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The Whispered Prayer (Munajat) of Shabaniyah (3 column format)

 

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It is recommended to say the following whispered prayer (mun¡j¡t) that has been narrated by Ibn Kh¡lawayh who commented on it, saying, “This is the confidential prayer of Imam `Al¢ Am¢r al-Mu'min¢n and the Holy Imams (a.s.) who used to recite it in the month of Shaban.” It is advisable to recite it with presence of heart all the time.

O Allah, (please do) send blessings to Mu¦ammad and the Household of Mu¦ammad,

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ mu¦ammadin wa ¡li mu¦ammadin

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

You listen to my prayer whenever I pray,

wasma` du`¡'¢ idh¡ da`awtuka

وَٱسْمَعْ دُعَائِي إِذَا دَعَوْتُكَ

listen to my call whenever I call upon you,

wasma` nid¡'¢ idh¡ n¡daytuka

وَٱسْمَعْ نِدَائِي إِذَا نَادَيْتُكَ

and accept from me whenever I confidentially whisper to You,

wa aqbil `alayya idh¡ n¡jaytuka

وَاقْبِلْ عَلَيَّ إِذَا نَاجَيْتُكَ

for here I am fleeing in to You,

faqad harabtu ilayka

فَقَدْ هَرَبْتُ إِلَيْكَ

standing before You, showing submission to You,

wa waqaftu bayna yadayka mustak¢nan laka

وَوَقَفْتُ بَيْنَ يَدَيْكَ مُسْتَكِيناً لَكَ

imploring You,

muta¤arri`an ilayka

مُتَضَرِّعاً إِلَيْكَ

and hoping for the reward that You have.

r¡jiyan lim¡ ladayka thaw¡b¢

رَاجِياً لِمَا لَدَيْكَ ثَوَابِي

You know what is in my inner self,

wa ta`lamu m¡ f¢ nafs¢

وَتَعْلَمُ مَا فِي نَفْسِي

recognize my needs,

wa takhburu ¦¡jat¢

وَتَخْبُرُ حَاجَتِي

recognize my hidden affairs,

wa ta`rifu ¤am¢r¢

وَتَعْرِفُ ضَمِيرِي

and all my moves and stillness are known by You.

wa l¡ yakhf¡ `alayka amru munqalab¢ wa mathw¡ya

وَلاَ يَخْفَىٰ عَلَيْكَ امْرُ مُنْقَلَبِي وَمَثْوَايَ

So are all the utterances which I want to begin with,

wa m¡ ur¢du an ubdi'a bih¢ min man§iq¢

وَمَا ارِيدُ انْ ابْدِئَ بِهِ مِنْ مَنْطِقِي

all the requests that I want to express,

wa atafawwaha bih¢ min §alibat¢

وَاتَفَوَّهَ بِهِ مِنْ طَلِبَتِي

and all the expectation that I hope for my future.

wa arj£hu li`¡qibat¢

وَارْجُوهُ لِعَاقِبَتِي

All that which You, O my Master, have decided for me

wa qad jarat maq¡d¢ruka `alayya y¡ sayyid¢

وَقَدْ جَرَتْ مَقَادِيرُكَ عَلَيَّ يَا سَيِّدِي

up to the end of my life,

f¢m¡ yak£nu minn¢ il¡ ¡khiri `umr¢

فِيمَا يَكُونُ مِنِّي إِلَىٰ آخِرِ عُمْرِي

including my secret and open matters, shall be experienced by me.

min sar¢rat¢ wa `al¡niyat¢

مِنْ سَرِيرَتِي وَعَلانِيَتِي

And it is in Your hand, not anybody else’s, that are all increase and decrease,

wa biyadika l¡ biyadi ghayrika ziy¡dat¢ wa naq¥¢

وَبِيَدِكَ لاَ بِيَدِ غَيْرِكَ زِيَادَتِي وَنَقْصِي

and all my benefits and harms that come upon me.

wa naf`¢ wa ¤arr¢

وَنَفْعِي وَضَرِّي

O my God, if You deprive me (of Your sustenance), then who else can ever provide me with sustenance?

il¡h¢ in ¦aramtan¢ faman dh¡ alladh¢ yarzuqun¢

إِلٰهِي إِنْ حَرَمْتَنِي فَمَنْ ذَا ٱلَّذِي يَرْزُقُنِي

If You disappoint me, then who else can ever back me?

wa in khadhaltan¢ faman dh¡ alladh¢ yan¥urun¢

وَإِنْ خَذَلْتَنِي فَمَنْ ذَا ٱلَّذِي يَنْصُرُنِي

O my God, I do seek Your protection against Your wrath and against the befalling of Your ire upon me.

il¡h¢ a`£dhu bika min gha¤abika wa ¦ul£li sakha§ika

إِلٰهِي اعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ غَضَبِكَ وَحُلُولِ سَخَطِكَ

O my God, if I do not deserve Your mercy,

il¡h¢ in kuntu ghayra musta'hilin lira¦matika

إِلٰهِي إِنْ كُنْتُ غَيْرَ مُسْتَاهِلٍ لِرَحْمَتِكَ

You are still expected to confer upon me with Your expansive favor.

fa-anta ahlun an taj£da `alayya bifa¤li sa`atika

فَانْتَ اهْلٌ انْ تَجُودَ عَلَيَّ بِفَضْلِ سَعَتِكَ

O my God, I now imagine how I will stand before You,

il¡h¢ ka-ann¢ binafs¢ w¡qifatun bayna yadayka

إِلٰهِي كَانِّي بِنَفْسِي وَاقِفَةٌ بَيْنَ يَدَيْكَ

shaded by my good idea about You on account of my trust in You,

wa qad a¨allah¡ ¦usnu tawakkul¢ `alayka

وَقَدْ اظَلَّهَا حُسْنُ تَوَكُّلِي عَلَيْكَ

and You will decide for me that which befit You and You will include me with Your forgiveness.

faqulta m¡ anta ahluh£ wa taghammadtan¢ bi`afwika

فَقُلْتَ مَا انْتَ اهْلُهُ وَتَغَمَّدْتَنِي بِعَفْوِكَ

O my God, if you pardon me, then who else is worthier than You are in pardoning.

il¡h¢ in `afawta faman awl¡ minka bidh¡lika

إِلٰهِي إِنْ عَفَوْتَ فَمَنْ اوْلَىٰ مِنْكَ بِذٰلِكَ

If my time of death is approaching while my deeds are still too short to approach me to You,

wa in k¡na qad dan¡ ajal¢ wa lam yudnin¢ minka `amal¢

وَإِنْ كَانَ قَدْ دَنَا اجَلِي وَلَمْ يُدْنِنِي مِنْكَ عَمَلِي

I am then considering my confession of being guilty to be my means towards You.

