Sahifa Sajjadiya (Psalms of Islam)

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

Sahifa Sajjadiya - Supplication 37

Dua 37 His supplication in giving Thanks
دُعَاؤُهُ فِي الشُّكْرِ

أللَّهُمَّ إنَّ أَحَداً لاَ يَبْلُغُ مِنْ شُكْرِكَ غَايَةً
al-laahum-ma in-na ah'adal- laa yab-lughu min shuk-rika ghaayatan
1.O God, no one reaches a limit in thanking You
إلاّ حَصَلَ عَلَيْهِ مِنْ إحْسَانِكَ مَا يُلْزِمُهُ شُكْرَاً،
il-laa h'as'ala a'lay-hee min ih'-saanika maa yul-zimuhoo shuk-ran
2.without acquiring that of Your beneficence which enjoins upon him thanksgiving,
وَلا يَبْلُغُ مَبْلَغاً مِنْ طَاعَتِكَ وَإن اجْتَهَدَ
wa laa yab-lughu mab-lagham-min t'aaa'tika waani aj-tahada
3.nor does anyone reach a degree in obeying You, even if he strives,
إلاَّ كَانَ مُقَصِّراً دُونَ اسْتِحْقَاقِكَ بِفَضْلِكَ،
laa kaana muqas'-s'irana doona as-tih'-qaaqika bifaz''-lik
4.without falling short of what You deservest because of Your bounty.
فَأَشْكَرُ عِبَادِكَ عَاجِزٌ عَنْ شُكْرِكَ
faash-karu i'baadika a'ajizun a'n shuk-rik
5.The most thankful of Your servants has not the capacity to thank You,
وَأَعْبَدُهُمْ مُقَصِّرٌ عَنْ طَاعَتِكَ،
wa aa'-baduhum lak mqas'-s'irun a'n t'aaa'tik
6.and the most worshipful of them falls short of obeying You.
لا يَجبُ لأِحَد أَنْ تَغْفِرَ لَهُ بِاسْتِحْقَاقِهِ،
laa yajibu liah'adim-min-hum an tagh-fira lahoo bis-tih'-qaaqih
7.To none of them is due Your forgiveness through what he himself deserves
وَلا أَنْ تَرْضَى عَنْهُ بِاسْتِيجَابِهِ،
wa laa yah'iq-qu lahooo an tar-z''aa a'n-hoo bis-teejaabih
8.or Your good pleasure for his own merit.
فَمَنْ غَفَرْتَ لَهُ فَبِطَولِكَ،
faman ghafar-ta lahoo fabit'aw-lik
9.When You forgivest someone, it is through Your graciousness,
وَمَنْ رَضِيْتَ عَنْهُ فَبِفَضْلِكَ
wa mar-raz''eeta a'n-hoo fabifaz''-lik
10.and when You art pleased with someone, it is through Your bounty.
تَشْكُرُ يَسِيرَ مَا شُكِرْتَهُ وَتُثِيبُ عَلَى قَلِيلِ مَا تُطَاعُ فِيهِ
tash-kuru yaseera maa shukir-tah wa tutheebu a'laa qaleeli maa tut'aau' feeh
11.You showest gratitude for the paltry for which gratitude is shown to You and You rewardest the small act in which You art obeyed,
حَتَّى كَأَنَّ شُكْـرَ عِبَادِكَ الَّذِيْ أَوْجَبْتَ عَلَيْهِ ثَوَابَهُمْ
h'at-taa kaan-na shuk-ra i'baadikal-lad'ee aw-jab-ta a'lay-hee thawaabahum
12.so that it seems as if Your servants' thanksgiving for which You hast made incumbent their reward
وَأَعْظَمْتَ عَنْهُ جَزَاءَهُمْ
wa aa'-z'am-ta a'n-hoo jazaaa-ahum
13.and made great their repayment
أَمْرٌ مَلَكُوا اسْتِطَاعَةَ الامْتِنَاعِ مِنْهُ دُونَكَ
am-rum-malakoos-tit'aaa'talim-tinaai' min-hoo doonaka
14.is an affair from which they could have held back without You,
فَكَافَيْتَهُمْ أَوْ لَمْ يَكُنْ سَبَبُهُ بِيَدِكَ فَجَازَيْتَهُمْ،
fakaafaa-tahum- wa lam yakun sababuhoo beeadika fajaazay-tahum
15.and hence You wilt recompense them, and whose cause is not in Your hand, and hence You wilt repay them.
