Sahifa Sajjadiya (Psalms of Islam)

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

Sahifa Sajjadiya - Supplication 51

Dua 51 Supplication In Pleading and Abasement
دُعَاؤُهُ فِي الرَّهْبَةِ

إلهِي أَحْمَـدُكَ ـ وَأَنْتَ لِلْحَمْدِ أَهْلٌ ـ
ilaaheee ah'-maduk wa anta lil-h'am-di ah-lun
1.My God, I praise You, - and You art worthy of praise -
عَلَى حُسْنِ صَنِيعِكَ إلَيَّ، وَسُبُـوغِ نَعْمَآئِكَ عَلَيَّ،
a'laa h'us-ni s'aneei'ka ilay wa subooghi naa'-maaa-ika a'lay
2.for Your benefaction toward me, the lavishness of Your favours toward me,
وَجَزِيْلِ عَطَآئِكَ عِنْدِي،
wa jazeeli a't'aaa-ika i'ndee
3.and Your plentiful bestowal upon me,
وَعَلَى ما فَضَّلْتَنِي مِنْ رَحْمَتِكَ،
wa a'laa maa faz''-z''al-tanee mir-rah'-matik
4.and for showing bounty toward me through Your mercy
وَأَسْبَغْتَ عَلَيَّ مِنْ نِعْمَتِكَ،
wa as-bagh-ta a'lay-ya min-nia'-matik
5.and lavishing Your favour upon me.
فَقَدِ اصْطَنَعْتَ عِنْدِي ما يَعْجِزُ عَنُهُ شُكْرِي، وَلَوْلاَ إحْسَانُكَ، إلَيَّ
faqadi as'-t'anaa'-ta i'ndee maa yaa'-jizu a'n-hoo shuk-ree wa law-laaa ih'-saanuka ilay
6.You hast done well toward me and I am incapable of thanking You. Were it not for Your beneficence toward me
وَسُبُوغُ نَعْمَآئِـكَ عَلَيَّ
wa subooghu naa'-maaa-ika a'lay
7.and the lavishness of Your favours upon me,
مَا بَلَغْتُ إحْرازَ حَظِّي، وَلاَ إصْلاَحَ نَفْسِي،
maa balagh-tu ih'-raaza h'az'-z'ee wa laaa is'-laah'a naf-see
8.I would not have reached the taking of my share nor would my soul have been set right,
وَلكِنَّكَ ابْتَدَأْتَنِي بِالإحْسَانِ،
wa lkin-naka ab-tadaa-tanee bil-ih'-saan
9.but You began with beneficence toward me,
وَرَزَقْتَنِي فِي أُمُورِي كُلِّهَا الْكِفَايَةَ،
wa razaq-tanee feee umwree kul-lihaal-kifaayah
10.provided me sufficiency in all my affairs,
وَصَرَفْتَ عَنِّي جَهْدَ الْبَلاءِ،
wa s'araf-ta i'n-nee jah-dal-balaaa-
11.turned away from me the toil of affliction,
وَمَنَعْتَ مِنِّي مَحْذُورَ الْقَضَآءِ
wa manaa'-ta min-nee mah'-d'ooral-qaz''aaa-i
12.and held back from me the feared decree.
إلهِي فَكَمْ مِنْ بَلاء جَاهِد قَدْ صَرَفْتَ عَنِّي،
ilaahee fakam mim-balaaa-in jaahidin qad s'araf-ta a'n-nee
13.My God, how many a toilsome affliction which You hast turned away from me!
وَكَمْ مِنْ نِعْمَة سَابِغَة أَقْرَرْتَ بِهَا عَيْنِي،
wa kam min-nia'-matin saabighatin aq-rar-ta bihaa a'y-nee
14.How many a lavish favour with which You hast gladdened my eye!
وَكَمْ مِنْ صَنِيعَة كَرِيمَة لَكَ عِنْدِي.
wa kam min s'aneea'tin kareematil-laka i'ndee
15.How many a generous benefaction of Thine which is present with me!
