The Invocation /Munajat of Shabaniyah  (3 column format)

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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.”

 

O Allah: (please do) send blessings upon Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad;

allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin

اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

and listen to my prayer whenever I pray You;

wasma` du`aiy idha da`awtuka

وَاسْمَعْ دُعَائِي إذَا دَعَوْتُكَ،

and listen to my call whenever I call upon you;

wasma` nidaiy idha nadaytuka

وَاسْمَعْ نِدَائِي إذَا نَادَيْتُكَ،

and accept from me whenever I confidentially whisper to You,

wa aqbil `alayy idha najaytuka

وَأَقْبِلْ عَلَيَّ إذَا نَاجَيْتُكَ

for here I am fleeing into You,

faqad harabtu ilayka

فَقَدْ هَرَبْتُ إلَيْكَ،

and I am standing before You showing submission to You,

wa waqaftu bayna yadayka mustakenan laka

وَوَقَفْتُ بَيْنَ يَدَيْكَ مُسْتَكِيناً لَكَ،

imploring You,

mutazarr`an ilayka

مُتَضَرِّعاً إلَيْكَ،

hoping for the reward that You have.

rajiyan lima ladayka thawabe

رَاجِياً لِمَا لَدَيْكَ ثَوَابِي،

And You do know what is in my inner self;

wa ta`lamu ma fe nafse

وَتَعْلَمُ مَا فِي نَفْسِي،

and You understand my needs;

wa takhburu hajate

وَتَخْبُرُ حَاجَتِي،

and You recognize my essence;

wa ta`rifu zamere

وَتَعْرِفُ ضَمِيرِي،

and all my moves and stillness are known by You;

wa la yakhfa `alayka amru munqalaby wa mathwaiya

وَلا يَخْفَى عَلَيْكَ أَمْرُ مُنْقَلَبِي وَمَثْوَايَ،

and so are all the utterance which I want to begin with

wa ma a’uredu an a’ubdiia bihi min man§iqe

وَمَا أُرِيدُ أَنْ أُبْدِئَ بِهِ مِنْ مَنْطِقِي،

and all the requests that I want to express

wa atafawwha bihi min §alibate

وَأَتَفَوَّهَ بِهِ مِنْ طَلِبَتِي،

and all the expectation that I hope for my future.

wa arj£hu li`aqibate

وَأَرْجُوهُ لِعَاقِبَتِي،

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

wa qad jarat maqaderuka `alayya ya sayyidy

وَقَدْ جَرَتْ مَقَادِيرُكَ عَلَيَّ يَا سَيِّدِي

up to the end of my life,

fema yak£nu minny ila akhiri `umry

فِيمَا يَكُونُ مِنِّي إلَى آخِرِ عُمْرِي

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

min sareraty wa `alaniyaty

مِنْ سَرِيرَتِي وَعَلانِيَتِي

And it is in Your, not anybody else, Hand are all increase and decrease,

wa biyadika la biyadi ghayrika ziyadaty wa naqsy

وَبِيَدِكَ لا بِيَدِ غَيْرِكَ زِيَادَتِي وَنَقْصِي

and my benefits and harms that come upon me.

wa naf`y wa zarre

وَنَفْعِي وَضَرِّي.

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

ilahy in haramtany faman dhalladhy yarzuqune

إلهِي إنْ حَرَمْتَنِي فَمَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَرْزُقُنِي؟

And if You disappoint me, then who else can ever back me?

wa in khadhaltany faman dhalladhy yansurune

وَإنْ خَذَلْتَنِي فَمَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَنْصُرُنِي؟

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

ilahy a`£dhu bika min ghazabika wa hul£li sakha§ika

إلهِي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ غَضَبِكَ وَحُلُولِ سَخَطِكَ.

O my God: If I do not deserve Your mercy,

ilahy in kuntu ghayra mustahilin lirahmatika

إلهِي إنْ كُنْتُ غَيْرَ مُسْتَأْهِلٍ لِرَحْمَتِكَ

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

fa-anta ahlun an taj£da `alayy bifazli sa`atika

فَأَنْتَ أَهْلٌ أَنْ تَجُودَ عَلَيَّ بِفَضْلِ سَعَتِكَ.

