Evil repelling Duas
Baqiyatus Salehaat

Chapter nine
EVIL-REPELLING PRAYERS AND SUPPLICATORY AMULETS
First: It is reported that when a man complained to Imam al-Sadiq (`a) about loneliness, the Imam (`a) said: May I lead you to a prayer that if you say, you will not feel lonely neither at nights nor in daytimes? It is this prayer:
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ وَبِٱللَّهِ
bismillahi wa billahi
In the Name of Allah, in Allah (I trust),

وَتَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَىٰ ٱللَّهِ
wa tawakkaltu `ala allahi
and on Allah do I rely.

إِنَّهُ مَنْ يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَىٰ ٱللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ
innahu man yatawakkal `ala allahi fahuwa hasbuhu
Verily, whoever trusts in Allah, He is sufficient for him.

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ بَالِغُ أَمْرِهِ
inna allaha balighu amrihi
Surely, Allah attains His purpose.

قَدْ جَعَلَ ٱللَّهُ لِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدْراً
qad ja`ala allahu likulli shay'in qadran
Allah indeed has appointed a measure for everything.

اَللَّهُمَّ ٱجْعَلْنِي فِي كَنَفِكَ وَفِي جِوَارِكَ
allahumma ij`alni fi kanafika wa fi jiwarika
O Allah, (please) put me under Your shade and in Your vicinity

وَٱجْعَلْنِي فِي أَمَانِكَ وَفِي مَنْعِكَ
waj`alni fi amanika wa fi man`ika
and put me under Your security and in Your shield.

Second: It is reported that whoever spends a night alone in a house or in a room, should recite Ayah al-Kursi and say this supplicatory prayer:
اَللَّهُمَّ آنِسْ وَحْشَتِي
allahumma anis wahshati
O Allah, (please) entertain my loneliness,

وَآمِنْ رَوْعَتِي
wa amin raw`ati
secure my dread,

وَأَعِنِّي عَلَىٰ وَحْدَتِي
wa a`inni `ala wahdati
and help me against my being alone.

Third: The Holy Prophet (s) is reported to have used these words as evil-repelling prayer (`udhah) for Imam al-Hasan and Imam al-Husayn (`a):
أُعِيذُكُمَا بِكَلِمَاتِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلتَّامَّةِ
u`idhukuma bikalimati allahi alttammati
I pray for Your protection the perfect Words of Allah

وَأَسْمَائِهِ ٱلْحُسْنَىٰ كُلِّهَا عَامَّةً
wa asma'ihi alhusna kulliha `ammatan
and all of His excellent names totally

مِنْ شَرِّ ٱلسَّامَّةِ وَٱلْهَامَّةِ
min sharri alssammati walhammati
against the evil of poisonous things and the pestles,

وَمِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ عَيْنٍ لاَمَّةٍ
wa min sharri kulli `aynin lammatin
against the evil of all evil eyes,

وَمِنْ شَرِّ حَاسِدٍ إِذَا حَسَدَ
wa min sharri hasidin idha hasada
and against the evil of the envious when he envies.

Commenting, the Holy Prophet (s) added, “Thus did (Prophet) Abraham use to repel evil from Ishmael and Isaac.” Fourth: The companions of the Holy Prophet (s) are reported, in one of the military expeditions, to have complained to him about fleas that annoyed them. Instructing them, the Holy Prophet (s) said: When you go to sleep, you may say this supplicatory prayer:
أَيُّهَا ٱلأَسْوَدُ ٱلْوَثَّابُ
ayyuha al-aswadu alwaththabu
O black, leaping fleas

ٱلَّذِي لاَ يُبَالِي غَلَقاً وَلاَ بَاباً
alladhi la yubali ghalaqan wa la baban
that care for neither a lock nor a door,

عَزَمْتُ عَلَيْكَ بِأُمِّ ٱلْكِتَابِ
`azamtu `alayka bi'ummi alkitabi
I adjure you in the name of the Mother of the Book

أَنْ لاَ تُؤْذِيَنِي وَأَصْحَابِي
an la tu'dhiyani wa ashabi
not to annoy my companions and me

إِلَىٰ أَنْ يَذْهَبَ ٱللَّيْلُ
ila an yadhhaba allaylu
until night terminates

وَيَجِي‏ءَ ٱلصُّبْحُ بِمَا جَاءَ
wa yaji'a alssubhu bima ja'a
and morning comes carrying what it carries.

Fifth: Imam `Ali Amir al-Mu'minin (`a) is reported to have said: When you see a beast, you should say this:
أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ دَانْيَالَ وَٱلْجُبِّ
a`udhu birabbi danyala waljubbi
I pray the protection of the Lord of Daniel and the well (in which Daniel was thrown with beasts)

مِنْ كُلِّ أَسَدٍ مُسْتَأْسِدٍ
min kulli asadin musta'sidin
against all strong, ravenous lions.

Imam al-Sadiq (`a) is reported to have said: When you face a beast, you should recite in its face ªyah al-Kursi and these words:
عَزَمْتُ عَلَيْكَ بِعَزِيمَةِ ٱللَّهِ
`azamtu `alayka bi`azimati allahi
I adjure you by the adjuration of Allah,

وَعَزِيمَةِ مُحَمَّدٍ صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ
wa `azimati muhammadin salla allahu `alayhi wa alihi
the adjuration of Muhammad, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Household,

وَعَزِيمَةِ سُلَيْمَانَ بْنِ دَاوُدَ
wa `azimati sulaymana ibni dawuda
the adjuration of Solomon the son of David,

وَعَزِيمَةِ أَمِيرِ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ عَلِيِّ بْنِ أَبِي طَالِبٍ عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلاَمُ
wa `azimati amiri almu'minina `aliyyi ibni abi talibin `alayhi alssalamu
the adjuration of the Commander of the Faithful `Ali the son of Abi-Talib, peace be upon him,

وَٱلأَئِمَّةِ ٱلطَّاهِرِينَ عَلَيْهِمُ ٱلسَّلاَمُ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ
wal-a'immati alttahirina `alayhim alssalamu min ba`dihi
and the adjuration of the immaculate Imams after him, peace be upon them.

If you do so, the beast will go away, by the will of Allah the All-exalted. Sixth: The Holy Prophet (s) is reported to have said to Imam `Ali Amir al-Mu'minin (`a): When you fall in a trouble or an ordeal, you may say the following words. Once you do, Allah the Almighty and All-exalted will ward off from you whatever sort of misfortune He wills:
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
bismi allahi alrrahmani alrrahimi
In the Name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

وَلاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِٱللَّهِ ٱلْعَلِيِّ ٱلْعَظيِمِ
wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billahi al`aliyyi al`azimi
There is neither might nor power save with Allah the All-high and All-great.


Chapter 5 Each Infalliable dua 1-10 SECTION FIVE BRIEF SUPPLICATORY AND EVIL-REPELLING PRAYERS
This section comprises a number of brief supplicatory and evil-repelling prayers that I have selected from the two books entitled Muhaj al-Da`awat and al-Mujtana compiled by Sayyid Radi al-Din Ibn Tawus.
First: Imam Musa ibn Ja`far (`a) is reported to have quoted the Holy Prophet (s) as instructing Imam `Ali (`a) to say this supplicatory prayer whenever a hardship would bother him:
اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ بِحَقِّ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ
allahumma inni as'aluka bihaqqi muhammadin wa ali muhammadin
O Allah, I beseech You in the name of Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad

أَنْ تُصَلِّيَ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ
an tusalliya `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin
to bless Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad

وَأَنْ تُنْجِيَنِي مِنْ هٰذَا ٱلْغَمِّ
wa an tunjiyani min hadha alghammi
and to save me from this distress.


Lady Fatimah’s Evil-Repelling Prayer
Second: This evil-repelling prayer is ascribed to Lady Fatimah (`a):
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
bismillahi alrrahman alrrahimi
In the Name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّوْمُ
ya hayyu ya qayyumu
O He Who is Ever-living; O He Who is Self-subsisting,

بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ فَأَغِثْنِي
birahmatika astaghithu fa'aghithni
in the name of Your mercy I pray for Your aid; so, (please) come to my aid,

وَلاَ تَكِلْنِي إِلىٰ نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ أَبَداً
wa la takilni ila nafsi tarfata `aynin abadan
do not leave me with myself even for a winking of an eye,

وَأَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ
wa aslih li sha'ni kullahu
and set aright my entire affair.