faqad ja`altu al-iqr¡ra bildhdhanbi ilayka was¢lat¢

فَقَدْ جَعَلْتُ ٱلإِقْرَارَ بِٱلذَّنْبِ إِلَيْكَ وَسِيلَتِي

O my God, I have wronged myself when I allowed myself to behave unrestrainedly;

il¡h¢ qad jurtu `al¡ nafs¢ f¢ alnna¨ari lah¡

إِلٰهِي قَدْ جُرْتُ عَلَىٰ نَفْسِي فِي ٱلنَّظَرِ لَهَا

therefore, woe will betide me if You do not forgive.

falah¡ alwaylu in lam taghfir lah¡

فَلَهَا ٱلْوَيْلُ إِنْ لَمْ تَغْفِرْ لَهَا

O my God, You have never ceased Your favors from me all my lifetime;

il¡h¢ lam yazal birruka `alayya ayy¡ma ¦ay¡t¢

إِلٰهِي لَمْ يَزَلْ بِرُّكَ عَلَيَّ ايَّامَ حَيَاتِي

so, (please) do not stop Your favors from covering me after my death.

fal¡ taq§a` birraka `ann¢ f¢ mam¡t¢

فَلاَ تَقْطَعْ بِرَّكَ عَنِّي فِي مَمَاتِي

O my God, how can I despair of Your nice custody over me after my death

il¡h¢ kayfa ¡yasu min ¦usni na¨arika l¢ ba`da mam¡t¢

إِلٰهِي كَيفَ آيَسُ مِنْ حُسْنِ نَظَرِكَ لِي بَعْدَ مَمَاتِي

while You have not shown me but the good throughout my lifetime?

wa anta lam tuwallin¢ ill¡ aljam¢la f¢ ¦ay¡t¢

وَانْتَ لَمْ تُوَلِّنِي إِلاَّ ٱلْجَمِيلَ فِي حَيَاتِي

O my God, (please) manage my affairs in the very way that befits You,

il¡h¢ tawalla min amr¢ m¡ anta ahluh£

إِلٰهِي تَوَلَّ مِنْ امْرِي مَا انْتَ اهْلُهُ

and confer upon me—a sinful person who is covered by his ignorance—with Your favors.

wa `ud `alayya bifa¤lika `al¡ mudhnibin qad ghamarah£ jahluh£

وَعُدْ عَلَيَّ بِفَضْلِكَ عَلَىٰ مُذْنِبٍ قَدْ غَمَرَهُ جَهْلُهُ

O my God, You have concealed my sins in my worldly life,

il¡h¢ qad satarta `alayya dhun£ban f¢ aldduny¡

إِلٰهِي قَدْ سَتَرْتَ عَلَيَّ ذُنُوباً فِي ٱلدُّنْيَا

but I need Your concealment more urgently in the Next Life.

wa an¡ a¦waju il¡ satrih¡ `alayya minka f¢ al-ukhr¡

وَانَا احْوَجُ إِلَىٰ سَتْرِهَا عَلَيَّ مِنْكَ فِي ٱلاخْرَىٰ

You have thus not disclosed my sins before any of Your righteous servants;

idh lam tu¨hirh¡ li-a¦adin min `ib¡dika al¥¥¡li¦¢na

إِذْ لَمْ تُظْهِرْهَا لاحَدٍ مِنْ عِبَادِكَ ٱلصَّالِحِينَ

therefore, (please) do not expose me on the Resurrection Day before all the witnesses.

fal¡ taf¤a¦n¢ yawma alqiy¡mati `al¡ ru'£si al-ashh¡di

فَلاَ تَفْضَحْنِي يَوْمَ ٱلْقِيَامَةِ عَلَىٰ رُؤُوسِ ٱلاشْهَادِ

O my God, it is Your magnanimity that expanded my hope,

il¡h¢ j£duka basa§a amal¢

إِلٰهِي جُودُكَ بَسَطَ امَلِي

and surely Your pardon is more preferable than my deeds.

wa `afwuka af¤alu min `amal¢

وَعَفْوُكَ افْضَلُ مِنْ عَمَلِي

O my God, so (please) delight me when I meet You on the day when You shall judge between Your servants.

il¡h¢ fasurran¢ biliq¡'ika yawma taq¤¢ f¢hi bayna `ib¡dika

إِلٰهِي فَسُرَّنِي بِلِقَائِكَ يَوْمَ تَقْضِي فِيهِ بَيْنَ عِبَادِكَ

O my God, I submit to You the apology of one who cannot dispense with the acceptance of his excuse;

il¡h¢ i`tidh¡r¢ ilayka i`tidh¡ru man lam yastaghni `an qab£li `udhrih¢

إِلٰهِي ٱعْتِذَارِي إِلَيْكَ ٱعْتِذَارُ مَنْ لَمْ يَسْتَغْنِ عَنْ قَبُولِ عُذْرِهِ

so, (please) accept my excuse, O most Magnanimous of all those before whom the guilty make an apology.

faqbal `udhr¢ y¡ akrama man i`tadhara ilayhi almus¢'£na

فَٱقْبَلْ عُذْرِي يَا اكْرَمَ مَنِ ٱعْتَذَرَ إِلَيْهِ ٱلْمُسِيئُونَ

O my God, (please) do not reject my request,

il¡h¢ l¡ tarudda ¦¡jat¢

إِلٰهِي لاَ تَرُدَّ حَاجَتِي

do not fail my big hope for You,

wa l¡ tukhayyib §ama`¢

وَلاَ تُخَيِّبْ طَمَعِي

and do not disappoint my desire and expectation for You.

wa l¡ taq§a` minka raj¡'¢ wa amal¢

وَلاَ تَقْطَعْ مِنْكَ رَجَائِي وَامَلِي

O my God, had You wanted to humiliate me, You would not have guided me (to You).

il¡h¢ law aradta haw¡n¢ lam tahdin¢

إِلٰهِي لَوْ ارَدْتَ هَوَانِي لَمْ تَهْدِنِي

Had You decided to disclose me, You would not have saved me.

wa law aradta fa¤¢¦at¢ lam tu`¡fin¢

وَلَوْ ارَدْتَ فَضِيحَتِي لَمْ تُعَافِنِي

O my God, I do not expect You to reject my request that I spent my whole lifetime asking for it from You.

il¡h¢ m¡ a¨unnuka taruddun¢ f¢ ¦¡jatin qad afnaytu `umr¢ f¢ §alabih¡ minka

إِلٰهِي مَا اظُنُّكَ تَرُدُّنِي فِي حَاجَةٍ قَدْ افْنَيْتُ عُمْرِي فِي طَلَبِهَا مِنْكَ

O my God, all praise be to You, forever, forever, perpetually, everlastingly,

il¡h¢ falaka al¦amdu abadan abadan d¡'iman sarmadan

إِلٰهِي فَلَكَ ٱلْحَمْدُ ابَداً ابَداً دَائِماً سَرْمَداً

increasingly, and imperishably, as exactly as You like and please.

