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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.-14


His Supplication in Asking for Covering and Protection




1  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household,

          spread for me the bed of Thy honour,

          bring me to the wateringholes of Thy mercy,

          set me down in the midst of Thy Garden,

          stamp me not with rejection by Thee,

          deprive me not through disappointment by Thee, 

2            settle not accounts with me for what I have committed,

          make no reckoning with me for what I have earned,

          display not what I have hidden,

          expose not what I have covered over,

          weigh not my works on the scales of fairness,

                    and make not my tidings known to the eyes of the crowd! 

3            Conceal from them

                              everything whose unfolding would shame me

                    and roll up before them

                              all which would join me to disgrace with Thee! 

4            Ennoble my degree through Thy good pleasure,

          perfect my honour through Thy forgiveness,

          rank me among the companions of the right hand,

          direct me to the roads of the secure,

          place me in the throng of the triumphant,

                    and through me let the sessions of the righteous thrive!152

          Amen, Lord of the worlds! 


His Supplication upon Completing a Reading of the Qur'an




1  O God,

          Thou hast helped me complete Thy Book,

          which Thou sent down as a light153 and appointed as

                    a guardian over every book Thou hast sent down,154

                              preferring it over every narrative

                              which Thou hast recounted,155 

2                      a separator, through which Thou hast separated

                              Thy lawful from Thy unlawful,156

                    a Qur'an, through which Thou hast made plain

                              the approaches to Thy ordinances,157

                    a book, which Thou hast distinguished very distinctly

                              for Thy servants,158

                    a revelation, which Thou hast sent down,

                                                  a sending down,

                              upon Thy prophet Muhammad159

                              (Thy blessings be upon him and his Household). 

3            Thou appointed it

                    a light through following which

                              we may be guided from the shadows

                              of error and ignorance,160

                    a healing for him

                              who turns ear toward hearing it

                              with the understanding of attestation,161

                    a just balance

                              whose tongue does not incline away from truth,162

                    a light of guidance

                              whose proof is not extinguished before

                                                  the witnesses,163

                    and a guidepost of deliverance, so that

                              he who repairs straightway to its prescription

                                        will not go astray

                              and he who clings to its preservation's handhold

                                        will not be touched by the hands of disasters. 

4  O God,

          since Thou hast given us help to recite it

          and made smooth the roughness of our tongues

                    through the beauty of its expression,

          place us among those who

                    observe it as it should be observed,

                    serve Thee by adhering in submission

                              to the firm text of its verses,

                     and seek refuge in admitting both its ambiguous parts

                              and the elucidations of its clear signs! 

5  O God,

          Thou sent it down upon Thy prophet Muhammad

                    (God bless him and his household) in summary form,

          Thou inspired him with the science of its wonders

                    to complement it,

          Thou made us the heirs of its knowledge

                    as interpreters,164

           Thou made us to surpass

                    him who is ignorant of its knowledge,

          and Thou gave us strength over it

                    to raise us above those not able to carry it. 

6  O God,

          just as Thou hast appointed our hearts

                    as its carriers

          and made known to us through Thy mercy

                    its nobility and excellence,

          so also bless Muhammad, its preacher,

                    and his Household, its guardians,

          and place us among those who confess that it has come from Thee,

                    lest doubt about attesting to it assail us,

                    or deviation from its straightforward path shake us! 

7  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household

           and make us one of those who

                     hold fast to its cord,

                     seek haven from its ambiguities in its

                                                  fortified stronghold,

                     rest in the shadow of its wing,

                    find guidance in the brightness of its morning,

                     follow the shining of its disclosure,

                     acquire light from its lamp,

                     and beg not guidance from any other! 