Imam Zayn al-`ªbidin’s Evil-Repelling Prayer
Third: This evil-repelling prayer is ascribed to Imam `Ali ibn al-Husayn Zayn al-`ªbidin (`a):
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
bismillahi alrrahman alrrahimi
In the Name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ وَبِٱللَّهِ
bismillahi wa billahi
In the Name of Allah (I begin) and in Allah (I put my trust).

سَدَدْتُ أَفْوَاهَ ٱلْجِنِّ وَٱلإِنْسِ
sadadtu afwaha aljinni wal-insi
I shut the mouths of jinn, human beings,

وَٱلشَّيَاطِينِ وَٱلسَّحَرَةِ وَٱلأَبَالِسَةِ
walshshayatini walssaharati wal-abalisati
devils, sorcerers, demons,

مِنَ ٱلْجِنِّ وَٱلإِنْسِ
min aljinni wal-insi
both jinn and human beings,

وَٱلسَّلاَطِينِ وَمَنْ يَلُوذُ بِهِمْ
walssalatini wa man yaludhu bihim
rulers, and their protégés

بِٱللَّهِ ٱلْعَزِيزِ ٱلأَعَزِّ
billahi al`azizi al-a`azzi
in the name of Allah the Almighty and Mightiest,

وَبِٱللَّهِ ٱلْكَبِيرِ ٱلأَكْبَرِ
wa billahi alkabiri al-akbari
in the name of Allah the Great and Greatest,

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلظَّاهِرِ ٱلْبَاطِنِ
bismillahi alzzahiri albatini
and in the name of Allah that is evident, immanent,

ٱلْمَكْنُونِ ٱلْمَخْزُونِ
almaknuni almakhzuni
hoarded, and stored,

ٱلَّذِي أَقَامَ بِهِ ٱلسَّمَاوَاتِ وَٱلأَرْضَ
alladhi aqama bihi alssamawati wal-arda
and by which Allah has established the heavens and the earth

ثُمَّ ٱسْتَوَىٰ عَلَىٰ ٱلْعَرْشِ
thumma istawa `ala al`arshi
and then prevailed on the Throne.

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
bismillahi alrrahman alrrahimi
“In the Name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

«وَوَقَعَ ٱلْقَوْلُ عَلَيْهِمْ بِمَا ظَلَمُوٱ
wa waqa`a alqawlu `alayhim bima zalamu
And the word shall come to pass against them because they were unjust,

فَهُمْ لاَ يَنْطِقُونَ.»
fahum la yantiquna
so they shall not speak.”

«قَالَ ٱخْسَئُوٱ فِيهَا وَلاَ تُكَلِّمُونِ.»
qala ikhsa'u fiha wa la tukallimuni
“He shall say: Go away into it and speak not to Me.”

«وَعَنَتِ ٱلْوُجُوهُ لِلْحَيِّ ٱلْقَيُّوْمِ
wa `anat alwujuhu lilhayyi alqayyumi
“And the faces shall be humbled before the Living, the Self-subsistent Allah,

وَقَدْ خَابَ مَنْ حَمَلَ ظُلْماً.»
wa qad khaba man hamala zulman
and he who bears iniquity is indeed in a failure.”

«وَخَشَعَتِ ٱلأَصْوَاتُ لِلرَّحْمٰنِ
wa khasha`at al-aswatu lilrrahmani
“And the voices shall be low before the Beneficent Allah

فَلاَ تَسْمَعُ إِلاَّ هَمْساً.»
fala tasma`u illa hamsan
so that you shall not hear aught but a soft sound.”

«وَجَعَلْنَا عَلَىٰ قُلُوبِهِمْ أَكِنَّةً أَنْ يَفْقَهُوهُ
wa ja`alna `ala qulubihim akinnatan an yafqahuhu
“And We have cast veils over their hearts lest they understand it

وَفِي آذَانِهِمْ وَقْراً.»
wa fi adhanihim waqran
and a heaviness into their ears.”

«وَإِذَا ذَكَرْتَ رَبَّكَ فِي ٱلْقُرْآنِ وَحْدَهُ
wa idha dhakarta rabbaka fi alqur'ani wahdahu
“And when you mention your Lord alone in the Qur'an

وَلَّوَْٱ عَلَىٰ أَدْبَارِهِمْ نُفُوراً.»
wallaw `ala adbarihim nufuran
they turn their backs in aversion.”

«وَإِذَا قَرَأْتَ ٱلْقُرْآنَ
wa idha qara'ta alqur'ana
“And when you recite the Qur'an,

جَعَلْنَا بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَ ٱلَّذِينَ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِٱلآخِرَةِ
ja`alna baynaka wa bayna alladhina la yu'minuna bilakhirati
We place between you and those who do not believe in the hereafter

حِجَاباً مَسْتُوراً.»
hijaban masturan
a hidden barrier.”

«وَجَعَلْنَا مِنْ بَيْنِ أَيْدِيهِمْ سَدّاً
wa ja`alna min bayni aydihim saddan
“And We have made before them a barrier

وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِمْ سَدّاً
wa min khalfihim saddan
and a barrier behind them,

فَأَغْشَيْنَاهُمْ فَهُمْ لاَ يُبْصِرُونَ.»
fa'aghshaynahum fahum la yubsiruna
then We have covered them over so that they do not see.”

«الْيَوْمَ نَخْتِمُ عَلَىٰ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ
alyawma nakhtimu `ala afwahihim
“On that day, We will set a seal upon their mouths,

وَتُكَلِّمُنَا أَيْدِيهِمْ.»
wa tukallimuna aydihim
and their hands shall speak to Us.”

«فَهُمْ لاَ يَنْطِقُونَ.»
fahum la yantiquna
“So, they shall not speak.”

«لَوْ أَنْفَقْتَ مَا فِي ٱلأَرْضِ جَمِيعاً
law anfaqta ma fi al-ardi jami`an
“Had you spent all that is in the earth,

مَا أَلَّفْتَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِهِمْ
ma allafta bayna qulubihim
you could not have united their hearts,

وَلَكِنَّ ٱللَّهَ أَلَّفَ بَيْنَهُمْ
wa lakinna allaha allafa baynahum
but Allah united them.

إِنَّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ.»
innahu `azizun hakimun
Surely, He is Mighty, Wise.”

وَصَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِهِ ٱلطَّاهِرِينَ
wa salla allahu `ala muhammadin wa alihi alttahirina
May Allah bless Muhammad and his immaculate Household.


Imam Ja`far al-Sadiq’s Evil-Repelling Prayer Fourth: This evil-repelling prayer is ascribed to Imam Ja`far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq (`a):
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
bismillahi alrrahman alrrahimi
In the Name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

يَا خَالِقَ ٱلْخَلْقِ
ya khaliqa alkhalqi
O Creator of the creation!

وَيَا بَاسِطَ ٱلرِّزْقِ
wa ya basita alrrizqi
O Amplifying of sustenance!

وَيَا فَالِقَ ٱلْحَبِّ
wa ya faliqa alhabbi
O Splitter of grains!

وَيَا بَارِئَ ٱلنَّسَمِ
wa ya bari'a alnnasami
O Originator of spirits!

وَمُحْيِيَ ٱلْمَوْتَىٰ
wa muhyiyaa almawta
O Reviver of the dead!

وَمُمِيتَ ٱلأَحْيَاءِ
wa mumita al-ahya'i
O Deadener of the living!

وَدَائِمَ ٱلثَّبَاتِ
wa da'ima alththabati
O constantly Firm!

وَمُخْرِجَ ٱلنَّبَاتِ
wa mukhrija alnnabati
O Bringer forth of plants!

ٱفْعَلْ بِي مَا أَنْتَ أَهْلُهُ
if`al bi ma anta ahluhu
(Please) do to me what befits You to do,

وَلاَ تَفْعَلْ بِي مَا أَنَا أَهْلُهُ
wa la taf`al bi ma ana ahluhu
but do not do to me what I deserve,

وَأَنْتَ أَهْلُ ٱلتَّقْوَىٰ وَأَهْلُ ٱلْمَغْفِرَةِ
wa anta ahlu alttaqwa wa ahlu almaghfirati
for You are the worthiest to be feared and the worthiest to forgive.