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

ilahy ka-anne binafsy waqifatun bayna yadayka

إلهِي كَأَنِّي بِنَفْسِي وَاقِفَةٌ بَيْنَ يَدَيْكَ

wa qad a¨allaha husnu tawakkuly `alayka

وَقَدْ أَظَلَّهَا حُسْنُ تَوَكُّلِي عَلَيْكَ

faqulta ma anta ahluhu wa taghammdtany bi`af£ika

فَقُلْتَ مَا أَنْتَ أَهْلُهُ وَتَغَمَّدْتَنِي بِعَفْوِكَ.


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.
 

ilahy in `afawta faman awla minka bidhlika

إلهِي إنْ عَفَوْتَ فَمَنْ أَوْلَى مِنْكَ بِذلِكَ؟

wa in kana qad dana ajaly wa lam yudniny minka `amaly

وَإنْ كَانَ قَدْ دَنَا أَجَلِي وَلَمْ يُدْنِنِي مِنْكَ عَمَلِي

faqad ja`altu aliqrara bildhdhnbi ilayka waselaty

فَقَدْ جَعَلْتُ الإقْرَارَ بِالذَّنْبِ إلَيْكَ وَسِيلَتِي

ilahy qad jurtu `ala nafsy fe alnn¨ari laha

إلهِي قَدْ جُرْتُ عَلَى نَفْسِي فِي النَّظَرِ لَهَا

falaha alwaylu in lam taghfir laha

فَلَهَا الْوَيْلُ إنْ لَمْ تَغْفِرْ لَهَا.

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.
 

ilahy lam yazal birrika `alayy ayyama hayaty

إلهِي لَمْ يَزَلْ بِرُّكَ عَلَيَّ أَيَّامَ حَيَاتِي

fala taq§a` birrika `anne fe mamate

فَلا تَقْطَعْ بِرَّكَ عَنِّي فِي مَمَاتِي.

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.

ilahy kayfa aiyasu min husni na¨arika le ba`da mamaty

إلهِي كَيفَ آيَسُ مِنْ حُسْنِ نَظَرِكَ لِي بَعْدَ مَمَاتِي

wa anta lam twallny illa aljamela fe hayate

وَأَنْتَ لَمْ تُوَلِّنِي إلاَّ الْجَمِيلَ فِي حَيَاتِي.

My Lord, in my case do what befits You

and bestow Your favour on me - a sinner enwrapped in his ignorance.

 

ilahy tawall min amry ma anta ahluhu

إلهِي تَوَلَّ مِنْ أَمْرِي مَا أَنْتَ أَهْلُهُ،

wa `ud `alayya bifazlika `ala mudhnibin qad ghamarahu jahluhu

وَعُدْ عَلَيَّ بِفَضْلِكَ عَلَى مُذْنِبٍ قَدْ غَمَرَهُ جَهْلُهُ.

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.
 

ilahy qad satarta `alayya dhun£ban fe alddunya

إلهِي قَدْ سَتَرْتَ عَلَيَّ ذُنُوباً فِي الدُّنْيَا

wa ana ahwaju ila satriha `alayya minka fe al-’ukhra

وَأَنَا أَحْوَجُ إلَى سَتْرِهَا عَلَيَّ مِنْكَ فِي الأُخْرَى

idh lam tu¨hirha liahadin min `ibadika alssalihena

إذْ لَمْ تُظْهِرْهَا لأحَدٍ مِنْ عِبَادِكَ الصَّالِحِينَ

fala tafzahny yawma alqiyamati `ala ru´£si al-ash-hadi

فَلا تَفْضَحْنِي يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ عَلَى رُؤُوسِ الأَشْهَادِ.

My Lord, Your generosity has expanded my aspiration,

and Your forgiveness is superior to my deeds.
 

ilahy j£duka basa§a amale

إلهِي جُودُكَ بَسَطَ أَمَلِي،

wa `af£uka afzalu min `amale

وَعَفْوُكَ أَفْضَلُ مِنْ عَمَلِي.

My Lord, Therefore gladden my heart by allowing me to meet You on the day You administer justice to Your bondmen..

ilahy fasurrany biliqa’ika yawma taqzy fehi bayna `ibadika

إلهِي فَسُرَّنِي بِلِقَائِكَ يَوْمَ تَقْضِي فِيهِ بَيْنَ عِبَادِكَ.

