Examples from the Prophet’s supplications

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Prophet Muhammad (a.s.) was the greatest propagandist of Allah in the earth and was the interpreter of His revelation, the leader of monotheists, the master of devotees, and the last of prophets who had raised highly the word of monotheism and had defeated everything worshipped away from Allah. He spread the knowing of Allah and proved His oneness, and so he lit minds and souls and established edifices of faith and refuted all suspicions of atheists.

The Prophet (a.s.) devoted himself totally in his mission to Allah since the first moment when he offered his life and all his powers to spread his religion and to save man from the darkness of ignorance and superstitions. He undertook the educating of man and the refining of his behavior. He established educational programs for that, so that man might be happy in his life and afterlife. From among those programs was his supplications that could calm down confused souls with the spirituality they (supplications) had.

The importance of Du’a (supplication)

For the Prophet (a.s.), du’a was too important. Many traditions were transmitted from him showing that. He said, “Du’a is the very worship.”[1]

He said, “Du’a is the key to mercy.”[2]

He said, “Du’a is the weapon of believers.”[3]  


[1] Nahj al-Fasahah, vol. 1 p. 323, quoted from Sunan of Abi Dawud, vol. 1 p. 333, Musnad of Ahmed bin Hanbal, vol. 4 p. 467.
[2] Nahj al-Fasahah, vol. 2 p. 323, quoted from Kanzol Ummal, vol. 2 p. 62.
[3] Mustadrak al-Hakim, vol. 1 p. 492.


 

The benefits of Du’a

The determined, inevitable fate can be repelled by some things, one of which is the du’a. The Prophet (a.s.) said, “Practice du’a too much because du’a repels the fate.”

He also said, “Some man may be deprived of livelihood because of a sin that he commits, and nothing can repel the decree of fate except du’a, and nothing increases one’s old except piety.”[1]

He said, “Dutifulness to parents increases one’s old, lying decreases one’s livelihood, and du’a repels the decree of fate.”[2] 

He said, “Du’a repels the decree of fate.”[3]

He said, “Guard your properties by zakat, cure your sick ones by charity, and prepare du’a for afflictions.”[4]

He said, “Nothing repels the decree of fate except du’a and nothing increases one’s old except piety.”[5]

He said, “Carefulness is not useful before the decree of fate, but du’a is useful before what has come down (of affliction) and what has not come down yet.”[6]

Those whose du’a is responded to

Some traditions were transmitted from the Prophet (a.s.) showing that Allah promptly responds to the supplication of some people, such as:  


[1] Musnad of Ahmed bin Hanbal, vol. 5 p. 277.
[2] At-Targheeb wet-Tarheeb, vol. 3 p. 596.
[3] Kanzol Ummal, vol. 3 p. 63.
[4] Nahj al-Fasahah, vol. 1 p. 324, quoted from al-Mu’jam al-Kabeer, vol. 1 p. 128.
[5] Mustadrak al-Hakim, vol. 1 p. 493.
[6] Shu’ab al-Eeman, vol. 2 p. 50.


 

1. The wronged

The Prophet (a.s.) said, “Beware of the supplication of a wronged one because he just asks Allah for his right, and Allah the Almighty does never prevent any rightful one from his right.”[1]

This tradition declares that Allah responds to the supplication of the wronged whether they are believers or not and He avenges severely on the unjust.

The Prophet (a.s.) said, “The supplication of a wronged one is responded to even if he is a dissolute, because his dissoluteness is against himself.”[2]

He said, “Avoid the invocations of the wronged because there is no screen between them and Allah.”[3]

He said, “Beware of the wronged one’s invocation because it is carried on the clouds, and Allah the Almighty says: by My glory and loftiness, I will make you (the wronged one) win even if after a time.”[4]

He said, “Beware of the wronged one’s invocation, because it goes up to the heaven like a spark.”[5]

He said, “He, who invokes (Allah) against one who has wronged him, will be supported.”[6]  


[1] Kanzol Ummal, vol. 3 p. 507.
[2] Musnad of Ahmed bin Hanbal, vol. 3 p. 367.
[3] Kanzol Ummal, vol. 3 p. 400.
[4] Al-Mu’jam al-Kabeer, vol. 4 p. 84, Musnad of Ahmed bin Hanbal, vol. 2 p. 305.
[5] Mustadrak al-Hakim, vol. 1 p. 29.
[6] Sunan of at-Tarmithi, vol. 1 p. 343.