Imam Musa al-Kazim’s Evil-Repelling Prayer
Fifth: `Ali ibn Yaqtin has reported that when Imam Musa ibn Ja`far (`a) was with some of his relatives, he was informed about the decisions that Musa ibn al-Mahdi, the brother of Harun the `Abbasid ruler, had made about him. He asked his relatives, “What do you think?” They said, “We think that it is better for you to avoid him and hide yourself since no one can be immune from his wickedness.” Imam al-Kazim (`a) smiled and quoted this poetic verse as example:
زَعَمَتْ سَخِينَةُ أَنْ سَتَغْلِبُ رَبَّهَا
The eaters of the hot, mean meals (i.e. Quraysh) have claimed that they will overcome their Lord.
فَلَيَغْلِبَنَّ مَغَالِبَ ٱلْغُلاَّبِ
Verily, the overcomer of all combatants shall most surely win.
He (`a) then raised his hands towards the sky and said this supplicatory prayer:
إِلٰهِي كَمْ مِنْ عَدُوٍّ شَحَذَ لِي ظُبَةَ مُدْيَتِهِ
ilahi kam min `aduwwin shahadha li zubata mudyatihi
O my God, too many are the enemies who honed their daggers’ edge against me,

وَأَرْهَفَ لِي شَبَا حَدِّهِ
wa arhafa li shaba haddihi
sharpened the heads of their weapons against me,

وَدَافَ لِي قَوَاتِلَ سُمُومِهِ
wa dafa li qawatila sumumihi
mixed for me their deadly poisons,

وَلَمْ تَنَمْ عَنِّي عَيْنُ حِرَاسَتِهِ
wa lam tanam `anni `aynu hirasatihi
and kept a sleepless eye on me,

فَلَمَّا رَأَيْتَ ضَعْفِي عَنِ ٱحْتِمَالِ ٱلْفَوَادِحِ
falamma ra'ayta da`fi an ihtimali alfawadihi
but when You considered that I am too weak to bear hardships

وَعَجْزِي عَنْ مُلِمَّاتِ ٱلْجَوَائِحِ
wa `ajzi `an mulimmati aljawa'ihi
and I am too powerless to bear the accumulating cataclysms,

صَرَفْتَ ذٰلِكَ عَنِّي بِحَوْلِكَ وَقُوَّتِكَ
sarafta dhalika `anni bihawlika wa quwwatika
You warded off all that from me through Your might and power,

لاَ بِحَوْلٍ مِنِّي وَلاَ قُوَّةٍ
la bihawlin minni wa la quwwatin
but not through my might or power.

فَأَلْقَيْتَهُ فِي ٱلْحَفِيرِ ٱلَّذِي ٱحْتَفَرَهُ لِي
fa'alqaytahu fi alhafiri alladhi ihtafarahu li
You have thus thrown him in the hole, which he had dug for me,

خَائِباً مِمَّا أَمَّلَهُ فِي ٱلدُّنْيَا
kha'iban mimma ammalahu fi alddunya
making him lose any hope he had in this world

مُتَبَاعِداً مِمَّا رَجَاهُ فِي الآخِرَةِ
mutaba`idan mimma rajahu fi al-akhirati
and move away from what he had expected in the Hereafter.

فَلَكَ ٱلْحَمْدُ عَلَىٰ ذٰلِكَ
falaka alhamdu `ala dhalika
So, all praise be to you for that;

قَدْرَ ٱسْتِحْقَاقِكَ سَيِّدِي
qadra istihqaqika sayyidi
praise that is comparable to what You deserve, O my master.

اَللَّهُمَّ فَخُذْهُ بِعِزَّتِكَ
allahumma fakhudhhu bi`izzatika
So, O Allah, (please) grasp him by Your almightiness,

وَٱفْلُلْ حَدَّهُ عَنِّي بِقُدْرَتِكَ
waflul haddahu `anni biqudratika
notch his sharpness against me with Your omnipotence,

وَٱجْعَلْ لَهُ شُغْلاًَ فِيمَا يَلِيهِ
waj`al lahu shughlan fima yalihi
and cause him to be engaged with what will inflict him

وَعَجْزاً عَمَّا يُنَاوِيهِ
wa `ajzan `amma yunawihi
and to be too weak to face his rivals.

اَللَّهُمَّ وَأَعْدِنِي عَلَيْهِ عَدْوَىًٰ حَاضِرَةً
allahumma wa a`dini `alayhi `adwan hadiratan
O Allah, (please) help me against his animosity with such help that is in progress

تَكُونُ مِنْ غَيْظِي شِفَاءً
takunu min ghayzi shifa'an
and due to which my rage will be healed

وَمِنْ حَنَقِي عَلَيْهِ وِقَاءً
wa min hanaqi `alayhi wiqa'an
and my anger will protect me against him.

وَصِلِ ٱللَّهُمَّ دُعَائِي بِٱلإِجَابَةِ
wa sil allahumma du`a'i bil-ijabati
O Allah, (please) connect my prayer with Your response,

وَٱنْظِمْ شِكَايَتِي بِٱلتَّغْيِيرِ
wanzim shikayati bilttaghyiri
attach my complaint to the reply that changes my state,

وَعَرِّفْهُ عَمَّا قَلِيلٍ مَا أَوْعَدْتَ ٱلظَّالِمِينَ
wa `arrifhu `amma qalilin ma aw`adta alzzalimina
show him very soon and practically what You have prepared threateningly for the wrongdoers,

وَعَرِّفْنِي مَا وَعَدْتَ فِي إِجَابَةِ ٱلْمُضْطَرِّينَ
wa `arrifni ma wa`adta fi ijabati almudtarrina
and show me very soon and practically how You respond to the distressed ones.

إِنَّكَ ذُو ٱلْفَضْلِ ٱلْعَظِيمِ
innaka dhulfadli al`azimi
Verily, You are the Lord of great favor

وَٱلْمَنِّ ٱلْكَرِيمِ
walmanni alkarimi
and generous conferral.


The attendants then separated. Their next meeting was to discuss the news of the death of Musa ibn al-Mahdi.

The Pocket Patch; Imam al-Rida’s Supplicatory Amulet
Sixth: Yasir, the servant of al-Ma'mun the `Abbasid ruler, has reported that when Imam Abu’l-Hasan `Ali ibn Musa al-Rida (`a) arrived in the palace of Hamid ibn Qahtabah to live in, he took off his shirt and handed it over to Hamid, who took it and gave it to one of his she-servants to wash it. Soon after that, the she-servant returned carrying a patch. She gave it to Hamid and said, “I have found this in the pocket of Abu’l-Hasan.”
Asking about it, Hamid said to Imam al-Rida (`a), “May Allah accept me as ransom for you! The she-servant has found a patch in your pocket. What is it?”
Answering him, the Imam (`a) said, “Hamid, this is a supplicatory amulet that I never put aside.”
Hamid said, “Will you kindly honor us with it?”
Imam al-Rida (`a) further explained, “Whoever carries this supplicatory amulet in his pocket, will be saved from tribulations and it will protect him from Satan the accursed.”
Then, Imam al-Rida (`a) dictated its form to Hamid. It is thus the following:
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
bismillahi alrrahman alrrahimi
In the Name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ
bismillahi
In the Name of Allah.

إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِٱلرَّحْمٰنِ مِنْكَ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَقِيّاً
inni a`udhu bilrrahmani minka in kunta taqiyyan
Surely, I seek refuge in the Beneficent Allah from you, if you are pious

أَوْ غَيْرَ تَقِيٍّ
aw ghayra taqiyyin
or impious.

أَخَذْتُ بِٱللَّهِ ٱلسَّمِيعِ ٱلْبَصِيرِ
akhadhtu billahi alssami`i albasiri
I seek Allah the All-hearing and All-seeing

عَلَىٰ سَمْعِكَ وَبَصَرِكَ
`ala sam`ika wa basarika
to guard me against your hearing and your sight.

