3 Dua From Nahjulbalgha
by Imam Ali(as)

There are three sermons in Nahjulbalagha which are in the nature of Duas 226,224,215 below :-
, Sermon 226: Supplication Seeking guidance to the right path

ومن دعاء له (عليه السلام) يلجأ فيه إلى الله لِيهديه إلى الرشاد

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ آنَسُ الاْنِسِينَ لاِوْلِيَائِكَ،
وَأَحْضَرُهُمْ بِالْكِفايَةِ لِلْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ عَلَيْكَ،
O My God! Thou art the most attached to Thy lovers and the most ready to assist those who trust in Thee.

تُشَاهِدُهُمْ فِي سَرَائِرِهِمْ،
وَتَطَّلِعُ عَلَيْهِمْ فِي ضَمائِرِهِمْ،
وَتَعْلَمُ مَبْلَغَ بَصَائِرِهِمْ،
فَأَسْرَارُهُمْ لَكَ مَكْشُوفَةٌ،
Thou seest them in their concealments,knowest whatever is in their consciences, and art aware of the extent of their intelligence.
Consequently, their secrets are open to Thee and their hearts are eager from Thee. If loneliness makes them desolate,

وَقُلُوبُهُمْ إِلَيْكَ مَلْهُوفَةٌ،
Thy remembrance gives them solace.

إِنْ أَوْحَشَتْهُمُ الْغُرْبَةُ آنَسَهُمْ ذِكْرُكَ،
وَإِنْ صُبَّتْ عَلَيْهِمُ الْمَصَائِبُ لَجأُوا إِلَى الاْسْتِجَارَةِ بِكَ،
عِلْماً بَأَنَّ أَزِمَّةَ الاْمُورِ بِيدِكَ،
وَمَصَادِرَهَا عَنْ قَضَائِكَ.
If distresses befall them, they beseech Thy protection,
because they know that the reins of affairs are in Thy hands,
and that their movements depend upon Thy commands.

اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ فَهِهْتُ عَنْ مسْأَلَتِي،
أَوْ عَمِيتُ عَنْ طِلْبَتِي،
فَدُلَّنِي عَلَى مَصَالِحِي،
وَخُذْ بِقَلْبِي إِلَى مَرَاشِدِي،
O My God! If I am unable to express my request or cannot see my needs,
then guide me towards my betterment and take my heart towards the correct goal,

فَلَيْسَ ذَاكَ بِنُكْر مِنْ هِدَايَاتِكَ،
وَلاَ بِبِدْع مِنْ كِفَايَاتِكَ.
for this is not against (the mode of) Thy guidance nor anything new against Thy ways of support.