أَنْتَ الَّذِي أَجَبْتَ عِنْدَ الاضْطِرَارِ دَعْوَتِي،
antal-lad'ee ajab-ta i'ndaliz''-t'iraari daa'-watee
16.It is You who responded to my supplication at the time of distress,
وَأَقَلْتَ عِنْدَ الْعِثَارِ زَلَّتِي،
wa aqal-ta i'ndal-i'thaari zal-latee
17.released me from my slip in stumbling,
وَأَخَذْتَ لِي مِنَ الاَعْدَآءِ بِظُلاَمَتِي.
wa akhad'-ta lee minal-aa'-daaa-i biz'ulaamatee
18.and took my enemies to task for doing wrong to me.
إلهِي مَا وَجَدْتُكَ بَخِيلاً حِينَ سَأَلْتُكَ،
ilaahee maa wajat-tuk bakheelana h'eena saal-tuk
19.My God, I did not find You a miser when I asked of You
وَلاَ مُنْقَبِضاً حِينَ أَرَدْتُكَ،
wa laa munqabiz''ana h'eena arat-tuk
20.nor a withholder when I desired from You.
بل وَجَدْتُكَ لِدُعَآئِي سَامِعاً، وَلِمَطَالِبِي مُعْطِياً،
bal wajat-tuka lidua'aa-ee saamia'a wa limat'aalibee mua'-t'eeaa
21.No, 1 found You a hearer of my supplication and a bestower of my requests;
وَوَجَدْتُ نُعْمَاكَ عَلَيَّ سَابِغَةً،
wa wajat-tu nua'-maaka a'lay-ya saabighatan
22.I found Your favours toward me
فِي كُلِّ شَأْن مِنْ شَأْنِي، وَكُلِّ زَمَان مِنْ زَمَانِي،
fee kul-li shaa-nim-min shaa-nee wa kul-li zamaanim-min zamaanee
23.lavish in my every situation and in my every time.
فَأَنْتَ عِنْدِي مَحْمُودٌ، وَصَنِيعُكَ لَدَيَّ مَبْرُورٌ،
faanta i'ndee mah'-mood wa s'aneeu'ka laday-ya mab-roor
24.So You art praised by me and Your benefaction honoured.
تَحْمَدُكَ نَفْسِي وَلِسَانِيْ وَعَقْلِي حَمْداً يَبْلُغُ الوَفَآءَ وَحَقِيقَةَ الشُّكْرِ،
tah'-maduka naf-see walisaanee wa a'q-lee h'am-day-yab-lughul-wafaaa-a wa h'aqeeqatash-shuk-r
25.My soul, my tongue, and my intelligence praise You, a praise that reaches fulfilment and the reality of thanksgiving,
حَمْداً يَكُونُ مَبْلَغَ رِضَاكَ عَنِّي،
h'am-day-yakoonu mab-lagha riz''aaka a'n-nay
26.a praise that attains to Your good pleasure with me -
فَنَجِّنِي مِنْ سَخَطِكَ يَا كَهْفِي حِينَ تُعْيينِي الْمَذَاهِبُ،
fanaj-jinee min sakhat'ik yaa kah-fee h'eena tua'-yeeneel-mad'aahib
27.so deliver me from Your displeasure! O my cave when the ways thwart me!
وَيَا مُقيلِي عَثْرَتِي،
wa yaa muqeelee a'th-ratee
28.O He who releases me from my stumble!
فَلَوْلاَ سَتْرُكَ عَوْرَتِي لَكُنْتُ مِنَ الْمَفْضُوحِينَ،
falaw-laa sat-ruka a'w-ratee lakuntu minal-maf-z''ooh'een
29.Were it not for Your covering my shameful defects, I would be one of the disgraced.
وَيَا مُؤَيِّدِي بِالنَّصْرِ،
wa yaa moo-ay-yidee bin-nas'-r
30.O my confirmer through help!
فَلَوْلاَ نَصْرُكَ إيَّايَ لَكُنْتُ مِنَ الْمَغْلُوبِينَ،
falaw-laa nas'-ruka ee-yaaya lakuntu minal-magh-loobeen
31.Were it not for Your helping me, I would be one of the overcome!