لاَ سُلْطَانَ لَكَ عَلَيَّ
la sultana laka `alayya
You have authority neither over me,

وَلاَ عَلَىٰ سَمْعِي
wa la `ala sam`i
nor over my hearing,

وَلاَ عَلَىٰ بَصَرِي
wa la `ala basari
nor over my sight,

وَلاَ عَلَىٰ شَعْرِي
wa la `ala sha`ri
nor over my hair,

وَلاَ عَلَىٰ بَشَرِي
wa la `ala bashari
nor over my skin,

وَلاَ عَلَىٰ لَحْمِي
wa la `ala lahmi
nor over my flesh,

وَلاَ عَلَىٰ دَمِي
wa la `ala dami
nor over my blood,

وَلاَ عَلَىٰ مُخِّي
wa la `ala mukhkhi
nor over my brain,

وَلاَ عَلَىٰ عَصَبِي
wa la `ala `asabi
nor over my veins,

وَلاَ عَلَىٰ عِظَامِي
wa la `ala `izami
nor over my bones,

وَلاَ عَلَىٰ مَالِي
wa la `ala mali
nor over my property,

وَلاَ عَلَىٰ مَا رَزَقَنِي رَبِّي
wa la `ala ma razaqani rabbi
nor over what my Lord has provided me.

سَتَرْتُ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَكَ بِسِتْرِ ٱلنُّبُوَّةِ
satartu bayni wa baynaka bisitri alnnubuwwati
I block between you and me with the blockage of prophecy

ٱلَّذِي ٱسْتَتَرَ أَنْبِيَاءُ ٱللَّهِ بِهِ
alladhi istatara anbya'u allahi bihi
with which the prophets of Allah blocked

مِنْ سَطَوَاتِ ٱلْجَبَابِرَةِ وَٱلْفَرَاعِنَةِ
min satawati aljababirati walfara`inati
against the sways of the tyrants and the oppressive rules.

جَبْرَئِيلُ عَنْ يَمِينِي
jabra'ilu `an yamini
Gabriel is to my right side,

وَمِيكَائِيلُ عَنْ يَسَارِي
wa mika'ilu `an yasari
Michael to my left side,

وَإِسْرَافِيلُ عَنْ وَرَائِي
wa israfilu `an wa ra'i
Seraph to my backside,

وَمُحَمَّدٌ صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ أَمَامِي
wa muhammadun salla allahu `alayhi wa alihi amami
Muhammad, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Household, to my front side,

وَٱللَّهُ مُطَّلِعٌ عَلَيَّ
wallahu muttali`un `alayya
and Allah is overseeing me

يَمْنَعُكَ مِنِّي
yamna`uka minni
to prevent you from me

وَيَمْنَعُ ٱلشَّيْطَانَ مِنِّي
wa yamna`u alshshaytana minni
and prevent Satan from me.

اَللَّهُمَّ لاَ يَغْلِبُ جَهْلُهُ أَنَاتَكَ
allahumma la yaghlibu jahluhu anataka
O Allah, let not his intolerance overcome Your forbearance

أَنْ يَسْتَفِزَّنِي وَيَسْتَخِفَّنِي
an yastafizzani wa yastakhiffani
lest he may provoke and belittle me.

اَللَّهُمَّ إِلَيْكَ ٱلْتَجَأْتُ
allahumma ilayka altaja'tu
O Allah, to You do I resort.

اَللَّهُمَّ إِلَيْكَ ٱلْتَجَأْتُ
allahumma ilayka altaja'tu
O Allah, to You do I resort.

اَللَّهُمَّ إِلَيْكَ ٱلْتَجَأْتُ
allahumma ilayka altaja'tu
O Allah, to You do I resort.


This supplicatory amulet is connected to a miraculous story that was reported by Abu’l-Salt who, reporting this story, has said: One day, my master `Ali ibn Musa al-Rida (`a) was sitting in his house when a messenger of the ruler, al-Ma'mun, came to him and informed that the ruler had summoned him to present himself before him. `Ali ibn Musa al-Rida (`a) stood up and said to me, “Abu’l-Salt, it is not usual that the ruler summons me at such time unless there will be a catastrophic matter. No, by Allah! He will not be able to inflict any misfortunate thing upon me, because I carry with me a few words that came to my hand from my grandfather, the Holy Prophet (s).”
I, Abu’l-Salt, then came out with the Imam (`a) to respond to al-Ma'mun’s summon. The moment Imam al-Rida’s eyes fell on al-Ma'mun, he said this supplicatory amulet entirely. When he was present there, the ruler looked at the Imam (`a) and said, “Abu’l-Hasan, I have ordered one hundred thousand dirhams to be given to you. You may also write to me whatever you need.”
When the Imam (`a) left, al-Ma'mun looked at his back and said, “I wanted something, but Allah wanted another. However, what Allah wants must be better.”


Imam al-Jawad’s Evil-Repelling Prayer
Seventh: This evil-repelling prayer is ascribed to Imam Muhammad ibn `Ali al-Jawad (`a):
يَا نُورُ يَا بُرْهَانُ
ya nuru ya burhanu
O Light! O Demonstrative Argument!

يَا مُبِينُ يَا مُنِيرُ
ya mubinu ya muniru
O Evident! O Brilliant!

يَا رَبِّ ٱكْفِنِي ٱلشُّرُورَ
ya rabbi ikfini alshshurura
O Lord, (please) save me from all evils

وَآفَاتِ ٱلدُّهُورِ
wa afati aldduhuri
and vicissitudes of times,

وَأَسْأَلُكَ ٱلنَّجَاةَ يَوْمَ يُنْفَخُ فِي ٱلصُّورِ
wa as'aluka alnnajata yawma yunfakhu fi alssuri
and I beseech You for redemption on the day when the Trumpet will be blown.


Imam `Ali al-Naqi’s Evil-Repelling Prayer
Eighth: This evil-repelling prayer is ascribed to Imam `Ali ibn Muhammad al-Naqi al-Hadi (`a):
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
bismillahi alrrahman alrrahimi
In the Name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

يَا عَزِيزَ ٱلْعِزِّ فِي عِزِّهِ
ya `aziza al`izzi fi `izzihi
O Mighty of all might in His almightiness!

مَا أَعَزَّ عَزِيزَ ٱلْعِزِّ فِي عِزِّهِ
ma a`azza `aziza al`izzi fi `izzihi
How mighty the mighty of all might in His almightiness is!

يَا عَزِيزُ أَعِزَّنِي بِعِزِّكَ
ya `azizu a`izzani bi`izzika
O Mighty, (please) make me mighty in the name of Your almightiness,

وَأَيِّدْنِي بِنَصْرِكَ
wa ayyidni binasrika
aide me with Your support,

وَٱدْفَعْ عَنِّي هَمَزَاتِ ٱلشَّيَاطِينِ
wadfa` `anni hamazati alshshayatini
ward off from me the inspirations of devils,

وَٱدْفَعْ عَنِّي بِدَفْعِكَ
wadfa` `anni bidaf`ika
defend me with Your defense,

وَٱمْنَعْ عَنِّي بِصُنْعِكَ
wamna` `anni bisun`ika
protect me with Your making,

وَٱجْعَلْنِي مِنْ خِيَارِ خَلْقِكَ
waj`alni min khiyari khalqika
and make me of the best of Your creatures.

يَا وَاحِدُ يَا أَحَدُ
ya wahidu ya ahadu
O One! O One and Only!

يَا فَرْدُ يَا صَمَدُ
ya fardu ya samadu
O Unique! O eternally besought of all.


Imam al-Hasan al-`Askari’s Evil-Repelling Prayer
Ninth: This evil-repelling prayer is ascribed to Imam al-Hasan ibn `Ali al-`Askari (`a):
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
bismillahi alrrahman alrrahimi
In the Name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

يَا عُدَّتِي عِنْدَ شِدَّتِي
ya `uddati `inda shiddati
O my means in my ordeals!

وَيَا غَوْثِي عِنْدَ كُرْبَتِي
wa ya ghawthi `inda kurbati
O my aide in my agonies!

وَيَا مُؤْنِسِي عِنْدَ وَحْدَتِي
wa ya mu'nisi `inda wahdati
O my entertainment in my loneliness!

