S24 – His Supplication for his Parents (upon the two of them be peace)S24 – His Supplication for his Parents (upon the two of them be peace)

O God,

bless Muhammad, Your slave and Your messenger,

and his Household, the pure,

and single them out for the best of Your blessings,

Your mercy,

Your benedictions,

and Your peace!

 

 

And single out my parents, O God,

for honor with You and blessings from You,

O Most Merciful of the merciful!

 

 

O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household,

teach me through inspiration

knowledge of everything incumbent upon me toward them,

and gather within me

knowledge of all that completely!

Then make me act in accordance

with what You have inspired me

and give me the success to put into practice

the knowledge You have shown to me,

lest I fail to act

according to something You have taught me

or my limbs feel too heavy to perform

that with which You have inspired me!

 

 

O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household,

as You have ennobled us through him,

and bless Muhammad and his Household,

as You have made incumbent upon us

rights toward the creatures because of him!113

 

 

O God,

fill me with awe of my parents,

the awe one has toward a tyrannical sovereign,

and let me be devoted to them,

with the devotion of a compassionate mother!

Make my obedience and devotion to them

more gladdening to my eyes

than sleep to the drowsy

and more refreshing to my breast

than drink to the thirsty,

so that I may prefer their inclination

to my inclination,

set their satisfaction

before my satisfaction,

make much of their devotion to me

though it be little,

and make little of my devotion to them

though it be great.

 

 

O God,

lower before them my voice,

make agreeable to them my words,

make mild before them my temper,

make tender toward them my heart,

and turn me into their kind companion,

their loving friend!

 

 

O God,

thank them for my upbringing,

reward them for honoring me,

and guard them as they guarded me in my infancy!

 

 

O God,

and whatever harm has touched them from me,

detested thing has reached them from me,

or right of theirs which has been neglected by me,

allow it to alleviate their sins,

raise them in their degrees,

and add to their good deeds!

O He who changes evil deeds into manifold good deeds!114

 

 

O God,

whatever word through which they have transgressed against me,

act through which they have been immoderate with me,

right of mine which they have left neglected,

or obligation toward me in which they have fallen short,

I grant it to them

and bestow it upon them,

and I beseech You

to remove from them its ill consequence,

for I do not accuse them concerning myself,

find them slow in their devotion toward me,

or dislike the way they have attended to my affairs, my Lord!

 

 

They have rights against me which are more incumbent,

precedence in beneficence toward me that is greater,

and kindness toward me that is mightier

than that I should settle accounts with justice

or repay them with equivalents.

Where then, my God, would be their long occupation

with bringing me up?

Where the hardship of their toil

in taking care of me?

Where the stinting of themselves

to provide me with plenty?

 

 

What an idea!

I can never discharge their right against me,

fulfil my obligations toward them,

or accomplish the duty of serving them.

So bless Muhammad and his Household

and help me, O Best of those whose help we seek!

Give me success,

O Most Guiding of those whom we beseech!

Place me not among the people of disrespect to fathers and mothers

on the day when every soul will be repaid

for what it has earned,

they shall not be wronged.115

O God,

bless Muhammad, his Household, and his progeny

and single out my parents for the best

which You have singled out

for the fathers and mothers of Your faithful servants,

O Most Merciful of the merciful!

 

 

O God,

let me not forget to remember them after my ritual prayers,

at every time throughout my night,

and in each of the hours of my day!

 

 

O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household,

forgive me through my supplication for my parents,

forgive them through their devotion toward me

with unfailing forgiveness,

be well pleased with them through my intercession for them

with resolute good pleasure,

and make them reach through Your generosity

the abodes of safety!

 

 

O God,

if Your forgiveness reaches them first,

make them my intercessors,

and if Your forgiveness reaches me first,

make me their intercessors,

so that we may gather together through Your gentleness

in the house of Your generosity

and the place of Your forgiveness and mercy!

Verily You are Possessor of abounding bounty

and ancient kindness,

and You are the Most Merciful of the merciful!

 

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