Sahifa Sajjadiya (Psalms of Islam)

by Imam Ali Zain-ul Abideen (peace be upon him)

Sahifa Sajjadiya - Supplication 22

His Supplication in Hardship, Effort, and Difficult Affairs
دُعَاؤُهُ عِنْدَ الشِّدَّةِ و الجَحدِ و تَعَسُّرِ اللُمور

أَللَّهُمَّ إنَّكَ كَلَّفْتَنِي مِنْ نَفْسِي مَا أَنْتَ أَمْلَكُ بِهِ مِنِّي،
al-laahum-ma in-nak kal-laf-tanee min-naf-see maaa anta am-laku bihee min-nee
1.O God, You hast charged me concerning myself with that which belongs more to You than to me.
وَقُدْرَتُكَ عَلَيْهِ وَعَلَيَّ أَغْلَبُ مِنْ قُدْرَتِي،
wa qud-ratuka a'lay-hee waa'lay-ya agh-labu min qud-ratee
2.Your power over it and over me is greater than my power,
فَأَعْطِنِي مِنْ نَفْسِي مَا يُرْضِيْكَ عَنِّي،
faaa'-t'inee min-naf-see maa yur-z''eeka a'n-nee
3.so give me in myself what will make You pleased with me
وَخُذْ لِنَفْسِكَ رِضَاهَا مِنْ نَفْسِي فِي عَافِيَة.
wa khud' linaf-sika riz''aahaa min-naf-see fee a'afeeah
4.and take for Yourself Your good pleasure in my self's well-being!
أللَّهُمَّ لاَ طَاقَةَ لِي بِالجَهْدِ ، وَلاَ صَبْرَ لِي عَلَى البَلاَءِ،
al-laahum-ma laa t'aaqata lee bil-jah-d wa laa s'ab-ra lee a'laal-balaaa
5.O God, I have no endurance for effort, no patience in affliction,
وَلاَ قُوَّةَ لِي عَلَى الْفَقْرِ، فَلاَ تَحْظُرْ عَلَيَّ رِزْقِي،
wa laa qoo-wata lee a'laal-faq-r falaa tah'-z'ur a'lay-ya riz-qee
6.no strength to bear poverty. So forbid me not my provision
وَلاَ تَكِلْنِيْ إلَى خَلْقِكَ بَلْ تَفَرَّدْ بِحَاجَتِي، وَتَولَّ كِفَايَتِي،
wa laa takil-neee ilaa khal-qik bal tafar-rad bih'aajatee wa tawal-la kifaayatee
7.and entrust me not to Your creatures, but take care of my need alone and Yourself attend to sufficing me!
وَانْظُرْ إلَيَّ وَانْظُرْ لِي فِي جَمِيْعِ اُمُورِي،
wanz'ur ilay-ya wanz'ur lee fee jameei' umooree
8.Look upon me and look after me in all my affairs,
فَإنَّكَ إنْ وَكَلْتَنِي إلَى نَفْسِي عَجَزْتُ عَنْهَا،
fa in-naka iw-wakal-taneee ilaa naf-see a'jaz-tu a'n-haa
9.for if You entrustest me to myself, I will be incapable before myself
وَلَمْ اُقِمْ مَا فِيهِ مَصْلَحَتُهَا،
wa lam uqim maa feehee mas'-lah'atuhaa
10.and fail to undertake that in which my best interest lies.
وَإنْ وَكَلْتَنِي إلَى خَلْقِكَ تَجَهَّمُونِي،
wa iw-wakal-taneee ilaa khal-qika tajah-hamoonee
11.If You entrustest me to Your creatures, they will frown upon me,
وَإنْ أَلْجَأتَنِيْ إلَى قَرَابَتِي حَرَمُونِي،
wa in al-jaa-taneee ilaa qaraabatee h'aramoonee
12.and if You makest me resort to my kinsfolk, they will refuse to give to me;
وَإنْ أَعْطَوْا أَعْطَوْا قَلِيْلاً نَكِداً،
wa in aa'-t'aw-aaa aa'-t'aw-a qaleelan-nakidaa
13.if they give, they will give little and in bad temper,
وَمَنُّوا عَلَيَّ طَوِيلاً وَذَمُّوا كَثِيراً.
wa man-noo a'lay-ya t'aweelaw-wad'am-moo katheeraa
14.making me feel long obliged and blaming me much.