ٱحْرُسْنِي بِعَيْنِكَ الَّتِي لاَ تَنَامُ
ihrusni bi`aynika allati la tanamu
(Please) guard me with Your eye that never sleeps

وَٱكْنُفْنِي بِرُكْنِكَ ٱلَّذِي لاَ يُرَامُ
waknufni biruknika alladhi la yuramu
and embrace me with Your support that is invincible.


Imam al-Mahdi’s Evil-Repelling Prayer
Tenth: This evil-repelling prayer is ascribed to our master the Rising Imam al-Mahdi (`a):
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
bismillahi alrrahman alrrahimi
In the Name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

يَا مَالِكَ ٱلرِّقَابِ
ya malika alrriqabi
O owner of all selves!

وَيَا هَازِمَ ٱلأَحْزَابِ
wa ya hazima al-ahzabi
O defeater of the allies!

يَا مُفَتِّحَ ٱلأَ بْوَابِ
ya mufattiha al-abwabi
O opener of all doors!

يَا مُسَبِّبَ ٱلأَسْبَابِ
ya musabbiba al-asbabi
O creator of all causes!

سَبِّبْ لَنَا سَبَباً
sabbib lana sababan
(Please) create for us a cause

لاَ نَسْتَطِيعُ لَهُ طَلَباً
la nastati`u lahu talaban
that we cannot find anywhere else,

بِحَقِّ لاَ إِلٰهَ إلاَّ ٱللَّهُ
bihaqqi la ilaha illa allahu
in the name of ‘There is no god but Allah.

مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ ٱللَّهِ
muhammadun rasulu allahi
Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.’

صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَعَلَىٰ آلِهِ أَجْمَعِينَ
salla allahu `alayhi wa `ala alihi ajma`ina
May Allah’s blessings be upon him and all of the members of his Household.




Prayer 11- 21
Imam al-Husayn’s Supplication in Prayers
Eleventh: Imam al-Husayn (`a) is reported to have used to said this supplicatory prayer in the second units of the ritual prayers:
اَللَّهُمَّ مَنْ أَوَىٰ إِلَىٰ مَأْوَىًٰ فَأَنْتَ مَأْوَايَ
ma man awa ila ma'wan fa'anta ma'waya
O Allah, if someone may resort to a shelter, then my shelter is You.

وَمَنْ لَجَأَ إِلىٰ مَلْجإٍ فَأَنْتَ مَلْجَئِي
wa man laja'a ila malja'in fa'anta malja'i
If someone may seek refuge in an asylum, they my asylum is You.

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ
allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin
O Allah, (please) bless Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad,

وَٱسْمَعْ نِدَائِي
wasma` nida'i
listen to my call,

وَأَجِبْ دُعَائِي
wa ajib du`a'i
respond to my prayer,

وَٱجْعَلْ مَآبِي عِنْدَكَ وَمَثْوَايَ
waj`al ma'abi `indaka wa mathwaya
decide my final return and abode to be with You,

وَٱحْرُسْنِي فِي بَلْوَايَ
wahrusni fi balwaya
and guard me, when I am afflicted by an ordeal,

مِنِ ٱفْتِنَانِ ٱلٱِمْتِحَانِ
min iftinani alimtihani
against failure in the trial

وَلَمَّةِ ٱلشَّيْطَانِ
wa lammati alshshaytani
and against the influence of Satan,

بِعَظَمَتِكَ ٱلَّتِي لاَ يَشُوبُهَا وَلَعُ نَفْسٍ بِتَفْتِينٍ
bi`azamatika allati la yashubuha wala`u nafsin bitaftinin
[please do it] in the name of Your greatness that is admixed with neither infatuating fondness

وَلاَ وَارِدُ طَيْفٍ بِتَظْنِينٍ
wa la waridu tayfin bitazninin
nor assumed and transitory apparition

وَلاَ يَلُمُّ بِهَا فَرَحٌ حَتَّىٰ تَقْلِبَنِي إِلَيْكَ بِإِرَادَتِكَ
wa la yalummu biha farahun hatta taqlibani ilayka bi'iradatika
and is not charmed by a joyful situation, until You decide to take me to You by Your will

غَيْرَ ظَنِينٍ وَلاَ مَظْنُونٍ
ghayra zaninin wa lamaznunin
while I am neither accused, suspect,

وَلاَ مُرَابٍ وَلاَ مُرْتَابٍ
wa la murabin wa la murtabin
suspicious, nor doubtful.

إِنَّكَ أَرْحَمُ ٱلرَّاحِمِينَ
innaka arhamu alrrahimina
Verily, You are the most merciful of all those who show mercy.


In his book entitled Muhaj al-Da`awat, Sayyid Ibn Tawus has compiled the Holy Imams’ supplications in the ritual prayers (i.e. qunut). However, to avoid lengthiness, I have mentioned the previous supplication only.

The Holy Prophet’s Supplicatory Prayer for Security
Twelfth: This supplicatory prayer is ascribed to the Holy Prophet (s) who used to say it for security against jinn and human beings:
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
bismillahi alrrahman alrrahimi
In the Name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

لاَ إِلٰهَ إلاَّ ٱللَّهُ
la ilaha illa allahu
There is no god but Allah.

عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلتُ
`alayhi tawakkaltu
In Him do I put my trust

وَهُوَ رَبُّ ٱلْعَرْشِ ٱلْعَظِيمِ
wa huwa rabbu al`arshi al`azimi
and He is the Lord of the Great Throne.

مَا شَاءَ ٱللَّهُ كَانَ
ma sha'a allahu kana
What Allah wills shall come to pass,

وَمَا لَمْ يَشَأْ لَمْ يَكُنْ
wa ma lam yasha' lam yakun
but what He does not will shall never come to pass.

أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
ashhadu anna allaha `ala kulli shay'in qadirun
I bear witness that Allah has power over all things

وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ قَدْ أَحَاطَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عِلْماً
wa anna allaha qad ahata bikulli shay'in `ilman
and Allah has encompassed all things in His knowledge.

اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ نَفْسِي
allahumma inni a`udhu bika min sharri nafsi
O Allah, I pray Your protection against the evils of my self

وَمِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ دَابَّةٍ أَنْتَ آخِذٌ بِنَاصِيَتِهَا
wa min sharri kulli dabbatin anta akhidhun binasiyatiha
and against the evil of every living creature that You hold by its forelock.

إِنَّ رَبِّي عَلَىٰ صِرَاطٍ مُسْتَقِيمٍ
inna rabbi `ala siratin mustaqimin
Surely, my Lord is on the right path.


A Proved Supplicatory Prayer
Thirteenth: Anas is reported to have quoted the Holy Prophet (s) as saying: Whoever says this supplicatory prayer every morning and every evening, Allah the All-exalted will order four angels to defend him from the front side, the backside, the right side, and the left side, he will be kept under the security of Allah the Almighty and All-majestic, and no harm can ever affect him even if all jinn and all human beings try to cause him harm:
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
bismillahi alrrahman alrrahimi
In the Name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ خَيْرِ ٱلأَسْمَاءِ
bismillahi khayri al-asma'i
In the Name of Allah; the best of all names.

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ رَبِّ ٱلأَرْضِ وَٱلسَّمَاءِ
bismillahi rabbi al-ardi walssama'i
In the Name of Allah; the Lord of the earth and the heavens.

بِسمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّذِي لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَ ٱسْمِهِ سَمٌّ وَلاَ دَاءٌ
bismillahi alladhi la yadurru ma`a ismihi sammun wa la da'un
In the Name of Allah with Whose Name, neither poison nor malady can harm.

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ أَصْبَحْتُ
bismillahi asbahtu
In the Name of Allah, I begin my day

وَعَلَىٰ ٱللَّهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ
wa `ala allahi tawakkaltu
and in Allah, I put my trust.

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ عَلَىٰ قَلْبِي وَنَفْسِي
bismillahi `ala qalbi wa nafsi
In the Name of Allah on my heart and my self.

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ عَلَىٰ دِينِي وَعَقْلِي
bismillahi `ala dini wa `aqli
In the Name of Allah on my faith and my intellect.

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ عَلَىٰ أَهْلِي وَمَالِي
bismillahi `ala ahli wa mali
In the Name of Allah on my family members and my property.