8  O God,

          just as through it

                     Thou hast set up Muhammad as a guidepost to point to Thee

           and through his Household

                    Thou hast made clear Thy good pleasure's roads to Thee,

           so also bless Muhammad and his Household

           and make the Qur'an

                     our mediation to the noblest stations

                               of Thy honour,

                    a ladder by which we may climb

                               to the place of safety,

                     a cause for our being repaid

                               with deliverance at the Plain of Resurrection,

                     and a means whereby we may reach

                              the bliss of the House of Permanence! 

9  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household,

          lessen for us through the Qur'an the weight of heavy sins,

          give to us the excellent qualities of the pious,

          and make us follow the tracks of those who stood before Thee

                    in the watches of the night and the ends of the day,165

           such that Thou purifiest us from every defilement

                    through its purification

          and makest us to follow the tracks of those

                    who have taken illumination from its light

                    and whom expectation has not distracted from works,

                               cutting them off through its delusions' deceptions! 

10  O God,

           bless Muhammad and his Household

          and appoint the Qur'an

                     for us an intimate

                                         in the shadows of nights

                              and a guardian

                                        against the instigations of Satan

                                        and confusing thoughts,

                    for our feet an obstruction

                               from passing to acts of disobedience,

                    for our tongues a silencer without blight

                               preventing a plunge into falsehood,

                     for our limbs a restrainer

                               from committing sins,

                     and for the scrutiny of heedfulness

                               rolled up in heedlessness

                               an unroller,

           such that Thou attachest to our hearts

                     the understanding of the Qur'an's wonders

                     and its restraining similitudes

                               which immovable mountains in all their solidity

                               were too weak to carry!166 

11  O God,

           bless Muhammad and his Household

           and through the Qur'an

                     make permanent the rightness

                               of our outward selves,

                     veil the ideas of confusing thoughts

                               from the soundness of our innermost minds,

                     wash away the dirt of our hearts

                               and the ties of our heavy sins,

                     gather our scattered affairs,

                     quench the thirst of our burning heat

                               in the standing place of the presentation to Thee,

                    and clothe us in the robes of security

                               on the Day of the Greatest Terror at our uprising!167 

12  O God,

           bless Muhammad and his Household

           and through the Qur'an

                     redress our lack - our destitution in poverty -

                     drive toward us the comforts of life

                               and an abundance of plentiful provisions,

                     turn aside blameworthy character traits

                               and base moral qualities,

                     and preserve us from the pit of unbelief

                               and the motives for hypocrisy,

          such that the Qur'an may be

                    for us at the resurrection a leader

                              to Thy good pleasure and Thy gardens,

                     for us in this world a protector

                               against Thy displeasure and transgressing

                                                  Thy bounds

                     and for what is with Thee a witness

                               by its declaring lawful the lawful

                               and its declaring unlawful the unlawful! 

13  O God,

           bless Muhammad and his Household

          and through the Qur'an make easy for our souls at death

                     the distress of the driving,168

                     the effort of the moaning,

                     and the succession of the rattling,

          when souls reach the throats

                     and it is said, 'Where is the enchanter?';169

           when the angel of death discloses himself

                     to seize them from behind the veils of unseen things,

                     letting loose at them from the bow of destinies

                               the arrows of the terror of lonesome separation,

                     and mixing for them from sudden death

                               a cup poisoned to the taste;

           and when departure and release for the hereafter come close to us,

                     works become collars around the necks,170

                     and the graves become the haven

                     until the appointed time of the Day of Encounter! 

14  O God,

           bless Muhammad and his Household,

           make blessed for us the arrival at the house of decay

                     and the drawn out residence between the layers of the earth,

           appoint the graves, after separation from this world,

                     the best of our waystations,

           make roomy for us through Thy mercy the narrowness of our tombs,

           and disgrace us not among those present at the Resurrection

                    through our ruinous sins! 

15  Through the Qur'an

           have mercy upon the lowliness of our station

                     at the standing place of presentation to Thee,

           make firm the slips of our feet

                     during the shaking of the bridge across hell

                     on the day of passage over it,

           illuminate the darkness of our graves

                     before the Uprising,

           and deliver us from every distress on the Day of Resurrection

                     and from the hardships of terrors on the Day of Disaster! 

