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Sajjadiya

(Supplication - 43)His Supplication when he Looked at the New Crescent Moon

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O obedient creature,
speedy and untiring,
frequenter of the mansions of determination,174
moving about in the sphere of governance!

I have faith in Him who
lights up darknesses through thee,
illuminates jet-black shadows by thee,
appointed thee one of the signs of His kingdom
and one of the marks of His authority,
and humbled thee through increase and decrease,
rising and setting,
illumination and eclipse.
In all of this thou art obedient to Him,
prompt toward His will.

Glory be to Him!
How wonderful is what He has arranged in thy situation!
How subtle what He has made for thy task!
He has made thee the key
to a new month
for a new situation.

So I ask God, my Lord and thy Lord,
my Creator and thy Creator,
my Determiner and thy Determiner,
my Form-giver and thy Form-giver,
that He bless Muhammad and his Household
and appoint thee
a crescent of blessings not effaced by days
and of purity not defiled by sins;

a crescent of security from blights
and of safety from evil deeds;
a crescent of auspiciousness containing no misfortune,
of prosperity accompanied by no adversity,
of ease not mixed with difficulty,
of good unstained by evil;
a crescent of security and faith,
favour and good-doing,
safety and submission!

O God,
bless Muhammad and his Household,
place us among
the most satisfied of those
over whom the crescent has risen,
the purest of those
who have looked upon it,
the most fortunate of those
who have worshipped Thee under it;
give us the success during [the new month] to repent,
preserve us within it from misdeeds,
guard us therein from pursuing disobedience to Thee,

allot to us within it thanksgiving for Thy favour,
clothe us during it in the shields of well-being,
and complete for us Thy kindness
by perfecting therein obedience to Thee!
Surely Thou art All-kind, Praiseworthy.
And bless Muhammad and his Household, the good, the pure.









Transliteration

WA KAANA MIN DUA'AA-IHEE A'LAY-HIS-SALAAMU ID'AA NAZ'ARA ILAAL-HILAAL
AY-YUHAAL-KHAL-QUL-MUT'EEU'
AD-DAAA-IBUS-SAREEA'-
AL-MUTARAD-DIDU FEE MANAAZILIT-TAQ-DEER
AL-MUTAS'AR-RIFU FEE FALAKIT-TAD-BEER
AAAMANTU BIMAN
NAW-WARA BIKAZ'-Z'ULAM
WA AW-Z''AH'A BIKAL-BUHAM
WA JAA'LAKA AAAYATAM-MIN AAAYAATI MUL-KIH
WA A'LAAMTAM-MIN A'LAAMAATI SUL-T'AANIH
WAM-TAHANAKA
BIZ-ZEEAADATI WAN-NUQ-S'AAN
WAT'-T'ULOOI' WAL-UFOOL
WAL-INAARATI WAL-KUSOOF
FEE KUL-LI D'ALIKA ANTA LAHOO MUT'EEA'-
WA ILAAA IRAADATIHEE SAREEA'-
SUB-H'AANAHOO
MAAA AA'-JABA MAA DAB-BARA FEEE AM-RIK
WA AL-T'AFA MAA S'ANAA' FEE SHAA-NIKA!
JAA'LAKA MIF-TAAH'A SHAH-RIN H'AADITHIL-LIAM-RIN H'AADITH
FAAS-ALUL-LAAHA
RAB-BEE WARAB-BAK
WA KHAALIQEE WAKHAALIQAK
WA MUQAD-DIREE WAMUQAD-DIRAK
WA MUS'AW-WIREE WAMUS'W-WIRAK
AY-YUS'AL-LEEA A'LAA MUH'AM-MADIW-WAAALIH
WA AY-YAJ-A'LAKA HILAALA
BARAKATIL-LAA TAM-H'AQUHAAL-AY-YAAM
WA T'AHAARATIL-LAA TUDAN-NISUHAAL-AAATHAAM
HILAALA AM-NIM-MINAL-AAAFAAT
WA SALAAMATIM-MINAS-SAY-YI-AAT
HILAALA SAA'-DIL-LAA NAH'-SA FEEH
WA YUM-NIL-LAA NAKADA MAA'H
WA YUS-RIL-LAA YUMAAZIJUHOO U'S-R
WA KHAY-RIL-LAA YASHOOBUHOO SHAR
HILAALA AM-NIW-WA EEMAAN
WA NIA'-MATIW-WA IH'-SAAN
WA SALAAMATIW-WA IS-LAAM
AL-LAAHUM-MA S'AL-LI A'LAA MUH'AM-MADIW-WA AAALIH
WAJ-A'L-NAA MIN-
AR-Z''AA MAN T'ALAA' A'LAY-H
WA AZ-KAA MAN-NAZ'ARA ILAY-H
WA AS-A'DA MAN TAA'B-BADA LAKA FEEH
WA WAF-FIQ-NAA FEEHEE LILT-TAW-BAH
WA AA'-S'IM-NAA FEEHEE MINAL-H'AW-BAH
WAH'-FAZ'-NAA FEEHEE MIM-MUBAASHARATI MAA'-S'EEATIK
WA AW-ZIA'-NAA FEEHEE SHUK-RA NIA'-MATIK
WA AL-BIS-NAA FEEHEE JUNANAL-A'AFEEAH
WA AT-MIM A'LAY-NAA BIS-TIK-MAALI T'AAA'TIKA FEEHIL-MIN-NAH
IN-NAKAL-MAN-NAANUL-H'AMEED
WA S'AL-LAAL-LAAHOO A'LAA MUH'AM-MADIW-WA AAALIHIT'-T'AY-YIBEENAT'-T'AAHIREEN