 

2. The father’s supplication for his children

From the supplications that Allah responds to is the prayer of a father for his children because he prays eagerly, loyally, and from the deep of the heart. The Prophet (a.s.) said,

“A father’s prayer for his child is like the Prophet’s prayer for his nation.”[1]

3. One’s prayer for his brother

The Prophet said, “The brother’s prayer for his brother secretly shall not be rejected.”[2]

4. The prayer of one who is far away for another who is far away

The Prophet (a.s.) said, “The promptest of prayers in being responded to is the prayer of one, who is far away (from his country and home) for one, who is far away (from country and home).”[3]

5. The prayer of an afflicted believer

The Prophet (a.s.) said, “Avail the prayer of an afflicted believer.”[4]

6. The supplication at affection

The Prophet (a.s.) said, “Avail the supplication at affection (godliness) because it is a mercy.”[5]

7. The supplication of one who is done good to

The Prophet (a.s.) said, “The prayer of one, who is done good to, for the good-doer shall not be rejected.”[6]  


[1] Mishkat al-Anwar, p. 163, Kanzol Ummal, vol. 2 p. 98.
[2] Kanzol Ummal, vol. 2 p. 98.
[3] Sunan of Abi Dawud, vol. 6 p. 343.
[4] Kanzol Ummal, vol. 2 p. 103.
[5] Nahj al-Fasahah, vol. 1 p. 321, quoted from Kanzol Ummal, vol. 2 p. 103.
[6] Kanzol Ummal, vol. 2 p. 98.


 

8. The Muslim’s prayer for his Muslim brother

The Prophet (a.s.) said, “The prayer of a Muslim secretly for his brother is responded to. There is an angel at his head entrusted with him that whenever he (the Muslim) prays for his brother in good, the angel says: Amen! And you shall get the same.”[1] 

9. Answered supplications

The Prophet (a.s.) said, “There are five supplications that are responded to; the supplication of a wronged one until he is made satisfied, the supplication of a hajji until he comes back home, the supplication of a warrior in the way of Allah until he comes back home, the supplication of a sick one until he recovers, and the supplication of a brother secretly for his brother; and the promptest of these supplications in being answered is the supplication of a brother secretly for his brother.”[2]  

10. Supplications that are not rejected

The Prophet (a.s.) said, “There are three (persons) that Allah has promised not to reject any of their supplications; a faster until he breaks his fasting, a wronged one until he is made satisfied (against the wrong-doer), and a traveler until he comes back home.”[3]

Supplications that are not responded to

The Prophet (a.s.) said, “Either you enjoin the good and forbid the wrong or Allah will make your evils prevail over you and then the beneficent ones of you shall pray Allah but it shall not be responded to them.”[4]  


[1] Nahj al-Fasaha, vol. 1 p. 322.
[2] Shu’ab al-Eeman, vol. 2 p. 46.
[3] Kanzol Ummal, vol. 2 p. 99.
[4] Al-Mu’jam al-Awsat, vol. 5 p. 29, Kanzol Ummal, vol. 3 p. 66.


 

 

He said, “Supplicate Allah while you are confident in the response, and know well that Allah does not respond to a supplication from a neglectful, inadvertent heart.”[1]

The best of du’as

Here are some of the best du’as, transmitted from the Prophet (a.s.), that man may supplicate Allah with:

1. Abundance of livelihood at old-age

“O Allah, increase Your livelihood to me at my old-age and at the end of my life.”[2]

2. The fear of Allah

“O Allah, make me fear You as if I see You, make me happy with my being pious to You, do not make me wretched by Your disobedience, choose for me the best of Your decrees, and bless Your fate to me so that I may not like to hasten what You have delayed, or to delay what You have hastened, and make my richness be in my soul.”[3] 

3. Gratefulness and patience

“O Allah, make me patient, make me grateful, and make me in Your security. O Allah, make me grateful, make me patient, and make humble in my eye, and high in the eyes of people.”[4]

4. Doing good

“O Allah, make me from those who when doing good become delighted and when doing bad ask for forgiveness.”[5]  


[1] Sunan of at-Tarmithi, vol. 5 p. 217, Sunan of Abi Dawud, vol. 1 p. 334.
[2] Mustadrak al-Hakim, vol. 1 p. 543.
[3] Al-Mu’jam al-Awsat, vol. 6 p. 121.
[4] Kanzol Ummal, vol. 2 p. 686.
[5] Sunan of at-Tarmithi, vol. 5 p. 189.