yaz¢du wa l¡ yab¢du kam¡ tu¦ibbu wa tar¤¡

يَزِيدُ وَلاَ يَبِيدُ كَمَا تُحِبُّ وَتَرْضَىٰ

O my God, if You punish me for my offense, I shall demand with Your pardon,

il¡h¢ in akhadhtan¢ bijurm¢ akhadhtuka bi`afwika

إِلٰهِي إِنْ اخَذْتَنِي بِجُرْمِي اخَذْتُكَ بِعَفْوِكَ

if You punish me for my sins, I shall demand with Your forgiveness,

wa in akhadhtan¢ bidhun£b¢ akhadhtuka bimaghfiratika

وَإِنْ اخَذْتَنِي بِذُنُوبِي اخَذْتُكَ بِمَغْفِرَتِكَ

and if You decide to send me to Hell, I shall declare to its inhabitants that I love You.

wa in adkhaltan¢ alnn¡ra a`lamtu ahlah¡ ann¢ u¦ibbuka

وَإِنْ ادْخَلْتَنِي ٱلنَّارَ اعْلَمْتُ اهْلَهَا انِّي احِبُّكَ

O my God, if my deed is too little when compared to the true obedience to You,

il¡h¢ in k¡na ¥aghura f¢ janbi §¡`atika `amal¢

إِلٰهِي إِنْ كَانَ صَغُرَ فِي جَنْبِ طَاعَتِكَ عَمَلِي

then my hope for You is too big when compared to my prospect from You.

faqad kabura f¢ janbi raj¡'ika amal¢

فَقَدْ كَبُرَ فِي جَنْبِ رَجَائِكَ امَلِي

O my God, how can it be that I return from You with disappointment and deprivation

il¡h¢ kayfa anqalibu min `indika bilkhaybati ma¦r£man

إِلٰهِي كَيْفَ انْقَلِبُ مِنْ عِنْدِكَ بِٱلْخَيْبَةِ مَحْرُوماً

while I expect, depending upon Your magnanimity, that You will endow me with safety and mercy?

wa qad k¡na ¦usnu ¨ann¢ bij£dika an taqliban¢ bilnnajati mar¦£man

وَقَدْ كَانَ حُسْنُ ظَنِّي بِجُودِكَ انْ تَقْلِبَنِي بِٱلنَّجَاةِ مَرْحُوماً

O my God, I have spent my whole lifetime with the vigor of being negligent to You

il¡h¢ wa qad afnaytu `umr¢ f¢ shirrati alssahwi `anka

إِلٰهِي وَقَدْ افْنَيْتُ عُمْرِي فِي شِرَّةِ ٱلسَّهْوِ عَنْكَ

and I have spent my whole youth with the inebriety of being far away from You.

wa ablaytu shab¡b¢ f¢ sakrati alttab¡`udi minka

وَابْلَيْتُ شَبَابِي فِي سَكْرَةِ ٱلتَّبَاعُدِ مِنْكَ

O my God, I have not thus woken up to myself during the period when I seductively felt safe from Your punishment

il¡h¢ falam astayqi¨ ayy¡ma ightir¡r¢ bika

إِلٰهِي فَلَمْ اسْتَيْقِظْ ايَّامَ ٱغْتِرَارِي بِكَ

and when I was taking the path that ends with Your ire.

wa ruk£n¢ il¡ sab¢li sakha§ika

وَرُكُونِي إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ سَخَطِكَ

O my God, nevertheless, I am—Your servant and the son of Your servant—now standing before You

il¡h¢ wa an¡ `abduka wabnu `abdika q¡'imun bayna yadayka

إِلٰهِي وَانَا عَبْدُكَ وَٱبْنُ عَبْدِكَ قَائِمٌ بَيْنَ يَدَيْكَ

and begging You in the name of Your generosity.

mutawassilun bikaramika ilayka

مُتَوَسِّلٌ بِكَرَمِكَ إِلَيْكَ

O my God, I am, being Your servant, disowning all that with which I used to face You;

il¡h¢ an¡ `abdun atana¥¥alu ilayka mimm¡ kuntu uw¡jihuka bih¢

إِلٰهِي انَا عَبْدٌ اتَنَصَّلُ إِلَيْكَ مِمَّا كُنْتُ اوَاجِهُكَ بِهِ

namely, my shameless inconsideration of You,

min qillati isti¦y¡'¢ min na¨arika

مِنْ قِلَّةِ ٱسْتِحْيَائِي مِنْ نَظَرِكَ

and I am hereby appealing for Your pardon since pardon is one feature of Your generosity.

wa a§lubu al`afwa minka idh al`afwu na`tun likaramika

وَاطْلُبُ ٱلْعَفْوَ مِنْكَ إِذ ِٱلْعَفْوُ نَعْتٌ لِكَرَمِكَ

O my God, I had no strength by which I would rid myself of the acts of disobedience to You

il¡h¢ lam yakun l¢ ¦awlun fa-antaqila bih¢ `an ma`¥iyatika

إِلٰهِي لَمْ يَكُنْ لِي حَوْلٌ فَانْتَقِلَ بِهِ عَنْ مَعْصِيَتِكَ

except after You aroused me to love You.

ill¡ f¢ waqtin ayqa¨tan¢ lima¦abbatika

إِلاَّ فِي وَقْتٍ ايْقَظْتَنِي لَِمحَبَّتِكَ

Hence, I have become as exactly as You want me to be.

wa kam¡ aradta an ak£na kuntu

وَكَمَا ارَدْتَ انْ اكُونَ كُنْتُ

I have thus thanked You, for You have included me with Your generosity

fashakartuka bi-idkh¡l¢ f¢ karamika

فَشَكَرْتُكَ بِإِدْخَالِي فِي كَرَمِكَ

and You have purified my heart from the filths of being inattentive to You.

wa lita§h¢ri qalb¢ min aws¡khi alghaflati `anka

وَلِتَطْهِيرِ قَلْبِي مِنْ اوْسَاخِ ٱلْغَفْلَةِ عَنْكَ

O my God, (please) look at me in the same way as You have looked at one whom You called and he has responded to You

il¡h¢ un¨ur ilayya na¨ara man n¡daytah£ fa-aj¡baka

إِلٰهِي ٱنْظُرْ إِلَيَّ نَظَرَ مَنْ نَادَيْتَهُ فَاجَابَكَ

and whom You have conferred with Your aid and he thus has obeyed You.

wasta`maltah£ bima`£natika fa-a§¡`aka

وَٱسْتَعْمَلْتَهُ بِمَعُونَتِكَ فَاطَاعَكَ

O He Who is too close to depart from one who is inadvertent to Him!

qar¢ban l¡ yab`udu `an almughtarri bih¢

يَا قَرِيباً لاَ يَبْعُدُ عَنِ ٱلْمُغْتَرِّ بِهِ

O He Who is too magnanimous to deprive one who hopes for His reward!