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ عَلَىٰ مَا أَعْطَانِي رَبِّي
bismillahi `ala ma a`tani rabbi
In the Name of Allah on what Allah has given me.

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّذِي لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَ ٱسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ
bismillahi alladhi la yadurr ma`a ismihi shay'un
In the Name of Allah with Whose Name nothing can ever harm

فِي ٱلأَرْضِ وَلاَ فِي ٱلسَّمَاءِ
fi al-ardi wa la fi alssama'i
neither in the earth nor in the heavens,

وَهُوَ ٱلسَّمِيعُ ٱلْعَلِيمُ
wa huwa alssami`u al`alimu
and He is the All-hearing, the All-knowing.

اللَّهُ ٱللَّهُ رَبِّي
allahu allahu rabbi
Allah, Allah is my Lord.

لاَ أُشْرِكُ بِهِ شَيْئاً
la ushriku bihi shay'an
I do not associate any thing with Him.

اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ
allahu akbaru
Allah is the Most Great.

اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَأَعَزُّ وَأَجَلُّ
allahu akbaru wa a`azzu wa ajallu
Allah is greater, mightier, and more majestic

مِمَّا أَخَافُ وَأَحْذَرُ
mimma akhafu wa ahdharu
than what I fear and what I am afraid of.

عَزَّ جَارُكَ
`azza jaruka
Strong is one who is in Your vicinity,

وَجَلَّ ثَنَاؤُكَ
wa jalla thana'uka
majestic is the praise of You,

وَلاَ إِلٰهَ غَيْرُكَ
wa la ilaha ghayruka
and there is no god save You.

اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ نَفْسِي
allahumma inni a`udhu bika min sharri nafsi
O Allah, I pray Your protection against the evil of my self,

وَمِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ سُلْطَانٍ شَدِيدٍ
wa min sharri kulli sultanin shadidin
the evil of all stern rulers,

وَمِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ شَيْطَانٍ مَرِيدٍ
wa min sharri kulli shaytanin maridin
the evil of all rebellious devils,

وَمِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ جَبَّارٍ عَنِيدٍ
wa min sharri kulli jabbarin `anidin
the evil of all obstinate tyrants,

وَمِنْ شَرِّ قَضَاءِ ٱلسُّوءِ
wa min sharri qada'i alssu'i
the evil of all misfortunate decrees,

وَمِنْ كُلِّ دَابَّةٍ أَنْتَ آخِذٌ بِنَاصِيَتِهَا
wa min kulli dabbatin anta akhidhun binasiyatiha
and [the evil of] all living creatures that You grasp from the forelock.

إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ صِرَاطٍ مُسْتَقِيمٍ
innaka `ala siratin mustaqimin
Verily, You are on a straight path

وَأَنْتَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ حَفِيظٌ
wa anta `ala kulli shay'in hafizun
and You are the custodian over all things.

«إِنَّ وَ لِيِّيَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِي نَزَّلَ ٱلْكِتَابَ
inn waliyyiya allahu alladhi nazzala alkitaba
“Surely, my guardian is Allah Who revealed the Book

وَهُوَ يَتَوَلَّىٰ ٱلصَّالِحِينَ.»
wa huwa yatawalla alssalihina
and He keeps the righteous people under His custody.”

«فَإِنْ تَوَلَّوَْٱ فَقُلْ حَسْبِيَ ٱللَّهُ
fa'in tawallaw faqul hasbiya allahu
“But if they turn back, then say, ‘Allah is sufficient for me.

لاَ إِلٰهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ
la ilaha illa huwa
There is no god but He.

عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ
`alayhi tawakkaltu
On Him do I rely

وَهُوَ رَبُّ ٱلْعَرْشِ ٱلْعَظِيمِ.»
wa huwa rabbu al`arshi al`azimi
and He is the Lord of mighty power.’”


The Holy Prophet’s Supplicatory Prayer
Fourteenth: This supplicatory prayer is ascribed to the Holy Prophet (s):
اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ
allahumma inni a`udhu bika
O Allah, I pray Your protection

أَنْ أَفْتَقِرَ فِي غِنَاكَ
an aftaqira fi ghinaka
lest that I may be needy while Your riches are there for me,

أَوْ أَضِلَّ فِي هُدَاكَ
aw adilla fi hudaka
I may be led astray while Your guidance is there for me,

أَوْ أَذِلَّ فِي عِزِّكَ
aw adhilla fi `izzika
I may be humiliated while Your honoring is there for me,

أَوْ أُضَامَ فِي سُلْطَانِكَ
aw udama fi sultanika
I may be subjugated while Your absolute authority is there for me,

أَوْ أُضْطَهَدَ وَٱلأَمْرُ إِلَيْكَ
aw udtahada wal-amru ilayka
or I may be persecuted while the entire affair is Yours.

اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ
allahumma inni a`udhu bika
O Allah, I pray Your protection

أَنْ أَقُولَ زُوراً
an aqula zuran
lest I may say false things,

أَوْ أَغْشَىٰ فُجُوراً
aw aghsha fujuran
commit wickedness,

أَوْ أَكُونَ بِكَ مَغْرُوراً
aw akuna bika maghruran
or be seduced to exceed Your limits.


Imam al-Baqir’s Supplicatory Prayer
Fifteenth: Abu-Hamzah al-Thumali has reported that he, once, stopped at the door of Imam al-Baqir’s house, waiting for permission to enter. The Imam (`a) then came out while he was uttering something. “Have you heard these words of mine?” the Imam (`a) asked. “Yes, I have. May Allah accept me as ransom for You!” answered Abu-Hamzah. The Imam (`a) said, “I have been uttering some words that none says them but that Allah the All-exalted will save him from whatever distresses him, including the affairs of this world and the Next World.” “May Allah accept me as ransom for you.” said Abu-Hamzah, “Will you please teach me these words?” “Yes, I will,” responded the Imam (`a), “Whoever says these words before leaving his house, all his matters that concern him will be made easy:”
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
bismillahi alrrahman alrrahimi
In the Name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

حَسْبِيَ ٱللَّهُ
hasbiya allahu
Sufficient to me is Allah.

تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَىٰ ٱللَّهِ
tawakkaltu `ala allahi
I put my trust in Allah.

اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ خَيْرَ أُمُورِي كُلِّهَا
allahumma inni as'aluka khayra umuri kulliha
O Allah, I beseech You for success in all of my affairs

وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ خِزْيِ ٱلدُّنْيَا وَعَذَابِ ٱلآخِرَةِ
wa a`udhu bika min khizyi alddunya wa `adhabi al-akhirati
and I pray Your protection against disgrace in this world and chastisement in the Hereafter.


Imam al-Sadiq’s Evil-averting Prayer (Hijab)
Seventeenth: This supplicatory prayer is described as Imam al-Sadiq’s evil-averting prayer (i.e. Hijab):
يَا مَنْ إِذَا ٱسْتَعَذْتُ بِهِ أَعَاذَنِي
ya man idha ista`adhtu bihi a`adhani
O He Who unquestionably protects me whenever I pray Him for protection,

وَإِذَا ٱسْتَجَرْتُ بِهِ عِنْدَ ٱلشَّدَائِدِ أَجَارَنِي
wa idha istajartu bihi `inda alshshada'idi ajarani
Who unquestionably shelters me whenever I pray for His shelter against hardships,

وَإِذَا ٱسْتَغَثْتُ بِهِ عِنْدَ ٱلنَّوَائِبِ أَغَاثَنِي
wa idha istaghathtu bihi `inda alnnawa'ibi aghathani
Who unquestionably aids me whenever I pray for His aid at calamities,

وَإِذَا ٱسْتَنْصَرْتُ بِهِ عَلَىٰ عَدُوِّي نَصَرَنِي وَأَعَانَنِي
wa idha istansartu bihi `ala `aduwwi nasarani wa a`anani
and Who unquestionably supports and assists me whenever I pray for His support against my enemy.