 

5. Bliss in this life

“O Allah, forgive me my sin, make my house (life) more comfortable, and bless my livelihood.”[1]

6. Good end

“O Allah, make our end good in all the affairs and protect us from the disgrace of this life and the torment of the afterlife.”[2]

7. Protection

“O Allah, protect me by Islam when standing, protect me by Islam when sitting, protect me by Islam when sleeping, and do not make an enemy or envier rejoice at my misfortune. O Allah, I ask you (to give me) from every good whose treasuries are in Your hand, and I seek Your protection from every evil whose treasuries are in Your hand.”[3]

8. Resurrection with the poor

“O Allah, make me live as a poor, make me die as a poor, and resurrect me with the group of the poor. Surely the most wretched one is he upon whom the poverty of this life and the torment of the afterlife accumulate.”[4]

9. Reconciliation

“O Allah, reconcile us with each other, conciliate our hearts, guide us to the ways of peace, save us from darkness into light, and keep us away from vices whether apparent or hidden. O Allah, bless our hearings, sights, hearts, spouses, and offspring,  


[1] Musnad of Ahmed bin Hanbal, vol. 4 p. 181.
[2] Sunan of at-Tarmithi, vol. 5 p. 189.
[3] Kanzol Ummal, vol. 2 p. 187.
[4] Mustadrak al-Hakim, vol. 4 p. 322.


 

and accept our repentance, You are the Oft-Returning, the Merciful.”[1]

10. Sound faith and life

“O Allah, better to me my faith which is the protection of my affairs, better to me my life in which my living is, better to me my afterlife in which there shall be my resurrection, make living as increase to me in every good, and make death as relief to me from every evil.”[2]

11. Help at dying

“O Allah, assist me against the hardships of death and the agonies of death.”[3] 

12. Forgiveness

“O Allah, forgive me my sin, ignorance, wastefulness in my affairs, and what You are more aware of than me. O Allah, forgive me my error, intention, joking, and seriousness and all that is in me. O Allah, forgive me what I have committed and what I shall commit, and what I have concealed and what I have disclosed.”[4]

13. Best qualities

“O Allah, enrich me with knowledge, adorn me with patience, honor me with piety, and pretty me up with healthiness.”[5]

14. Fear of Allah

“O Allah, share out to us from Your fearing what may hinder us from Your disobediences, from Your obedience what You may  


[1] Sunan of Abi Dawud, vol. 1 p. 219, Kanzol Ummal, vol. 2 p. 187.
[2] Kanzol Ummal, vol. 2 p. 185, Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 6 p. 18.
[3] Al-Mu’jam al-Kabeer, vol. 23 p. 34.
[4] Sahih of al-Bukhari, vol. 7 p. 166.
[5] Tahthib al-Ahkam, vol. 3 p. 73.


 

take us to Your Paradise by, and from certainty what may make the misfortunes of this life easy to us, and make us enjoy our hearings, sights, and power as long as You make us live, and make all that be lasting to us, and make our revenge on one who has wronged us, make us win victory over our enemy, do not make our affliction in our religion, do not make this life the most of our interest nor the end of our knowledge, and do not make one, who shall not have mercy on us, prevail over us.”[1]

15. Seeking soundness

“O Allah, You have created my self and You make it die. Its death and living are to You; so if You make it live, protect it, and if You make it die, forgive it. O Allah, I ask You for good health.”[2]

“O Allah, make me sound in my body, make me sound in my hearing, and make me sound in my sight. O Allah, I seek Your protection from disbelief and poverty. O Allah, I seek Your protection from the torment of the grave; there is no god but You.”[3]

16. More knowledge

“O Allah, benefit me with what You have taught me, teach me what may benefit me, and increase my knowledge.”[4]

17. Good qualities

“O Allah, I ask you for guidance, piety, chastity, and sufficiency.”[5]  


[1] Nahj al-Fasahah, vol. 1 p. 333.
[2] Kanzol Ummal, vol. 15 p. 337.
[3] Musnad of Ahmed bin Hanbal, vol. 5 p. 42.
[4] Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 3 p. 70. 
[5] Sahih of Muslim, vol. 8 p. 81.


 

18. Faith

“O Allah, I ask You for good health with faith, faith with good morals, and success followed by deliverance.”[1]

19. Blessing of morning

“O Allah, bless to my nation (their activities) in early morning.”[2]

20. The fear of Allah

“O Allah, by Your knowing of the unseen and Your power over the creation, make me live if You know that life is better to me, and make me die if You know that death is better to me. O Allah, I ask You to make me fear You secretly and openly, and ask You for the word of loyalty in satisfaction and anger, and ask You for temperance in poverty and wealth.”[3]

21. Good deeds

“O Allah our Lord, grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the fire.”[4]

22. The increase in good

“O Allah, give us more and do not decrease (Your giving to) us, honor us and do not disgrace us, give us and do not deprive us, prefer us and do not prefer others to us, please us and be pleased with us.”[5]

