hatta yanqadhiya `anna shahruka hadha wa qad addina mafrudhaka fihi `alayna
so that when this month, which is Your month, elapses, we shall have carried out all the duties that You have made obligatory upon us to do.
اللّهُمّ أَعِنَّا عَلَى صِيَامِهِ،
allahumma a`inna `ala siyamihi
O Allah: (please do) help us observe fasting in this month;
wa waffiqna liqiyamihi
and guide us to practice the acts of worship (perfectly);
وَنَشّطْنَا فِيهِ لِلصّلاةِ،
wa nashshtna fihi lilsalati
and grant us vigor to offer prayers;
وَلا تَحْجُبْنَا مِنَ القِرَاءَةِ،
wa la tahjubna mina alqira‘ati
and do not preclude us from reciting (the Holy Qur'an);
وَسَهّلْ لَنَا فِيهِ إيتَاءَ الزّكَاةِ.
wa sahhl lana fihi iita‘a alzzakati
and make easy for us to give alms.
اللّهُمّ لا تُسَلّطْ عَلَيْنَا وَصَباً وَلا تَعَباً
allahumma la tusallit `alaynawasaban wa la ta`aban
O Allah: (please) do not inflict us with fatigue, tiredness,
Another thing which a prudent wayfarer should not forget during the first night of this holy month is resorting(tawassul) to the impeccable ones (Ma'sumin) in that night. It is up to him to stretch his hand sincerely towards the threshold of those exalted saintly personalities, should present their blessed, glorious, and beautiful faces as intercessors for our unblessed and polluted (with sins), faces, thus, looking towards the Lord through their splendour and magnanimity because, it is not appropriate and desirable to look towards Him directly with a face blackened with sins, and cheeks rusted with transgressions. Instead, he should plead with them, should open his tongue full of grief and anxiety, should request them to act as intercessors for pleading his case.
It might be that their hearts would become soft with love for him, with their greatness they might accept him by acting as his intercessors as well as might request Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), that may He accept him and bestow upon him the grace and favour so that he would become the way his Lord desires him to be. Because, Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), being the most Compassionate and most Merciful, undoubtedly would accept the plea and intercession of those compassionate and exalted personalities, especially, those Sinless noble ones, to whom He himself has taught generosity and compassion as well as has allowed them to act as intercessors.
Yes! By resorting sincerely, truly and honestly to these noble exalted personalities one may attain such gains, prosperity, and salvation which can't even be attained through engaging in worship for one complete year. Therefore, it is up to us to make our best endeavours, by treating the time as our best available opportunity; we should extend our hands towards their threshold; by offering salutations and thanks should open our tongues for needs, and saying the following sincerely and honestly:
أنت يا سيّدي في هذه الليلة حامي الأمّة وخفيرهم ،
O' my masters! Tonight you are the support and shelter of everyone,
وأكرم الخلائق ، تحبّ الضيافة ومأمور من الله جلّ جلاله بالإجارة ، عبدك ضيف الله وضيفك ، وجار الله وجارك فأجر عبدك وأضفه ،
you are the most exalted and generous among all exalted and generous ones, you like inviting guests and want to be generous towards them; Also Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), has commanded you to provide refuge and shelter for the wretched and unsheltered people;
واجعل قراي منك الليلة أن تدخلني في همّك وحزبك ، ودعائك وحمايتك ، وشفاعتك وولايتكوشيعتك .
now here is one of the Allah's unsheltered servants who has came to attend your as well as Allah's feast; has attached his heart upon your support and well as Allah's support and hospitality; be hospitable and allow him to sit upon the table of your generosity and treat him in the following manner:
وارغب إلى الله لي في كرم عفوه ، وقبوله ، ورضاه ،
Consider him as your friend and supporter and do not deprive him from your best support and endeavours; do not deprive him from your prayer, backing, and intercession; ask Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), not to deprive him from His Forgiveness and Benevolence; shouldn't deprive him from His mercy and compassion; then look at him with love and pleasure; becoming so happy and pleased with him that after that He should never become unhappy and angry with him, should regard him as His sincere friend and worthy servant....
وأن ينظر إليّ نظرة رحيمة بها عنّي رضا لا سخط عليّ بعده أبداً ، ويلحقني بشيعتكم المقرّبين ، وأوليائكم السابقين ، فإنّه لا يردّ شفاعتك ، فإنّ لك عند الله شأناً من الشأن ، وقدراً من القدر ، فبحقّ هذا الشأن الذي جعل الله لك
O' my masters! Please beseech Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), to bestow upon me these things; He will accept your prayer and intercession, because your splendour and majesty, and your worth and prestige before Him is far greater than what could be perceived by the human mind and understanding.
يا مولاي أسألك أن تسمح في حقّي بما سألتك ، وتزيدني بمقدار كرامتك ، ولا تنظر يا سيّدي إلى حقارتي وذلّ مقامي وسوء حالي ، فإنّ الكرام لا يعظم عليهم في قرى ضيفهم شيء من العطايا ، ولا يقدّرون كرامتهم وعطاياهم بقدر الضيوف السائلين ، فإنّ العطاء بقدر المعطي ، والقرى بقدر المضيف.
I swear to you by your splendour and majesty, which Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), has bestowed upon you, to look towards me with kindness and do not deprive me from whatever I have desired; reward me more than whatever I have asked in accordance with your generosity; don't look upon my worthlessness, disobedience, and deviations, because the generosity of the generous ones and the hospitality shown by the exalted ones are in accordance with their generosity and exaltedness and not in proportion with the worth and merit of their recipients.