إِلَيْكَ ٱلْمَفْزَعُ
ilayka almafza`u
Towards You is the flight

وَأَنْتَ ٱلثِّقَةُ
wa anta alththiqatu
and You are the most trustful;

فَٱقْمَعْ عَنِّي مَنْ أَرَادَنِي
faqma` `anni man aradani
so, (please) subdue whoever intends evil to me

وَٱغْلِبْ لِي مَنْ كَادَنِي
waghlib li man kadani
and overcome whoever plots against me.

يَا مَنْ قَالَ «إِنْ يَنْصُرْكُمُ ٱللَّهُ فَلاَ غَالِبَ لَكُمْ.»
ya man qala in yansurkum allahu fala ghaliba lakum
O He Who has said, “If Allah assists you, then there is none that can overcome you.”

يَا مَنْ نَجَّىٰ نُوحاً مِنَ ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلظَّالِمِينَ
ya man najja nuhan min alqawmi alzzalimina
O He Who has saved Noah from the oppressing people!

يَا مَنْ نَجَّىٰ لُوطاً مِنَ ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلْفَاسِقِينَ
ya man najja lutan min alqawmi alfasiqina
O He Who has saved Lot from the wicked people!

يَا مَنْ نَجَّىٰ هُوداً مِنَ ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلْعَادِينَ
ya man najja hudan min alqawmi al`adina
O He Who has saved Hud from the transgressing people!

يَا مَنْ نَجَّىٰ مُحَمَّداً صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ مِنَ ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلْكَافِرِينَ
ya man najja muhammadan salla allahu `alayhi wa alihi min alqawmi alkafirina
O He Who has saved Muhammad, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Household, from the disbelieving people!

نَجِّنِي مِنْ أَعْدَائِي وَأَعْدَائِكَ
najjini min a`da'i wa a`da'ika
(Please) save me from my and Your enemies,

بِأَسْمَائِكَ يَا رَحْمٰنُ يَا رَحِيمُ
bi-asma'ika ya rahmanu ya rahimu
in the name of Your Names; O All-beneficent, O All-merciful.

لاَ سَبِيلَ لَهُمْ عَلَىٰ مَنْ تَعَوَّذَ بِٱلْقُرْآنِ
la sabila lahum `ala man ta`awwadha bilqur'ani
They have no way to harm whoever prays the protection of the Qur'an

وَٱسْتَجَارَكَ بِٱلرَّحِيمِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ
wastajaraka bilrarhimi alrrahmani
and prays the shelter of You in the name of Your Names: the All-merciful and the All-beneficent.

«ٱلرَّحْمٰنُ عَلَىٰ ٱلْعَرْشِ ٱسْتَوَىٰ.»
alrrahmanu `ala al`arshi istawa
“The All-beneficent is firmly established on the throne (of authority).”

«إِنَّ بَطْشَ رَبِّكَ لَشَدِيدٌ.
inna batsha rabbika lashadidun
“Truly, strong is the Grip (and Power) of thy Lord.

إِنَّهُ هُوَ يُبْدِئُ وَيُعِيدُ.
innahu huwa yubdi'u wa yu`idu
It is He Who creates from the very beginning, and He can restore (life),

وَهُوَ ٱلْغَفُورُ ٱلْوَدُودُ.
wa huwa alghafuru alwadudu
and He is the Oft-Forgiving, Full of Loving-Kindness,

ذُو ٱلْعَرْشِ ٱلْمَجِيدُ.
dhu al`arshi almajidu
Lord of the Throne of Glory,

فَعَّالٌ لِمَا يُرِيدُ.»
fa``alun lima yuridu
and Doer (without let) of all that He intends.”

«فَإِنْ تَوَلَّوَْٱ فَقُلْ حَسْبِيَ ٱللَّهُ
fa'in tawallaw faqul hasbiya allahu
“But if they turn away, then say: ‘Allah suffices me:

لاَ إِلٰهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ
la ilaha illa huwa
there is no god but He.:

عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ
`alayhi tawakkaltu
On Him is my trust,

وَهُوَ رَبُّ ٱلْعَرْشِ ٱلْعَظِيمِ.»
wa huwa rabbu al`arshi al`azimi
and He the Lord of the Throne (of Glory) Supreme.’”


Imam al-Kazim’s Evil-Averting Prayer
Eighteenth: This is Imam Musa ibn Ja`far al-Kazim’s evil-averting prayer:
تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَىٰ ٱلْحَيِّ ٱلَّذِي لاَ يَمُوتُ
tawakkaltu `ala alhayyi alladhi la yamutu
I put my trust in the ever-living Lord Who never dies.

وَتَحَصَّنْتُ بِذِي ٱلْعِزَّةِ وَٱلْجَبَرُوتِ
wa tahassantu bidhi al`izzati waljabaruti
I pray the immunity of the Lord of almightiness and omnipotence.

وَٱسْتَعَنْتُ بِذِي ٱلْكِبْرِيَاءِ وَٱلْمَلَكُوتِ
wasta`antu bidhi alkibriya'i walmalakuti
I pray the aid of the Lord of grandeur and kingdom.

مَوْلاَيَ ٱسْتَسْلَمْتُ إِلَيْكَ فَلاَ تُسْلِمْنِي
mawlaya istaslamtu ilayka fala tuslimni
O my Master, I surrender to You; so, (please) do not disappoint me,

وَتَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَيْكَ فَلاَ تَخْذُلْنِي
wa tawakkaltu `alayka fala takhdhulni
I put my trust in You; so, (please) do not thwart me,

وَلَجَأْتُ إِلَىٰ ظِلِّكَ ٱلْبَسِيطِ فَلاَ تَطْرَحْنِي
wa laja'tu ila zillika albasiti fala tatrahni
and to Your extensive shadow do I resort; so, (please) do not throw me away.

أَنْتَ ٱلْمَطْلَبُ وَإِلَيْكَ ٱلْمَهْرَبُ
anta almatlabu wa ilayka almahrabu
You are the utmost purpose and to You are all flights made.

تَعْلَمُ مَا أُخْفِي وَمَا أُعْلِنُ
ta`lamu ma ukhfi wa ma u`linu
You know whatever I hide and whatever I do openly.

وَتَعْلَمُ خَائِنَةَ ٱلأَعْيُنِ وَمَا تُخْفِي ٱلصُّدُورُ
wa ta`lamu kha'inata al-a`yuni wa ma tukhfi alssuduru
You know the stealthy looks of eyes and what is concealed in breasts.

فَأَمْسِكْ عَنِّي ٱللَّهُمَّ أَيْدِيَ ٱلظَّالِمِينَ
fa'amsik `anniya allahumma aydiya alzzalimina
So, O Allah, (please) withhold the hands of the transgressors against me,

مِنَ ٱلْجِنِّ وَٱلإِنْسِ أَجْمَعِينَ
min aljinni wal-insi ajma`ina
including all jinn and all human beings,

وَٱشْفِنِي وَعَافِنِي
washfini wa `afini
heal me, and grant me wellbeing,

يَا أَرْحَمَ ٱلرَّاحِمِينَ
ya arhama alrrahimina
O most merciful of all those who show mercy!


Imam Muhammad al-Taqi’s evil-averting prayer
Nineteenth: This is the evil-averting prayer (Hijab) of Imam Muhammad ibn `Ali al-Taqi (`a):
الْخَالِقُ أَعْظَمُ مِنَ ٱلْمَخْلُوقِينَ
alkhaliqu a`zamu min almakhluqina
The Creator is greater than the creatures.

وَٱلرَّازِقُ أَبْسَطُ يَداً مِنَ ٱلْمَرْزُوقِينَ
walrraziqu absatu yadan min almarzuqina
The Sustaining Lord is more liberal than the sustained beings.

وَنَارُ ٱللَّهِ ٱلْمُوصَدَةُ
wa naru allahi almusadatu
The awning over fire of Allah

فِي عَمَدٍ مُمَدَّدَةٍ
fi `amadin mumaddadatin
in outstretched columns

تَكِيدُ أَفْئِدَةَ ٱلْمَرَدَةِ
takidu af'idata almaradati
will frustrate the plots of the hearts of the rebellious

وَتَرُدُّ كَيْدَ ٱلْحَسَدَةِ
wa taruddu kayda alhasadati
and will thwart the trickeries of the envious

بِٱلأَقْسَامِ بِٱلأَحْكَامِ
bil-aqsami bil-ahkami
in the name of the Oaths, the Decrees,

بِٱللَّوْحِ ٱلْمَحْفُوظِ
billawhi almahfuzi
the Preserved Tablet,

وَٱلْحِجَابِ ٱلْمَضْرُوبِ
walhijabi almadrubi
the Hanged Down Screen,

بِعَرْشِ رَبِّنَا ٱلْعَظِيمِ
bi`arshi rabbina al`azimi
and the Throne of our Great Lord.