23. Self-control

“O Allah, do not entrust me to my self in the twinkle of an eye, and do not take away from me the good You have given to me.”[6]  


[1] Mustadrak al-Hakim, vol. 1 p. 523.
[2] Musnad of Ahmed bin Hanbal, vol. 1 p. 156, al-Mu’jam al-Kabeer, vol. 8 p. 24.
[3] Mustadrak al-Hakim, vol. 1 p. 524, Kanzol Ummal, vol. 2 p. 174.
[4] Musnad of Ahmed bin Hanbal, vol. 3 p. 288.
[5] Sunan of at-Tarmithi, vol. 5 p. 8.
[6] Kanzol Ummal, vol. 3 p. 62 , Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 77 p. 64.


 

24. Guardians of Muslims

“O Allah, harass whoever undertakes something of my nation’s affairs and harasses them, and be kind to whoever undertakes something of my nation’s affairs and treats them kindly. And I seek Your protection from the whole evil.”[1]

25. Seeking goodness

“O Allah, I ask You for the whole goodness that which I know and that which I do not know, and I seek Your protection from the whole evil that which I know and that which I do not know.”[2]

26. Soundness against diseases

“O Allah, I seek Your protection from leprosy, madness, and from bad diseases.”[3]

27. Safety from bad qualities

“O Allah, I seek Your protection from impotence, laziness, cowardice, stinginess, senility, cruelty, inadvertence, dependence, lowness, and misery. And I seek Your protection from poverty, disbelief, disobedience, dissension, hypocrisy, pride, and self-conceit. And I seek Your protection from deafness, dumbness, madness, leprosy, and bad diseases.”[4]

28. Bad neighbor


[1] Sahih of Muslim, vol. 6 p. 7.
[2] Sunan of ibn Majah, vol. 2 p. 264.
[3] Sunan of Abi Dawud, vol. 1 p. 346.
[4] Al-Mustadrak ala as-Sahihayn, vol. 1 p. 530, Kanzol Ummal, vol. 2 p. 188.


 

“O Allah, I seek Your protection from a bad neighbor in the permanent abode (towns) because the neighbor of desert (Bedouin) often moves.”[1]

29. A cunning friend

“O Allah, I seek Your protection from a cunning friend whose eyes see me and whose heart watches me; if he sees a good deed, he conceals it, and if he sees a bad deed, he spreads it.”[2]

30. Knowledge and labor

“O Allah, I seek Your protection from knowledge that does not benefit, a deed that is not accepted (by Allah), and a supplication that is not responded to.”[3]

31. Debt

“O Allah, I seek Your protection from the dominance of debt, the dominance of opponents, and the gloat of enemies.”[4]

32. Enticement

“O Allah, I seek Your protection from the enticement of women and I seek Your protection from the torture of the grave.”[5]

33. Abomination

“O Allah, I seek Your protection from abominable morals, abominable desires, abominable deeds, and from diseases.”[6]


[1] Mustadrak al-Hakim, vol. 1 p. 572.
[2] Kanzol Ummal, vol. 2 p. 185.
[3] Sahih of Muslim, vol. 8 p. 87.
[4] Sunan of an-Nassa’iy, vol. 2 p. 268, Musnad of Ahmed bin Hanbal, vol. 2 p. 173.
[5] Kanzol Ummal, vol. 2 p. 189.
[6] Sunan of at-Tarmithi, vol. 5 p. 233.


 

34. Bad day

“O Allah, I seek Your protection from a bad day, from a bad night, from a bad hour, from a bad friend, and from a bad neighbor in the permanent abode.”[1]

35. At travel

When the Prophet (a.s.) wanted to travel, he recited this du’a:

“O Allah, You are the companion in the travel and the successor in the family. O Allah, accompany us with loyalty and accept us with success. O Allah, cover to us the land and make the travel easy to us. O Allah, I seek Your protection from the hardship of the travel (the journey towards the afterlife) and the grief of the last abode.”[2]

Supplications the Prophet taught to Ali

First supplication:

One day, the Prophet (a.s.) sent Imam Ali (a.s.) to Yemen to invite the people there to monotheism and to embrace Islam. The people of Yemen turned Muslims at Imam Ali’s hand with no fight. The Prophet (a.s.) supplied Imam Ali (a.s.) with this holy supplication:

“O Allah, I turn to You with no trust from me in other than You, nor a hope taking me except to You, nor a power that I rely on, nor a means that I resort to except the seeking of Your favor, expecting of Your mercy, and the havening into the best of that which You have accustomed me to, and You are more aware of what has come to me before in my turning to You of what I like and hate; so in whatever You cast on me Your power, it is  


[1] Al-Mu’jam al-Kabeer, vol. 67 p. 294.
[2] At-Tathkirah al-Hamduniyyah, vol. 8 p. 116.


