Sahifa Sajjadiya (Psalms of Islam)

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

Sahifa Sajjadiya - Supplication 24

His Supplication for his Parents
دُعَاؤُهُ لِأَبَوَيْهِ

أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد عَبْـدِكَ
al-laahum-ma s'al-li a'laamuh'am-madin a'b-dika
1.O God, bless Muhammad, Your slave
وَرَسُولِـكَ وَأَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ الطَّاهِرِينَ،
wa rasoolika wa ah-li bay-tihit'-t'aahireena
2.and Your messenger, and his Household, the pure,
وَاخْصُصْهُمْ بِأَفْضَلِ صَلَوَاتِكَ وَرَحْمَتِكَ وَبَرَكَاتِكَ وَسَلاَمِكَ،
wa akh-s'us'-hum bif-z''ali s'alawaatika wa rah'-matika wa barakaatika wa salaamik
3.and single them out for the best of Your blessings, Your mercy, Your benedictions, and Your peace!
وَاخْصُصِ اللَّهُمَّ وَالِدَيَّ بِالْكَرَامَةِ لَدَيْكَ،
wa akh-s'us'il-laahum-ma waaliday-ya bil-karaamati laday-k
4.And single out my parents, O God, for honour with You
وَالصَّلاَةِ مِنْكَ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ.
was'-s'alaati minka yaaa ar-h'amar-raah'imeen
5.and blessings from You, O Most Merciful of the merciful!
أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ
al-laahum-ma s'al-li a'laa muh'am-madiw-wa aaalih
6.O God, bless Muhammad and his Household,
وَأَلْهِمْنِي عِلْمَ مَا يَجبُ لَهُمَا عَلَىَّ إلْهَاماً،
wa al-him-nee i'l-ma maa yajibu lahumaa a'l-lay il-haamaa
7.teach me through inspiration knowledge of everything incumbent upon me toward them,
وَاجْمَعْ لِي عِلْمَ ذلِكَ كُلِّهِ تَمَامـاً،
wa aj-maa' lee i'l-ma d'alika kul-lihee tamaamaa
8.and gather within me knowledge of all that completely!
ثُمَّ اسْتَعْمِلْنِي بِمَا تُلْهِمُنِي مِنْـهُ،
thum-ma as-taa'-mil-nee bimaa tul-himunee min-h
9.Then make me act in accordance with what You hast inspired me
وَوَفِّقْنِي لِلنُّفُوذِ فِيمَا تُبَصِّـرُنِيْ مِنْ عِلْمِهِ،
wa waf-fiq-nee liln-nufood'i feemaa tubas'-s'irunee min i'l-mih
10.and give me the success to put into practice the knowledge You hast shown to me,
حَتَّى لاَ يَفُوتَنِي اسْتِعْمَالُ شَيْء عَلَّمْتَنِيْهِ،
h'at-taa laa yafootanee as-tia'-maalu shay-in a'l-lam-taneeh
11.lest I fail to act according to something You hast taught me
وَلاَ تَثْقُلَ أَرْكَانِي عَنِ الْحُفُوفِ فِيمَا أَلْهَمْتَنِيهِ.
wa laa tath-qula ar-kaanee a'nil-h'ufoofi feemaaa al-ham-taneeh
12.or my limbs feel too heavy to perform that with which You hast inspired me!
أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ
al-laahum-ma s'al-li a'laa muh'am-madiw-wa aaalihee
13.O God, bless Muhammad and his Household,
كَمَا شَرَّفْتَنَا بِهِ
kamaa shar-raf-tanaa bih
14.as You hast ennobled us through him,
وَصَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ
wa s'al-li a'laa muh'am-madiw-wa aaalihee
15.and bless Muhammad and his Household,
كَمَا أَوْجَبْتَ لَنَا الْحَقَّ عَلَى الْخَلْقِ بِسَبَبِهِ.
kamaaa aw-jab-ta lanaal-h'aq-qa a'laal-khal-qi bisababih
16.as You hast made incumbent upon us rights toward the creatures because of him!
أللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْنِي أَهَابُهُمَا هَيْبَةَ السُّلْطَانِ الْعَسُوفِ،
al-laahum-ma aj-a'l-nee ahaabuhumaa hay-batas-sul-t'aanil-a'soof
17.O God, fill me with awe of my parents, the awe one has toward a tyrannical sovereign,
وَأَبَرُّهُمَا بِرَّ الأُمِّ الرَّؤُوفِ،
wa abar-ruhumaa bir-ral-um-mir-ra-oof
18.and let me be devoted to them, with the devotion of a compassionate mother!
