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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.-6

His Supplication when Sick

His Supplication when Sick or Visited by Distress or an Affliction  


1  O God, to Thee belongs praise

                     for the good health of my body

                     which lets me move about,

           and to Thee belongs praise,

                     for the ailments

                     which Thou causest to arise in my flesh! 

2  For I know not, my God,

           which of the two states deserves more my thanking Thee

           and which of the two times is more worthy for my praise of Thee: 

3             the time of health,

                     within which Thou makest me delight

                               in the agreeable things of Thy provision,

                     through which Thou givest me the joy to seek

                               the means to Thy good pleasure and bounty,

                     and by which Thou strengthenest me

                               for the acts of obedience

                               which Thou hast given me success to accomplish; 

4             or the time of illness

                     through which Thou puttest me to the test

                     and bestowest upon me favours:

                               lightening of the offenses

                                         that weigh down my back,

                               purification of the evil deeds

                                         into which I have plunged,

                               incitement to reach

                                         for repentance,

                               reminder of the erasure of misdeeds

                                         through ancient favour; 

5                       and, through all that, what the two writers write for me:

                               blameless acts,

                                         which no heart had thought,

                                         no tongue had uttered,

                                         and no limb had undertaken,

                               rather, as Thy bestowal of bounty upon me

                               and the beneficence of Thy benefaction toward me.93 

6  O God,

           bless Muhammad and his Household,

           make me love

                     what Thou hast approved for me,

           make easy for me

                     what Thou hast sent down upon me,

           purify me of the defilement

                     of what I have sent ahead,

           erase the evil

                     of what I have done beforehand,

           let me find the sweetness

                     of well-being,

           let me taste the coolness

                     of safety,

           and appoint for me

                     a way out from my illness to Thy pardon,

                     transformation of my infirmity into Thy forbearance,

                     escape from my distress to Thy refreshment,

                     and safety from this hardship in Thy relief! 

7  Thou art gratuitously bountiful in beneficence,

           ever gracious in kindness,

           the Generous, the Giver,

           Possessor of majesty and munificence! 


His Supplication in Asking Release

His Supplication when he Asked Release from his Sins or Pleaded in Seeking Pardon for his Defects  


1  O God,

          O He through whose Mercy sinners seek aid! 

2            O He to the remembrance of whose beneficence the distressed flee! 

3            O He in fear of whom the offenders weep! 

4            O Comfort of every lonely stranger!

          O Relief of all who are downcast and distressed!

          O Aid of everyone abandoned and alone!

          O Support of every needy outcast! 

5  Thou art He

                    who embracest everything in mercy and knowledge!94 

6            Thou art He

                    who hast appointed for each creature a share of Thy favours! 

7            Thou art He

                    whose pardon is higher than His punishment! 

8            Thou art He

                    whose mercy runs before His wrath! 

9            Thou art He

                    whose bestowal is greater than His withholding! 

10            Thou art He

                    by whose mercy all creatures are embraced! 

11            Thou art He

                    who desires no repayment by him upon whom He bestows! 

12            Thou art He

                    who does not overdo the punishment of him who disobeys Thee! 

13  And I, my God, am Thy servant

                    whom Thou commanded to supplicate

          and who said:

                    I am at Thy service and disposal!

          Here am I, my Lord,

                    thrown down before Thee. 

14            I am he

                    whose back offenses have weighed down!

          I am he

                    whose lifetime sins have consumed!

          I am he

                    who was disobedient in his ignorance,

                    while Thou didst not deserve that from him! 

15  Wilt Thou, my God,

          be merciful toward him who supplicates Thee,

                    that I should bring my supplication before Thee?

          Wilt Thou forgive him who weeps to Thee

                    that I should hurry to weep?

          Wilt Thou show forbearance toward

                    him who puts his face in the dust before Thee in lowliness?

          Wilt Thou free from need

                    him who complains to Thee of his indigent need with confidence? 

16  My God,

          disappoint not him who finds no bestower

                    other than Thee,

          and abandon not him who cannot be freed from his need for Thee

                    through less than Thee! 

17  My God,

          so bless Muhammad and his Household,

          turn not away from me

                    when I have turned my face toward Thee,

          deprive me not

                    when 1 have besought Thee,

          and slap not my brow with rejection

                    when I have stood before Thee! 

