Munajat 'Arifeen - Sahifa Sajjadiya

مناجاة العارفين

Munajat 'Arifeen

Whispered Prayer of the Knowers


بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
bismillahi alrrahmani alrrahimi
In the Name of Allah, the All-beneficent, the All-merciful
إِلٰهِي قَصُرَتِ ٱلأَلْسُنُ عَنْ بُلُوغِ ثَنَائِكَ
ilahi qasurat al-alsunu `an bulughi thana'ika
My God, tongues fall short of attaining praise of You
كَما يَلِيقُ بِجَلالِكَ
kama yaliqu bijalalika
proper to Your majesty,
وَعَجَزَتِ ٱلْعُقُولُ عَنْ إِدْرَاكِ كُنْهِ جَمَالِكَ
wa `ajazat al`uqulu `an idraki kunhi jamalika
intellects are incapable of grasping the core of Your beauty,
وَٱنْحَسَرَتِ ٱلأَبْصَارُ دُونَ ٱلنَّظَرِ إِلَىٰ سُبُحَاتِ وَجْهِكَ
wanhasarat al-absaru duna annazari ila subuhati wajhika
eyes fail before gazing upon the glories of Your face,
وَلَمْ تَجْعَلْ لِلْخَلْقِ طَرِيقاً إِلَىٰ مَعْرِفَتِكَ
wa lam taj`al lilkhalqi tariqan ila ma`rifatika
and You have assigned to Your creatures no way to know You
إِلاَّ بِٱلْعَجْزِ عَنْ مَعْرِفَتِكَ
illa bil`ajzi `an ma`rifatika
save incapacity to know You
إِلٰهِي فَٱجْعَلْنَا مِنَ ٱلَّذِينَ تَرَسَّخَتْ أَشْجَارُ ٱلشَّوْقِ
ilahi faj`alna min alladhina tarassakhat ashjaru ashshawqi
My God, place us among those within the trees of yearning for You
إِلَيْكَ فِي حَدَائِقِ صُدُورِهِمْ
ilayka fi hada'iqi sudurihim
taken firm root in the gardens of their hearts
وَأَخَذَتْ لَوْعَةُ مَحَبَّتِكَ بِمَجَامِعِ قُلُوبِهِمْ
wa akhadhat law`atu mahabbatika bimajami`i qulubihim
and the assemblies of whose hearts seized by the ardor of Your love!
فَهُمْ إِلَىٰ أَوْكَارِ ٱلأَفْكَارِ يَأْوُونَ
fahum ila awkari al-afkari ya'wuna
They seek shelter in the nests of meditation,
وَفِي رِيَاضِ ٱلْقُرْبِ وَٱلْمُكَاشَفَةِ يَرْتَعُونَ
wa fi riyadi alqurbi walmukashafati yarta`una
feed upon the gardens of nearness and disclosure,
وَمِنْ حِيَاضِ ٱلْمَحَبَّةِ بِكَأْسِ ٱلْمُلاطَفَةِ يَكْرَعُونَ
wa min hiyadi almahabbati bika'si almulatafati yakra`una
drink from the pools of love with the cup of gentle favor,
وَشَرَائِعَ ٱلْمُصَافَاةِ يَرِدُونَ
wa shara'i`a almusafati yariduna
and enter into the watering-places of warm affection.
قَدْ كُشِفَ ٱلْغِطَاءُ عَنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ
qad kushifa alghita'u `an absarihim
The covering has been lifted from their eyes,
وَٱنْجَلَتْ ظُلْمَةُ ٱلرَّيْبِ عَنْ عَقَائِدِهِمْ وَضَمَائِرِهِمْ
wanjalat zulmatu arraybi `an `aqa'idihim wa dama'irihim
the darkness of disquiet has been dispelled from their beliefs and their innermost minds,
وَٱنْتَفَتْ مُخَالَجَةُ ٱلشَّكِّ عَنْ قُلُوبِهِمْ وَسَرَائِرِهِمْ
wantafat mukhalajatu ashshakki `an qulubihim wa sara'irihim
the contention of doubt has been negated from their hearts and their secret thoughts,
وَٱنْشَرَحَتْ بِتَحْقِيقِ ٱلْمَعْرِفَةِ صُدُورُهُمْ
wansharahat bitahqiqi alma`rifati suduruhum
their breasts have expanded through the verification of true knowledge,
وَعَلَتْ لِسَبْقِ ٱلسَّعَادَةِ فِي ٱلزَّهَادَةِ هِمَمُهُمْ