 

praiseworthy Your trial (on me) and clear Your decree in it, and You  efface what You will, and establish (what You will), and with You is the source of ordinance.

 O Allah, avert from me the fates of every calamity, and the means of every hardship, and spread on me a shadow from Your mercy, vastness from Your favors, and a grace from Your pardon so that I do not like the hastening of what You have delayed nor the delaying of what You have hastened, that besides what I ask You to be my guardian to my family, children, and fellows as best as You be a guardian to any absent of the believers in keeping every honor, covering every sin, pardoning every disobedience, and repelling every affliction, and grant me for that the gratefulness to You, the remembrance of You, the good worshipping to You, and the satisfaction with Your decree of fate, O You the Guardian of the believers.

And make me, with all that You have entrusted me with and my children and what You have granted to me, be from the believing men and believing women who are in Your refuge that is not violated, in Your protection that is not assaulted, in Your neighboring that is not left, Your safeguard that is not broken, and in Your shelter that is not exposed, for whoever is in Your refuge, protection, neighboring, safeguard, and shelter will be safe and protected, and there is no power and strength except in Allah, the High, the Great.”[1]

Second supplication:

From the supplications that the Prophet (a.s.) had ta*ught to Imam Ali (a.s.) is this one narrated by Anass bin Uways:

“O Allah, You are Allah, and You are the Beneficent, and You are the Merciful, the Sovereign, the Holy, the Giver of peace, the  


[1] Encyclopedia of Imam Ameerul Mo'minin Ali bin Abi Talib, vol. 4 p. 292-293.


 

Granter of security, the Guardian, the Mighty, the Compeller, the Superb, the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden, the Praised, the Glorious, the Beginner, the Restorer, the Loving, the Witness, the Ancient, the Highest, the Great, the Aware, the Truthful, the Compassionate, the Merciful, the Grateful, the Forgiver, the Wise, the Lord of power, the Firm, the Vigilant, the Great,  the Aware, the Rich, the Guardian, the Protector, the Lord of Majesty and Generosity, the Magnificent, the Aware, the Rich, the Guardian, the Judge, the Strainer, the Enlarger, the Just, the Loyal, the Guardian, the Truth, the Manifest, the Creator, the Bestower of sustenance, the Granter, the Forgiver, the Lord, the Trustee, the Kind, the Sustainer, the Bestower, the Lord, the Trustee, the Subtle, the Aware, the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing, the Rewarder of deeds, the Exalted, the Near, the Responder (to supplications), the Sender, the Heir, the Vast, the Everlasting, the Alive, the Existing that does not die, the Eternal, the Light, the Forgiver, the Unique, the Vanquisher, the One, the Eternal, the One who neither begets nor is He Begotten, and there is none like unto Him, the Possessor of might, the Powerful, the Aware of the unseen, the Originator, the Inventor, the Strainer, the Enlarger, the Caller, the Assistant, the Repeller,  the Harmful, the Benefiting, the Honorer, the Degrader, the Sustainer, the Giver, the Prominent, the Good-doer, the Kind, the Favorer, the Giver of life and death, the Doer of whatever He wills, the Master of the Kingdom; You give the kingdom to whomsoever You like, and take away the Kingdom from whomsoever You like, You exalt whomsoever You like and degrade whomsoever You like, in Your hands is all good, and surely You have power over all things. You cause the night to pass into the day and You cause the day to pass into the night, You bring forth the living out of the dead, and you bring forth the dead out of the living, and You give sustenance to whomsoever You like without measure. (O You) the One Who causes dawn to break, Who causes the grain


 

and the stone germinate. Whatever is in the heavens and the earth glorifies Him, and He is the Mighty, the Wise.

O my Lord! Whatever saying I have said, whatever oath I have taken, whatever vow I have vowed in this day of mine and this night; Your will is on all that, so that whatever You like may occur and whatever You do not like may not occur. So avert (affliction) away from me by Your power and might as there is no might or power save in Allah, the High, the Great.