وَاجْعَلْ طَاعَتِي لِوَالِدَيَّ وَبِرِّيْ بِهِمَا
waj-a'l t'aaa'tee liwaaliday-ya wa bir-ree bihimaa
19.Make my obedience and devotion to them
أَقَرَّ لِعَيْنِي مِنْ رَقْدَةِ الْوَسْنَانِ،
aqar-ra lia'y-nee mir-raq-datil-was-naan
20.more gladdening to my eyes than sleep to the drowsy
وَأَثْلَجَ لِصَدْرِي مِنْ شَرْبَةِ الظَّمْآنِ
wa ath-laja lis'ad-ree min shar-batiz'-z'am-aaan
21.and more refreshing to my breast than drink to the thirsty,
حَتَّى أوثِرَ عَلَى هَوَايَ هَوَاهُمَا
hat-taaa oothira a'laa hawaaya hawaahumaa
22.so that I may prefer their inclination to my inclination,
وَأُقَدِّمَ عَلَى رِضَاىَ رِضَاهُمَا وَأَسْتَكْثِرَ بِرَّهُمَا
wa uqad-dima a'laa riz''aaya riz''aahumaa wa as-tak-thira bir-rahumaa
23.set their satisfaction before my satisfaction, make much of their devotion to me
بِي وَإنْ قَلَّ وَأَسْتَقِلَّ بِرِّي بِهِمَا وَإنْ كَثُرَ.
bee wa in qal wa as-taqil-la bir-ree bihimaa wa in kathur
24.though it be little, and make little of my devotion to them though it be great.
أللَّهُمَّ خَفِّضْ لَهُمَا صَوْتِي،
al-laahum-ma khaf-fiz'' lahumaa s'aw-tee
25.O God, lower before them my voice,
وَأَطِبْ لَهُمَا كَلاَمِي،
wa at'ib lahumaa kalaamee
26.make agreeable to them my words,
وَأَلِنْ لَهُمَا عَرِيْكَتِي،
wa alil-lahumaa a'reekatee
27.make mild before them my temper,
وَاعْطِفْ عَلَيْهِمَا قَلْبِي،
wa aa'-t'if a'lay-himaa qal-bee
28.make tender toward them my heart,
وَصَيِّرْنِي بِهِمَا رَفِيقاً، وَعَلَيْهِمَا شَفِيقاً.
wa s'ay-yir-nee bihimaa rafeeqaw-wa a'lay-himaa shafeeqaa
29.and turn me into their kind companion, their loving friend!
أللَّهُمَّ اشْكُرْ لَهُمَا تَرْبِيَتِي وَأَثِبْهُمَا عَلَى تَكْرِمَتِي،
al-laahum-ma ush-kur lahumaa tar-beeatee wa athib-humaa a'laa tak-rimatee
30.O God, thank them for my upbringing, reward them for honouring me,
وَاحْفَظْ لَهُمَا مَا حَفِظَاهُ مِنِّي فِي صِغَرِي.
wa ah'-faz' lahumaa maa h'afiz'aahoo min-nee fee s'igharee
31.and guard them as they guarded me in my infancy!
اللَّهُمَّ وَمَا مَسَّهُمَا مِنِّي مِنْ أَذَىً أَوْ خَلَصَ إلَيْهِمَا عَنِّي مِنْ مَكْرُوه
al-laahum-ma wa maa mas-sahumaa min-nee min ad'ana aw khalas'a ilay-himaa a'n-nee mim-mak-rooh
32.O God, and whatever harm has touched them from me, detested thing has reached them from me,
أَوْ ضَاعَ قِبَلِي لَهُمَا مِنْ حَقٍّ
aw z''aaa' qibalee lahumaa min h'aq
33.or right of theirs which has been neglected by me,
فَاجْعَلْهُ حِطَّةً لِذُنُوبِهِمَا
faj-a'l-h h'it'-t'atal-lid'unoobihimaa
34.allow it to alleviate their sins,
وَعُلُوّاً فِي دَرَجَاتِهِمَا
wa u'loo-wan fee darajaatihimaa
35.raise them in their degrees,
وَزِيَادَةً فِي حَسَنَاتِهِمَا
wa zeeaadatan fee h'asanaatihimaa
36.and add to their good deeds!
يَا مُبَدِّلَ السَّيِّئاتِ بِأَضْعَافِهَا مِنَ الْحَسَنَاتِ.
yaa mubad-dilas-say-yi-aati biz''-a'afihaa minal-h'asnaat
37.O He who changes evil deeds into manifold good deeds!
