S42 – His Supplication Upon Completing a Reading of the Qur’anS42 – His Supplication Upon Completing a Reading of the Qur’an

O God,

You have helped me complete Your Book,

which You sent down as a light153

and appointed as a guardian

over every book You have sent down,154

preferring it over every narrative

which You have recounted,155



a separator, through which You have separated

Your lawful from Your unlawful,156

a Qur’an, through which You have made plain

the approaches to Your ordinances,157

a book, which You have distinguished very distinctly

for Your servants,158

a revelation, which You have sent down,

a sending down,

upon Your prophet Muhammad159

(Your blessings be upon him and his Household).



You appointed it

a light through following which

we may be guided from the shadows

of error and ignorance,160

a healing for him

who turns ear toward hearing it

with the understanding of attestation,161

a just balance

whose tongue does not incline away from truth,162

a light of guidance

whose proof is not extinguished before

the witnesses,163

and a guidepost of deliverance, so that

he who repairs straightway to its prescription

will not go astray

and he who clings to its preservation’s handhold

will not be touched by the hands of disasters.



O God,

since You have given us help to recite it

and made smooth the roughness of our tongues

through the beauty of its expression,

place us among those who

observe it as it should be observed,

serve You by adhering in submission

to the firm text of its verses,

and seek refuge in admitting both its ambiguous parts

and the elucidations of its clear signs!



O God,

You sent it down upon Your prophet Muhammad

(God bless him and his household) in summary form,

You inspired him with the science of its wonders

to complement it,

You made us the heirs of its knowledge

as interpreters,164

You made us to surpass

him who is ignorant of its knowledge,

and You gave us strength over it

to raise us above those not able to carry it.



O God,

just as You have appointed our hearts

as its carriers

and made known to us through Your mercy

its nobility and excellence,

so also bless Muhammad, its preacher,

and his Household, its guardians,

and place us among those who confess that it has come from You,

lest doubt about attesting to it assail us,

or deviation from its straightforward path shake us!



O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household

and make us one of those who

hold fast to its cord,

seek haven from its ambiguities in its

fortified stronghold,

rest in the shadow of its wing,

find guidance in the brightness of its morning,

follow the shining of its disclosure,

acquire light from its lamp,

and beg not guidance from any other!



O God,

just as through it

You have set up Muhammad

as a guidepost to point to You

and through his Household

You have made clear

Your good pleasure’s roads to You,

so also bless Muhammad and his Household

and make the Qur’an

our mediation to the noblest stations

of Your honor,

a ladder by which we may climb

to the place of safety,

a cause for our being repaid

with deliverance at the Plain of Resurrection,

and a means whereby we may reach

the bliss of the House of Permanence!



O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household,

lessen for us through the Qur’an the weight of heavy sins,

give to us the excellent qualities of the pious,

and make us follow the tracks of

those who stood before You

in the watches of the night

and the ends of the day,165

such that You purify us from every defilement

through its purification

and make us to follow the tracks of

those who have taken illumination from its light

and whom expectation has not distracted from works,

cutting them off through its delusions’ deceptions!



O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household

and appoint the Qur’an

for us an intimate

in the shadows of nights

and a guardian

against the instigations of Satan

and confusing thoughts,

for our feet an obstruction

from passing to acts of disobedience,

for our tongues a silencer without blight

preventing a plunge into falsehood,

for our limbs a restrainer

from committing sins,

and for the scrutiny of heedfulness

rolled up in heedlessness

an unroller,

such that You attach to our hearts

the understanding of the Qur’an’s wonders

and its restraining similitudes

which immovable mountains in all their solidity

were too weak to carry!166



O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household

and through the Qur’an

make permanent the rightness

of our outward selves,

veil the ideas of confusing thoughts

from the soundness of our innermost minds,

wash away the dirt of our hearts

and the ties of our heavy sins,

gather our scattered affairs,

quench the thirst of our burning heat

in the standing place of the presentation to You,

and clothe us in the robes of security

on the Day of the Greatest Terror at our uprising!167



O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household

and through the Qur’an

redress our lack – our destitution in poverty –

drive toward us the comforts of life

and an abundance of plentiful provisions,

turn aside blameworthy character traits

and base moral qualities,

and preserve us from the pit of unbelief

and the motives for hypocrisy,

such that the Qur’an may be for us

at the resurrection a leader

to Your good pleasure

and Your gardens,

for us in this world a protector

against Your displeasure

and transgressing Your bounds

and for what is with You a witness

by its declaring lawful the lawful

and its declaring unlawful the unlawful!



O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household

and through the Qur’an make easy for our souls at death

the distress of the driving,168

the effort of the moaning,

and the succession of the rattling,

when souls reach the throats

and it is said, ‘Where is the enchanter?’;169

when the angel of death discloses himself

to seize them from behind the veils of unseen things,

letting loose at them from the bow of destinies

the arrows of the terror of lonesome separation,

and mixing for them from sudden death

a cup poisoned to the taste;

and when departure and release for the hereafter come close to us,

works become collars around the necks,170

and the graves become the haven

until the appointed time of the Day of Encounter!



O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household,

make blessed for us the arrival at the house of decay

and the drawn out residence between the layers of the earth,

appoint the graves, after separation from this world,

the best of our waystations,

make roomy for us through Your mercy the narrowness of our tombs,

and disgrace us not among those present at the Resurrection

through our ruinous sins!



Through the Qur’an

have mercy upon the lowliness of our station

at the standing place of presentation to You,

make firm the slips of our feet

during the shaking of the bridge across hell

on the day of passage over it,

illuminate the darkness of our graves

before the Uprising,

and deliver us from every distress on the Day of Resurrection

and from the hardships of terrors on the Day of Disaster!



Whiten our faces

on the day when the faces of wrongdoers are blackened171

during the Day of Regret and Remorse,

appoint love for us in the breasts of the faithful,

and make not life for us troublesome!



O God,

bless Muhammad, Your servant and Your messenger,

just as He delivered Your message,

executed Your command,

and counselled Your servants!



O God,

on the Day of Resurrection make our Prophet

(Your blessings be upon him and his Household)

the nearest of the prophets to You in seat,

the ablest of them before You with intercession,

the greatest of them with You in measure,

and the most eminent of them with You in rank!



O God,

bless Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad,

ennoble his edifice,

magnify his proof,

make weighty his balance,

accept his intercession,

bring near his mediation,172

whiten his face,

complete his light,

and raise his degree!



Make us live according to his Sunna,

make us die in his creed,

take us on his road,

make us travel his path,

place us among the people who obey him,

muster us in his band,

lead us to up his pool,173

and give us to drink of his cup!



And bless Muhammad and his Household,

with a blessing

through which You will take him to the most excellent

of Your good, Your bounty, and Your generosity

for which he hopes!

You are Possessor of boundless mercy

and generous bounty.



O God,

repay him for

Your messages which he delivered,

Your signs which he passed on,

the good counsel he gave to Your servants,

and the struggle he undertook in Your way,

with the best You have repaid any of Your angels brought nigh

and Your prophets sent out and chosen!

And upon him and his Household,

the good, the pure,

be peace, God’s mercy, and His blessings!

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