O Allah! By these attributes that are accepted to You, send blessings on Mohammad and on the Progeny of Muhammad and forgive me, have mercy on me, accept my repentance, accept my deeds, improve my conditions, ease for me my affairs, increase my sustenance, and make me, by the Honor of Your Face, in no need of all of Your people, and save my face, hand, and tongue from asking other than You, and make to me deliverance and escape in my affairs, as You know and I do not know, and You have Power and I do not, and You have power over all things; by Your mercy O most Merciful of all the merciful, and send blessings on Mohammad and on his progeny the good, the pure.”[1]

Third supplication:

From the supplications that the Prophet (a.s.) had taught to Imam Ali (a.s.) is this one narrated by Uways al-Qurani:

“O Allah! I ask from You not from other than You, and I turn to You and not to any other than You. I ask from You, O You the security for the afraid, and the Protector of the seekers of protection; You are the Judge of all goodness, the Forgiver of slips, the Effacer of bad deeds, the Recorder of good deeds, the  


[1] Encyclopedia of Imam Ameerul Mo'minin Ali bin Abi Talib, vol. 4 p. 292-293.


 

Exalter of degrees, I ask You by the best of all requests and the most successful that people should not ask except by them, and I ask You by You O Allah, O Beneficent, and by Your best attributes, highest examples, and by Your blessings that are uncountable, and by Your attributes that are noblest to You, most beloved to You, most honored in position near You, the nearest as means to You, the most in getting to destination, the promptest to You in response, and by Your stored, glorious and most glorious, great and greatest Name that You love and are pleased with and pleased with whoever supplicates You by it and You respond to his supplication, and it is certain that You do not prevent Your asker by it (from response), and by every Name that is for You in the Torah, the Bible, the Psalms, and the Criterion (Furqan), and by every Name that is for You which You have taught or not taught to any one from Your people, and by every Name by which the carriers of Your Throne, Your angels, and Your choices from Your people call upon You, and by the askers from You, the turners to You, the seekers of Your protection, and by the suppliants to You, and by every servant who worships You in a land, in a sea, in a plain, or in a mountain, I supplicate You with a supplication of one whose neediness has become so heavy, whose sin so great, who has put his self to perishment, whose power has become so weak, who does not trust in anything of his deeds, nor does he find to his sin a forgiver but You, nor to his effort a refuge but You. I have escaped from You to You confessing and not disdaining, and not being haughty before worshipping You. O You, the comfort of every resorting poor, I ask You that You are Allah that there is no god but You, the Compassionate, the Favorer, the Inventor of the heavens and the earth, the Possessor of glory and generosity, the Knower of the unseen and the seen, the Beneficent, the Merciful; You are the Lord and I am the servant, You are the owner and I am the owned, You are the Mighty and I am low, You are the Rich and I am poor, You are the Alive and I am dead, You are the Immortal


 

and I am mortal, You are the Good-doer and I am the bad doer, You are the Forgiver and I am sinful, You are the Merciful and I am the fallible, You are the Creator and I am the creature, You are the Powerful and I am weak, You are the Giver and I am the beggar, You are the Securer and I am afraid, You are the Sustainer and I am the sustained one, and You are the only One deserving that I complain to Him, ask for His help, and wish from Him, because how many sinful ones there are that You have forgiven and how many mistakers there are that You have pardoned, so pardon me, have mercy on me, relieve me from what has afflicted me, do not expose me with what I have committed against myself, take my hand (guide me), and the hands of my parents and children, and have mercy on us by Your mercy, O the One of Majesty and Generosity.”[1]   

Fourth supplication

From the other supplications that the Prophet (a.s.) had taught to Imam Ali (a.s.) is this one:

“All praise is due to Allah. There is no god but He, the King, the Truth, the Manifest, the Administrator without any minister and without consultation with any of his slaves. He is the First, who cannot be described, and the Eternal after the annihilation of all creatures. He is the greatest in Lordship, the Light of the heavens and the earths, and the Creator and Inventor of them out of nothing. With no pillar He created both of them and opened them apart. So the heavens stood stable in obedience to His commandment and the earths became fixed on the surface of the water with their pegs. Then our Lord rose high in the highest heavens, the Beneficent on the Throne He sat. Everything that is in the heaven and in the earth and in between them and what is below the earth is to Him. So, I bear witness  


[1] Encyclopedia of Imam Ameerul Mo'minin Ali bin Abi Talib, vol. 4 p. 296-297.


