S31 – His Supplication in Repentance (Tauba)S31 – His Supplication in Repentance (Tauba)

His Supplication in Mentioning and Asking for Repentance

 

 

O God,

O He whom the depiction of the describers

fails to describe!

 

 

O He beyond whom passes not

the hope of the hopers!

 

 

O He with whom is not lost

the wage of the good-doers!

 

 

O He who is the ultimate object

of the fear of the worshipers!

 

 

O He who is the utmost limit

of the dread of the god-fearing!

 

 

This is the station of him

whom sins have passed from hand to hand.

Offenses’ reins have led him on,

and Satan has gained mastery over him.

He fell short of what You have commanded

through neglect

and he pursued what You have prohibited

in delusion,

 

 

like one ignorant of Your power over him

or one who denies the bounty of Your beneficence toward him,

until, when the eye of guidance was opened for him

and the clouds of blindness were dispelled,

he reckoned that through which he had wronged himself

and reflected upon that in which he had opposed his Lord.

He saw his vast disobedience as vast

and his great opposition as great.

 

 

So turned to You,

hoping in You

and ashamed before You,

and he directed his beseeching toward You,

having trust in You.

He repaired to You in his longing

with certitude

and he went straight to You in fear

with sincerity.

His longing was devoid of every object of longing but You,

and his fright departed from every object of fear but You.

 

 

So he stood before You pleading,

his eyes turned toward the ground in humbleness,

his head bowed before Your might in lowliness;

he revealed to You in meekness

those secrets of his which You know better than he;

he numbered for You in humility

those sins of his which You count better than he;

he sought help from You

before the dreadful into which he has fallen

in Your knowledge

and the ugly which has disgraced him

in Your judgement:

the sins

whose pleasures have turned their backs

and gone

and whose evil consequences have stayed

and stuck fast.

 

 

He will not deny Your justice, my God,

if You punish him,

nor will he consider Your pardon great

if You pardon him and have mercy upon him,

for You are the Generous Lord

for whom the forgiveness of great sins

is nothing great!

 

 

O God,

so here I am:

I have come to You

obeying Your command

(for You have commanded supplication)

and asking the fulfillment of Your promise,

(for You have promised to respond)

You have said,

Supplicate Me and I will respond to you.127

 

 

O God,

so bless Muhammad and his Household,

meet me with Your forgiveness

just as I have met You with my confession,

lift me up from the fatal infirmities of sins

just as I have let myself down before You,

and cover me with Your covering

just as You have shown no haste to take vengeance on me!

 

 

O God,

make firm my intention to obey You,

strengthen my insight in worshipping You,

give me the success of works

which will wash away the defilement of offenses,

and take me when You take me

in the creed of Your prophet Muhammad

(upon him be peace).

 

 

O God,

I repent to You in this my station from

my sins,

great and small,

my evil deeds,

inward and outward,

my lapses,

past and recent,

with the repentance of one who does not

tell himself that he might disobey

or secretly think that he might return to an offense.

 

 

You have said, my God,

in the firm text of Your Book,

that You accept repentance from Your servants,128

pardon evil deeds,129

and love the repenters,130

so accept my repentance

as You have promised,

pardon my evil deeds

as You have guaranteed,

and make obligatory toward me Your love

as You have stipulated!

 

 

To You, my Lord, belongs

my stipulation

that I will not return

to what is disliked by You,

my guarantee

that I will not go back

to what You blame,

and my covenant

that I will stay away

from acts of disobedience to You.

 

 

O God,

You know better what I have done,

so forgive me what You know

and turn me through Your power to what You love!

 

 

O God,

counted against me are

claims that stay in my memory

and claims that I have forgotten,

while all of them remain in

Your eye that does not sleep

and Your knowledge that does not forget!

So compensate their owners,

lighten their load upon me,

lift up their weight from me,

and preserve me from approaching their like!

 

 

O God,

but I cannot be faithful to my repentance

without Your preservation,

nor can I refrain from offenses

without Your strength.

So strengthen me with a sufficient strength

and attend to me with a defending preservation!

 

 

O God,

if any servant repents to You,

while in Your knowledge of the Unseen he

will break his repentance

and return to his sin and offense,

I seek refuge in You lest I be like that!

So make this my repentance

a repentance

after which I will need no repentance

and a repentance

which will obligate the erasing of what has gone by

and safety in what remains!

 

 

O God,

I ask pardon from You for my ignorance,

and I ask You to disregard my evil acts!

So join me to the shelter of Your mercy

through graciousness

and cover me with the covering of Your well-being

through bounteousness!

 

 

O God,

I repent to You from everything opposed to Your will

or far from Your love –

the thoughts of my heart,

the glances of my eye,

the tales of my tongue –

with a repentance through which each bodily part will by itself

stay safe from ill consequences with You

and remain secure from Your painful penalties

feared by transgressors!

 

 

O God,

so have mercy on

my being alone before You,

the pounding of my heart in dread of You,

the trembling of my limbs in awe of You!

My sins, my God, have stood me in the station

of degradation in Your courtyard.

If I remain silent,

none will speak for me;

if I seek an intercessor,

I am not worthy for intercession.

 

 

O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household,

make Your generosity intercede for my offenses,

follow up my evil deeds with Your pardon,

repay me not with the punishment that is my proper repayment,

spread over me Your graciousness,

wrap me in Your covering,

and do with me what is done

by a mighty man,

when a lowly slave pleads to him

and he shows him mercy,

or a rich man,

when a poor slave submits himself

and he raises him to wealth!

 

 

O God,

I have no protector against You,

so let Your might be my protector!

I have no intercessor with You,

so let Your bounty be my intercessor!

My offenses have set me quaking,

so let Your pardon give me security!

 

 

Not all that I have said rises up from

my ignorance of my evil footsteps

or forgetfulness of my blameworthy acts in the past,

but in order that Your heaven and those within it

and Your earth and those upon it

may hear the remorse which I have professed to You

and the repentance through which I have sought asylum with You.

 

 

Then perhaps one of them, through Your mercy,

may show mercy upon my evil situation

or be seized by tenderness for my evil state.

There may come from him for my sake

a supplication to which You give ear

more than to my supplication

or an intercession surer with You

than my intercession

through which I may be delivered from Your wrath

and attain to Your good pleasure!

 

 

O God,

if remorse is a repentance toward You,131

then I am the most remorseful of the remorseful!

If refraining from disobedience is a turning back to You,

then I am the first of those who turn back!

If praying for forgiveness alleviates sins,

surely I am one of those who pray for Your forgiveness!

 

 

O God,

as You have commanded repentance

and guaranteed acceptance,

as You have urged supplication,

and promised to respond,

so also bless Muhammad and his Household,

accept my repentance,

and return me not to the returning place

of disappointment in Your mercy!

Surely You are Ever-turning toward the sinners,

All-compassionate132 toward the offenders who turn back!

 

 

O God,

bless Muhammad and his Household

just as You have guided us by him!

Bless Muhammad and his Household

just as You have rescued us through him!133

Bless Muhammad and his Household,

with a blessing that will intercede for us

on the Day of Resurrection,

the day of neediness toward You!

You are powerful over everything,134

and that is easy for You!

 

 

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