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 Sajjadiya (Supplication - 44)His Supplication for the Coming of the Month of Ramadan Alternative 3 column line by line format
 

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Praise belongs to God who guided us to His praise
and placed us among the people of praise,
that we might be among the thankful for His beneficence
and that He might recompense us for that
with the recompense of the good-doers!

And praise belongs to God who
showed favour to us through His religion,
singled us out for His creed,
and directed us onto the roads of His beneficence,
in order that through His kindness we might travel upon them
to His good pleasure,
a praise which He will accept from us
and through which He will be pleased with us!

And praise belongs to God who appointed among those roads His month,
the month of Ramadan,
the month of fasting,
the month of submission,
the month of purity,
the month of putting to test,
the month of standing in prayer,
in which the Qur'an was sent down as guidance to the people,
and as clear signs of the Guidance and the Separator!175

He clarified its excellence over other months
by the many sacred things and well-known excellencies
which He placed therein,
for He made unlawful in it what He declared lawful in others
to magnify it,
He prohibited foods and drinks in it
to honour it,
and He appointed for it a clear time which He
(majestic and mighty is He)
allows not to be set forward
and accepts not to be placed behind.

Then He made one of its nights surpass the nights
of a thousand months
and named it the Night of Decree;
in it the angels and the Spirit descend
by the leave of their Lord upon every command,
a peace176 constant in blessings
until the rising of the dawn
upon whomsoever He will of His servants
according to the decision He has made firm.

O God,
bless Muhammad and his Household,
inspire us
with knowledge of its excellence,
veneration of its inviolability,
and caution against what Thou hast forbidden within it,
and help us to fast in it
by our restraining our limbs
from acts of disobedience toward Thee
and our employing them
in that which pleases Thee,
so that we lend not our ears to idle talk
and hurry not with our eyes to diversion,

we stretch not our hands toward the forbidden
and stride not with our feet toward the prohibited,
our bellies hold only what Thou hast made lawful
and our tongues speak only what Thou
hast exemplified,
we undertake nothing but what brings close to
Thy reward
and pursue nothing but what protects from
Thy punishment!
Then rid all of that from the false show of the false showers
and the fame seeking of the fame seekers,
lest we associate therein anything with Thee
or seek therein any object of desire but Thee!

O God,
bless Muhammad and his Household,
in it make us attend
to the appointed moments of the five prayers within
the bounds Thou hast set,
the obligations Thou hast decreed,
the duties Thou hast assigned,
and the times Thou hast specified;

and in the prayers make us alight in the station of
the keepers of their stations,
the guardians of their pillars,
their performers in their times,
as Thy servant and Thy messenger set down in his Sunna
(Thy blessings be upon him and his Household)
in their bowings, their prostrations, and all their
excellent acts,
with the most complete and ample ritual purity
and the most evident and intense humility!