wa `alat lisabqi assa`adati fizzahadati himamuhum
their aspirations have ascended through precedent good fortune in renunciation,
وَعَذُبَ فِي مَعينِ ٱلْمُعَامَلَةِ شِرْبُهُمْ
wa `adhuba fi ma`ini almu`amalati shirbuhum
their drinking is sweet from the spring of devotion to good works,
وَطَابَ فِي مَجْلِسِ ٱلأُنْسِ سِرُّهُمْ
wa taba fi majlisi al-unsi sirruhum
their secret thoughts are delicious in the sitting-place of intimacy,
وَأَمِنَ فِي مَوْطِنِ ٱلْمَخَافَةِ سِرْبُهُم
wa amina fi mawtini almakhafati sirbuhum
their minds are secure in the place of terror,
وَٱطْمَأَنَّتْ بِٱلرُّجُوعِ إِلَىٰ رَبِّ ٱلأَرْبَابِ أَنْفُسُهُمْ
watma'annat birruju`i ila rabbi al-arbabi anfusuhum
their souls are serene through the return to the Lord of lords,
وَتَيَقَّنَتْ بِٱلْفَوْزِ وَٱلْفَلاحِ أَرْوَاحُهُمْ
wa tayaqqanat bilfawzi walfalahi arwahuhum
their spirits have reached certitude through triumph and prosperity,
وَقَرَّتْ بِٱلنَّظَرِ إِلَىٰ مَحْبُوبِهِمْ أَعْيُنُهُمْ
wa qarrat binnazari ila mahbubihim a`yunuhum
their eyes have been gladdened through gazing upon their Beloved,
وَٱسْتَقَرَّ بِإِدْرَاكِ ٱلسُّؤْلِ وَنَيْلِ ٱلْمَأْمُولِ قَرَارُهُمْ
wastaqarra bi-idraki assu'li wa nayli alma'muli qararuhum
their settling place has been settled through reaching the request and attaining the expectation,
وَرَبِحَتْ فِي بَيْعِ ٱلدُّنْيَا بِٱلآخِرَةِ تِجَارَتُهُمْ
wa rabihat fi bay`i addunya bil-akhirati tijaratuhum
and their commerce has profited through the sale of this world for the next
إِلٰهِي مَا أَلَذَّ خَوَاطِرَ ٱلإِلْهَامِ بِذِكْرِكَ عَلَىٰ ٱلْقُلُوبِ
ilahi ma aladhdha khawatira al-ilhami bidhikrika `ala alqulubi
My God, how agreeable for hearts are the thoughts inspiring Your remembrance,
وَمَا أَحْلَىٰ ٱلْمَسِيرَ إِلَيْكَ بِٱلأَوْهَامِ فِي مَسَالِكِ ٱلْغُيُوبِ
wa ma ahla almasira ilayka bil-awhami fi masaliki alghuyubi
how sweet traveling to You through imagination upon the roads of the unseen worlds,
وَمَا أَطْيَبَ طَعْمَ حُبِّكَ
wa ma atyaba ta`ma hubbika
how pleasant the taste of Your love is!
وَمَا أَعْذَبَ شِرْبَ قُرْبِكَ
wa ma a`dhaba shirba qurbika
How delightful the drink of Your nearness is!
فَأَعِذْنا مِنْ طَرْدِكَ وَإِبْعَادِكَ
fa a`idhna min tardika wa ib`adika
So, give us refuge from Your casting out and Your sending far,
وَٱجْعَلْنَا مِنْ أَخَصِّ عَارِفِيكَ
waj`alna min akhassi `arifika
and place us among the most elect of Your knowers,
وَأَصْلَحِ عِبَادِكَ
wa aslahi `ibadika
the most righteous of Your servants,
وَأَصْدَقِ طَائِعِيكَ
wa asdaqi ta'i`ika
the most truthful of Your obedient,
وَأَخْلَصِ عُبَّادِكَ
wa akhlasi `ubbadika
the most sincere of Your worshipers!
يَا عَظِيمُ يَا جَلِيلُ
ya `azimu ya jalilu
O All-mighty, O Majestic,
يَا كَرِيمُ يَا مُنِيلُ
ya karimu ya munilu
O Generous, O Endower!
بِرَحْمَتِكَ وَمَنِّكَ
birahmatika wa mannika
By Your mercy and kindness,
يَا أَرْحَمَ ٱلرَّاحِمِينَ
ya arhama arrahimina
O Most Merciful of the merciful!