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

ilahy a`tidhary ilayka a`tidharu man lam yastaghni `an qab£li `udhrihi

إلهِي اعْتِذَارِي إلَيْكَ اعْتِذَارُ مَنْ لَمْ يَسْتَغْنِ عَنْ قَبُولِ عُذْرِهِ

faqbal `udhry ya akrama mani a`tadhara ilayhi almusei£na

فَاقْبَلْ عُذْرِي يَا أَكْرَمَ مَنِ اعْتَذَرَ إلَيْهِ الْمُسِيئُونَ.

My Lord, do not turn down my request;

do not foil my desire;

and do not cut off my hope and expectation of You.

 

ilahy la tarudd hajate

إلهِي لا تَرُدَّ حَاجَتِي،

wa la tukhayyb §ama`e

وَلا تُخَيِّبْ طَمَعِي،

wa la taq§a` minka rajaiy wa amale

وَلا تَقْطَعْ مِنْكَ رَجَائِي وَأَمَلِي.

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.
.

ilahy law aradta hawany lam tahdine

إلهِي لَوْ أَرَدْتَ هَوَانِي لَمْ تَهْدِنِي،

wa law aradta fazehaty lam tu`afine

وَلَوْ أَرَدْتَ فَضِيحَتِي لَمْ تُعَافِنِي.

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.
 

ilahy ma a¨unnka taruddny fe hajatin qad afnaytu `umry fe §alabiha minka

إلهِي مَا أَظُنُّكَ تَرُدُّنِي فِي حَاجَةٍ قَدْ أَفْنَيْتُ عُمْرِي فِي طَلَبِهَا مِنْكَ.

My Lord, all praise is due to You, always and forever,

growing not diminishing, as You like and please

ilahy falaka alhamdu abadan abadan da’iman sarmadan

إلهِي فَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ أَبَداً أَبَداً دَائِماً سَرْمَداً

yazedu wa la yabedu kama tuhibb wa tarza

يَزِيدُ وَلا يَبِيدُ كَمَا تُحِبُّ وَتَرْضَى.

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.

 

ilahy in akhadhtany bijurmy akhadhtuka bi`af£ika

إلهِي إنْ أَخَذْتَنِي بِجُرْمِي أَخَذْتُكَ بِعَفْوِكَ،

wa in akhadhtany bidhun£by akhadhtuka bimaghfiratika

وَإنْ أَخَذْتَنِي بِذُنُوبِي أَخَذْتُكَ بِمَغْفِرَتِكَ،

wa in adkhaltany alnnara a`lamtu ahlaha anne a’uhibbka

وَإنْ أَدْخَلْتَنِي النَّارَ أَعْلَمْتُ أَهْلَهَا أَنِّي أُحِبُّكَ.

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.

ilahy in kana saghura fe janbi §a`atika `amaly

إلهِي إنْ كَانَ صَغُرَ فِي جَنْبِ طَاعَتِكَ عَمَلِي

faqad kabura fe janbi raja’ika amale

فَقَدْ كَبُرَ فِي جَنْبِ رَجَائِكَ أَمَلِي.

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.

ilahy kayfa anqalibu min `indika bilkhaybati mahr£man

إلهِي كَيْفَ أَنْقَلِبُ مِنْ عِنْدِكَ بِالْخَيْبَةِ مَحْرُوماً

wa qad kana husnu ¨anne bij£dika an taqlibany bilnnajati marh£man

وَقَدْ كَانَ حُسْنُ ظَنِّي بِجُودِكَ أَنْ تَقْلِبَنِي بِالنَّجَاةِ مَرْحُوماً؟


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.

ilahy wa qad afnaytu `umry fe shirrati alssahwi `anka

إلهِي وَقَدْ أَفْنَيْتُ عُمْرِي فِي شِرَّةِ السَّهْوِ عَنْكَ،

wa ablaytu shababy fe sakrati alttba`udi minka

وَأَبْلَيْتُ شَبَابِي فِي سَكْرَةِ التَّبَاعُدِ مِنْكَ.

My Lord, I did not wake up when I was under a delusion about You

and was inclined to earn Your displeasure.

ilahy falam astayqi¨ aiyyama aghtirary bika

إلهِي فَلَمْ أَسْتَيْقِظْ أَيَّامَ اغْتِرَارِي بِكَ،

wa ruk£ny ila sabeli sakha§ika

وَرُكُونِي إلَى سَبِيلِ سَخَطِكَ.