Give us success in this month to
tighten our bonds of kin with devotion and gifts,
attend to our neighbours with bestowal and giving,
rid our possessions from claims,
purify them through paying the alms,
go back to him who has gone far from us,
treat justly him who has wronged us,
make peace with him who shows enmity toward us
(except him who is regarded as an enemy
in Thee and for Thee,
for he is the enemy whom we will not befriend,
the party whom we will not hold dear),

and seek nearness to Thee through blameless works
which will purify us from sins
and preserve us from renewing faults,
so that none of Thy angels will bring for Thee
the kinds of obedience and sorts of
nearness-seeking
unless they be less than what we bring!177

O God,
I ask Thee by the right of this month
and by the right of him who worships Thee within it
from its beginning to the time of its passing,
whether angel Thou hast brought nigh to Thee,
prophet Thou hast sent,
or righteous servant Thou hast singled out,
that Thou bless Muhammad and his Household,
make us worthy of the generosity Thou hast promised
Thy friends,
make incumbent for us
what Thou hast made incumbent
for those who go to great lengths in obeying Thee,
and place us in the ranks of those
who deserve through Thy mercy the highest elevation!

O God,
bless Muhammad and his Household,
turn us aside from
deviation in professing Thy Unity,
falling short in magnifying Thee,
in Thy religion,
blindness toward Thy path,
heedlessness of Thy inviolability,
and being deceived by Thy enemy, the accursed Satan!

O God,
bless Muhammad and his Household,
and when in every night of this month's nights
Thou hast necks
which Thy pardon will release
and Thy forgiveness disregard,
place our necks among those necks
and place us among the best folk and companions
of this our month!

O God,
bless Muhammad and his Household,
efface our sins
along with the effacing of its crescent moon,
and make us pass forth from the ill effects of our acts
with the passing of its days,
until it leaves us behind,
while within it Thou hast purified us of offenses
and rid us of evil deeds!

O God,
bless Muhammad and his Household,
and should we go off to one side in this month,
set us aright;
should we swerve,
point us straight;
and should Thy enemy Satan enwrap us,
rescue us from him!

O God,
fill this month with our worship of Thee,
adorn its times with our obedience toward Thee,
help us during its daytime with its fast,
and in its night with prayer and pleading toward Thee,
humility toward Thee,
and lowliness before Thee,
so that its daytime may not bear witness
against our heedlessness,
nor its night against our neglect!

O God,
make us like this in the other months and days
as long as Thou givest us life,
and place us among Thy righteous servants,
those who shall inherit Paradise,
therein dwelling forever,178
those who give what they give,
while their hearts quake,
that they are returning to their Lord,179
those who vie in good works,
outracing to them!180

O God,
bless Muhammad and his Household
in every time, in all moments, and in every state,
to the number that Thou hast blessed whomsoever
Thou hast blessed
and to multiples of all that, through multiples
which none can count but Thee!
Surely Thou art Accomplisher of what Thou desirest.









