking for Repentance  


1  O God,

          O He whom the depiction of the describers

                    fails to describe! 

2            O He beyond whom passes not

                    the hope of the hopers! 

3            O He with whom is not lost

                    the wage of the good-doers! 

4            O He who is the ultimate object

                    of the fear of the worshipers! 

5            O He who is the utmost limit

                    of the dread of the godfearing! 

6            This is the station of him

                    whom sins have passed from hand to hand.

          Offenses' reins have led him on,

                    and Satan has gained mastery over him.

          He fell short of what Thou hast commanded

                              through neglect

                    and he pursued what Thou hast prohibited

                              in delusion, 

7                      like one ignorant of Thy power over him

                              or one who denies the bounty of Thy beneficence toward him,

          until, when the eye of guidance was opened for him

                    and the clouds of blindness were dispelled,

          he reckoned that through which he had wronged himself

                    and reflected upon that in which he had opposed his Lord.

          He saw his vast disobedience as vast

                    and his great opposition as great.  

8  So turned to Thee,

                    hoping in Thee

                    and ashamed before Thee,

          and he directed his beseeching toward Thee,

                    having trust in Thee.

          He repaired to Thee in his longing

                              with certitude

                    and he went straight to Thee in fear

                              with sincerity.

          His longing was devoid of every object of longing but Thee,

                    and his fright departed from every object of fear but Thee. 

9  So he stood before Thee pleading,

          his eyes turned toward the ground in humbleness,

                    his head bowed before Thy might in lowliness;

          he revealed to Thee in meekness

                    those secrets of his which Thou knowest better than he;

          he numbered for Thee in humility

                    those sins of his which Thou countest better than he;

          he sought help from Thee

                    before the dreadful into which he has fallen

                              in Thy knowledge

                    and the ugly which has disgraced him

                              in Thy judgement:

                    the sins

                              whose pleasures have turned their backs

                                        and gone

                              and whose evil consequences have stayed

                                        and stuck fast. 

10  He will not deny Thy justice, my God,

                    if Thou punishest him,

          nor will he consider Thy pardon great

                    if Thou pardonest him and hast mercy upon him,

          for Thou art the Generous Lord

                    for whom the forgiveness of great sins

                              is nothing great! 

11  O God,

          so here I am:

          I have come to Thee

                    obeying Thy command

                              (for Thou hast commanded supplication)

                    and asking the fulfilment of Thy promise,

                              (for Thou hast promised to respond)

                    Thou hast said,

                              Supplicate Me and I will respond to you.127 

12  O God,

          so bless Muhammad and his Household,

          meet me with Thy forgiveness

                    just as I have met Thee with my confession,

          lift me up from the fatal infirmities of sins

                    just as I have let myself down before Thee,

          and cover me with Thy covering

                    just as Thou hast shown no haste to take vengeance on me! 

13  O God,

          make firm my intention to obey Thee,

          strengthen my insight in worshipping Thee,

          give me the success of works

                    which will wash away the defilement of offenses,

          and take me when Thou takest me

                    in the creed of Thy prophet Muhammad

                                                  (upon him be peace). 

14  O God,

          I repent to Thee in this my station from

                    my sins,

                              great and small,

                    my evil deeds,

                               inward and outward,

                    my lapses,

                              past and recent,

          with the repentance of one who does not

                    tell himself that he might disobey

                    or secretly think that he might return to an offense. 

15  Thou hast said, my God,

                    in the firm text of Thy Book,

                    that Thou acceptest repentance from Thy servants,128

                              pardonest evil deeds,129

                              and lovest the repenters,130

          so accept my repentance

                              as Thou hast promised,

                    pardon my evil deeds

                              as thou hast guaranteed,

                    and make obligatory toward me Thy love

                              as Thou hast stipulated! 

16  To Thee, my Lord, belongs

          my stipulation

                    that I will not return

                    to what is disliked by Thee,

          my guarantee

                    that I will not go back

                    to what Thou blamest,

          and my covenant

                    that I will stay away

                    from acts of disobedience to Thee. 

17  O God,

          Thou knowest better what I have done,

                    so forgive me what Thou knowest

                    and turn me through Thy power to what Thou lovest! 