فَبِفَضْلِكَ أللَّهُمَّ فَأَغْنِنِي، وَبِعَظَمَتِكَ فَانْعَشنِي،
fabifaz''-likal-laahum-ma faagh-ninee wa bia'z'amatika faan-i'sh-nee
15.So through Your bounty, O God, free me from need, through Your mightiness, lift me up,
وَبِسَعَتِكَ فَابْسُطْ يَدِي، وَبِمَا عِنْدَكَ فَاكْفِنِي.
wa bisaa'tika fab-sut' yadee wa bimaa i'ndaka fak-finee
16.through Your boundless plenty, open my hand, and with that which is with You, suffice me!
أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ،
al-laahum-ma s'al-li a'laa muh'am-madiw-wa aaalihee
17.O God, bless Muhammad and his Household,
وَخَلِّصْنِي مِنَ الْحَسَدِ، وَاحْصُرْنِي عَن الذُّنُوبِ،
wa khal-lis'-nee minal-h'asad wah'-s'ur-nee a'nid'-d'unoob
18.rid me of envy, encircle me against sins,
وَوَرِّعْنِي عَنِ الْمَحَارِمِ، وَلا تُجَرِّئْنِي عَلَى الْمَعَاصِي،
wa war-ria'-nee a'nil-mah'aarim wa laa tujar-ri-nee a'laal-maa'as'ee
19.make me abstain from things unlawful, give me not the boldness of disobedient acts,
وَاجْعَلْ هَوايَ عِنْدَكَ، وَرِضَايَ فِيمَا يَرِدُ عَلَيَّ مِنْكَ،
waj-a'l hawaaya i'ndaka wa riz''aaya feemaa yaridu a'lay-ya mink
20.assign me love for that which is with You and satisfaction with that which comes to me from You,
وَبَارِكْ لِي فِيْمَا رَزَقْتَنِي، وَفِيمَا خَوَّلْتَنِي،
wa baarik lee feemaa razaq-tanee wafeemaa khaw-wal-tanee
21.bless me in that which You providest me, that which You conferrest upon me,
وَفِيمَا أَنْعَمْتَ بِهِ عَلَيَّ، وَاجْعَلْنِي فِي كُلِّ حَالاَتِي
wa feemaaa an-a'm-ta bihee a'lay waj-a'l-nee fee kul-li h'aalaatee
22.and that through which You favourest me, and make me in all my states
مَحْفُوظَاً مَكْلُوءاً مَسْتُوراً مَمْنُوعاً مُعَاذاً مُجَاراً.
mah'-fooz'am-mak-looo-aa mas-tooram-mam-nooa'a mua'ad'am-mujaaraa
23.safeguarded, watched, covered, defended, given refuge, and granted sanctuary!
أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ
al-laahum-ma s'al-li a'laa muh'am-madiw-wa aaalih
24.O God, bless Muhammad and his Household
وَاقْضِ عَنِّي كُلّ مَا أَلْزَمْتَنِيهِ وَفَرَضْتَهُ عَلَيَّ لَكَ فِي وَجْه مِنْ وُجُوهِ طَاعَتِكَ،
waq-z''i a'n-nee kul-la maaa al-zam-taneehee wa faraz''-tahoo a'lay-ya laka fee waj-him-miw-wujoohee t'aaa'tik
25.and let me accomplish everything which You hast enjoined upon me or made obligatory for me toward You, in one of the ways of Your obedience,
أَوْ لِخَلْق مِنْ خَلْقِكَ وَإنْ ضَعُفَ عَنْ ذَلِكَ بَدَنِي، وَوَهَنَتْ عَنْهُ قُـوَّتِي،
aw likhal-qim-min khal-qik wa in z''au'fa a'n d'alika badanee wa wahanat a'n-hoo qoo-watee
26.or toward one of Your creatures, though my body be too frail for that, my strength too feeble,
وَلَمْ تَنَلْهُ مَقْدِرَتِي، وَلَمْ يَسَعْهُ مَالِي وَلاَ ذَاتُ يَدِي، ذَكَرْتُهُ أَوْ نَسِيتُهُ
wa lam tanal-hoo maq-duratee wa lam yasaa'-hoo maalee wa laa d'aatu yadee d'akar-tuhooo aw naseetuh
27.my power not able to reach it, and my possessions and what my hand owns not encompass it, and whether I have remembered it or forgotten it.