أللَّهُمَّ وَمَا تَعَدَّيَا عَلَيَّ فِيهِ مِنْ قَوْل،
al-laahum-ma wa maa taa'd-dayaa a'lay-ya feehee min qaw-l
38.O God, whatever word through which they have transgressed against me,
أَوْ أَسْرَفَا عَلَىَّ فِيْهِ مِنْ فِعْل،
aw as-rafaa a'lay-ya feehee min fia'-l
39.act through which they have been immoderate with me,
أَوْ ضَيَّعَاهُ لِي مِنْ حَقٍّ أَوْ قَصَّرا بِي عَنْهُ مِنْ وَاجِب
aw z''ay-yaa'ahoo lee min h'aq aw qas'-s'araa bee a'n-hoo miw-waajib
40.right of mine which they have left neglected, or obligation toward me in which they have fallen short,
فَقَدْ وَهَبْتُهُ وَجُدْتُ بِهِ عَلَيْهِمَا،
faqad wahab-tuhoo lahumaa wa jut-tu bihee a'lay-himaa
41.I grant it to them and bestow it upon them,
وَرَغِبْتُ إلَيْكَ فِي وَضْعِ تَبِعَتِهِ عَنْهُمَا
wa raghib-tu ilay-ka fee waz''-i' tabia'tihee a'n-humaa
42.and I beseech You to remove from them its ill consequence,
فَإنِّي لا أَتَّهِمُهُمَا عَلَى نَفْسِي،
fa in-nee laaa at-tahimuhumaa a'laa naf-see
43.for I do not accuse them concerning myself,
وَلاَ أَسْتَبْطِئُهُمَا فِي بِرِّي،
wa laaa as-tab-t'i-uhumaa fee bir-ree
44.find them slow in their devotion toward me,
وَلا أكْرَهُ مَا تَوَلَّياهُ مِنْ أَمْرِي يَا رَبِّ
wa laaa ak-rahoo maa tawal-layaahoo min am-ree yaa rab
45.or dislike the way they have attended to my affairs, my Lord!
فَهُمَا أَوْجَبُ حَقّاً عَلَيَّ،
fahumaaa aw-jabu h'aq-qana a'lay
46.They have rights against me which are more incumbent,
وَأَقْدَمُ إحْسَانـاً إلَيَّ
wa aq-damu ih'-saanan ilayya
47.precedence in beneficence toward me that is greater
وَأَعْظَمُ مِنَّةً لَـدَيَّ مِنْ أَنْ أقَاصَّهُمَا بِعَدْل،
wa aa'-z'amu min-natal-laday min an uqaaas'-s'ahumaa bia'd-l
48.and kindness toward me that is mightier than that I should settle accounts with justice
أَوْ أُجَازِيَهُمَا عَلَى مِثْل،
aw ujaazeeahumaa a'laa mith-lin
49.or repay them with equivalents.
أَيْنَ إذاً يَا إلهِيْ طُولُ شُغْلِهِمَا بِتَرْبِيَتِي ؟
sy-na id'ay-yaaa ilaahee t'oolu shugh-lihimaa bitarbeeatee?
50.Where then, my God, would be their long occupation with bringing me up?
وَأَيْنَ شِدَّةُ تَعَبِهِمَا فِي حِرَاسَتِيْ ؟
wa ay-na shid-datu taa'bihimaa fee h'iraasatee?
51.Where the hardship of their toil in taking care of me?
وَأَيْنَ إقْتَارُهُمَا عَلَى أَنْفُسِهِمَا لِلتَّوْسِعَةِ عَلَيَّ؟
wa ay-na iq-taaruhumaa a'laaa anfusihimaa lilt-taw-sia'ti a'lay-ya?
52.Where the stinting of themselves to provide me with plenty?
هَيْهَاتَ مَا يَسْتَوْفِيَانِ مِنِّي حَقَّهُمَا،
hay-haat maa yas-taw-feeaani min-nee h'aq-qahumaa
53.What an idea! I can never discharge their right against me,
وَلاَ اُدْرِكُ مَا يَجِبُ عَلَيَّ لَهُمَا
wa laaa ud-riku maa yajibu a'lay-ya lahumaa
54.fulfil my obligations toward them,
وَلا أَنَا بِقَاض وَظِيفَةَ خِدْمَتِهِمَا.
wa laaa ana biqaaz''iw-waz'eefata khid-matihimaa
55.or accomplish the duty of serving them.
فَصَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ
fas'al-li a'laa muh'am-madiw-wa aaalih
56.So bless Muhammad and his Household
وَأَعِنِّي يَا خَيْرَ مَنِ اسْتُعِينَ بِهِ.
wa ai'n-nee yaa khay-ra mani as-tue'ena bih
57.and help me, O Best of those whose help we seek!
وَوَفِّقْنِي يَا أَهْدَى مَنْ رُغِبَ إلَيْهِ،
wa waf-fiq-nee yaaa ah-daa mar-rughiba ilay-h
58.Give me success, O Most Guiding of those whom we beseech!
