His Supplication when Sick

His Supplication when Sick or Visited by Distress or an Affliction


O God, to Thee belongs praise
                     for the good health of my body
                     which lets me move about,
           and to Thee belongs praise,
                     for the ailments
                     which Thou causest to arise in my flesh!


For I know not, my God,
           which of the two states deserves more my thanking Thee
           and which of the two times is more worthy for my praise of Thee:


           the time of health,
                     within which Thou makest me delight
                               in the agreeable things of Thy provision,
                     through which Thou givest me the joy to seek
                               the means to Thy good pleasure and bounty,
                     and by which Thou strengthenest me
                               for the acts of obedience
                               which Thou hast given me success to accomplish;


           or the time of illness
                     through which Thou puttest me to the test
                     and bestowest upon me favours:
                               lightening of the offenses
                                         that weigh down my back,
                               purification of the evil deeds
                                         into which I have plunged,
                               incitement to reach
                                         for repentance,
                               reminder of the erasure of misdeeds
                                         through ancient favour;


                     and, through all that, what the two writers write for me:
                               blameless acts,
                                         which no heart had thought,
                                         no tongue had uttered,
                                         and no limb had undertaken,
                               rather, as Thy bestowal of bounty upon me
                               and the beneficence of Thy benefaction toward me.93


O God,
           bless Muhammad and his Household,
           make me love
                     what Thou hast approved for me,
           make easy for me
                     what Thou hast sent down upon me,
           purify me of the defilement
                     of what I have sent ahead,
           erase the evil
                     of what I have done beforehand,
           let me find the sweetness
                     of well-being,
           let me taste the coolness
                     of safety,
           and appoint for me
                     a way out from my illness to Thy pardon,
                     transformation of my infirmity into Thy forbearance,
                     escape from my distress to Thy refreshment,
                     and safety from this hardship in Thy relief!


Thou art gratuitously bountiful in beneficence,
           ever gracious in kindness,
           the Generous, the Giver,
           Possessor of majesty and munificence!