wa y¡ jaw¡dan l¡ yabkhalu `amman raj¡ thaw¡bah£

وَيَا جَوَاداً لاَ يَبْخَلُ عَمَّنْ رَجَا ثَوَابَهُ

O my God, (please) grant me a heart whose longing for You will approach it to You,

il¡h¢ hab l¢ qalban yudn¢hi minka shawquh£

إِلٰهِي هَبْ لِي قَلْباً يُدْنِيهِ مِنْكَ شَوْقُهُ

a tongue whose truthfulness is directed to You,

wa lis¡nan yurfa`u ilayka ¥idquh£

وَلِسَاناً يُرْفَعُ إِلَيْكَ صِدْقُهُ

and a sight whose righteousness advances towards You.

wa na¨aran yuqarribuh£ minka ¦aqquh£

وَنَظَراً يُقَرِّبُهُ مِنْكَ حَقُّهُ

O my God, he who recognizes You shall never be anonymous,

il¡h¢ inna man ta`arrafa bika ghayru majh£lin

إِلٰهِي إِنَّ مَنْ تَعَرَّفَ بِكَ غَيْرُ مَجْهُولٍ

he who seeks Your shelter shall never be disappointed,

wa man l¡dha bika ghayru makhdh£lin

وَمَنْ لاَذَ بِكَ غَيْرُ مَخْذُولٍ

and he whom is attended by You shall never be boring.

wa man aqbalta `alayhi ghayru maml£lin

وَمَنْ اقْبَلْتَ عَلَيْهِ غَيْرُ مَمْلُولٍ

O my God, he who abides by Your Path shall be enlightened,

il¡h¢ inna man intahaja bika lamustan¢run

إِلٰهِي إِنَّ مَنِ ٱنْتَهَجَ بِكَ لَمُسْتَنِيرٌ

and he who resorts to You shall be succored.

wa inna man i`ta¥ama bika lamustaj¢run

وَإِنَّ مَنِ ٱعْتَصَمَ بِكَ لَمُسْتَجِيرٌ

I am thus having recourse to You, O my God! So, (please) do not disappoint me as regards Your having mercy upon me

wa qad ludhtu bika y¡ il¡h¢ fal¡ tukhayyib ¨ann¢ min ra¦matika

وَقَدْ لُذْتُ بِكَ يَا إِلٰهِي فَلاَ تُخَيِّبْ ظَنِّي مِنْ رَحْمَتِكَ

and do not divest me of Your kindness.

wa l¡ ta¦jubn¢ `an ra'fatika

وَلاَ تَحْجُبْنِي عَنْ رَافَتِكَ

O my God, grant me, among those who show servitude to You,

il¡h¢ aqimn¢ f¢ ahli wil¡yatika

إِلٰهِي اقِمْنِي فِي اهْلِ وِلايَتِكَ

the position of one who (incessantly) longs for more love for You.

muq¡ma man raj¡ alzziy¡data min ma¦abbatika

مُقَامَ مَنْ رَجَا ٱلزِّيَادَةَ مِنْ مَحَبَّتِكَ

O my God, (please) inspire me with passionate love for ceaseless reference to You,

il¡h¢ wa alhimn¢ walahan bidhikrika il¡ dhikrika

إِلٰهِي وَالْهِمْنِي وَلَهاً بِذِكْرِكَ إِلَىٰ ذِكْرِكَ

and (please) devote all my pursuit to my attaining the delight of the success that is achieved through Your names and the amount of Your Holiness.

wa himmat¢ f¢ raw¦i naj¡¦i asm¡'ika wa ma¦alli qudsika

وَهِمَّتِي فِي رَوْحِ نَجَاحِ اسْمَائِكَ وَمَحَلِّ قُدْسِكَ

O my God, I beseech You in Your name to put me in the position of those who are obedient to You

il¡h¢ bika `alayka ill¡ al¦aqtan¢ bima¦alli ahli §¡`atika

إِلٰهِي بِكَ عَلَيْكَ إِلاَّ الْحَقْتَنِي بِمَحَلِّ اهْلِ طَاعَتِكَ

and in an honorable standing of Your pleasure,

walmathw¡ al¥¥¡li¦i min mar¤¡tika

وَٱلْمَثْوَىٰ ٱلصَّالِحِ مِنْ مَرْضَاتِكَ

for I, verily, have no power to rescue

fa'inn¢ l¡ aqdiru linafs¢ daf`an

فَإِنِّي لاَ اقْدِرُ لِنَفْسِي دَفْعاً

or to benefit myself.

wa l¡ amliku lah¡ naf`an

وَلاَ امْلِكُ لَهَا نَفْعاً

O my God, I am Your servant—the feeble and sinful—

il¡h¢ an¡ `abduka al¤¤a`¢fu almudhnibu

إِلٰهِي انَا عَبْدُكَ ٱلضَّعِيفُ ٱلْمُذْنِبُ

and Your slave—the penitent.

wa maml£kuka almun¢bu

وَمَمْلُوكُكَ ٱلْمُنِيبُ

So, (please) do not include me with those against whom You have turned Your face

fal¡ taj`aln¢ mimman ¥arafta `anhu wajhaka

فَلاَ تَجْعَلْنِي مِمَّنْ صَرَفْتَ عَنْهُ وَجْهَكَ

or those whom are deprived of Your pardon because of their inattentiveness to You.

wa ¦ajabah£ sahwuh£ `an `afwika

وَحَجَبَهُ سَهْوُهُ عَنْ عَفْوِكَ

O my God, (please) grant me absolute devotion to You

il¡h¢ hab l¢ kam¡la alinqi§¡`i ilayka

إِلٰهِي هَبْ لي كَمَالَ ٱلاِنْقِطَاعِ إِلَيْكَ

and illuminate the sights of our hearts with the light of observing of You

wa anir ab¥¡ra qul£bin¡ bi¤iy¡'i na¨arih¡ ilayka

وَانِرْ ابْصَارَ قُلُوبِنَا بِضِيَاءِ نَظَرِهَا إِلَيْكَ

so that the sights of the hearts will penetrate the Screens of Light

¦att¡ takhriqa ab¥¡ru alqul£bi ¦ujuba alnn£ri

حَتَّىٰ تَخْرِقَ ابْصَارُ ٱلْقُلُوبِ حُجُبَ ٱلنُّورِ

and arrive at the Core of Magnificence,

fata¥ila il¡ ma`dini al`a¨amati

فَتَصِلَ إِلَىٰ مَعْدِنِ ٱلْعَظَمَةِ

and that our souls hang to the majesty of Your Holiness.

wa ta¥¢ra arw¡¦un¡ mu`allaqatan bi`izzi qudsika

وَتَصِيرَ ارْوَاحُنَا مُعَلَّقَةً بِعِزِّ قُدْسِكَ

O my God, (please) make me of those who responded to You when You called them,

il¡h¢ waj`aln¢ mimman n¡daytah£ fa-aj¡baka

إِلٰهِي وَٱجْعَلْنِي مِمَّنْ نَادَيْتَهُ فَاجَابَكَ

those who were shocked for Your Majesty when You observed them

wa l¡¦a¨tah£ fa¥a`iqa lijal¡lika

وَلاحَظْتَهُ فَصَعِقَ لِجَلالِكَ

and You have thus taken into their confidence and they acted for You openly.