اللَّهُمَّ احْمِلْنِي عَلَى عَفْوِكَ،
وَلاَ تَحْمِلْنِي عَلَى عدْلِكَ.
O My God! Deal with me through Thy forgiveness and do not deal with me according to Thy justice.
Alternative Sources for Sermon 226
(1) Al-Tusi, Misbah, 249;
(2) al-Samahiji, al-Sahifat al-’Alawiyyat al-'ula .
Sermon 224: O My God! Preserve (the grace of) my face… Supplication (seeking sufficiency from Allah)
ومن دعاء له (عليه السلام) يلتجىء إلى الله أن يغنيه
اللَّهُمَّ صُنْ وَجْهِي بِالْيَسَارِ،
وَلاَتَبْذُلْ جَاهِيَ بِالْاِقتَارِ،
فَأَسْتَرْزِقَ طَالِبِي رِزْقِكَ،
وَأَسْتَعْطِفَ شِرَارَ خَلْقِكَ،وَأُبْتَلَى بِحَمْدِ مَنْ أَعْطَانِي،
وَأُفْتَتَنَ بِذَمِّ مَنْ مَنَعَنِي،
وَأَنْتَ مِنْ وَرَاءِ ذلِكَ كُلِّهِ وَلِيُّ الاْعْطَاءِ والْمَنْعِ،
(إنَّكَ عَلى كُلِّ شَيء قَدِيرٌ)
O My God! Preserve (the grace of) my face with easiness of life and do not disgrace my countenance with destitution, lest I may have to beg a livelihood from those who beg from Thee, try to seek the favour of Thy evil creatures, engage myself in praising those who give to me, and be tempted in abusing those who do not give to me, although behind all these Thou art the master of giving and denying.
. . . Verily Thou over all things, art the All-powerful. (Qur'an, 66:8)
Alternative Sources for Sermon 224 (1) Al-Rawandi, al-Da’awat, see Bihar, vol. 75, 297; (2) al-Yamani, al-Taraz, I, 119.
Sermon 215: Praise be to Allah! Who made me such…. A prayer which Amir al-mu'minin often recited
ومن دعائه (عليه السلام) كان يدعو به كثيراً
الْحَمْدُ لله الَّذِي لَمْ يُصبِحْ بِي مَيِّتاً وَلاَ سَقِيماً،
وَلاَ مَضْرُوباً عَلَى عُرُوقِي بِسُوء،
وَلاَ مَأْخُوذاً بِأَسْوَاَ عَمَلِي،
وَلاَ مَقْطُوعاً دَابِرِي،
وَلاَ مُرْتَدّاً عَنْ دِينِي،
وَلاَ مُنْكِراً لِرَبِّي،
وَلاَ مُسْتَوْحِشاً مِنْ إِيمَانِي،
وَلاَ مُلْتَبِساً عَقْلِي،
وَلاَ مُعَذَّباً بَعَذابِ الاْمَمِ مِنْ قَبْلِي.
أَصْبَحْتُ عَبْداً مَمْلُوكاً ظَالِماً لِنَفْسِي،
لَكَ الْحُجَّةُ عَلَيَّ وَلاَ حُجَّةَ لِي،
لاَ أَسْتَطِيعُ أَنْ آخُذَ إِلاَّ مَا أَعْطَيْتَنِي،
وَلاَ أَتَّقِيَ إِلاَّ مَا وَقَيْتَنِي.
Praise be to Allah! Who made me such that I have not died nor am I sick,
nor have my veins been infected with disease,
nor have I been hauled up for my evil acts,
nor am I without progeny,
nor have I forsaken my religion,
nor do I disbelieve in my Lord,
nor do I feel strangeness with my faith,
nor is my intelligence affected,
nor have I been punished with the punishment of peoples before me.
I am a slave in Thy possession,
I have been guilty of excesses over myself.
Thou hast exhausted Thy pleas over me and I have no plea (before Thee).
I have no power to take except what Thou givest me,
and I cannot evade except what Thou savest me from.

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ أَنْ أَفْتَقِرَ فِي غِنَاكَ،
أَوْ أَضِلَّ فِي هُدَاكَ،
أَوْ أُضَامَ فِي سُلْطَانِكَ،
أَوْ أُضْطَهَدَ وَالاْمْرُ لَكَ!
اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ نَفْسِي أَوَّلَ كَرِيمَة تَنْتَزِعُهَا مِنْ كَرَائِمِي، وَأَوَّلَ وَدِيعَة تَرْتَجِعُهَا مِنْ وَدَائِعِ نِعَمِكَ عِنْدِي!
اللَّهُمْ إِنَّا نَعُوذُ بِكَ أَنْ نَذْهَبَ عَنْ قَوْلِكَ،
أَوْ نُفْتَتَنَ عَنْ دِينِكَ،
أَوْ تَتَابَعَ بِنَا أَهْوَاؤُنَا دُونَ الْهُدَى الَّذِي جَاءَ مِنْ عِنْدِكَ!
O My God! I seek Thy protection from becoming destitute despite Thy riches,
from being misguided despite Thy guidance,
from being molested in Thy realm and from being humiliated while authority rests with Thee.
O My God! Let my spirit be the first of those good objects that Thou takest from me and the first trust out of Thy favours held in trust with me.
O My God! We seek Thy protection from turning away from Thy command or revolting against Thy religion,
or being led away by our desires instead of by guidance that comes from Thee.

Alternative Sources for Sermon 215
(1) Al-Sayyid Ibn al-Baqi, al-'Ikhtibar;
(2) al-Majlisi, Bihar, vol. 94, 226.