بَـلْ مَلَكْتَ يَا إلهِي أَمْرَهُمْ قَبْلَ أَنْ يَمْلِكُوا عِبَادَتَكَ،
bal malak-ta yaaa ilaaheee am-rahum qab-la ay-yam-likoo i'baadatak
16.Nay, my God, You hadst power over their affair before they had power to worship You,
وَأَعْدَدْتَ ثَوَابَهُمْ قَبْلَ أَنْ يُفِيضُوا فِي طَاعَتِكَ،
wa aa'-dat-ta thawaabahum qab-la ay-yufeez''oo fee t'aaa'tik
17.and You hadst prepared their reward before they began to obey You;
وَذَلِكَ أَنَّ سُنَّتَكَ الأِفْضَالُ،
wa d'alika an-na sun-natakal-if-z''aal
18.and that because Your wont is bestowal of bounty,
وَعَادَتَكَ الإحْسَانُ، وَسَبِيلَكَ الْعَفْوُ،
wa a'adatakal-ih'-saan wa sabeelakal-a'f-w
19.Your custom beneficence, Your way pardon.
فَكُلُّ الْبَرِيِّةِ مًعْتَرِفَةٌ بِأَنَّكَ غَيْرُ ظَالِم لِمَنْ عَاقَبْتَ،
fakul-lul-baree-yah mua'-tarifatum-bi n-naka ghay-ru z'aalimil-liman a'aqab-t
20.So all creatures confess that You wrongest not him whom You punishest
وَشَاهِدَةٌ بِأَنَّكَ مُتَفَضِّلٌ عَلَى مَنْ عَافَيْتَ،
wa shaahidatum-bi n-naka mutafaz''-z''ilun a'laa man a'afay-t
21.and bear witness that You bestowest bounty upon him whom You pardonest.
وَكُلٌّ مُقِرٌّ عَلَى نَفْسِهِ بِالتَّقْصِيْرِ عَمَّا اسْتَوْجَبْتَ،
wa kul-lu muqir-ru a'laa naf-sihee bit-taq-s'eeri a'm-mas-taw-jab-t
22.Each admits that he has fallen short of what You meritest.
فَلَوْلا أَنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ يَخْتَدِعُهُمْ عَنْ طَاعَتِكَ ما عَصاكَ عاصٍ
falaw-laaa an-nash-shay-t'aana yakh-tadiu'hum a'n t'aaa'tika maa a's'aaka a'as'
23.Had Satan not misled them from Your obedience, no disobeyer would have disobeyed You,
وَلَوْلا أَنَّهُ صَوَّرَ لَهُمُ البَاطِلَ فِي مِثَالِ الْحَقِّ
wa law-laaa an-nahoo yus'aw-wiru lahumul-baat'ila
24.and had he not shown falsehood to them in the likeness of truth
مَا ضَلَّ عَنْ طَرِيْقِكَ ضَالٌّ.
fee mithaalil-h'aq-qi maa z''al-la a'n t'areeqika z''aaal
25.no strayer would have gone astray from Your path.
فَسُبْحَانَكَ مَا أَبْيَنَ كَرَمَكَ
fasub-h'aanak maaa ab-yana karamaka
26.So glory be to You! How manifest is Your generosity
فِي مُعَامَلَةِ مَنْ أَطَاعَكَ أَوْ عَصَاكَ،
fee mua'amalati man at'aaa'ka aw a's'aak
27.in dealing with him who obeys or disobeys You!
تَشْكُرُ للْمُطِيْعِ مَا أَنْتَ تَوَلَّيْتَهُ لَهُ،
tash-kurul-mut'eea' a'laa maaa anta tawal-lay-tahoo lah
28.You showest gratitude to the obedient for that which You undertakest for him,
وَتُمْلِي لِلْعَاصِي فِيْمَا تَمْلِكُ مُعَاجَلَتَهُ فِيْهِ،
wa tum-lee lil-a'as'ee feemaa tam-liku mua'ajalatahoo feeh
29.and You grantest a respite to the disobedient in that within which You art able to hurry him.
أَعْطَيْتَ كُلاًّ مِنْهُمَا مَا لَمْ يَجِبْ لَهُ،
aa'-t'ay-ta kul-lam-min-humaa maa laa yajibu lah
30.You givest to each of them that which is not his due,
وَتَفَضَّلْتَ عَلَى كُلٍّ مِنْهُمَا بِمَا يَقْصُرُ عَمَلُهُ عَنْهُ
wa tafaz''-z''al-ta a'laa kul-lim-min-humaa bimaa yaq-s'uru a'maluhoo a'n-h
31.and You bestowest bounty upon each in that wherein his works fall short.
