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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.-12


His Supplication in the Night Prayer

His Supplication for himself in Confessing Sins after Finishing the Night Prayer




1  O God,

          O Possessor of

                    kingdom perpetual in everlastingness, 

2                      authority invincible without armies or helpers, 

3                      might abiding through aeons past,

                              years gone by,

                              times and days elapsed! 

4             Thy authority is mighty

                     with a might that knows no bound by being first

                    nor utmost end by being last! 

5            Thy kingdom towers high with a towering

                     before which all things fall down without reaching its term; 

6            the least of it which Thou hast kept to Thyself is not reached

                    by the furthest description of the describers! 

7             Attributes go astray in Thee,

                    descriptions fall apart below Thee,

                    the subtlest of imaginations are bewildered

                               by Thy magnificence! 

8             So art Thou:

                     God, the First in Thy firstness,

          and so art Thou everlastingly.

                    Thou dost not pass away. 

9            But I am the slave,

                     feeble in works,

                     immense in hopes.

          The tying links are outside my hand,

                    except what is tied by Thy mercy;

          the bonds of hopes have been cut away from me,

                    except the pardon to which I hold fast. 

10             Little on my part is

                     the obedience toward Thee upon which I count,

          and great against me

                    the disobedience toward Thee to which I have reverted.

           But pardoning Thy slave will not constrain Thee,

                     even if he be bad,

                    so pardon me! 

11            O God,

                    Thy knowledge watches over hidden works,

                     every covered thing is exposed before Thy awareness,

                    the intricacies of things are not concealed from Thee,

                               and unseen mysteries slip not away from Thee. 

12             But over me Thy enemy has gained mastery:

           He asked a delay from Thee to lead me astray,

                    and Thou gavest him the delay!

           He asked a respite from Thee until the Day of Doom to misguide me,

                     and Thou gavest him the respite!135 

13             So he threw me down,

                     though I had fled to Thee from

                               small, ruinous sins

                               and great, deadly works,

           until, when I had yielded to disobeying Thee

                     and merited Thy anger through my bad efforts,

           he turned the bridle of his treachery away from me,

                     met me with the word of his ingratitude,

                     undertook to be quit of me,136

                    turned his back to flee from me,

                     threw me to the desert of Thy wrath alone,

                     and sent me as an outcast

                               into the courtyard of Thy vengeance. 

14             There is no intercessor to intercede for me with Thee,

                     no protector to make me feel secure against Thee,

                     no fortress to veil me from Thee,

                     no shelter in which to seek asylum apart from Thee! 

15             This is the station of him who takes refuge with Thee,

                               the place of the confessor to Thee:

                     Let not Thy bounty be too narrow for me,

                               let not Thy pardon fall short of me!

                     Let me not be the most disappointed

                               of Thy repentant servants,

                     nor the most despairing

                               of those who come to Thee with expectations!

                     Forgive me,

                               surely Thou art the best of the forgivers! 

16  O God,

          Thou commanded me,

                               and I refrained,

                    Thou prohibited me,

                               and I committed.

           evil thoughts tempted me to offend,

                     and I was negligent. 

17             I cannot call upon daytime to witness my fasting,

                    nor can I seek sanctuary in night because of my vigil;

                     no Sunna praises me for keeping it alive,

                     only Thy obligations,

                              he who neglects which has perished. 

18            I cannot seek access to Thee

                    through the excellence of a supererogatory work,

                    given the many duties of Thy obligations

                               of which I have been heedless

                    and the stations of Thy bounds which I have transgressed,

                              thereby violating sacred things and committing great sins,

                               though Thou hast given me safety from their disgraces as a covering. 

19             This is the station of him who is

                     ashamed of himself before Thee,

                     angry with himself,

                     and satisfied with Thee.

           He meets Thee

                     with a humble soul,

                     a neck bent down,

                     a back heavy with offenses,

                     hesitating between longing for Thee and fear of Thee. 

20            Thou art the most worthy of those in whom he might hope,

                     the most deserving for him to dread and fear.

           So give me, my Lord, what I hope for,

                    make me secure against what frightens me,

                    and act kindly toward me with the kindly act of mercy!

           Surely Thou art the most generous

                     of those from whom are asked! 