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.

ilahy wa ana `abduka wabnu `abdika qa’imun bayna yadayka

إلهِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَابْنُ عَبْدِكَ قَائِمٌ بَيْنَ يَدَيْكَ،

mutawasslun bikaramika ilayka

مُتَوَسِّلٌ بِكَرَمِكَ إلَيْكَ.

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.
.

ilahy ana `abdun atanasslu ilayka mimma kuntu awajihuka bihi

إلهِي أَنَا عَبْدٌ أَتَنَصَّلُ إلَيْكَ مِمَّا كُنْتُ أُوَاجِهُكَ بِهِ

min qillati astiheaiy min na¨arika

مِنْ قِلَّةِ اسْتِحْيَائِي مِنْ نَظَرِكَ،

wa a§lubu al`afwa minka idhil`af£u na`tun likaramika

وَأَطْلُبُ الْعَفْوَ مِنْكَ إذ ِالْعَفْوُ نَعْتٌ لِكَرَمِكَ.

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.

ilahy lam yakun le hawlun fantaqila bihi `an ma`siyatika

إلهِي لَمْ يَكُنْ لِي حَوْلٌ فَأَنْتَقِلَ بِهِ عَنْ مَعْصِيَتِكَ

illa fe wa qtin aeqa¨tany li mahabbatika

إلاَّ فِي وَقْتٍ أَيْقَظْتَنِي لَِمحَبَّتِكَ،

wa kama aradta an ak£na kuntu

وَكَمَا أَرَدْتَ أَنْ أَكُونَ كُنْتُ

fashakartuka biidkhale fe karamika

فَشَكَرْتُكَ بِإدْخَالِي فِي كَرَمِكَ،

wa litatheri qalby min awsakhi alghaflati `anka

وَلِتَطْهِيرِ قَلْبِي مِنْ أَوْسَاخِ الْغَفْلَةِ عَنْكَ.

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.
 

ilahy an¨ur ilayy na¨ara man nadaytahu fajabaka

إلهِي انْظُرْ إلَيَّ نَظَرَ مَنْ نَادَيْتَهُ فَأَجَابَكَ،

wasta`maltahu bima`£natika fa§a`aka

وَاسْتَعْمَلْتَهُ بِمَعُونَتِكَ فَأَطَاعَكَ،

ya qareban la yab`udu `ani almughtarr bihi

يَا قَرِيباً لا يَبْعُدُ عَنِ الْمُغْتَرِّ بِهِ،

wa ya jawadan la yabkhalu `amman raja thawabahu

وَيَا جَوَاداً لا يَبْخَلُ عَمَّنْ رَجَا ثَوَابَهُ.

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.

ilahy hab le qalban yudnehi minka shawquhu

إلهِي هَبْ لِي قَلْباً يُدْنِيهِ مِنْكَ شَوْقُهُ،

wa lisanan yurfa`u ilayka sidquhu

وَلِسَاناً يُرْفَعُ إلَيْكَ صِدْقُهُ،

wa na¨aran yuqarrbuhu minka haqqhu

وَنَظَراً يُقَرِّبُهُ مِنْكَ حَقُّهُ.

My Lord, whoever gets acquainted with You, is not un-known; 

ilahy inn man ta`arrfa bika ghayru majh£lin

إلهِي إنَّ مَنْ تَعَرَّفَ بِكَ غَيْرُ مَجْهُولٍ،

whoever takes shelter under You, is not disappointed;

wa man ladha bika ghayru makhdh£lin

وَمَنْ لاذَ بِكَ غَيْرُ مَخْذُولٍ،

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.

wa man aqbalta `alayhi ghayru maml£lin

وَمَنْ أَقْبَلْتَ عَلَيْهِ غَيْرُ مَمْلُولٍ.

My Lord, I have taken refuge in You. Therefore do not disappoint me of Your Mercy Verily, he who abides by Your Path shall be enlightened;

and he who resorts to You shall be succored.

I am thus having recourse to You, O my God; so, (please) do not disappoint me as regard Your having mercy upon me;

and do not keep me secluded from Your Kindness

ilahy inn mani antahaja bika lamustanerun

إلهِي إنَّ مَنِ انْتَهَجَ بِكَ لَمُسْتَنِيرٌ،

wa inna mani a`tasama bika lamustajerun

وَإنَّ مَنِ اعْتَصَمَ بِكَ لَمُسْتَجِيرٌ،

wa qad ludhtu bika ya ilahy fala tukhayyb ¨anne min rahmatika

وَقَدْ لُذْتُ بِكَ يَا إلهِي فَلا تُخَيِّبْ ظَنِّي مِنْ رَحْمَتِكَ،

wa la tahjubny `an rafatika

وَلا تَحْجُبْنِي عَنْ رَأْفَتِكَ.


