S13 – His Supplication in Seeking Needs from GodS13 – His Supplication in Seeking Needs from God

O God,

O ultimate object of needs!

O He through whom requests are attained!

O He whose favors are not bought by prices!

O He who does not muddy His gifts

by the imposition of obligations!

O He along with whom nothing is needed

and without whom nothing can be done!

O He toward whom desire is ever directed

and never turned away!

O He whose treasuries cannot be exhausted

by demands!

O He whose wisdom cannot be altered

by any means!

O He from whom the needs of the needy

are never cut off!

O He who is not distressed by the supplications of the supplicators!

You have lauded Yourself for having no need for Your creatures,

and it suits You to have no need for them,

and You have attributed to them poverty,

and it suits them to be poor toward You.

 

 

So he who strives to remedy his lack through what is with You

and wishes to turn poverty away from himself through You

has sought his need in the most likely place

and come to his request from the right quarter.

 

 

But he who turns in his need toward one of Your creatures

or assigns the cause of its being granted to other than You,

has exposed himself to deprivation

and deserves to miss Your beneficence.

 

 

O God,

I have a need of You:

My exertion has fallen short of it

and my stratagems have been cut back before reaching it.

My soul induced me to present it to him who presents his needs to You

and can do nothing without You in his requests,

but this is one of the slips of the offenders,

one of the stumbles of the sinners!

 

 

Then through Your reminding me,

I was aroused from my heedlessness,

through Your giving success,

I stood up from my slip,

and through Your pointing the way,

I returned and withdrew from my stumble.

 

 

I said:

Glory to my Lord!

How can the needy ask from the needy?

How can the destitute beseech the destitute?

 

 

So I went straight to You,

my God,

in beseeching,

and I sent You my hope with trust in You.

 

 

I came to know that

the many I request from You are few before Your wealth,

the weighty I ask from You is vile before Your plenty;

Your generosity is not constrained by anyone’s asking,

Your hand is higher in bestowing gifts than every hand!

 

 

O God,

so bless Muhammad and his Household,

take me through Your generosity

to Your gratuitous bounty

and take me not through Your justice

to what I deserve!

I am not the first beseecher to beseech You

and You bestowed upon him

while he deserved withholding,

nor am I the first to ask from You

and You were bounteous toward him

while he merited deprivation.

 

 

O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household,

respond to my supplication,

come near my call,

have mercy on my pleading,

listen to my voice,

 

 

cut not short my hope for You,

sever not my thread to You,

turn not my face in this my need,

and other needs,

away from You,

 

 

attend for my sake to

the fulfillment of my request,

the granting of my need,

and the attainment of what I have asked

before I leave this place

through Your making easy for me the difficult

and Your excellent ordainment for me in all affairs!

 

 

Bless Muhammad and his Household

with a permanent,

ever-growing blessing,

whose perpetuity has no cutting off

and whose term knows no limit,

and make that a help to me

and a cause for the granting of my request!

You are Boundless, Generous!

 

 

And of my needs,

My Lord,

are such and such.

 

 

HERE YOU SHOULD STATE YOUR NEEDS,

THEN PROSTRATE YOURSELF,

AND SAY IN YOUR PROSTRATION

 

 

Your bounty has comforted me

and Your beneficence has shown the way,

So I ask You by You

and by Muhammad and his Household

(Your blessings be upon them)

that You send me not back in disappointment!

 

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