fan¡jaytah£ sirran wa `amila laka jahran

فَنَاجَيْتَهُ سِرّاً وَعَمِلَ لَكَ جَهْراً

O my God, I have shaded neither despair nor gloom over my good idea about You

il¡h¢ lam usalli§ `al¡ ¦usni ¨ann¢ qun£§a al-ay¡si

إِلٰهِي لَمْ اسَلِّطْ عَلَىٰ حُسْنِ ظَنِّي قُنُوطَ ٱلايَاسِ

and I have never lost hope in Your excellent magnanimity.

wa l¡ inqa§a`a raj¡'¢ min jam¢li karamika

وَلاَ ٱنْقَطَعَ رَجَائِي مِنْ جَمِيلِ كَرَمِكَ

O my God, if my sins have overthrown me in Your sight,

il¡h¢ in k¡nat alkha§¡y¡ qad asqa§atn¢ ladayka

إِلٰهِي إِنْ كَانَتِ ٱلْخَطَايَا قَدْ اسْقَطَتْنِي لَدَيْكَ

then please pardon me for my excellent trust in You.

fa¥fa¦ `ann¢ bi¦usni tawakkul¢ `alayka

فَٱصْفَحْ عَنِّي بِحُسْنِ تَوَكُّلِي عَلَيْكَ

O my God, if my wrongdoings have caused me to lose Your honorable kindness,

il¡h¢ in ¦a§§atn¢ aldhdhun£bu min mak¡rimi lu§fika

إِلٰهِي إِنْ حَطَّتْنِيَ ٱلذُّنُوبُ مِنْ مَكَارِمِ لُطْفِكَ

then my belief in You has called my attention to the generosity of Your sympathy.

faqad nabbahan¢ alyaq¢nu il¡ karami `a§fika

فَقَدْ نَبَّهَنِي ٱلْيَقِينُ إِلَىٰ كَرَمِ عَطْفِكَ

O my God, if my inadvertence has screened me against readying myself for meeting You,

il¡h¢ in an¡matn¢ alghaflatu `an alisti`d¡di liliq¡'ika

إِلٰهِي إِنْ انَامَتْنِيَ ٱلْغَفْلَةُ عَنِ ٱلإِسْتِعْدَادِ لِلِقَائِكَ

then my recognition of the generosity of Your bounties has awakened me.

faqad nabbahatn¢ alma`rifatu bikarami ¡l¡'ika

فَقَدْ نَبَّهَتْنِي ٱلْمَعْرِفَةُ بِكَرَمِ آلاَئِكَ

O my God, if Your grave chastisement has drawn me to Hellfire,

il¡h¢ in da`¡n¢ il¡ alnn¡ri `a¨¢mu `iq¡bika

إِلٰهِي إِنْ دَعَانِي إِلَىٰ ٱلنَّارِ عَظِيمُ عِقَابِكَ

then Your opulent reward has drawn me to Paradise.

faqad da`¡n¢ il¡ aljannati jaz¢lu thaw¡bika

فَقَدْ دَعَانِي إِلَىٰ ٱلْجَنَّةِ جَزِيلُ ثَوَابِكَ

O my God, You alone do I pray and You alone do I implore and desire.

il¡h¢ falaka as'alu wa ilayka abtahilu wa arghabu

إِلٰهِي فَلَكَ اسْالُ وَإِلَيْكَ ابْتَهِلُ وَارْغَبُ

I beseech You to bless Mu¦ammad and the Household of Mu¦ammad

wa as'aluka an tu¥alliya `al¡ mu¦ammadin wa ¡li mu¦ammadin

وَاسْالُكَ انْ تُصَلِّيَ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

and to include me with those who always mention You,

wa an taj`alan¢ mimman yud¢mu dhikraka

وَانْ تَجْعَلَنِي مِمَّنْ يُدِيمُ ذِكْرَكَ

who never breach their covenant to You,

wa l¡ yanqu¤u `ahdaka

وَلاَ يَنْقُضُ عَهْدَكَ

who never fail to thank You,

wa l¡ yaghfulu `an shukrika

وَلاَ يَغْفُلُ عَنْ شُكْرِكَ

and who never belittle Your affairs.

wa l¡ yastakhiffu bi-amrika

وَلاَ يَسْتَخِفُّ بِامْرِكَ

O my God, (please do) connect me with the most brilliant Light of Your Dignity

il¡h¢ wa al¦iqn¢ bin£ri `izzika al-abhaji

إِلٰهِي وَالْحِقْنِي بِنُورِ عِزِّكَ ٱلابْهَجِ

so that I will recognize You

fa-ak£na laka `¡rifan

فَاكُونَ لَكَ عَارِفاً

and I will leave everybody else,

wa `an siw¡ka mun¦arifan

وَعَنْ سِوَاكَ مُنْحَرِفاً

and that I will be fearful of and careful with You.

wa minka kh¡'ifan mur¡qiban

وَمِنْكَ خَائِفاً مُرَاقِباً

O Lord of Majesty and Honor!

dh¡ aljal¡li wal-ikr¡mi

يَا ذَا ٱلْجَلاَلِ وَٱلإِكْرَامِ

May Allah send blessings to Mu¦ammad, His Messenger, and upon his Household the Infallible,

wa ¥all¡ all¡hu `al¡ mu¦ammadin ras£lih¢ wa ¡lih¢ al§§¡hir¢na

وَصَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ رَسُولِهِ وَآلِهِ ٱلطَّاهِرِينَ

and exalt them very much.

wa sallama tasl¢man kath¢ran

وَسَلَّمَ تَسْلِيماً كَثِيراً

 My Lord, bestow Your blessings on Muhammad and his descendants; respond to my prayer when I pray to You; listen to my call when I call You; and turn to me when I make my submission to You in confidence. I have come running to You and am standing before You imploring You in humility and hoping to get the reward You have for me. You know what is in my heart, and You are aware of what I need. You know my mind and are not unaware of my future and of my present, of what I want to begin my speech with; of the request I would utter, and of the hopes I have in regard to my ultimate lot.
My Lord, whatever You have destined for me up to tbe end of my life, whether concerning the open aspect of my life or the hidden aspect of it, is bound to come. What is to my advantage and what is to my disadvantage - all my losses and gains are in Your hand, not in the hand of anybody else.
My Lord, if You deprive me, who else will provide me; and if You let me down, who else will help me?
My Lord, I seek Your protection from Your anger and from earning Your displeasure. If I am not fit for gaining Your Mercy, You are certainly fit to be generous to me by virtue of Your Magnanimity.
 


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It has been narrated by Ibn Khalawayh who commented on it, saying, “This is the prayer of  Imam `Ali Amir al-Mu'mineen and the Holy Imams, his descendants, (a.s) who used to recite it in the month of Sha`ban.”

In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful.