My Lord, place me among Your friends

in the position of one who hopes for an increase in Your love.

ilahy aqimny fe ahli wilaiyatika

إلهِي أَقِمْنِي فِي أَهْلِ وِلايَتِكَ

muqama man raja alzzeadata min mahabbtika

مُقَامَ مَنْ رَجَا الزِّيَادَةَ مِنْ مَحَبَّتِكَ.

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

ilahy wa alhimny wa lahan bidhikrika ila dhikrika

إلهِي وَأَلْهِمْنِي وَلَهاً بِذِكْرِكَ إلَى ذِكْرِكَ،

wa himmty fe rawhi najahi asma’ika wa mahall qudsika

وَهِمَّتِي فِي رَوْحِ نَجَاحِ أَسْمَائِكَ وَمَحَلِّ قُدْسِكَ.

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.

ilahy bika `alayka illa alhaqtany bimahall ahli §a`atika

إلهِي بِكَ عَلَيْكَ إلاَّ أَلْحَقْتَنِي بِمَحَلِّ أَهْلِ طَاعَتِكَ،

wal-math£ alssalihi min marzatika

وَالْمَثْوَى الصَّالِحِ مِنْ مَرْضَاتِكَ،

fa’inne la aqdiru linafsy daf`an

فَإنِّي لا أَقْدِرُ لِنَفْسِي دَفْعاً،

wa la amliku laha naf`an

وَلا أَمْلِكُ لَهَا نَفْعاً.

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.

ilahy ana `abduka alzz`efu almudhnibu

إلهِي أَنَا عَبْدُكَ الضَّعِيفُ الْمُذْنِبُ،

wa maml£kuka almunebu fala taj`alny mimmn sarafta `anhu wajhaka

وَمَمْلُوكُكَ الْمُنِيبُ فَلا تَجْعَلْنِي مِمَّنْ صَرَفْتَ عَنْهُ وَجْهَكَ،

wa hajabahu sah£uhu `an `af£ika

وَحَجَبَهُ سَهْوُهُ عَنْ عَفْوِكَ.

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.
 

ilahy hab le kamala alanqi§a`i ilayka

إلهِي هَبْ لي كَمَالَ الإنْقِطَاعِ إلَيْكَ،

wa anir absara qul£bina bizya‘i na¨ariha ilayka

وَأَنِرْ أَبْصَارَ قُلُوبِنَا بِضِيَاءِ نَظَرِهَا إلَيْكَ،

hatta takhriqa absaru alqul£bi hujuba alnn£ri

حَتَّى تَخْرِقَ أَبْصَارُ الْقُلُوبِ حُجُبَ النُّورِ

fatasila ila ma`dini al`a¨amati

فَتَصِلَ إلَى مَعْدِنِ الْعَظَمَةِ،

wa tasera arwahuna mu`allqatan bi`izz qudsika

وَتَصِيرَ أَرْوَاحُنَا مُعَلَّقَةً بِعِزِّ قُدْسِكَ.

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.

ilahy waj`alny mimmn nadaytahu fajabaka

إلهِي وَاجْعَلْنِي مِمَّنْ نَادَيْتَهُ فَأَجَابَكَ،

wa laha¨tahu fasa`iqa lijalalika

وَلاحَظْتَهُ فَصَعِقَ لِجَلالِكَ،

fanajaytahu sirran wa `amila laka jahran

فَنَاجَيْتَهُ سِرّاً وَعَمِلَ لَكَ جَهْراً.

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.

ilahy lam a’usall§ `ala husni ¨anne qun£§a alaeasi

إلهِي لَمْ أُسَلِّطْ عَلَى حُسْنِ ظَنِّي قُنُوطَ الأَيَاسِ،

wa la anqa§a`a rajaiy min jameli karamika

وَلا انْقَطَعَ رَجَائِي مِنْ جَمِيلِ كَرَمِكَ.