21  O God,

           since Thou hast covered me with Thy pardon

           and shielded me with Thy bounty

                    in the abode of annihilation and the presence of equals,

          grant me sanctuary from the disgraces of the Abode of Subsistence

          at the standing places of the Witnesses

                              (the angels brought nigh,

                              the messengers honoured,

                               the martyrs, the righteous)

                     before the neighbour

                               from whom I have hidden my evil deeds

                     and the womb relative

                               before whom I feel ashamed in my secret thoughts! 

22            I trust them not, my Lord,

                     to cover me over,

           but I trust Thee, my Lord,

                     to forgive me!

           Thou art the most worthy of those in whom confidence is had,

                    the most giving of those who are besought,

                    and the most clement of those from whom mercy is asked.

           So have mercy upon me! 

23  O God,

           Thou caused me to descend as mean water

                     from loins of narrow bones and tight passages

                     into a constricted womb

                               which Thou hadst covered with veils;137

           Thou turned me about from state to state

                     until Thou tookest me to the completion of the form

                    and fixed within me the bodily parts,

                    as Thou hast described in Thy Book:

                              a drop,

                              then a clot,

                              then a tissue,

                              then bones,

                              then Thou garmented the bones with flesh,

                              then Thou produced me as another creature

                                        as Thou willed.138 

24             Then, when I needed Thy provision,

                     and could not do without the aid of Thy bounty,

                     Thou appointed for me a nourishment

                              from the bounty of the food and drink

                               which Thou bestowed upon Thy handmaid

                               in whose belly Thou gavest me to rest

                               and in the lodging of whose womb

                                                  Thou deposited me. 

25  Hadst Thou entrusted me in those states, my Lord,

                                                  to my own force

                    or driven me to have recourse to my own strength,

          force would have been removed from me

                    and strength taken far away. 

26  So Thou hast fed me through Thy bounty

          with the food of the Good, the Gentle;

Thou hast done that for me in graciousness toward me

          up to this my present point.

I do not lack Thy goodness,

          nor does Thy benefaction keep me waiting.

Yet with all that,

          my trust has not become firm enough

          that I might free myself

                    for that which is more favoured by Thee. 

27  Satan has taken possession of my reins

          through my distrust and frail certainty.

I complain of his evil neighbourhood with me

          and my soul's obedience toward him!

I ask Thee to preserve me against his domination,

          and I plead with Thee to turn his trickery away from me! 

28  I ask Thee

          to make the path to my provision easy,

          since to Thee belongs praise for

                    Thy beginning with immense favours

                    and Thy inspiring gratitude

                              for beneficence and bestowing favour!

          Bless Muhammad and his Household,

                    and make the way to my provision easy for me!

          [I ask Thee] to make me content

                     with Thy ordainment for me,

          to make me satisfied with my lot

                     in that which Thou hast apportioned for me

                    and to place what has gone of my body and my life-span

                               into the path of Thy obedience!139

                    Surely Thou art the Best of providers! 

29  O God, I seek refuge in Thee

          from the Fire

                    through which Thou art harsh

                              toward him who disobeys Thee

                    and by which Thou hast threatened

                              him who turns away from Thy good pleasure;

          from the Fire

                    whose light is darkness,

                     whose ease is pain,

                    and whose far is near;

          from the Fire

                    parts of which devour parts

                    and parts of which leap upon parts; 

30            from the Fire which

                    leaves bones decayed

                     and lets its people drink boiling water;

          from the Fire which

                    'does not spare him who pleads to it,'140

                    has no mercy on him who seeks sympathy from it,

                    and has no power to relieve him

                              who humbles himself before it

                              and yields himself to it;

                    it meets its inhabitants with the hottest that it possesses:

                              painful punishment and intense noxiousness. 

31            I seek refuge in Thee from

                    its gaping-jawed scorpions,

                     its scraping-toothed serpents,

                     and its drinks, which

                               tear apart the intestines and hearts of its inhabitants

                               and root out their marrows.

          I ask guidance from Thee

                     to that which will keep far from it

                    and make it retreat! 

32  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household,

          grant me sanctuary from it through the bounty of Thy mercy,

          release me from my stumbles through Thy good releasing,

          and abandon me not,

           O Best of the sanctuary-granters! 

33  O God,

          Thou protectest from the disliked,

          givest the good,

          dost what Thou wilt,

          and Thou art powerful over everything.141 

34  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household

                    when the pious are mentioned

           and bless Muhammad and his Household

                     as long as night and day come and go

          with a blessing

                    whose replenishment is never cut off

                     and whose number cannot be counted,

           a blessing

                     that will fill up the air

                     and crowd the earth and the heaven! 