16  Whiten our faces

                     on the day when the faces of wrongdoers are blackened171

                    during the Day of Regret and Remorse,

           appoint love for us in the breasts of the faithful,

           and make not life for us troublesome! 

17  O God,

          bless Muhammad, Thy servant and Thy messenger,

          just as He delivered Thy message,

                     executed Thy command,

                     and counselled Thy servants! 

18  O God,

          on the Day of Resurrection make our Prophet

                    (Thy blessings be upon him and his Household)

                    the nearest of the prophets to Thee in seat,

                     the ablest of them before Thee with intercession,

                     the greatest of them with Thee in measure,

                     and the most eminent of them with Thee in rank! 

19  O God,

           bless Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad,

           ennoble his edifice,

           magnify his proof,

           make weighty his balance,

           accept his intercession,

           bring near his mediation,172

           whiten his face,

           complete his light,

           and raise his degree! 

20  Make us live according to his Sunna,

           make us die in his creed,

           take us on his road,

          make us travel his path,

          place us among the people who obey him,

           muster us in his band,

           lead us to up his pool,173

                     and give us to drink of his cup! 

21  And bless Muhammad and his Household,

           with a blessing

                     through which Thou wilt take him to the most excellent

                               of Thy good, Thy bounty, and Thy generosity

                               for which he hopes!

           Thou art Possessor of boundless mercy

                     and generous bounty. 

22  O God,

           repay him for

                     Thy messages which he delivered,

                     Thy signs which he passed on,

                     the good counsel he gave to Thy servants,

                    and the struggle he undertook in Thy way,

           with the best Thou hast repaid any of Thy angels brought nigh

                     and Thy prophets sent out and chosen!

           And upon him and his Household,

                     the good, the pure,

                     be peace, God's mercy, and His blessings! 


His Supplication when he Looked at the New Crescent Moon




1  O obedient creature,

           speedy and untiring,

           frequenter of the mansions of determination,174

           moving about in the sphere of governance! 

2  I have faith in Him who

           lights up darknesses through thee,

           illuminates jet-black shadows by thee,

           appointed thee one of the signs of His kingdom

                     and one of the marks of His authority,

           and humbled thee through increase and decrease,

                     rising and setting,

                     illumination and eclipse.

           In all of this thou art obedient to Him,

                     prompt toward His will. 

3  Glory be to Him!

           How wonderful is what He has arranged in thy situation!

           How subtle what He has made for thy task!

           He has made thee the key

                     to a new month

                     for a new situation. 

4  So I ask God, my Lord and thy Lord,

           my Creator and thy Creator,

           my Determiner and thy Determiner,

                     my Form-giver and thy Form-giver,

           that He bless Muhammad and his Household

           and appoint thee

                     a crescent of blessings not effaced by days

                               and of purity not defiled by sins; 

5                       a crescent of security from blights

                               and of safety from evil deeds;

                     a crescent of auspiciousness containing no misfortune,

                               of prosperity accompanied by no adversity,

                               of ease not mixed with difficulty,

                               of good unstained by evil;

                     a crescent of security and faith,

                               favour and good-doing,

                               safety and submission! 

6  O God,

           bless Muhammad and his Household,

           place us among

                     the most satisfied of those

                               over whom the crescent has risen,

                     the purest of those

                               who have looked upon it,

                     the most fortunate of those

                               who have worshipped Thee under it;

           give us the success during [the new month] to repent,

           preserve us within it from misdeeds,

           guard us therein from pursuing disobedience to Thee, 

7             allot to us within it thanksgiving for Thy favour,

           clothe us during it in the shields of well-being,

           and complete for us Thy kindness

                     by perfecting therein obedience to Thee!

           Surely Thou art All-kind, Praiseworthy.

           And bless Muhammad and his Household, the good, the pure.