سادتي أنتم الذين علّمتم الكرام آداب الكرامة ، والأجواد شيم الجود والسماحة ، إن ذكر الجود كنتم أوّله وآخره ، وأصله وفرعه ومنتهاه ، وإن قيل الكرم فأنتم معدنه ومأواه لا يردّ سائلكم ولا يخيب آملكم .
O' my masters! You are the ones who have taught greatness to the exalted ones, generosity to the generous ones, and benevolence to the benevolent ones; if there is a discussion about the benevolence you are the first and the last as well as the roots and the branches; if there is a discussion about the magnanimity and greatness you are their fountainhead; you are the ones who never returned any one hopeless and empty-handed, as you yourself have proclaimed:
سادتي أنتم الذين قلتم : مثل المعروف مثل المطر ، يصيب البرّ والفاجر ، فلا تمنعوني سحائب رافتكم ، فليصبني أمطار جودكم ، فإنّي من جودكم جائع ، ومن كرمكم ظمآن ، لا ترضوا لضيفكم أن يبيت في حماكم جائعاً ضمآناً.
"Your generosity and reward like rain water pour upon the righteous ones as well as upon the bad ones, likewise;" saturate me with the rain of your generosity, do not deprive me from the rain of your generosity, do not deprive me from the pouring of your love because I am thirsty for your generosity and hungry for your love and affection; you don't like that your guests who have taken shelter in your threshold and have tied their hopes upon your benevolence should remain thirsty and hungry.
فأنت يا مولاي متى ما منعتني قراك ، بتُّ طاوياً في حماك ، ووصلت إلى الهلاك ، حاشاك من هذه المعاملة مع ضيفك ثمّ حاشاك .
O' my masters! If you will deprive me from your hospitality I will die with hunger under your shelter sitting upon the side of your tablecloth. No! No! You wouldn't treat me in this manner; you are not the ones who would deprive the guests from your hospitality so that he would return heart-broken, hopeless and hungry. Never! Never!
In his book of ‘Zad al-Ma`ad’, `Allamah al-Majlisi IIn his book of ‘Zad al-Ma`ad’, `Allamah al-Majlisi has mentioned that al-Kulayniy, al-Tusi, and others, through an authentic series of narrators, have reported Imam Musa al-Kazim (a.s) as saying, “Say the following supplication on the first day of in the month of Ramadhan for if one prays Almighty Allah with this supplication purely and without associating any false purposes or showing off, he will be saved, throughout that year, from all seditious and misleading matters as well as all afflictions that may injure his religion or his body; and Almighty Allah will save him from the evils of all the misfortunes that will occur in that year.”
wa rabb muhammadin salla allahu `alayhi wa alihi sayydi almursalina wa khatami alnnabiyyina
and the Lord of Muhammad, blessings of Allah be on him and on his Household, the Chief of the Messengers, the Last Prophet.
أَسْأَلُكَ بِكَ وَبِمَا سَمّيْتَ بِهِ نَفْسَكَ
as’aluka bika wa bima sammayta bihi nafsaka
I beseech You in Your name and in name of that which You referred to Yourself
يَا عَظِيمُ أَنْتَ الّذِي تَمُنّ بِالعَظِيمِ،
ya `azimu anta alladhy tamunnu bil`azimi
O the Greatest, You are He who distributes bounties freely, protects the frightened, adds more and more to the free gifts,
وَتَدْفَعُ كُلّ مَحْذُورٍ،
wa tadfa`u kulla mahdhurin
Repels all avoided things,
وَتُعْطِي كُلّ جَزِيلٍ،
wa tu`ty kulla jazilin
Gives all abundant things,
وَتُضَاعِفُ الحَسَنَاتِ بِالقَلِيلِ وَبِالكَثِيرِ
wa tudha`ifu alhasanati bilqalili wa bilkathiri
doubles the recompense of good deeds done occasionally or frequently.
وَتَفْعَلُ مَا تَشَاءُ،
wa taf`alu ma tasha‘u
You do what You wills.
يَا قَدِيرُ يَا اللّهُ يَا رَحْمنُ
ya qadiru ya allahu ya rahmanu
O Omnipotent, O Allah, O Beneficent,
صَلّ عَلَى مُحَمّدٍ وَأَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ،
salli `ala muhammadin wa ahli baytihi
send blessings on Muhammad and on his Household
allahumma wa jannibny fi hadhihi alssanati kulla `amalin aw qawlin aw fi`lin yuba`iduny minka
O Allah keep me far off, during his year, from that general course of life, in words or deeds, which removes me to a distance far away from You.
wajlibny ila kull `amalin aw qawlin aw fi`lin yuqarribuny minka fi hadhihi alssanata
and keep me close to that general course of life, in words and deeds, which bring me nearest to You, during this year,
يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ،
ya arhama alrrahimina
O the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy.
allahumma aj`alny tabi`an lisalihy man madha min awliya’ika
O Allah give me insight to follow the example of the upright (from among Your trusted friends) who penetrated more deeply in every matter and carried it out to perfection;
wa alhiqny bihim
and let me be closely tied up with them;
allahumma kama kafayta nabiyyika muhammadan salla allahu `alayhi wa alihi hawla `aduwwihi
O Allah just as You did everything possible (nothing is impossible for Him) to help Your Prophet Muhammad (blessings of Allah be on him and on his Household) put terror in the hearts of his enemies,
wa farrajta hammahu
removed his anxieties,
wa kashafta ghammahu
dispersed his troubles,
wa sadaqtahu wa `daka
proved true the promise You made with him,
وَأَنْجَزْتَ لَهُ عَهْدَكَ،
wa anjazta lahu `ahdaka
and carried out to completion the undertaking You took up for him;