هُوَ يَا رَبِّ مِمَّا قَدْ أَحْصَيْتَهُ عَلَيَّ وَأَغْفَلْتُهُ أَنَا مِنْ نَفْسِي،
huwa yaa rab-bi mim-maa qad ah'-s'ay-tahoo a'lay wa agh-fal-tuhooo ana min-naf-see
28.It, my Lord, is among that which You hast counted against me while I have been heedless of it in myself.
فَأَدِّهِ عَنِّي مِنْ جَزِيْلِ عَطِيَّتِكَ وَكَثِيرِ مَا عِنْدَكَ،
faad-dihee a'n-nee min jazeeli a't'ee-yatika wa kabeeri maa i'ndaka
29.Let me perform it through Your plentiful giving and the abundance which is with You
فَإنَّكَ وَاسِعٌ كَرِيمٌ حَتَّى لاَ يَبْقَى عَلَيَّ شَيْ مِنْهُ
fa in-naka waasiu'n kareemun h'at-taa laa yab-qaa a'lay-ya shay-um min-hoo
30.- for You art Boundless, Generous - so that nothing of it may remain against me,
تُرِيدُ أَنْ تُقَاصَّنِي بِهِ مِنْ حَسَنَاتِي،
tureedu an tuqaaas'-s'anee bihee min h'asanaatee
31.lest You wouldst wish to settle accounts for it from my good deeds
أَوْ تُضَاعِفَ بِهِ مِنْ سَيِّئاتِي يَوْمَ أَلْقَاكَ يَا رَبِّ.
aw tuz''aai'fa bihee min say-yi-aatee yaw-ma al-qaaka yaa rab
32.or to compound my evil deeds on the day I meet You, my Lord!
أَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ
al-laahum-ma s'al-li a'laa muh'am-madiw-wa aaalih
33.O God, bless Muhammad and his Household
وَارْزُقْنِي الرَّغْبَةَ فِي الْعَمَـلِ لَكَ لآخِـرَتِي،
al-laahum-ma s'al-li a'laa muh'am-madiw-wa aaalih
34.and provide me with desire to serve You for the sake of my state in the hereafter,
حَتَّى أَعْرِفَ صِدْقَ ذلِكَ مِنْ قَلْبِي،
war-zuq-neer-ragh-bata fil-a'mali laka liakhiratee
35.such that I know the truthfulness of that [desire] in my heart,
وَحَتَّى يَكُونَ الْغَالِبُ عَلَيَّ الزُّهْدُ فِي دُنْيَايَ،
wa h'at-taa yakoonal-ghaalibu a'lay-yaz-zuh-da fee dunyaay
36.be dominated by renunciation while in this world,
وَحَتَّى أَعْمَلَ الْحَسَنَاتِ شَوْقاً،
wa h'at-taaa aa'-malal-h'asanaati shaw-qaa
37.do good deeds with yearning,
وَآمَنَ مِنَ السَّيِّئاتِ فَرَقاً وَخَوْفاً،
wa aaamana minas-say-yi-aati faraqaw-wakhaw-faa
38.and remain secure from evil deeds in fright and fear!
وَهَبْ لِي نُوراً أَمْشِي بِهِ فِي النَّاسِ، وَأَهْتَدِي بِهِ فِي الظُّلُماتِ،
wa hab lee noorana am-shee bihee fin-naas wa ah-tadee bihee feez'-z'ulumaat
39.And give me 'a light whereby I may walk among the people' (ref.6:122), be guided in the shadows,
وَأَسْتَضِيءُ بِهِ مِنَ الشَّكِّ وَالشُّبُهَـاتِ .
wa as-taz''ee-u bihee minash-shak-ki wash-shubuhaat
40.and seek illumination in doubt and uncertainty!
اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ
al-laahum-ma s'al-li a'laa muh'am-madiw-wa aaalih
41.O God, bless Muhammad and his Household
وَارْزُقْنِي خَوْفَ غَمِّ الْوَعِيْـدِ،
war-zuq-nee khaw-fa gham-mil-wae'ed
42.and provide me with fear of the threatened gloom
وَشَوْقَ ثَوَابِ الْمَوْعُودِ حَتَّى أَجِدَ لَذَّةَ مَا أَدْعُوكَ لَهُ،
wa shaw-qa thawaabil-maw-u'wdi h'at-taa ajida lad'-d'ata maaa ad-u'wka lah
43.and yearning for the promised reward, such that I may find the pleasure of that for which I supplicate You
وَكَأْبَةَ مَا أَسْتَجِيرُ بِكَ مِنْهُ.
wa kaa-bata maaa as-tajeeru bika min-h
44.and the sorrow of that from which I seek sanctuary in You!
أللَّهُمَّ قَـدْ تَعْلَمُ مَا يُصْلِحُنِي مِنْ أَمْرِ دُنْيَايَ وَآخِـرَتِي،
al-laahum-ma qad t-taa'-lamu maa yus'-lih'unee min am-ri dunyaaya wa aaakhiratee
45.O God, You knowest what will set my affairs right in this world and the next,
فَكُنْ بِحَوَائِجِيْ حَفِيّاً.
fakum-bih'awaaa-ijee h'afee-yaa
46.so be ever gracious toward my needs!
أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِ مُحَمَّد
al-laahum-ma s'al-li a'laa muh'am-madiw-waaali muh'am-mad
47.O God, bless Muhammad and Muhammad's Household
وَارْزُقْنِي الْحَقَّ عِنْدَ تَقْصِيرِي فِي الشُّكْرِ لَكَ
war-zuq-neel-h'aq-qa i'nda taq-s'eeree feesh-shuk-ri laka
48.and provide me with what is Your right when I fall short in thanking You
بِمَا أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيَّ فِي اليُسـرِ وَالْعُسْرِ وَالصِّحَّـةِ وَالسَّقَمِ
bimaaa an-a'm-ta a'lay-ya feel-yus-ri wal-u's-r was'-s'ih'-h'ati was-saqam
49.for that through which You hast favoured me in ease and difficulty, health and sickness,
حَتَّى أَتَعَرَّفَ مِنْ نَفْسِي رَوْحَ الرِّضَا
h'at-taaa ataa'r-rafa min-naf-see raw-h'ar-riz''aa
50.such that I may come to know in myself repose in satisfaction
وَطُمَأنِينَةَ النَّفْسِ مِنِّي بِمَا يَجِبُ لَكَ فِيمَا يَحْدُثُ
wa t'umaa-neenatan-naf-si min-nee bimaa yajibu lak feemaa yah'-duthu
51.and serenity of soul in that which You hast made incumbent upon me
فِي حَالِ الْخَوْفِ وَالاَمْنِ،
fee h'aali al-khaw-fi wal-am-n
52.in whatever states may occur: fear and security,
وَالرِّضَا وَالسُّخْطِ، وَالضَّرِّ وَالنَّفْعِ.
war-riz''aa was-sukh-t' waz''-z''ur-ri wan-naf-a'
53.satisfaction and displeasure, loss and gain!
أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ
al-laahum-ma s'al-li a'laa muh'am-madiw-wa aaalih
54.O God, bless Muhammad and his Household
وَارْزُقْنِي سَلاَمَةَ الصَّدْرِ مِنَ الْحَسَدِ
war-zuq-nee salaamatas'-s'ad-ri minal-h'asad
55.and provide me with a breast safe from envy,
حَتَّى لاَ أَحْسُدَ أَحَداً مِنْ خَلْقِكَ عَلَى شَيْء مِنْ فَضْلِكَ،
h'at-taa laaa ah'-suda ah'adam-min khal-qika a'laa shay-im-min faz''-lik
56.such that I envy none of Your creatures and in anything of Your bounty
وَحَتَّى لاَ أَرى نِعْمَـةً مِنْ نِعَمِـكَ عَلَى أَحَد مِنْ خَلْقِكَ
wa h'at-taa laaa araa nia'-matam-min-nia'mika a'laaa ah'adim-min khal-qika
57.and such that I see none of Your favours toward any of Your creatures
فِي دِيْن أَوْ دُنْيا، أَوْ عَافِيَة أَوْ تَقْوَى،
fee deenin aw dunyaa aw a'afeeatin aw taq-waa
58.in religion or this world, well-being or reverential fear,
أَوْ سَعَة أَوْ رَخاء، إلاّ رَجَوْتُ لِنَفْسِي أَفْضَلَ ذلِكَ،
aw saa'tin aw rakhaaa- il-laa rajaw-tu linaf-seee af-z''ala d'alika
59.plenty or ease, without hoping for myself better than it
بِكَ وَمِنْكَ وَحْدَكَ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَكَ.
bika wa minka wah'-daka laa shareeka lak
60.through and from You alone, who hast no associate!
أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّـد وَآلِـهِ
al-laahum-ma s'al-li a'laa muh'am-madiw-wa aaalih
61.O God, bless Muhammad and his Household
وَارْزُقْنِي التَّحَفُّظَ مِن الْخَطَايَا،
war-zuq-nee at-tah'af-fuz'a minal-khat'aayaa
62.and provide me with caution against offenses
وَالاحْتِرَاسَ مِنَ الزَّلَلِ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ،
walih'-tiraasa minaz-zalali fid-dunyaa wal-aaakhirah
63.and wariness against slips in this world and the next
فِي حَالِ الرِّضَا وَالْغَضَبِ،
fee h'aalir-riz''aa wal-ghaz''ab
64.in the state of satisfaction and wrath,
حَتَّى أكُونَ بِمَا يَرِدُ عَلَيَّ مِنْهُمَا بِمَنْزِلَة سَوَاء،
h'at-taaa akoona bimaa yaridu a'lay-ya min-humaa bimanzilatin sawaaa
65.such that I may remain indifferent toward that which enters upon me from the two states,
عَامِلاً بِطَاعَتِكَ مُؤْثِراً لِرِضَاكَ عَلَى مَا سِوَاهُمَا فِي الأَوْلِياءِ وَالأعْدَاءِ
a'amilam-bit'aaa'tika moo-thiral-liriz''aaka a'laa maa siwaahumaa fil-aw-leeaaa-i wal-aa'-daaa-i
66.work toward Your obedience, and prefer it and Your good pleasure over all else in both friends and enemies.
حَتّى يَأْمَنَ عَدُوِّي مِنْ ظُلْمِي وَجَوْرِي،
h'at-taa yaa-mana a'doo-wee min z'ul-mee wa jaw-ree
67.Then my enemy may stay secure from my wrongdoing and injustice
وَيَيْأَسَ وَلِيِّي مِنْ مَيْلِي وَانْحِطَاطِ هَوَايَ،
wa yay-ssa wa lee-yee mim-may-lee wa an-h'it'aat'i hawaay
68.and my friend may despair of my inclination and the bent of my affection.
وَاجْعَلنِي مِمَّنْ يَدْعُوكَ مُخْلِصاً في الرَّخَاءِ
waj-a'l-nee mim-may-yad-u'wka mukh-lis'ana fir-rakhaaa-i
69.Make me one of those who supplicate You with sincerity in ease
دُعَـاءَ الْمُخْلِصِينَ الْمُضْطَرِّينَ لَـكَ فِي الدُّعَاءِ
dua'aa-al-mukh-lis'eenal-muz''-t'ar-reena laka fid-dua'aa-i
70.with the supplication of those who supplicate You with sincerity in distress!
إنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجيدٌ .
in-naka h'ameedum-majeed
71.Verily You art Praiseworthy, Glorious.