ٱحْتَجَبْتُ وَٱسْتَتَرْتُ
ihtajabtu wastatartu
I seek the screen, the covering,

وَٱسْتَجَرْتُ وَٱعْتَصَمْتُ
wastajartu wa`tasamtu
the shelter, the safeguard,

وَتَحَصَّنْتُ بِـ: أَلٰم وَبِـ:كٰهٰيٰعص
wa tahassantu bi-alif lam mim wa bikaf ha' ya' `ayn sad
and the haven of ‘ail-lam-mim,’ ‘kaf-ha'-ya'-`ayn-sad,’

وَبِـ:طٰهٰ وَبِـ:طٰسم
wa bita ha wa bita' sin mim
‘ta-ha,’ ‘ta'-sin-mim,’

وَبِـ:حٰم وَبِـ:حٰمعسقٰ وَنُونْ
wa biha' mim wa biha' mim `ayn sin qaf wa nun
‘ha'-mim,’ ‘ha'-mim-`ayn-sin-qaf,’ ‘nun,’

وَبِـ:طٰس وَبِـ:قٰ وَٱلْقُرْآنِ ٱلْمَجِيدِ
wa bita sin wa biqaf walqur'ani almajidi
‘ta-sin,’ ‘qaf,’ ‘the Glorious Qur'an,’

«وَإِنَّهُ لَقَسَمٌ لَوْ تَعْلَمُونَ عَظِيمٌ.»
wa innahu laqasamun law ta`lamuna `azimun
and ‘And most surely, it is a very great oath if you only knew.’

وَٱللَّهُ وَلِيِّي وَنِعْمَ ٱلْوَكِيلُ
wallahu waliyyi wa ni`ma alwakilu
Allah is my guardian, and the most excellent protector is He.


Twentieth: Shaykh al-Kulayni, in his book entitled Ta`bir al-Ru'ya, has reported on the authority of al-Washsha' who reported Imam al-Rida (`a) as saying: In my sleep, I saw my father saying to me: Son, whenever you are in a trouble, repeat this saying as many times as possible:
يَا رَؤُوفُ يَا رَحِيمُ
ya ra'ufu ya rahimu
O All-compassionate! O All-merciful!

Imam al-Rida (`a) then commented, “There is not any difference between what we (i.e. the Holy Infallibles) see in waking and what we see in sleep.”
Supplicatory Prayer for Sustenance
Twenty-first: In addition to sustenance, this supplicatory prayer, which is quoted from Sayyid Ibn Tawus’s book of al-Mujtana, may be used for other purposes:
اَللَّهُمَّ إِنَّ ذُنُوبِي لَمْ يَبْقَ لَهَا إِلاَّ رَجَاءُ عَفْوِكَ
allahumma inna dhunubi lam yabqa laha illa raja'u `afwika
O Allah, nothing has indeed left for my sins except my hope for You pardon

وَقَدْ قَدَّمْتُ آلَةَ ٱلْحِرْمَانِ بَيْنَ يَدَيَّ
wa qad qaddamtu alata alhirmani bayna yadayya
although I have done things due to which I deserve deprivation of Your pardon.

فَأَنَا أَسْأَلُكَ مَا لاَ أَسْتَحِقُّهُ
fa'ana as'aluka ma la astahiqquhu
Therefore, I beseech You for what I do not deserve,

وَأَدْعُوكَ مَا لاَ أَسْتَوْجِبُهُ
wa ad`uka ma la astawjibuhu
I seek from You what I do not merit,

وَأَتَضَرَّعُ إِلَيْكَ بِمَا لاَ أَسْتَأْهِلُهُ
wa atadarra`u ilayka bima la asta'hiluhu
and I implore You for what I do not earn.

وَلَمْ يَخْفَ عَلَيْكَ حَالِي
wa lam yakhfa `alayka hali
My situation is not concealed from You

وَإِنْ خَفِيَ عَلَىٰ ٱلنَّاسِ كُنْهُ مَعْرِفَةِ أَمْرِي
wa in khafiya `ala alnnasi kunhu ma`rifati amri
although the actual knowledge of my manners is hidden from people.

اَللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كَانَ رِزْقِي فِي ٱلسَّمَاءِ فَأَهْبِطْهُ
allahumma in kana rizqi fi alssama'i fa'ahbithu
O Allah, if my sustenance in the sky, then (please) send it down to me,

وَإِنْ كَانَ فِي ٱلأَرْضِ فَأَظْهِرْهُ
wa in kana fi al-ardi fa'azhirhu
if it is in the earth, then (please) show it to me,

وَإِنْ كَانَ بَعِيداً فَقَرِّبْهُ
wa in kana ba`idan faqarribhu
if it is far off, then (please) draw it near me,

وَإِنْ كَانَ قَرِيباً فَيَسِّرْهُ
wa in kana qariban fayassirhu
if it is near, then (please) make it easy for me to reach it,

وَإِنْ كَانَ قَلِيلاًَ فَكَثِّرْهُ
wa in kana qalilan fakaththirhu
and if it is little, then (please) multiply it for me

وَبَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ
wa barik li fihi
and grant me its blessings.


Supplicatory Prayer for repelling the evil of Iblis Twenty-second: This supplicatory prayer for repelling the evil of Iblis (i.e. Satan) is also quoted from the book of al-Mujtana:
اَللَّهُمَّ إِنَّ إِبْلِيسَ عَبْدٌ مِنْ عَبِيدِكَ
allahumma inna iblisa `abdun min `abidika
O Allah, Iblis is not but one of Your servants;

يَرَانِي مِنْ حَيْثُ لاَ أَرَاهُ
yarani min haythu la arahu
he can see me from whence I cannot see him,

وَأَنْتَ تَرَاهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لاَ يَرَاكَ
wa anta tarahu min haythu la yaraka
but You can see him from whence he cannot see You.

وَأَنْتَ أَقْوَىٰ عَلَىٰ أَمْرِهِ كُلِّهِ
wa anta aqwa `ala amrihi kullihi
While You have full power over all of his deeds,

وَهُوَ لاَ يَقْوَىٰ عَلَىٰ شَيْءٍ مِنْ أَمْرِكَ
wa huwa la yaqwa `ala shay'in min amrika
he has no power over any of Your decrees.

اَللَّهُمَّ فَأَنَا أَسْتَعِينُ بِكَ عَلَيْهِ يَا رَبِّ
allahumma fa'ana asta`inu bika `alayhi ya rabbi
So, O Allah, I pray Your help against him, O Lord,

فَإِنِّي لاَ طَاقَةَ لِي بِهِ
fa'inni la taqata li bihi
for I have no strength to challenge him

وَلاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ لِي عَلَيْهِ إِلاَّ بِكَ يَا رَبِّ
wa la hawla wa la quwwata li `alayhi illa bika ya rabbi
and I have neither might nor power against him except through You, O my Lord.

اَللَّهُمَّ إِنْ أَرَادَنِي فَأَرِدْهُ
allahumma in aradani fa'arid-hu
O Allah, if he intends evil to me, then (please) deter him,

وَإِنْ كَادَنِي فَكِدْهُ
wa in kadani fakid-hu
if he plots against me, then (please) plot against him,

وَٱكْفِنِي شَرَّهُ
wakfini sharrahu
save me from his evils,

وَٱجْعَلْ كَيْدَهُ فِي نَحْرِهِ
waj`al kaydahu fi nahrihi
and make his trickery to be hanged to his own neck,

بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا أَرْحَمَ ٱلرَّاحِمِينَ
birahmatika ya arhama alrrahimina
in the name of Your mercy, O most merciful of all those who show mercy.

وَصَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِهِ ٱلطَّاهِرِينَ
wa salla allahu `ala muhammadin wa alihi alttahirina
May Allah bless Muhammad and his Immaculate Household.



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