18  Thou art He who has described Himself by mercy,

          so bless Muhammad and his Household

                    and have mercy upon me!

          Thou art He who has named Himself by pardon,

                    so pardon me! 

19  Thou hast seen, my God,

          the flow of my tears

                    in fear of Thee,

          the throbbing of my heart

                    in dread of Thee,

          and the infirmity of my limbs

                    in awe of Thee. 

20            All this from my shame before Thee

                    because of my evil works!

          So my voice has become silent,

                    no longer crying to Thee,

          and my tongue has gone dumb,

                    no longer whispering in prayer. 

21  My God,

          so to Thee belongs praise!

          How many of my haws Thou hast covered over

                    without exposing me!

          How many of my sins Thou hast cloaked

                    without making me notorious!

          How many faults I have committed, yet Thou didst not

                    tear away from me their covering,

                    collar me with their detested disgrace,

                    or make their dishonour plain

                              to those of my neighbours who search for my defects

                              and to those who envy Thy favour toward me! 

22            But that did not prevent me from passing on

                    to the evil that Thou knowest from me! 

23            So who is more ignorant than I, my God,

                    of his own right conduct?

          Who is more heedless than I

                    of his own good fortune?

          Who is further than I

                    from seeking to set himself right?

          For I spend the provision Thou deliverest to me

                    in the disobedience Thou hast prohibited to me!

          Who sinks more deeply into falsehood

                    and is more intensely audacious in evil than I?

          For I hesitate between Thy call and the call of Satan

                    and then follow his call

                              without being blind in my knowledge of him

                              or forgetful in my memory of him, 

24                      while I am certain that Thy call takes to the Garden

                    and his call takes to the Fire! 

25  Glory be to Thee!

          How marvellous the witness I bear against my own soul

                    and the enumeration of my own hidden affairs! 

26            And more marvellous than that is Thy lack of haste with me,

                    Thy slowness in attending to me!

                    That is not because I possess honour with Thee,

           but because Thou waitest patiently for me

                    and art bountiful toward me

                    that I may refrain from disobedience displeasing to Thee

                    and abstain from evil deeds that disgrace me,

          and because Thou lovest to pardon me more than to punish! 

27  But I, my God, am

          more numerous in sins,

          uglier in footsteps,

          more repulsive in acts,

          more reckless in rushing into falsehood,

          weaker in awakening to Thy obedience,

                    and less attentive and heedful toward Thy threats,

          than that I could number for Thee my faults

                    or have the power to recount my sins. 

28            I only scold my own soul,

                    craving Thy gentleness,

                              through which the affairs of sinners are set right,

                    and hoping for Thy mercy,

                              through which the necks of the offenders are freed. 

29            O God,

                    this is my neck,

                              enslaved by sins,

                    bless Muhammad and his Household

                              and release it through Thy pardon!

                    This is my back,

                              weighed down by offenses,

                    bless Muhammad and his Household

                              and lighten it through Thy kindness! 

30  My God,

          were I to weep to Thee until my eyelids drop off,

          wail until my voice wears out,

          stand before Thee until my feet swell up,

          bow to Thee until my backbone is thrown out of joint,

          prostrate to Thee until my eyeballs fall out,

          eat the dirt of the earth for my whole life,

          drink the water of ashes till the end of my days,

          mention Thee through all of that until my tongue fails,

          and not lift my glance to the sky's horizons in shame before Thee,

          yet would I not merit through all of that

                    the erasing of a single one of my evil deeds! 

31            Though Thou forgivest me when I merit Thy forgiveness

                    and pardonest me when I deserve Thy pardon,

          yet I have no title to that through what I deserve,

                    nor am I worthy of it through merit,

          since my repayment from Thee

                    from the first that I disobeyed Thee

                    is the Fire!

          So if Thou punishest me,

                    Thou dost me no wrong. 

32  My God, since Thou hast

          shielded me with Thy covering

                    and not exposed me,

          waited patiently for me through Thy generosity,

                    and not hurried me to punishment,

          and shown me clemency through Thy bounty,

                    and not changed Thy favour upon me

                    or muddied Thy kindly acts toward me,

          have mercy on my drawn out pleading,

                    my intense misery,

                    and my evil situation! 