Transliteration

WA KAANA MIN DUA'AA-IHEE A'LAY-HIS-SALAAMU ID'AA DAKHALA SHAH-RU RAMAZ''AAN
AAL-H'AMDU LIL-LAAHIL-LAD'EE HADAANAA LIH'AM-DIHEE
WA JAA'LANAA MIN AH-LIH
LINAKOONA LIIH'-SAANIHEE MINASH-SHAAKIREEN
WA LEEAJ-ZEEANAA A'LAA D'ALIKA JAZAAA-AL-MUH'-SINEEN
WAL-H'AM-DU LIL-LAAHIL-LAD'EE
H'ABAANAA BIDEENIH
WAKH-TAS'-S'ANAA BIMIL-LATIH
WA SAB-BALANAA FEE SUBULI IH'-SAANIH
LINAS-LUKAHAA BIMAN-NIHEEE ILAA RIZ''-WAANIH
H'AM-DAY-YATAQAB-BALUHOO MIN-NAA WA YAR-Z''AA BIHEE A'N-NAA
WAL-H'AM-DU LIL-LAAHIL-LAD'EE JAA'LA MIN TIL-KAS-SUBULI SHAH-RAH
SHAH-RA RAMAZ''AAN
SHAH-RAS'-S'EEAAM
WA SHAH-RAL-IS-LAAM
WA SHAH-RAT'-T'AHOOR
WA SHAH-RAT-TAM-H'EES'
WA SHAH-RAL-QEEAAM
(AL-LAD'EEE UNZILA FEEHIL-QUR-AAANU HUDANA LILN-NAASI WA BAY-YINAATIM-MINAL-HUDAA WAL-FUR-QAAN)
FAABAANA FAZ''EELATAHOO A'LAA SAAA-IRISH-SHUHOORI BIMAA JAA'LA LAHOO
MINAL-H'URUMAATIL-MAW-FOORATI
WAL-FAZ''AAA-ILIL-MASH-HOORAH
FAH'AR-RAMA FEEHEE MAAA AH'AL-LA FEE GHAY-RIHEEE IA'-Z'AAMAA
WA H'AJARA FEEHIL-MAT'AAI'MA WAL-MASHAARIBA IK-RAAMAA
WA JAA'LA LAHOO WAQ-TAA BAY-YINAA
LAA YUJEEZU JAL-LA WA A'Z-ZA AY-YUQAD-DAMA QAB-LAH
WA LAA YAQ-BALU AY-YOO-AKH-KHARA A'N-H
THUM-MA FAZ''-Z''ALA LAY-LATAW-WAAH'IDATAM-MIL-LAYAALEEHEE A'LAA LAYAALEEE AL-FI SHAH-RIW-WA SAM-MAAHAA
LAY-LATAL-QAD-R
(TANAZ-ZALUL-MALAAA-IKATU WAR-ROOHOO FEEHAA BIID'-NI RAB-BHIM MIN KUL-LI AM-RIN)
SALAAMUN DAAA-IMUL-BARAKATI ILAA T'ULOOI'L-FAJ-RI A'LAA MAY-YASHAAA-U MIN I'BAADIHEE BIMAAA AH'-KAMA MIN QAZ''AAA-IH
AL-LAAHUM-MA S'AL-LI A'LAA MUH'AM-MADIW-WA AAALIH
WA AL-HIM-NAA
MAA'-RIFATA FAZ''-LIH
WA IJ-LAALA H'UR-MATIH
WAT-TAH'AF-FUZ'A MIM-MAA H'AZ'AR-TA FEEH
WA AI'N-NAA A'LAA S'EEAAMIHEE BIKAF-FIL-JAWAARIHEE A'M-MAA'AS'EEKA WAS-TIA'-MAALIHAA FEEHEE BIMAA YUR-Z''EEK
H'AT-TAA LAA NUS'-GHEEA BI S-MAAI'NAAA ILAA LAGH-W
WA LAA NUS-RIA' BI B-S'AARINAAA ILAA LAH-W
WA H'AT-TAA LAA NAB-SUT'A AY-DEEANAAA ILAA MAH'-Z'OOR
WA LAA NAKH-T'OO BI Q-DAAMINAAA ILAA MAH'-JOOR
WA H'AT-TAA LAA TAE'EA BUT'OONUNAAA IL-LAA MAAA AH'-LAL-T
WA LAA TANT'IQA AL-SINATUNAAA IL-LAA BIMAA MATH-THAL-T