18  O God,

          counted against me are

                    claims that stay in my memory

                    and claims that I have forgotten,

          while all of them remain in

                    Thy eye that does not sleep

                    and Thy knowledge that does not forget!

          So compensate their owners,

                    lighten their load upon me,

                    lift up their weight from me,

                    and preserve me from approaching their like! 

19  O God,

          but I can not be faithful to my repentance

                    without Thy preservation,

          nor can I refrain from offenses

                    without Thy strength.

          So strengthen me with a sufficient strength

                    and attend to me with a defending preservation! 

20  O God,

          if any servant repents to Thee,

                    while in Thy knowledge of the Unseen he

                              will break his repentance

                              and return to his sin and offense,

                    I seek refuge in Thee lest I be like that!

          So make this my repentance

                    a repentance

                              after which I will need no repentance

                    and a repentance

                              which will obligate the erasing of what has gone by

                              and safety in what remains! 

21  O God,

          I ask pardon from Thee for my ignorance,

                    and I ask Thee to disregard my evil acts!

          So join me to the shelter of Thy mercy

                    through graciousness

          and cover me with the covering of Thy well-being

                    through bounteousness! 

22  O God,

          I repent to Thee from everything opposed to Thy will

                    or far from Thy love

                              - the thoughts of my heart,

                              the glances of my eye,

                              the tales of my tongue -

          with a repentance through which each bodily part will by itself

                    stay safe from ill consequences with Thee

                    and remain secure from Thy painful penalties

                              feared by transgressors! 

23  O God,

          so have mercy on

                    my being alone before Thee,

                    the pounding of my heart in dread of Thee,

                    the trembling of my limbs in awe of Thee!

          My sins, my God, have stood me in the station

                    of degradation in Thy courtyard.

          If I remain silent,

                    none will speak for me;

          if I seek an intercessor,

                    I am not worthy for intercession. 

24  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household,

           make Thy generosity intercede for my offenses,

           follow up my evil deeds with Thy pardon,

           repay me not with the punishment that is my proper repayment,

           spread over me Thy graciousness,

           wrap me in Thy covering,

           and do with me what is done

                    by a mighty man,

                               when a lowly slave pleads to him

                               and he shows him mercy,

                    or a rich man,

                               when a poor slave submits himself

                               and he raises him to wealth! 

25  O God,

          I have no protector against Thee,

                    so let Thy might be my protector!

           I have no intercessor with Thee,

                     so let Thy bounty be my intercessor!

           My offenses have set me quaking,

                    so let Thy pardon give me security! 

26             Not all that I have said rises up from

                    my ignorance of my evil footsteps

                    or forgetfulness of my blameworthy acts in the past,

          but in order that Thy heaven and those within it

                    and Thy earth and those upon it

           may hear the remorse which I have professed to Thee

                    and the repentance through which I have sought asylum with Thee. 

27             Then perhaps one of them, through Thy mercy,

                     may show mercy upon my evil situation

                     or be seized by tenderness for my evil state.

          There may come from him for my sake

                     a supplication to which Thou givest ear

                               more than to my supplication

                     or an intercession surer with Thee

                               than my intercession

                    through which I may be delivered from Thy wrath

                               and attain to Thy good pleasure! 

28  O God,

          if remorse is a repentance toward Thee,131

                     then I am the most remorseful of the remorseful!

           If refraining from disobedience is a turning back to Thee,

                    then I am the first of those who turn back!

          If praying for forgiveness alleviates sins,

                     surely I am one of those who pray for Thy forgiveness! 

29  O God,

          as Thou hast commanded repentance

                     and guaranteed acceptance,

           as Thou hast urged supplication,

                     and promised to respond,

           so also bless Muhammad and his Household,

                     accept my repentance,

                     and return me not to the returning place

                               of disappointment in Thy mercy!

          Surely Thou art Ever-turning toward the sinners,

                    All-compassionate132 toward the offenders who turn back! 

30  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household

                     just as Thou hast guided us by him!

          Bless Muhammad and his Household

                     just as Thou hast rescued us through him!133

           Bless Muhammad and his Household,

                     with a blessing that will intercede for us

                               on the Day of Resurrection,

                              the day of neediness toward Thee!

           Thou art powerful over everything,134

                    and that is easy for Thee!