My Lord, bestow Your blessings on Muhammad and his descendants; respond to my prayer when I pray to You; listen to my call when I call You; and turn to me when I make my submission to You in confidence. I have come running to You and am standing before You imploring You in humility and hoping to get the reward You have for me. You know what is in my heart, and You are aware of what I need. You know my mind and are not unaware of my future and of my present, of what I want to begin my speech with; of the request I would utter, and of the hopes I have in regard to my ultimate lot.
My Lord, whatever You have destined for me up to tbe end of my life, whether concerning the open aspect of my life or the hidden aspect of it, is bound to come. What is to my advantage and what is to my disadvantage - all my losses and gains are in Your hand, not in the hand of anybody else.
My Lord, if You deprive me, who else will provide me; and if You let me down, who else will help me?
My Lord, I seek Your protection from Your anger and from earning Your displeasure. If I am not fit for gaining Your Mercy, You are certainly fit to be generous to me by virtue of Your Magnanimity.
My Lord, I see as if I am standing before You protected by my trust in You. You said what befitted You and covered me with Your forgiveness.
My Lord, if You forgive me, then who is more suited than You to do that? If the time of my death has come near and my deeds have not still brought me close to You, I make this confession of my sins a means of approaching You.
I have been unjust to my soul for I have not looked after it. It will certainly be doomed if You do not forgive it.
My Lord, You have always been kind to me during my life time. Therefore do not cut off Your favour from me at the time of my death.
My Lord, how can lose the hope of Your looking kindly, in me after my death, when you have always been good to me during my life.
My Lord, in my case do what befits You and bestow Your favour on me - a sinner enwrapped in his ignorance.
My Lord, You have concealed many of my sins in this world. I am in a greater need of their being conceded in the next. As You have not revealed my sins even to any of Your pious bondmen, do not expose me on the Day of Resurrection before everybody.
My Lord, Your generosity has expanded my aspiration, and Your forgiveness is superior to my deeds. Therefore gladden my heart by allowing me to meet You on the day You administer justice to Your bondmen.
My Lord, my apology to You is the apology of him who cannot afford his apology being not accepted. Therefore accept my apology, You the Most Magnanimous of those to whom the evildoers tender their apology.
My Lord, do not turn down my request; do not foil my desire; and do not cut off my hope and expectation of You.
My Lord, if You had wanted to disgrace me, You would not have guided me; and if You had wanted to expose my faults and vices, You would not have kept me safe and sound.
My Lord, I do not think that You will turn down my request for that in asking You for which I have spent my whole life.
My Lord, all praise is due to You, always and forever, growing not diminishing, as You like and please.
My Lord, if You condemn me for my crimes, I will cling to Your forgiveness, and if You hold me for my sins, I will cling to Your granting pardon. If You haul me into the hell, I will tell its inmates that I love You.
My Lord, if my deeds are too small in relation to how I should obey You, my aspirations are high enough as compared to what I should expect of You.
My Lord, how can I go away from You unsuccessful and disappointed, when I had a high hope that You will be kind enough to send me away enjoying safety and deliverance.
My Lord, I have wasted my life committing the crime of forgetting You and played havoc with my youth, intoxicated with keeping myself away from You.
My Lord, I did not wake up when I was under a delusion about You and was inclined to earn Your displeasure.
My Lord, I am Your bondman, son of Your bondman. I am standing before You, trying to use Your own magnanimity as a means of approaching You.
My Lord, I am a bondman of Yours, I want to rid myself of the sins I used to commit in Your presence because I lacked the sense of feeling ashamed that You were looking at me. I request You to forgive me, because forgiveness is
a characteristic of Your Kindness.
My Lord, I was not strong enough to move away from Your disobedience, except when You awakened me to Your love. I was exactly as You wanted me to be. I am thankful to You for introducing me to Your Kindness and purging my heart of the impurities of being inattentive to You.
My Lord, look upon me as the person whom You called and he responded to You, whom You helped by using his ser-vices, and he obeyed You. You Near One, Who is not far from one who is away from You. You Munificent, Who does not withhold His reward from one who hopes for it.
My Lord, provide me with a heart, the passion of which may bring it near You, with a tongue the truth of which may be submitted to You, and with a vision the nature of which may bring it close to You.
My Lord, whoever gets acquainted with You, is not un-known; whoever takes shelter under You, is not disappointed; and one to whom You turn, is not a slave. One who follows Your path is enlightened; and one who takes refuge in You, is saved.
My Lord, I have taken refuge in You. Therefore do not disappoint me of Your Mercy and do not keep me secluded from Your Kindness.
My Lord, place me among Your friends in the position of one who hopes for an increase in Your love.
My Lord, inspire me with a passionate love of remembering You so that I may keep on remembering You, and by Your Holy Name and Pure Position cherish my cheerful determination into a success.
My Lord, I invoke You to admit me to the place reserved for those who obey You, and to attach me to the nice abode of those who enjoy Your good pleasure. . . I can neither defend myself nor do I control what is advantageous for me.


My Lord, I am Your powerless sinning slave and Your repentant bondman. So do not make me one of those from whom You turn away Your face, and whom his negligence has secluded from Your forgiveness.
My Lord, grant me complete severance of my relations with everything else and total submission to You. Enlighten the eyes of our hearts with the light of their looking at You to the extent that they penetrate the veils of light and reach the Source of Grandeur, and let our souls get suspended by the glory of Your sanctity.
My Lord, make me one of those whom You call and they respond; when You look at and they are thunderstruck by Your majesty. You whisper to them secretly and they work for You openly.
My Lord, I have not allowed my pessimistic despair to overcome my good opinion about You, nor did I ever lose my hope of Your benevolence.
My Lord, if my errors have degraded me with You, You may forgive me in view of my unqualified reliance on You.
My Lord, if my sins have made me unfit to receive Your tender affection, my firm belief has reminded me of Your Compassion.
My Lord, if my disregard for preparations to meet You has put me to sleep, my knowledge of Your kind bounties has awakened me.
My Lord, if Your severe punishment calls me to Hell, the abundance of Your reward invites me to Paradise.
My Lord, I ask You and pray to You earnestly, I desire and request You to show Your favour to Muhammad and his descendants, make me one of those who always remember You and never violate the pledge they make to You, who do not fail to show You their gratitude and do not take Your orders lightly.
My Lord, let me be attached to the Light of Your Majestic Glory, so that I may know You alone, be away from others, and have a heart fearful of You and an eye watchful of You. May Allah's blessing and peace be on Muhammad and those of his descendants who are pure.