WA LAA NATAKAL-LAFA IL-LAA MAA YUD-NEE MIN THAWAABIK
WA LAA NATAA'AT'AAA IL-LAAL-LAD'EE YAQEE MIN I'QAABIK
THUM-MA KHAL-LIS' D'ALIKA KUL-LAHOO MIN
REEAAA-IL-MURAAA-EEN
WA SUM-A'TIL-MUS-MIE'EN
LAA NUSH-RIKU FEEHEEE AH'ADANA DOONAK
WA LAA NAB-TAGHEE BIHEE MURAADANA SIWAAK
AL-LAAHUM-MA S'AL-LI A'LAA MUH'AM-MADIW-WA AAALIH
WA QIF-NAA FEEHEE A'LAA MAWAAQEETIS'-S'ALAWAATIL-KHAM-SI
BIH'UDOODIHAAL-LATEE H'AD-DAT-T
WA FUROOZ''IHAAL-LATEE FARAZ''-T
WA WAZ'AAA-IFIHAAL-LATEE WAZ'-Z'AF-T
WA AW-QAATIHAAL-LATEE WAQ-QAT
WA ANZIL-NAA FEEHAA MANZILATA
AL-MUS'EEBEENA LIMANAAZILIHAA
AL-H'AAFIZ'EENA LIAR-KAANIHAA
AL-MOO-AD-DEENA LAHAA FEEE AW-QAATIHAA A'LAA
MAA SAN-NAHOO A'B-DUKA WA RASOOLUKA S'ALAWAATUKA A'LAY-HEE WA AAALIHEE FEE RUKOOI'HAA WASUJOODIHAA WA JAMEEI' FAWAAZ''ILIHAA A'LAA
ATAM-MIT'-T'AHOORI WA AS-BAGHIH
WA AB-YANIL-KHUSHOOI' WA AB-LAGHIH
WA WAF-FIQ-NAA FEEH
LIAN-NAS'ILA AR-H'AAMANAA BIL-BIR-RI WAS'-S'ILAH
WA AN-NATAA'AHADA JEERAANANAA BIL-IF-Z''AALI WAL-A'T'EE-YAH
WA AN-NUKHAL-LIS'A AM-WAALANAA MINAT-TABIA'AT
WA AN-NUT'AH-HIRAHAA BIIKH-RAAJIZ-ZAKAWAAT
WA AN-NURAAJIA' MAN HAAJARANAA
WA AN-NUNS'IFA MAN Z'ALAMANAA
WA AN-NUSAALIMA MAN A'ADAANAA
H'AASHAA MAN U'WDEEA FEEKA WA LAK FA IN-NAHU
AL-A'DOO-WUL-LAD'EE LAA NUWAALEEH
WAL-H'IZ-BUL-LAD'EE LAA NUS'AAFEEH
WA AN-NATAQAR-RABA ILAY-KA FEEHEE MINAL-AA'-MAALIZ-ZAAKEEATI BIMAA TUT'AH-HIRUNAA BIHEE MINAD'-D'UNOOB
WA TAA'-S'IMUNAA FEEHEE MIM-MAA NAS-TAA-NIFU MINAL-U'YOOB
H'AT-TAA LAA YOORIDA A'LAY-KA AH'ADUM-MIM-MALAAA-IKATIKA IL-LAA DOONA MAA NOORIDU MIN
AB-WAABIT'-T'AAA'TI LAKA
WA ANWAAI'L-QUR-BATI ILAY-K
AL-LAAHUM-MA IN-NEEE AS-ALUKA
BIH'AQ-QI HAD'AASH-SHAH-R
WA BIH'AQ-QI MAN TAA'B-BADA LAKA FEEHEE
MINI AB-TIDAAA-IHEEE ILAA WAQ-TI FANAAA-IH
MIM-MALAKIN QAR-RAB-TAH
AW NABEE-YIN AR-SAL-TAH
AW A'B-DIN S'AALIH'IN AKH-TAS'AS'-TAH
AN TUS'AL-LEEA A'LAA MUH'AM-MADIW-WA AAALIH
WA AH-HIL-NAA FEEHEE LIMAA WAA'T-TA AW-LEEAAA-AKA MIN KARAAMATIK
WA AW-JIB LANAA FEEHEE MAAA AW-JAB-TA LIAH-LIL-MUBAALAGHATI FEE T'AAA'TIK