وَيَا مَنْ وَضَعَتْ لَهُ الْمُلُوكُ نِيرَ الْمَذَلَّةِ عَلى أَعْنَاقِهَا،
wa yaa maw-waz''aa't lahul-mulwku neeral-mad'al-lati a'laaa aa'-naaqihaa
32.O He before whom kings place the yoke of lowliness around their necks,
فَهُمْ مِنْ سَطَواتِهِ خَائِفُونَ، وَيَا أَهْلَ التَّقْوَى،
fahum min sat'awaatihee khaaa-ifoon wa yaaa ah-lat-taq-waa
33.fearing His penalties! O worthy of reverent fear!
وَيَا مَنْ لَهُ الأَسْمَآءُ الْحُسْنى أَسْأَلُكَ أَنْ تَعْفُوَ عَنِّي،
wa yaa mal-lahul-as-maaa-ul-h'us-naa as-aluka an taa'-fuwa a'n-nee
34.O He to whom belong the names most beautiful! I ask You to pardon me
وَتَغْفِرَ لِي فَلَسْتُ، بَرِيئاً فَأَعْتَذِرَ،
wa tagh-fira lee falas-tu baree-ana faaa'-tad'ir
35.and to forgive me, for I am not innocent that I should offer excuses,
وَلاَ بِذِي قُوَّة فَأَنْتَصِرَ،
wa laa bid'ee qoo-watin faantas'ir
36.nor a possessor of strength that I should gain victory,
وَلاَ مَفَرَّ لِي فَأَفِرَّ. وَأَسْتَقِيْلُكَ عَثَراتِي،
wa laa mafar-ra lee faafir wa as-taqeeluka a'tharaatee
37.nor have I any place of flight that I should flee! I ask You to release me from my stumbles,
وَأَتَنَصَّلُ إلَيْكَ مِنْ ذُنُوبِي الَّتِي قَدْ أَوْبَقَتْنِي،
wa atanas'-s'alu ilay-ka min d'unwbeeal-latee qad aw-baqat-nee
38.and before You I disavow my sins, which have laid me waste,
وَأَحَاطَتْ بِي فَأَهْلَكَتْنِي،
wa ah'aat'at bee faah-lakat-nee
39.encompassed me, and destroyed me!
مِنْهَا فَرَرْتُ إلَيْكَ رَبِّ تَائِباً،
min-haa farar-tu ilay-ka rab-bi taaa-ibana
40.I flee from them to You, my Lord, turning repentantly,
فَتُبْ عَلَيَّ مُتَعَوِّذاً، فَأَعِذْنِي مُسْتَجِيراً،
fatub a'lay mutaa'w-wid'ana faai'd'-nee mus-tajeerana
41.so turn toward me, seeking refuge, so grant me refuge, asking sanctuary,
فَلاَ تَخْذُلْنِي سَآئِلاً، فَلاَ تَحْرِمْنِي مُعْتَصِماً،
falaa takh-d'ul-nee saaa-ilana falaa tah'-rim-nee mua'-tas'imana
42.so abandon me not, requesting, so deprive me not, holding fast,
فَلاَ تُسْلِمْنِي دَاعِياً، فَلاَ تَرُدَّنِي خَائِباً،
falaa tus-lim-nee daae'eana falaa tarud-danee khaaa-ibaa
43.so leave me not, supplicating, so send me not back disappointed!
دَعوْتُكَ يَارَبِّ مِسْكِيناً، مُسْتَكِيناً،
daa'w-tuka yaa rab mis-keenam-mus-takeenaa
44.I have supplicated You, my Lord, as one miserable, abased,
مُشْفِقاً، خَائِفاً، وَجِلاً، فَقِيراً، مُضْطَرّاً، إلَيْكَ
mush-fiqana khaaa-ifaa wajilana faqeeraa muz''-t'ar-ran ilay-k
45.apprehensive, fearful, quaking, poor, driven to have recourse to You!
أَشْكُو إلَيْكَ يَا إلهِي ضَعْفَ نَفْسِي
ash-kw ilay-ka yaaa ilaahee z''aa'-fa naf-see
46.I complain to You, my God, of my soul - which is too weak
عَنِ الْمُسَارَعَةِ فِيمَا وَعَدْتَهُ أَوْلِيَآءَكَ،
a'nil-musaaraa'ti feemaa waa't-tahooo aw-leeaaa-ak
47.to hurry to that which You hast promised Your friends
وَالْمُجَانَبَةِ عَمَّا حَذَّرْتَهُ أَعْدَآءَكَ،
wal-mujaanabati a'm-maa h'ad'-d'ar-tahooo aa'-daaa-ak
48.or to avoid that against which You hast cautioned Your enemies -
وَكَثْرَةَ هُمُومِي وَوَسْوَسَةَ نَفْسِي .
wa kath-rata humoomee wa was-wasata naf-see
49.and of the multitude of my concerns, and of my soul's confusing thoughts.