وَلَوْ كَافَأْتَ الْمُطِيعَ عَلَى مَا أَنْتَ تَوَلَّيْتَهُ
wa law kaafay-tal-mut'eea' a'laa maaa anta tawal-lay-tahoo
32.Wert You to counterbalance for the obedient servant that which You Yourself hadst undertaken,
لاَوْشَكَ أَنْ يَفْقِدَ ثَوَابَكَ،
lahoo laaw-shaka ay-yaf-qida thawaabak
33.he would be on the point of losing Your reward
وَأَنْ تَزُولَ عَنْهُ نِعْمَتُكَ
wa an tazoola a'n-hoo nia'-matuk
34.and seeing the end of Your favour,
وَلكِنَّكَ بِكَرَمِكَ جَازَيْتَهُ
wa lkin-naka bikaramika jaazay-tahoo
35.but through Your generosity You hast repaid him
عَلَى الْمُدَّةِ الْقَصِيرَةِ الفَانِيَةِ بِالْمُدَّةِ الطَّوِيلَةِ الْخَالِدَةِ،
a'laal-mud-datil-qas'eeratil-faaneeati bil-mud-datit'-t'aweelatil-khaalidah
36.for a short, perishing term with a long, everlasting term,
وَعَلَى الْغَايَةِ الْقَرِيبَةِ الزَّائِلَةِ بِالْغايَةِ الْمَدِيدَةِ الْبَاقِيَةِ،
wa a'laal-ghaayatil-qareebatiz-zaaa-ilati bil-ghaayatil-madeedatil-baaqeeah
37.and for a near, vanishing limit with an extended, abiding limit.
ثُمَّ لَمْ تَسُمْهُ الْقِصَاصَ فِيمَا أَكَلَ مِنْ رِزْقِكَ
thum-ma lam tasum-hul-qis'aas'a feemaaa akala mir-riz-qika
38.Then You dost not visit him with a settling of accounts for Your provision
الَّذِي يَقْوَى بِهِ عَلَى طَاعَتِكَ،
al-lad'ee yaq-waa bihee a'laa t'aaa'tik
39.through which he gained strength to obey You,
وَلَـمْ تَحْمِلْهُ عَلَى الْمُنَاقَشَاتِ فِي الآلاتِ
wa lam tah'-mil-hoo a'laal-munaaqashati fil-aaalaati
40.nor dost You force him to make reckonings for the organs
الَّتِي تَسَبَّبَ بِاسْتِعْمَالِهَا إلَى مَغْفِـرَتِكَ،
latee tasab-baba bis-tia'-maalihaaa ilaa magh-firatik
41.he employed to find the means to Your forgiveness.
وَلَـوْ فَعَلْتَ ذلِكَ بِهِ
wa law faa'l-ta d'alika bihee
42.Wert You to do that to him,
لَذَهَبَ بِجَمِيْعِ مَا كَدَحَ لَهُ
lad'ahab jameeu' maa kadah'a lah
43.it would take away everything for which he had laboured
وَجُمْلَةِ مَا سَعَى فِيهِ،
wa jum-latu maa saa'a feehee
44.and all wherein he had exerted himself
جَزَاءً لِلصُّغْرى مِنْ أَيادِيْكَ وَمِنَنِكَ،
jazaaa-al-lils'-s'ugh-raa min ayaadeeka wa minanik
45.as repayment for the smallest of Your benefits and kindnesses,
وَلَبَقِيَ رَهيناً بَيْنَ يَدَيْكَ بِسَائِرِ نِعَمِكَ
wa labaqeea raheenam-bay-na yaday-ka bisaaa-iri nia'mik
46.and he would remain hostage before You for Your other favours.
فَمَتَى كَانَ يَسْتَحِقُّ شَيْئاً مِنْ ثَوَابِكَ ، لا ، مَتَى؟.
famataa kaana yastah'iq-qu shay-am-min thawaabika? laa mataa?
47.So how can he deserve something of Your reward? Indeed, how?
هَذَا يا إلهِي حَالُ مَنْ أَطَاعَكَ وَسَبِيلُ مَنْ تَعَبَّدَ لَكَ،
had'aa yaaa ilaahee h'aalu man at'aaa'ka wa sabeelu man taa'b-bada lak
48.This, my God, is the state of him who obeys You and the path of him who worships You.