 

that verily You are Allah. There is none to elevate what You have lowered and no one to exalt him whom You leaves in disgrace and no one to bring into disgrace him whom You exalts and no one to prevent what You give and no one to give what You withhold. You are Allah, there is no god but You. You have existed when there was neither built sky nor broad earth nor brilliant sun nor dark night, nor bright day, nor deep sea, nor firm mountain, nor moving star, nor shining moon, nor blowing wind, nor raining cloud, nor flashing lightning, nor glorifying thunder, nor breathing soul, nor flying bird, nor blazing fire, nor flowing water. You existed before the existence of everything and You created everything and controlled everything and originated everything. You enriched some and reduced others to poverty, caused some to die and brought others to life, and made some people glad and others weep, and then You mounted the Throne. O Allah, You are Blessed and Supreme. You are Allah that there is no god other than You. You are the Creator, the Supporter. Your Decree is overpowering and Your Knowledge is irrefutable. Your plan is wonderful, Your promise is true, Your word is right, Your judgment is just, Your saying is right guidance, Your Revelation is light, Your mercy is vast, Your pardon is great, Your grace is excessive, Your gift is abundant, Your cord is strong, Your might is ever-ready, the resorter to You is honored, Your punishment is severe, and Your plotting is cunning. O Lord! You are the place of every complaint, You are present in every gathering, the Witness of every secret, and the ultimate goal of every need, the Dispeller of every sorrow, the Affluence of every needy person, the fort for every refugee, the security for every afraid one, a shield for the weak, a treasure for the poor, the Deliverer of griefs, the helper of the virtuous; such is Allah, our Lord, there is no god but He. You suffice from Your servants whoever relies on You, and You are the Protector of whoever resorts to You and beseeches You. You are the shield for whoever seeks refuge with You, the


 

supporter of whoever seeks You support. You forgive the sins of whoever seeks Your forgiveness. Your are the Powerful One of the powerful, the greatest of the great, the Master of masters, the Lord of lords, the Guardian of guardians, the Helper of those crying for help, the Reliever of the distressed, the best of all listeners, the best of all seers, the best of all judges, the quickest of all reckoners, the most Merciful of the merciful, the best of all forgivers, the Satisfier of the needs of the faithful, and the Assistant of the virtuous.

You are Allah, there is no god but You the Lord of the worlds. You are the Creator and I am the creature. You are the Master and I am the servant. You are the Lord and I am a slave. You are the Provider and I am provided. You are the Giver and I am a beggar, You are the Generous and I am a miser. You are the Mighty and I am weak. You are the Noble and I am humble. You are the Rich and I am needy. You are the Master am I am the slave. You are the Forgiver and I am sinful. You are the Omniscient and I am ignorant. You are the Forbearing and I am hasty. You are the All-Merciful and I am mercified. You are the Curer and I am sick. You are the Responder and I am distressed. And I bear witness that verily You are Allah, there is no god but You, the Giver to Your servants (even) with no request (from them), and I bear witness that verily You are Allah, the One, the Peerless, the Unique, the Independent, the Single, and to you we must return. O Allah, have blessings upon Muhammad and his family the holy and pure, and forgive my sins, keep my faults concealed, and extend to me from You mercy and bounteous sustenance O the most Merciful of the merciful! All praise is due to Allah the Lord of the worlds, and Allah is Sufficient to us and is the best Reliable, and there is no might and power save in Allah the Exalted, the Great.”[1]  


[1] Encyclopedia of Imam Ameerul Mo'minin Ali bin Abi Talib, vol. 4 p. 289-300.


 

Fifth supplication:

This is another supplication taught by the Prophet (a.s.) to Imam Ali (a.s.) to supplicate Allah with it at Iftar (the breaking of fasting):

“O Allah the Lord of the Great Light, the Lord of the Sublime Throne, the Lord of the Swelling Sea, the Lord of the Big Shaf’ (the day of Eid ul-Adha) and the Honored Light, and the Lord of the Torah, the Bible, the Psalms, and great Criterion (Furqan).

You are God in the heavens and God in the earth, and there is no god in them other than You. You are Mighty in the heavens and Mighty in the earth, and there is no mighty one in them other than You. You are King in the heavens and King in the earth, and there is no king in them other than You.

I ask You by Your Great Name, by the Light of Your Holy Face, and Your Ancient Kingdom, O You Ever-Living, Eternal, Ever-living, Eternal, and by Your Name by which the heavens and the earth have shone, and Your Name by which the first people had been righteous and by which the last people become righteous. O You the Alive One before everything alive, and the Alive One after everything alive, O You the Alive One, there is no god but You; have blessings on Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad and forgive my sins and make to me in my affairs ease and near deliverance and fix me on the religion of Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad, and on the guidance of Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad, and on the Sunna of Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad, peace be on him and on them, and make my deeds from among the accepted and highly raised deeds, and grant to me as You have granted to Your saints and the people of Your obedience, for I believe in You, rely on You, turn to You, and my coming is to You, and gather to me and to my family the whole goodness, and keep away from me, from my parents, from my family, and