WAJ-A'L-NAA FEE NAZ'-MI MANI AS-TAH'AQ-QAR-RAFEEA'L-AA'-LAA BIRAH'-MATIK
AL-LAAHUM-MA S'AL-LI A'LAA MUH'AM-MADIW-WA AAALIH
WA JAN-NIB-NAA
AL-IL-H'AADA FEE TAW-H'EEDIK
WAT-TAQ-S'EERA FEE TAM-JEEDIK
WASH-SHAK-KA FEE DEENIK
WAL-A'MAA A'N SABEELIK
WAL-IGH-FAALA LIH'UR-MATIK
WALIN-KHIDAAA' LIA'DOO-WIKASH-SHAY-T'AANIR-RAJEEM
AL-LAAHUM-MA S'AL-LI A'LAA MUH'AM-MADIW-WA AAALIH
WA ID'AA KAANA LAKA FEE KUL-LI LAY-LATIM-MIL-LAYAALEE SHAH-RINAA HAD'AA RIQAABUY-YUA'-TIQUHAA A'F-WUKA AW YAHABUHAA S'AF-H'UK
FAJ-A'R-R-RIQAABANAA MIN TIL-KAR-RIQAAB
WAJ-A'L-NAA LISHAH-RINAA MIN KHAY-RI AH-LIW-WA AS'-H'AAB
AL-LAAHUM-MA S'AL-LI A'LAA MUH'AM-MADIW-WA AAALIH
WAM-H'AQ D'UNOOBANAA MAA' IM-H'AAQI HILAALIH
WAS-LAKH A'N-NAA TABIA'ATINAA MAA' ANSILAAKHI AY-YAAMIH
H'AT-TAA YANQAZ''EEA A'N-NAA WAQAD-
S'AF-FAY-TANAA FEEHEE MINAL-KHAT'EE-AAT
WA AKH-LAS'-TANAA FEEHEE MINAS-SAY-YI-AAT
AL-LAAHUM-MA S'AL-LI A'LAA MUH'AM-MADIW-WA AAALIH
WA IM-MIL-NAA FEEHEE FAA'D-DIL-NAA
WA IN ZUGH-NAA FEEHEE FAQAW-WIM-NAA
WA INI ASH-TAMALA A'LAY-NAA A'DOO-WUKASH-SHAY-T'AANU FAS-TANQID'-NAA MIN-H
AL-LAAHUM-MA
ASH-H'AN-HOO BII'BAADATINAAA EE-YAAK
WA ZAY-YIN AW-QAATAHOO BIT'AAA'TINAA LAK
WA AI'N-NAA FEE NAHAARIHEE A'LAA S'EEAAMIH
WA FEE LAY-LIHEE
A'LAAS'-S'ALAATI WAT-TAZ''AR-RUI' ILAY-K
WAL-KHUSHOOI' LAKA WAD'-D'IL-LATI BAY-NA YADAY-K
H'AT-TAA LAA YASH-HADA NAHAARUHOO A'LAY-NAA BIGHAF-LATIW-WA LAA LAY-LUHOO BITAF-REET'
AL-LAAHUM-MA
WAJ-A'L-NAA FEE SAAA-IRISH-SHUHOORI WAL-AY-YAAMI KAD'ALIKA MAA A'M-MAR-TANAA
WAJ-A'L-NAA MIN I'BAADIKAS'-S'AALIH'EEN
(AL-LAD'EENA YARITHOONAL-FIR-DAW-SA HUM FEEHAA KHAALIDOON)
(WAL-LAD'EENA YOO-TOONA MAAA AAATAW-A WAQULOOBUHUM WAJILATUN AN-NAHUM ILAA RAB-BIHIM RAAJIU'WN)
WA MINAL-LAD'EENA (YUSAARIU'WNA FIL-KHAY-RAATI WAHUM LAHAA SAABIQOON)
AL-LAAHUM-MA S'AL-LI A'LAA MUH'AM-MADIW-WA AAALIH
FEE KUL-LI WAQ-T
WAKUL-LI AWAAN
WA A'LAA KUL-LI H'AAL
A'DADA MAA S'AL-LAY-TA A'LAA MAN S'AL-LAY-TA A'LAY-H
WA AZ''-A'AFA D'ALIKA KUL-LIHEE BIL-AZ''-A'AFIL-LATEE LAA YUH'-S'EEHAA GHAY-RUK
IN-NAKA FAA'-A'ALUL-LIMAA TUREED