فَأَمَّا الْعَاصِيْ أَمْرَكَ وَالْمُوَاقِـعُ نَهْيَكَ
faam-maal-a'as'eee am-raka wal-muwaaqiu' nah-yak
49.But as for him who disobeys Your command and goes against Your prohibition,
فَلَمْ تُعَاجِلْهُ بِنَقِمَتِكَ لِكَيْ يَسْتَبْدِلَ بِحَالِهِ فِي مَعْصِيَتِكَ
falam tua'ajil-hoo binaqimatika likay yas-tab-dila bih'aalihee fee maa'-s'eeatika
50.You dost not hurry him to Your vengeance, so that he may seek to replace his state in disobeying You
حَالَ الاِنَابَـةِ إلَى طَـاعَتِـكَ،
h'aalal-inaabati ilaa t'aaa'tik
51.with the state of turning back to obey You,
وَلَقَـدْ كَـانَ يَسْتَحِقُّ فِي أَوَّلِ مَـا هَمَّ بِعِصْيَانِكَ
wa laqad kaana yas-tah'iq-qu yaaa ilaahee feee aw-wali maa ham-ma bii's'-yaanika
52.though he deserved from the time he set out to disobey You
كُلَّ مَا أَعْدَدْتَ لِجَمِيعِ خَلْقِكَ مِنْ عُقُوبَتِكَ،
kul-la maaa aa'-dat-ta lijameei' khal-qika min u'qoobatik
53.every punishment which You hast prepared for all Your creatures.
فَجَمِيعُ مَا أَخَّرْتَ عَنْهُ مِنْ الْعَذَابِ،
fajameeu' maaa akh-khar-ta a'n-hoo minal-a'd'aab
54.Through each chastisement which You hast kept back from him
وَأَبْطَأتَ بِهِ عَلَيْهِ مِنْ سَطَوَاتِ النَّقِمَةِ وَالْعِقَابِ تَرْكٌ مِنْ حَقِّكَ،
wa ab-t'aa-ta a'lay-hee min sat'awaatin-niq-mati wal-i'qaab tar-kum-min h'aq-qika
55.and each penalty of Your vengeance and Your punishment which You hast delayed from him, You hast refrained from Your right
وَرِضىً بِدُونِ وَاجِبِكَ،
wariz''an bidooni waajibik
56.and shown good pleasure in place of what You hast made obligatory.
فَمَنْ أكْرَمُ يَا إلهِي مِنْكَ
faman ak-ramu yaaa ilaahee minka?
57.So who is more generous, my God, than Thou?
وَمَنْ أَشْقَى مِمَّنْ هَلَكَ عَلَيْـكَ، لا ، مَنْ؟
waman ash-qaa mim-man halaka a'lay-ka? laa man-?!
58.And who is more wretched than he who perishes in spite of You? Indeed, who?
فَتَبَارَكْتَ أَنْ تُوصَفَ إلاّ بِالإحْسَانِ،
fatabaarak-ta an toos'afa il-laa bil-ih'-saan
59.You art too blessed to be described by any but beneficence
وَكَـرُمْتَ أَنْ يُخَافَ مِنْكَ إلاّ الْعَدْلُ،
wa karum-ta ay-yukhaafa minka il-laal-a'd-l
60.and too generous for any but justice to be feared from You!
لا يُخْشَى جَوْرُكَ عَلَى مَنْ عَصَاكَ،
laa yukh-shaa jaw-ruka a'laa man a's'aak
61.There is no dread that You wilt be unjust toward him who disobeys You,
وَلاَ يُخَافُ إغْفَالُكَ ثَوَابَ مَنْ أَرْضَاكَ.
wa laa yukhaafu igh-faaluka thawaaba man ar-z''aaka
62.nor any fear of Your neglecting to reward him who satisfies You.
فَصَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ وَهَبْ لِيْ أَمَلِي،
fas'al-li a'laa muh'am-madiw-wa aaalih wa hab lee minka amalee
63.So bless Muhammad and his Household, give me my hope,
وَزِدْنِي مِنْ هُدَاكَ
wa zid-nee min hudaaka
64.and increase me in that of Your guidance
مَا أَصِلُ بِهِ إلَى التَّوْفِيقِ فِي عَمَلِي،
maaa as'ilu biheee ilaat-taw-feeqi fee a'malee
65.through which I may be successful in my works!
إنَّكَ مَنَّانٌ كَرِيمٌ.
in-naka man-naanun kareem
66.Surely You art All-kind, Generous.