وَلاَ تَجْعَلْنِي فِي أَهْلِ الْعُقُوقِ لِلآباءِوَالأُمَّهاتِ
wa laa taj-a'l-nee feee ah-lil-u'qooqi lil-abaaa-i wal-um-mahaati
59.Place me not among the people of disrespect to fathers and mothers
يَوْمَ تُجْزى كُلُّ نَفْس بِمَا كَسَبَتْ وَهُمْ لاَيُظْلَمُونَ.
(yaw-ma tuj-zaa kul-lu naf-sim-bimaa kasabat wahum laa yuz'-lamoon)
60.on the day when "every soul will be repaid for what it has earned, they shall not be wronged" (45:22).
أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِـهِ وَذُرِّيَّتِهِ،
al-laahum-ma s'al-li a'laa muh'am-madiw-wa aaalihee wad'ur-ree-yatih
61.O God, bless Muhammad, his Household, and his progeny
وَاخْصُصْ أَبَوَيَّ بِأَفْضَلِ مَا خَصَصْتَ بِهِ
wa akh-s'us' abaway-ya bif-z''ali maa khas'as'-ta biheee
62.and single out my parents for the best which You hast singled out for
آبَاءَ عِبَادِكَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَاُمَّهَاتِهِمْ يَا أَرْحَمَ الـرَّاحِمِينَ.
aaabaaa-a i'baadikal-moo-mineena wum-mahaatihim- yaaa ar-h'amar-raah'imeen
63.the fathers and mothers of Your faithful servants, O Most Merciful of the merciful!
أللَّهُمَّ لاَ تُنْسِنِي ذِكْرَهُمَا فِي أَدْبَارِ صَلَوَاتِي
al-laahum-ma laa tunsinee d'ik-rahumaa feee ad-baari s'alawaatee
64.O God, let me not forget to remember them after my ritual prayers,
وَفِي أَناً مِنْ آناءِ لَيْلِي،
wa feee inana min aaanaaa-i lay-lee
65.at every time throughout my night,
وَفِي كُلِّ سَاعَة مِنْ سَاعَاتِ نَهَارِي.
wa fee kul-li saaa'tim-min saaa'ati nahaaree
66.and in each of the hours of my day!
أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ
al-laahum-ma s'al-li a'laa muh'am-madiw-wa aaalih
67.O God, bless Muhammad and his Household,
وَاغْفِرْ لِي بِدُعَائِي لَهُمَا،
wa agh-fir lee bidua'aa-ee lahumaa
68.forgive me through my supplication for my parents,
وَاغْفِرْ لَهُمَـا بِبِرِّهِمَـا بِي،
wagh-fir lahumaa bibir-rihimaa bee
69.and forgive them through their devotion toward me
مَغْفِرَةً حَتْمـاً وَارْضَ عَنْهُمَا
magh-firatan h'at-maa war-z''a a'n-humaa
70.with unfailing forgiveness, be well pleased with them
بِشَفَاعَتِي لَهُمَا رِضَىً عَزْماً،
bishafaaa'tee lahumaa riz''ana a'z-maa
71.through my intercession for them with resolute good pleasure,
وَبَلِّغْهُمَا بِالْكَرَامَةِ مَوَاطِنَ السَّلاَمَةِ.
wa bal-ligh-humaa bil-karaamati mawaat'inas-salaamah
72.and make them reach through Your generosity the abodes of safety!
أللَّهُمَّ وَإنْ سَبَقَتْ مَغْفِرَتُكَ لَهُمَا فَشَفِّعْهُمَا فِيَّ،
al-laahum-ma wa in sabaqat magh-firatuka lahumaa fashaf-fia'-humaa fee
73.O God, if Your forgiveness reaches them first, make them my intercessors,
وَإنْ سَبَقَتْ مَغْفِرَتُـكَ لِي فَشَفِّعْنِي فِيْهِمَا،
wa in sabaqat magh-firatuka lee fashaf-fia'-nee feehimaa
74.and if Your forgiveness reaches me first, make me their intercessors,
حَتّى نَجْتَمِعَ بِرَأفَتِكَ فِي دَارِ كَرَامَتِكَ
h'at-taa naj-tamia' biraa-fatika fee daari karaamatika
75.so that we may gather together through Your gentleness in the house of Your generosity
وَمَحَلِّ مَغْفِرَتِكَ وَرَحْمَتِكَ،
wa mah'al-li magh-firatika warah'-matik
76.and the place of Your forgiveness and mercy!
إنَّكَ ذُو الْفَضْلِ الْعَظِيمِ وَالْمَنِّ الْقَدِيْمِ وَأَنْتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ .
in-naka d'ool-faz''-lil-a'z'eemi wal-man-nil-qadeem wa anta ar-h'amur-raah'imeen
77.Verily You art Possessor of abounding bounty and ancient kindness, and "Thou art the Most Merciful of the merciful" (7:151)!