إلهِي لَمْ تَفْضَحْنِي بِسَرِيرَتِي،
ilaahee lam taf-z''ah'-nee bisareeratee
50.My God, You hast not disgraced me through my secret thoughts
وَلَمْ تُهْلِكْنِي بِجَرِيرَتِي، أَدْعُوكَ فَتُجِيبُنِي
wa lam tuh-lik-nee bijareeratee ad-u'wka fatujeebunee
51.or destroyed me because of my misdeeds! I call upon You, and You respondest,
وَإنْ كُنْتُ بَطِيئاً حِيْنَ تَدْعُونِي.
wa in kuntu bat'ee-ana h'eena tad-u'wnee
52.even if I am slow when You callest upon me.
وَأَسْأَلُكَ كُلَّمَا شِئْتُ مِنْ حَوَائِجِي،
wa as-aluka kul-lamaa shi-tu min h'awaaa-ijee
53.I ask You everything I want of my needs,
وَحَيْثُ مَا كُنْتُ وَضَعْتُ عِنْدَكَ سِرِّي،
wa h'ay-thu maa kuntu waz''aa'-tu i'ndaka sir-ree
54.and I deposit with You my secret wherever I may be.
فَلاَ أَدْعُو سِوَاكَ، وَلاَ أَرْجُو غَيْرَكَ،
falaaa ad-u'w siwaak wa laaa ar-joo ghay-rak
55.I supplicate no one besides You, and I hope for no one other than You.
لَبَّيْكَ لَبَّيْكَ، تَسْمَعُ مَنْ شَكَا إلَيْكَ،
lab-bay-ka lab-bay-k tas-mau' man shakaaa ilay-k
56.At Your service! At Your service! You hearest him who complains to You!
وَتَلْقى مَنْ تَوَكَّلَ عَلَيْكَ،
wa tal-qaa man tawak-kala a'lay-k
57.You receivest him who has confidence in You!
وَتُخَلِّصُ مَنِ اعْتَصَمَ بِكَ،
wa tukhal-lis'u mani aa'-tas'ama bik
58.You savest him who holds fast to You!
وَتُفَرِّجُ عَمَّنْ لاذَ بِكَ.
wa tufar-riju a'm-mal-laad'a bik
59.You givest relief to him who seeks shelter in You!
إلهِي فَلاَ تَحْرِمْنِي خَيْرَ الآخِرَةِ وَالأُولى لِقِلَّةِ شُكْرِي،
ilaahee falaa tah'-rim-nee khay-ral-akhirati wal-oolaa liqil-lati shuk-ree
60.My God, so deprive me not of the good of the last world and the first because of the paucity of my thanksgiving
وَاغْفِرْ لِي مَا تَعْلَمُ مِنْ ذُنُوبِي،
wagh-fir lee maa taa'-lamu min d'unoobee
61.and forgive me the sins of mine which You knowest!
إنْ تُعَذِّبْ فَأَنَا الظَّالِمُ، الْمُفَرِّطُ،
in tua'd'-d'ib faanaa az'-z'aalimul-mufar-rit'
62.If You chastisest, I am the wrongdoer, the neglecter,
الْمُضَيِّعُ، الاثِمُ، الْمُقَصِّرُ، الْمُضْجِعُ،
al-muz''ay-yiu'l-aaathim al-muqas'-s'irul-muz''aj-jia'-
63.the negligent, the sinner, the derelict, the sluggard,
الُمُغْفِلُ حَظَّ نَفْسِي،
al-mugh-filu h'az'-z'a naf-see
64.the heedless of the share of my soul!
وَإنْ تَغْفِرْ فَأَنْتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ.
wa in tagh-fir faanta ar-h'amur-raah'imeen
65.And if You forgivest - You art the Most Merciful of the merciful!