35             God bless him

                     until he is well pleased

           and God bless him and his Household

                    after good pleasure

           with a blessing that has neither bound

                     nor utmost limit!

           O Most Merciful of the merciful! 


His Supplication in Asking for the Best




1  O God,

          I ask from Thee the best in Thy knowledge,

          so bless Muhammad and his Household

                    and decree for me the best! 

2            Inspire us with knowledge to chose the best

          and make that a means to

                    being pleased with what Thou hast decreed for us

                    and submitting to what Thou hast decided!

          Banish from us the doubt of misgiving

                    and confirm us with the certainty of the sincere! 

3            Visit us not with incapacity

                    to know what Thou hast chosen, lest we

                              despise Thy measuring out,

                              dislike the place of Thy good pleasure,

                              and incline toward that which is

                                        further from good outcome

                                        and nearer to the opposite of well-being! 

4            Make us love what we dislike

                              in Thy decree

                    and make easy for us what we find difficult

                              in Thy decision! 

5            Inspire us to yield

                    to that which Thou bringest upon us by Thy will,

                    lest we

                              love the delay of what Thou hast hastened

                                        and the hastening of what Thou hast delayed,

                              dislike what Thou lovest,

                              and choose what Thou dislikest! 

6            Seal us with that which is most praised in outcome

                    and most generous in issue!

          Surely Thou givest generous gain,

                    bestowest the immense,

                    dost what Thou wilt,

                    and Thou art powerful over everything.142 


His Supplication when Afflicted

His Supplication when he was Afflicted or saw Someone Afflicted with the Disgrace of Sin




1  O God,

          to Thee belongs praise for

                    Thy covering over after Thy knowledge

                    and Thy pardon after Thy awareness!

          Each of us has committed faults,

                              but Thou hast not made him notorious,

                    done indecencies,

                              but Thou hast not disgraced him,

                    and covered over evil deeds,

                              but Thou hast not pointed to him. 

2            How many are Thy prohibited acts

                              which we have performed,

                    Thy commandments of which Thou hast told us

                              which we have transgressed,

                    the evil deeds

                              which we have earned,

                    the offenses

                              which we have committed!

          Thou seest them

                              to the exclusion of all observers;

                    Thou hast the power to make them public

                              above all the powerful!

          By giving us safety

                    Thou hast veiled their eyes

                    and stoppled their ears. 

3  So make

                    the shameful things Thou hast covered over

                    and the inward reality Thou hast concealed

          our admonisher,

          a restrainer upon bad character traits and committing offenses,

          and a striving toward the repentance that erases [sins]

                    and the praiseworthy path! 

4            Bring the time of striving near

                    and visit us not with heedlessness of Thee!

          Surely we are Thy beseechers,

                    the repenters of sins. 

5  And bless Thy chosen, O God, from Thy creation,

          Muhammad and his descendants,

          the friends selected from among Thy creatures, the pure,

          and make us listeners to them and obeyers,

                    as Thou hast commanded!143 


His Supplication in Satisfaction with the Decree

His Supplication in Satisfaction when he Looked upon the Companions of this World




1  Praise belongs to God

                    in satisfaction with God's decision!

          I bear witness that

                    God has apportioned the livelihoods of His servants with justice

                    and undertaken bounty for all His creatures. 

2  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household,

          tempt me not with what Thou hast given to Thy creatures

          and tempt them not with what Thou hast withheld from me.

                    Lest I envy Thy creatures

                    and despise Thy decision! 

3  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household,

          delight my soul through Thy decree,

          expand my breast through the instances of Thy decision,

          give to me a trust through which I may admit

                    that Thy decree runs only to the best,

          and let my gratitude to Thee

                              for what Thou hast taken away from me

                    be more abundant than my gratitude to Thee

                              for what Thou hast conferred upon me! 

4            Preserve me from imagining any meanness

                              in someone who is destitute

                    or imagining any superiority

                              in someone who possesses wealth,

          for the noble is he

                              whom obedience to Thee has ennobled

                    and the exalted is he

                              whom worship of Thee has exalted! 

5  So bless Muhammad and his Household,

          give us to enjoy a wealth

                    which does not run out,

          confirm us with an exaltation

                    which will never be lost,

          and let us roam freely

                    in the kingdom of everlastingness!

          Surely Thou art the One, the Unique, the Eternal Refuge;

                    Thou hast not begotten,

                    nor hast Thou been begotten,

                    and equal to Thee is not any one!144