My Lord, if my errors have degraded me with You,

ilahy in kanati alkha§aea qad asqa§atny ladayka

إلهِي إنْ كَانَتِ الْخَطَايَا قَدْ أَسْقَطَتْنِي لَدَيْكَ

You may forgive me in view of my unqualified reliance on You.

fasfah `anne bihusni tawakkly `alayka

فَاصْفَحْ عَنِّي بِحُسْنِ تَوَكُّلِي عَلَيْكَ.

My Lord, if my sins have made me unfit to receive Your tender affection, .

ilahy in ha§§tny aldhdhn£bu min makarimi lu§fika

إلهِي إنْ حَطَّتْنِي الذُّنُوبُ مِنْ مَكَارِمِ لُطْفِكَ

my firm belief has reminded me of Your Compassion

faqad nabbhany aliyaqenu ila karami `a§fika

فَقَدْ نَبَّهَنِي الْيَقِينُ إلَى كَرَمِ عَطْفِكَ.

My Lord, if my disregard for preparations to meet You has put me to sleep, .

ilahy in anamatny alghaflatu `ani alasti`dadi liliqa’ika

إلهِي إنْ أَنَامَتْنِي الْغَفْلَةُ عَنِ الإسْتِعْدَادِ لِلِقَائِكَ

my knowledge of Your kind bounties has awakened met

faqad nabbahatny alma`rifatu bikarami ala’ika

فَقَدْ نَبَّهَتْنِي الْمَعْرِفَةُ بِكَرَمِ آلائِكَ.

My Lord, if Your severe punishment calls me to Hell,

ilahy in da`any ila alnnari `a¨emu `iqabika

إلهِي إنْ دَعَانِي إلَى النَّارِ عَظِيمُ عِقَابِكَ

the abundance of Your reward invites me to Paradise.

faqad da`any ila aljannati jazelu thawabika

فَقَدْ دَعَانِي إلَى الْجَنَّةِ جَزِيلُ ثَوَابِكَ.

My Lord, I ask You and pray to You earnestly,

ilahy falaka asalu wa ilayka abtahilu wa arghabu

إلهِي فَلَكَ أَسْأَلُ وَإلَيْكَ أَبْتَهِلُ وَأَرْغَبُ،

 I desire and request You to show Your favour to Muhammad and his descendants,

wa asaluka an tusalliya `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin

وَأَسْأَلُكَ أَنْ تُصَلِّيَ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

 make me one of those who always remember You

wa an taj`alany mimmn yudemu dhikraka

وَأَنْ تَجْعَلَنِي مِمَّنْ يُدِيمُ ذِكْرَكَ،

 and never violate the pledge they make to You

wa la yanquzu `ahdaka

وَلا يَنْقُضُ عَهْدَكَ،

, who do not fail to show You their gratitude

wa la yaghfulu `an shukrika

وَلا يَغْفُلُ عَنْ شُكْرِكَ،

 and do not take Your orders lightly.
 

wa la yastakhiff biamrika

وَلا يَسْتَخِفُّ بِأَمْرِكَ.

My Lord, let me be attached to the Light of Your Majestic Glory,

ilahy wa alhiqny bin£ri `izzika alabhaji

إلهِي وَأَلْحِقْنِي بِنُورِ عِزِّكَ الأَبْهَجِ

so that I may know You alones

fa-ak£na laka `arifan

فَأَكُونَ لَكَ عَارِفاً،

be away from others, . .

wa `an siwaka munharifan

وَعَنْ سِوَاكَ مُنْحَرِفاً،

and have a heart fearful of You and an eye watchful of You

wa minka kha’ifan muraqiban

وَمِنْكَ خَائِفاً مُرَاقِباً،

O the Lord of Majesty and Honor.

ya dhaljalali wal-ikrami

يَا ذَا الْجَلالِ وَالإكْرَامِ،

May Allah's blessing and peace be on Muhammad and those of his descendants who are pure

wa salla allahu `ala muhammadin ras£lihi wa alihi al§§ahirena

وَصَلَّى اللّهُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ رَسُولِهِ وَآلِهِ الطَّاهِرِينَ

and exalt them very much.

wa sallama tasleman katheran

وَسَلَّمَ تَسْلِيماً كَثِيراً.

This whispered prayer (munajat), ascribed to the Holy Imams (a.s), is highly significant since it comprises excellent meanings. It is advisable to recite it with presence of heart all the time.

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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