S21 – His Supplication in SorrowS21 – His Supplication in Sorrow

His Supplication when Something Made him Sorrow and Offenses Made him Worry

 

 

O God,

O Sufficer of the isolated and weak

and Protector against terrifying affairs!

Offenses have isolated me,

so there is none to be my companion.

I am too weak for Your wrath

and there is none to strengthen me.

I have approached the terror of meeting You

and there is none to still my fear.

 

 

Who can make me secure from You

when You have filled me with terror?

Who can come to my aid

when You have isolated me?

Who can strengthen me

when You have weakened me?

 

 

None can grant sanctuary to a vassal, my God,

but a lord,

none can give security to one dominated

but a dominator,

none can aid him from whom demands are made

but a demander.

 

 

In Your hand, my God,

is the thread of all that,

in You the place of escape and flight,

so bless Muhammad and his Household,

give sanctuary to me in my flight,

and grant my request!

 

 

O God,

if You should turn Your generous face away from me,

withhold from me Your immense bounty,

forbid me Your provision,

or cut off from me Your thread,

I will find no way to anything of my hope

other than You

nor be given power over what is with You

through another’s aid,

for I am Your servant and in Your grasp;

my forelock is in Your hand.

 

 

I have no command along with Your command.

‘Accomplished is Your judgement of me,

just Your decree for me!

I have not the strength to emerge from Your authority

nor am I able to step outside Your power.

I cannot win Your inclination,

arrive at Your good pleasure,

or attain what is with You

except through obeying You

and through the bounty of Your mercy.

 

 

O God,

I rise in the morning and enter into evening

as Your lowly slave.

I own no profit and loss for myself

except through You.

I witness to that over myself

and I confess to the frailty of my strength

and the paucity of my stratagems.

So accomplish what You have promised me

and complete for me what You have given me,

for I am Your slave,

miserable, abased, frail,

distressed, vile, despised,

poor, fearful,

and seeking sanctuary!

 

 

O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household

and let me not forget to remember You

in what You have done for me,

be heedless of Your beneficence

in Your trying me,

or despair of Your response to me,

though it keep me waiting,

whether I be in prosperity or adversity,

hardship or ease,

well-being or affliction,

misery or comfort,

wealth or distress,

poverty or riches!

 

 

O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household,

make me laud You,

extol You,

and praise You in all my states

so that I rejoice not over

what You give me of this world

nor sorrow over that of it

which You withhold from me!

Impart reverential fear of You to my heart,

employ my body in that which You accept from me,

and divert my soul through obedience to You

from all that enters upon me,

so that I love nothing that displeases You

and become displeased at nothing that pleases You!

 

 

O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household,

empty my heart for Your love,

occupy it with remembering You,

animate it with fear of You and quaking before You,

strengthen it with beseeching You,

incline it to Your obedience,

set it running in the path most beloved to You,

and subdue it through desire for what is with You

all the days of my life!

 

 

Let my provision in this world

be reverential fear of You,106

my journey be toward Your mercy,

and my entrance be into Your good pleasure!

Appoint for me a lodging in Your Garden,

give me strength to bear

everything that pleases You,

make me flee to You

and desire what is with You,

clothe my heart in estrangement

from the evil among Your creatures,

and give me intimacy with You,

Your friends, and those who obey You!

 

 

Assign to no wicked person or unbeliever

a kindness toward me

or a hand that obliges me,

nor to me a need for one of them!

Rather make the stillness of my heart,

the comfort of my soul,

my independence and my sufficiency

lie in You and the best of Your creatures!

 

 

O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household,

make me their comrade,

make me their helper,

and oblige me with yearning for You

and doing for You what You love and approve!

You are powerful over everything

and that is easy for You.

 

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