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Imam Sajjad as 's  Supplication in Bidding Farewell to the Month of Ramadan  (Supplication - 45)

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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent the Merciful,

O God, O He who desires no repayment!
O He who shows no remorse at bestowal!
O He who rewards not His servant tit for tat!

Thy kindness is a new beginning,
Thy pardon gratuitous bounty,181
Thy punishment justice,
Thy decree a choice for the best!

If Thou bestowest,
Thou stainest not Thy bestowal with obligation,
and if Thou withholdest,
Thou withholdest not in transgression.

Thou showest gratitude to him who thanks Thee,
while Thou hast inspired him to thank Thee.

Thou rewardest him who praises Thee,
while though Thou hast taught him Thy praise.

Thou coverest him whom,
if Thou willed,
Thou wouldst expose,
and Thou art generous toward him from whom,
if Thou willed,
Thou wouldst withhold.
Both are worthy of Thy exposure and withholding,
but Thou hast
founded Thy acts upon gratuitous bounty,
channelled Thy power into forbearance,
received him who disobeyed Thee with clemency,
and disregarded him who intended wrongdoing against himself.
Thou awaitest their turning back without haste
and refrainest from rushing them toward repentance,
so that the perisher among them may not perish
because of Thee
and the wretched may not be wretched through
Thy favour,
but only after Thy prolonged excusing him
and successive arguments against him,
as an act of generosity through Thy pardon, O Generous,
and an act of kindliness through Thy tenderness, O Clement!

It is Thou who hast opened for Thy servants
a door to Thy pardon,
which Thou hast named 'repentance'.
Thou hast placed upon that door
a pointer from Thy revelation,
lest they stray from it:
Thou hast said (blessed are Thy names),
Repent toward God with unswerving repentance!
It may be that Thy Lord will acquit of your evil deeds
and will admit you into gardens
beneath which rivers flow,
upon the day when God will not degrade the Prophet
and those who have faith along with him,
their light running before them
and on their right hands,
and they say:
 

'Our Lord, complete for us our light, and forgive us!
Surely Thou art powerful over everything.'182
What is the excuse
of him who remains heedless of entering that house
after the opening of the door
and the setting up of the pointer?

It is Thou who hast raised the price against Thyself
to the advantage of Thy servants,
desiring their profit in their trade with Thee,
their triumph through reaching Thee,
and their increase on account of Thee,
for Thou hast said
(blessed is Thy Name and high art Thou exalted),
Whoso brings a good deed
shall have ten the like of it,
and whoso brings an evil deed
shall only be recompensed the like of it.183

Thou hast said,
The likeness of those who expend their wealth
in the way of God
is as the likeness of a grain of corn
that sprouts seven ears,
in every ear a hundred grains;
so God multiplies unto whom He wills.184
Thou hast said,
Who is he that will lend to God a good loan,
and He will multiply it for him manifold?185
And Thou hast sent down in the Qur'an
similar verses on the multiplying of good deeds.

It is Thou who hast pointed them
through Thy speech from Thy Unseen
and Thy encouragement in which lies their good fortune
toward that which
- hadst Thou covered it from them -
their eyes would not have perceived,
their ears would not have heard,
and their imaginations would not have grasped,
 

for Thou hast said,
Remember Me
and I will remember you
be thankful to Me,
and be you not thankless towards Me!186
Thou hast said,
If you are thankful,
surely I will increase you,
but if you are thankless,
My chastisement is surely terrible;187

And Thou hast said,
Supplicate Me
and I will respond to you,
surely those who wax too proud to worship Me
shall enter Gehenna utterly abject.188
Hence Thou hast named supplicating Thee 'worship'
and refraining from it 'waxing proud',
and Thou hast threatened that the refraining from it
would yield entrance into Gehenna in utter abjection.

So they remember Thee for Thy kindness,
they thank Thee for Thy bounty,
they supplicate Thee by Thy command,
and they donate for Thee
in order to seek Thy increase;
in all this lies their deliverance from Thy wrath
and their triumph through Thy good pleasure.

Were any creature himself to direct another creature
to the like of that to which
Thou Thyself hast directed Thy servants,
he would be described by beneficence,
qualified by kindness,
and praised by every tongue.
So to Thee belongs praise
as long as there is found a way to praise Thee
and as long as there remains for praising
words by which Thou may be praised
and meanings which may be spent in praise!

O He who shows Himself praiseworthy to His servants
through beneficence and bounty,
flooding them with kindness and graciousness!
How much Thy favour has been spread about among us,
Thy kindness lavished upon us,
and Thy goodness singled out for us!

Thou hast guided us to
Thy religion which Thou hast chosen,
Thy creed with which Thou art pleased,
and Thy path which Thou hast made smooth,
and Thou hast shown us proximity to Thee
and arrival at Thy generosity!

O God, among the choicest of those duties
and the most special of those obligations
Thou hast appointed the month of Ramadan,
which Thou hast singled out from other months,
chosen from among all periods and eras,
and preferred over all times of the year
through the Qur'an and the Light
which Thou sent down within it,
the faith
which Thou multiplied by means of it,
the fasting
which Thou obligated therein,
the standing in prayer
which Thou encouraged at its time,
and the Night of Decree
which Thou magnified therein,
the night which is better than a thousand months.189

Through it Thou has

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