 

Transliteration

bismillah al-rahman al-raheem

allahumma salli 'alaa muhammadin wa aali muhammad. wasma' du'aa'i idhaa da'awtuk. wasma' nidaa'i idhaa naadaytuk. waqbil 'alayya idhaa naajaytuk. faqad harabtu ilayka wa waqaftu bayna yadayk. mustakeenan lak, mutadharri'an ilayk, raajiyan limaa ladayka thawaabi, wa ta'lamu maa fi nafsi, wa takhburu haajati, wa ta'rifu dhameeri, wa laa yakhfaa 'alayka amru munqalabi wa mathwai, wa maa ureedu an ubdi'a bihi min mantiqi, wa atafawwaha bihi min talibati, wa arjoohu li-'aaqibati.

wa qad jarat maqaadeeruka 'alayya yaa sayyidi fimaa yakunu minni ilaa aakhiri 'umri min sareerati wa'alaaniyati, wa biyadika laa biyadi ghayrika ziyaadati wa naqsi, wa naf'i wa dharri.

ilaahi, in harramtani faman dhaa alladhiy yarzuquni? wa in khadhaltani, fa man dhaa alladhiy yansuruni? ilaah a'udhu bika min ghadhabika wa hyulooli sakhatik

ilaahi in kunta ghayr musta'hilin lirahmati, fa anta ahlun an tajooda 'alayya bi-fadhli sa'atik. ilaahi, ka-anny binafsy waaqifatun bayna yadayk, waqad azhallahaa husnu tawakkuli 'alayk. faqulta maa anta ahluhu wa taghammadtani bi-'afwik.

ilaahi, in 'afawta fa-man awlaa minka bi-dhaalik? wa in kaana qad danaa ajali wa lam yudneeni minka 'amali faqad ja'altu-l-iqraara bi-dh-dhanbi ilayka waseelati.

ilaahi qad jurtu 'alaa nafsi fi-n-nazhari lahaa, falahaa-l-wailu in lam taghfir lahaa.

ilaahi lam yazal birruka 'alaa ayyaami hayaati, falaa taqta' birraka 'anni fi mamaati.

ilaahi, kayfa aayasu min husni nazharika li ba'da mamaati, wa anta lam toolini illa-l-jamkeela fi hayaati.

ilaahi, tawalla min amri maa anta ahluhu, wa 'ud 'alayya bi-fadhlika 'alaa mudhnibin qad ghamarahu jahluhu.

ilaahi qad satarta 'alayya dhunooban fi-d-dunyaa, wa ana ahwaju ilaa satrihaa 'alayya minka fil-ukhraa. ilaahi qad ahsanta ilayya ith lam tuzh-hirhaa li-ahadin min 'ibaadika-s-saaliheen, falaa tafdhahni yawm al-qiyaamati 'alaa ru'oos-il-ash-haad.

ilaahi, jooduka basata amali, wa 'afwuka afdhalu min 'amali.

ilaahi, fasurrani bi-liqaa'ika yawma taqdhi feehi bayna 'ibaadik.

ilaahi, i'tidhaari ilayka i'tidhaaru man lam yastaghni 'an qabooli 'udhrihi, faqbal 'udhri yaa akrama man i'tadhara ilayhi-l-musee'oon.

ilaahi, laa tarudda haajati, wa laa tukhayyib tama'i, wa laa taqta' minka rajaa'i wa amali.

ilaahi, law aradta hawaani lam tahdini, wa law aradta fadheehati lam tu'aafini.

ilaahi, ma azhunnuka tarudduni fi haajatin qad afnaytu 'umri fi talabihaa mink.

ilaahi, fa-laka al-hamdu abadan daa'iman sarmadan, yazeedu wa laa yabeed, kamaa tuhibbu wa tardhaa.

ilaahi, in akhadhtani bi-jurmi, akhadhtuka bi-'afwik, wa in akkhadhtani bi dhunoobi, akhadhtuka bi-maghfiratik, wa in adkkhaltani-n-naara a'lamtu ahlahaa anny uhibbuk.

ilaahi, in kaana saghura fee janbi taa'atika 'amali, faqad kabura fee janbi rajaa'ika amali

ilaahi, kayfa anqalibu min 'indika bil-khaybati mahrooma, wa qad kaana husnu zhanni bijoodika an taqlibani bi-n-najaati marhooma

ilaahi wa qad afnaytu 'umri fee sharratis-sahwi 'ank, wa ablaytu shabaabi fi sakrati-t-tabaa'udi mink

ilaahi fa-lam astayqizh ayyama ightiraari bik, wa rukooni ilaa sabeeli-sakhatik

ilaahi wa ana 'abduka wa-ibnu 'abdik, qaa'imun bayna yadayk, mutawassilun bi-karamika ilayk
ilaahi ana 'abdun atanassalu ilayka mimmaa kuntu uwaajihuka bihi min qillati istihyaa'i min nazharik, wa atlubu-l-'afwa minka idh-il-'afwu na'atun li-karamik

ilaahi lam yakun li hawlun fa-antaqila bihi 'an ma'siyatik, illa fi waqtin ayqazhtani li-mahabbatik. wa kamaa aradta an akoona kuntu fa-shakartuka bi-idkhaali fi karamik, wa li-tatheeri qalbi min awsaakhi-l-ghaflati 'ank.

ilaahi, unzhur ilayya nazara man naadaytahu fa-ajaabak, wasta'maltahu bi-ma'oonatika fa-ataa'ak.

yaa qareeban laa yab'udu 'an al-mughtarri bih, wa yaa jawaadan laa yabkhalu 'amman rajaa thawaabah

ilaahi, hab li qalban yudneehi minka shawquhu, wa lisaanan yurfa'u ilayka sidquhu, wa nazharan yuqarribuhu minka haqquhu

ilaahi, inna man ta'arrafa bika ghayru majhool, wa man laadha bika ghayru makhdhool, wa man aqbalta 'alayhi ghayru mamlook

ilaahi inna man intahaja bika la-mustaneer, wa inna man i'tasama bika la-mustajeer. wa qad ludhtu bika yaa ilaahi falaa tukhayyib zhanni min rahmatika wa laa tahjubni 'an ra'fatik

ilaahi aqimni fee ahli wilaayatika maqaama man rajaa-z-ziyaadata min mahabbatik

ilaahi walhimni walahan bi-dhikrika ilaa dhikrik, wa himmati fee rawhi najaahi asmaa'ik, wa mahalli qudsik

ilaahi, bika 'alayka illa alhaqtani bi-mahalli ahli taa'atik wal-mathwaa-s-saalihi min mardhaatik, fa-inni laa aqdiru li-nafsi daf'an, wa laa amliku lahaa naf'an

ilaahi ana 'abduka-dh-dhaeef al-mudhnib wa mamlookukal-muneeb, falaa taj'alni mimman sarafta 'anu wajhaka wa hajabahu sahwuhu 'an 'afwik

ilaahi hab li kamaal-al-inqitaa'i ilayka wanir absaara quloobina bi-dhiyaa'i nazharihaa ilayka hatta takhriqa absaarul-quloobi hujub-an-noori fa-tasila ilaa ma'din-il-'azhamati wa taseera arwaahunaa mu'allaqatan bi-'izzi qudsik

ilaahi waj'alni mimman naadaytahu wa-ajaabak, walaahazhtahu fa-sa'iqa li-jalaalik, fa-naajaytahu sirran wa 'amila laka jahran