33  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household,

          protect me from acts of disobedience,

          employ me in obedience,

          provide me with excellent turning back [to Thee],

          purify me through repentance,

          strengthen me through preservation from sin,

          set me right through well being,

          let me taste the sweetness of forgiveness,

          make me the freedman of Thy pardon

                    and the slave released by Thy mercy,

          and write for me a security

                    from Thy displeasure!

          Give me the good news of that

                    in the immediate, not the deferred

                    - a good news I recognize -

          and make known to me therein a sign

                    which I may clearly see! 

34            That will not constrain Thee in Thy plenty,

                    distress Thee in Thy power,

                    ascend beyond Thy lack of haste,

                    or tire Thee in Thy great gifts,

                              which are pointed to by Thy signs.

          Verily Thou dost what Thou wilt,

                    Thou decreest what Thou desirest.

          Thou art powerful over everything.

His Supplication Against Satan

His Supplication when he Mentioned Satan and Sought Refuge from him and from his Enmity and Trickery  


1  O God,

          we seek refuge in Thee

          from the instigations of the accursed Satan,

                    his trickery, and his traps,

          from trust in his false hopes, his promises,

                    his delusions, and his snares, 

2            and lest he should make himself crave

                    to lead us away from Thy obedience

                    and to degrade us through our disobeying Thee,

          and lest what he has shown us as beautiful be beautiful for us

                    and what he has shown us as detestable weigh down upon us. 

3  O God,

          drive him away from us through Thy worship,

          throw him down through our perseverance in Thy love,

          and place between him and us a covering

                    that he cannot tear away

          and a solid barrier

                    that he cannot cut through! 

4  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household,

          distract Satan from us with some of Thy enemies,

          preserve us from him through Thy good guarding,

          spare us his treachery,

          turn his back toward us,

          and cut off from us his trace! 

5  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household,

          give us to enjoy guidance

                    the like of his misguidance,

          increase us in piety

                    against his seduction,

          and make us walk in reverential fear

                    contrary to his path of ruin! 

6  O God,

          assign him no place of entrance into our hearts

          and do not allow him to make his home in that which is with us! 

7  O God,

          cause us to recognize the falsehood with which he tempts us,

                    and once Thou hast caused us to recognize it,

                    protect us from it!

          Make us see what will allow us to outwit him,

          inspire us with all that we can make ready for him,

          awaken us from the heedless slumber of relying upon him,

          and help us well, through Thy giving success, against him! 

8  O God,

          saturate our hearts with the rejection of his works

          and be gentle to us by destroying his stratagems! 

9  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household,

          turn his authority away from us,

          cut off his hope from us,

          and keep him from craving for us! 

10  O God,

          bless Muhammad and his Household,

           and place our fathers, our mothers,

                              our children, our wives,

                              our siblings, our relatives,

                              and the faithful among our neighbours,

                              male and female,

                    in a sanctuary impregnable to him,

                    a guarding fortress,

                    a defending cave!

          Clothe them in shields protective against him

          and give them arms that will cut him down! 

11  O God,

          include in that everyone who

                    witnesses to Thee as Lord,

                    devotes himself sincerely to Thy Unity,

                    shows enmity toward him

                              through the reality of servanthood,

                    and seeks help from Thee against him

                              through knowledge of the divine sciences! 

12  O God,

          undo what he ties,

          unstitch what he sews up,

          dislocate what he devises,

          frustrate him when he makes up his mind,

          and destroy what he establishes! 

13  O God,

          rout his troops,

          nullify his trickery,

          make his cave collapse,

          and rub his nose in the ground! 

14  O God,

          place us in the ranks of his enemies

                    and remove us from the number of his friends,

          that we obey him not when he entices us

                    and answer him not when he calls to us!

          We command everyone who obeys our command

                    to be his enemy

          and we admonish everyone who follows our prohibition

                    not to follow him! 

15  O God,

          bless Muhammad,

                    the Seal of the prophets and lord of the emissaries,

          and the folk of his house,

                    the good, the pure!

          Give refuge to us, our families, our brothers,

                    and all the faithful, male and female,

                    from that from which we seek refuge,

          and grant us sanctuary from that through fear of which

                    we seek sanctuary in Thee! 

16            Hear our supplication to Thee,

                    bestow upon us that of which we have been heedless,

                    and safeguard for us what we have forgotten!

          Through all this bring us into the ranks of the righteous

                    and the degrees of the faithful!

          Amen, Lord of the worlds!