 

from my children the whole evil; You are the Kind, the Favorer, the Originator of the heavens and the earth, You give goodness to whomever You like and withhold it from whomever You like, so bestow on me Your mercy, O You the most Merciful of the merciful.”[1]

Supplications the Prophet taught to Fatima

The Prophet (a.s.) himself brought up and educated his daughter Fatima, the principal of all women of the worlds. He fed her with all kinds of piety and planted in her all excellent qualities and high morals that made her a unique and unequaled example for every Muslim woman. From that which the Prophet (a.s.) fed Fatima (a.s.) with were noble supplications that made her close to Allah all the time by them. The following are some of those supplications:

First supplication

“O Allah the Noblest Mentioned One, and the most Ancient One in glory and might, O Allah the Merciful One for every seeker of mercy, and the Refuge of every resorter to You, O Allah Who have pity on every grieved one who complains his grief and sorrow to You, O Allah the best One from Whom favor is asked and You give it secretly, O Allah Whom the angels that are shining with light fear, I ask You by the Names that the carriers of Your Throne call upon You by, and those around Your Throne in Your light glorify You by them for the fear of Your punishment, and by the Names that Gabriel, Michael, and Israfel call upon You by, that You may respond to me, relieve my grief, and keep my sins concealed.


[1] Encyclopedia of Imam Ameerul Mo'minin Ali bin Abi Talib, vol. 4 p. 301-302.


 

O You Who order of the Cry in His creatures and soon they will be resurrected in the al-Sahira,[1] I ask (You) by that Name by which You give life to the rotten bones, that You give life to my heart, dilate my chest, and improve my affairs.

O You Who have singled out the everlastingness for Yourself and created for Your creation death and life, O You Whose doing is just a saying, Whose saying is a commandment, and Whose commandment is executed on whomever You like, I ask You by the Name by which Your friend (Abraham) had called upon You when he was thrown into fire and You responded to him and said, (O fire, be coolness and peace for Abraham),[2] and the Name by which Moses had called upon You from the right side of the mountain, and You responded to him, and the Name by which You had relieved the distress of Ayyoub (Job), and accepted the repentance of Dawud (David), and subjugated for Solomon the wind to blow, and (subjugated) the Devils, and taught him the language of birds, and the Name by which You had granted to Zachariah Yahya, and created Jesus from the Holy Spirit with no father, and the Name by which You had created the Throne and the Divine Seat, and the Name by which You had created the Angels, and the Name by which You had created the jinn and men, and the Name by which You had created the whole creation and everything You wanted, and the name by which You had the power over everything, I ask You be these Names that You may give to me what I ask You for, and satisfy my needs.”[3]


[1] It is said, as in traditions, that al-Sahira is a land in other where than this earth where people shall be resurrected. 
[2] Qur'an, 21:69.
[3] The Life of the Principal of Women Fatima az-Zahra’, p. 55-57.


 

Second supplication:

The Prophet (a.s.) taught Fatima (a.s.) this du’a to be recited at affliction: 

“O You the Aware of the unseen and the secrets in the inners, O You the Obeyed the All-Knowing, O Allah, O Allah, O Allah, the defeater of the parties for Muhammad, the Plotter against the Pharaoh for Moses, the Savior of Jesus from the hands of the unjust, the Rescuer of the people of Noah from drowning, the Merciful to Your servant Jacob, the Reliever of Job’s distress, the Savior of Thun-Noon (Jonah) from darks, the Doer of every goodness, the Guide to every goodness, the Enjoiner on every goodness, the Creator of goodness, and the One of goodness, You are Allah; I turn to You in what I know and You are the Knower of the unseen, I ask You to have blessings on Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad.”[1]

Third supplication:

From the supplications that the Prophet (a.s.) taught to his daughter Fatima (a.s.) is this one to repel sleeplessness. Imam Ali narrated that once Fatima (a.s.) complained to the messenger of Allah (a.s.) of sleeplessness and he said to her to supplicate Allah with this du’a:

“O You the Satisfier of hungry abdomens, the Coverer of naked bodies, the Calmer of beating nerves, the Putting to sleep of sleepless eyes, calm down my beating nerves, and permit to my eye a soon sleeping.”[2]


[1] Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 88 p. 370.
[2] The Life of the Principal of Women Fatima az-Zahra’, p. 58.


 

Fourth supplication:

The Prophet (a.s.) taught this supplication to Fatima (a.s.) to recite it when she wanted to go into the mosque:

“O Allah, forgive me my sins and open to me the doors of Your favor.”

And to recite, when going out of the mosque:

“O Allah, forgive me my sins and open to me the doors of Your mercy.”[1]   


[1] The Life of the Principal of Women Fatima az-Zahra’, p. 58.