ilaahi lam usallit 'alaa husni zhanni qunoot-al-ayaas, wa laa inqata'a rajaa'i min jameeli karamik

ilaahi, in kaanat-il-khataayaa qad asqatni ladayk, fasfah 'anni bi-husni tawakkuli 'alayka

iilaahi, in hattatni-dh-dhunoobu min makaarimi lutfik, faqad nabbahani-l-yaqeenu ilaa karami 'atfik

ilaahi in anaamatni al-ghaflatu 'an-il-isti'daadi li-liqaa'ik, faqad nabbahatni-l-ma'rifatu bi-karami-alaa'ik

ilaahi, in da'aani ilaa-n-naari 'aqheemu 'iqaabik, faqad da'aani ilaal-jannatu jazeelu thawaabik
ilaahi, fa-laka as'alu wa ilayka abtahilu wa arghab, fa-as'aluka an tusalli 'alaa muhammadin wa aali muhammad, wa an taj'alani mimman yudeemu dhikraka wa laa yanqudhu 'ahdaka wa laa yaghfulu 'an shukrika wa laa yastakhiffu bi-amrik

ilaahi, walhiqni binoori 'izzika-l-abhaj, fa-akoona laka 'aarifan, wa 'an siwaaka munharifan, wa minka khaa'ifan muraaqiban. yaa dhaal-jalaali wal-ikraam. wa sallallahu 'alaa muhammadin wa rasoolihi wa aalihi-t-taahireen, wa salaama tasleeman katheeran.

 

ENGLISH ONLY from 'Light within me ' Islamic seminary publication

THE INVOCATION OF SHABANIYAH

My Lord, bestow Your blessings on Muhammad and his descendants; respond to my prayer when I pray to You;

listen to my call when I call You; and turn to me when I make my submission to You in confidence. I have come running to You and am standing before You imploring You in humility and hoping to get the reward You have for me.

You know what is in my heart, and You are aware of what I need. You know my mind and are not unaware of my future and of my present,

of what I want to begin my speech with; of the request I would  utter, and of the hopes I have in regard to my ultimate lot. 

     My Lord, whatever You have destined for me up to the  end of my life, whether concerning the open aspect of my life or the hidden aspect of it, is bound to come. What is to my  advantage and what is to my disadvantage - all my losses and  gains are in Your hand, not in the hand of anybody else.

    My Lord, if You deprive me, who else will provide me; and if You let me down, who else will help me?

    My Lord, I seek Your protection from Your anger and from earning Your displeasure. If I am not fit for gaining Your Mercy, You are certainly fit to be generous to me by virtue of Your Magnanimity.

My Lord, I see as if I am standing before You protected by my trust in You. You said what befitted You and covered me with Your forgiveness.

    My Lord, if You forgive me, then who is more suited than You to do that? If the time of my death has come near and my deeds have not still brought me close to You, I make this confession of my sins a means of approaching You. I have been unjust to my soul for I have not looked after it. It will certainly be doomed if You do not forgive it.

    My Lord, You have always been kind to me during my life time. Therefore do not cut off Your favour from me at the time of my death.

    My Lord, how can I lose the hope, of Your looking kindly, in me after my death, when you have always been good to me during my life.

     My Lord, in my case do what befits You and bestow Your favour on me - a sinner enwrapped in his ignorance.

        My Lord, You have concealed many of my sins in this world. I am in a greater need of their being conceded in the next. As You have not revealed my sins even to any of Your pious bondmen, do not expose me on the Day of Resurrection before everybody.     

       My Lord, Your generosity has expanded my aspiration, and Your forgiveness is superior to my deeds. Therefore gladden my heart by allowing me to meet You on the day You administer justice to Your bondmen.

    My Lord, my apology to You is the apology of him who cannot afford his apology being not accepted. Therefore accept my apology, You the Most Magnanimous of those to whom the evil-doers tender their apology.

    My Lord, do not turn down my request; do not foil my desire; and do not cut off my hope and expectation of You.

        My Lord, if You had wanted to disgrace me, You would not have guided me; and if You had wanted to expose my faults and vices, You would not have kept me safe and sound.

       My Lord, I do not think that You will turn down my request for that in asking You for which I have spent my whole life.

       My Lord, all praise is due to You, always and for ever, growing not diminishing, as You like and please.

        My Lord, if You condemn me for my crimes, I will cling to Your forgiveness, and if You hold me for my sins, I will cling to Your granting pardon. If You haul me into the hell, I will tell its inmates that I love You.

       My Lord, if my deeds are too small in relation to how I should obey You, my aspirations are high enough as compared to what I should expect of You.

       My Lord, how can I go away from You unsuccessful and disappointed, when I had a high hope that You will be kind  enough to send me away enjoying safety and deliverance.

       My Lord, I have wasted my life committing the crime of forgetting You and played havoc with my youth, intoxicated  with keeping myself away from You.

        My Lord, I did not wake up when I was under a delusion about You and was inclined to earn Your displeasure.

       My Lord, I am Your bondman, son of Your bondman. I am standing before You, trying to use Your own magnanimity as a means of approaching You.

        My Lord, I am a bondman of Yours, I want to rid myself of the sins I used to commit in Your presence because I lacked the sense of feeling ashamed that You were looking at me. I request You to forgive me, because forgiveness is a characteristic of Your Kindness..

       My Lord, I was not strong enough to move away from Your disobedience, except when You awakened me to Your love. I was exactly as You wanted me to be. I am thankful to You for introducing me to Your Kindness and purging my heart of the impurities of being inattentive to You.       

        My Lord, look upon me as the person whom You called and he responded to You, whom You helped by using his ser-vices, and he obeyed You. You Near One, Who is not far from one who is away from You. You Munificent, Who does not withhold His reward from one who hopes for it.

    My Lord, provide me with a heart, the passion of which may bring it near You, with a tongue the truth of which may be submitted to You, and with a vision the nature of which may bring it close to You.

    My Lord, whoever gets acquainted with You, is not un-known; whoever takes shelter under You, is not disappointed;

and one to whom You turn, is not a slave. One who follows Your path is enlightened; and one who takes refuge in You, is saved.

    My Lord, I have taken refuge in You. Therefore do not disappoint me of Your Mercy and do not keep me secluded from Your Kindness.

    My Lord, place me among Your friends in the position of one who hopes for an increase in Your love.

    My Lord, inspire me with a passionate love of remembering You so that I may keep on remembering You, and by Your Holy Name and Pure Position cherish my cheerful determination into a success.

    My Lord, I invoke You to admit me to the place reserved for those who obey You, and to attach me to the nice abode of those who enjoy Your good pleasure... I can neither defend my self nor do I control what is advantageous for me.

    My Lord, I am Your powerless sinning slave and Your repentant bondman, So do not make me one of those from whom You turn away Your face, and whom his negligence has secluded from Your forgiveness.

    My Lord, grant me complete severance of my relations with everything else and total submission to You. Enlighten the eves of our hearts with the light of their looking at You