His Supplication on Noble Moral Traits

His Supplication on Noble Moral Traits and Acts Pleasing to God


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          cause my faith to reach the most perfect faith,
          make my certainty the most excellent certainty,
          and take my intention to the best of intentions
                    and my works to the best of works!


O God,
          complete my intention through Thy gentleness,
          rectify my certainty through what is with Thee,
          and set right what is corrupt in me through Thy power!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          spare me the concerns
                    which distract me,
          employ me
                    in that about which Thou wilt ask me tomorrow,
          and let me pass my days
                    in that for which Thou hast created me!
          Free me from need,
                    expand Thy provision toward me,
                    and tempt me not with ingratitude!
          Exalt me
                    and afflict me not with pride!
          Make me worship Thee
                    and corrupt not my worship with self-admiration!
          Let good flow out from my hands upon the people
                    and efface it not by my making them feel obliged!98
          Give me the highest moral traits
                    and preserve me from vainglory!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          raise me not a single degree before the people
                    without lowering me its like in myself
          and bring about no outward exaltation for me
                    without an inward abasement in myself to the same measure!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and Muhammad's Household,
          give me to enjoy
                    a sound guidance
                              which I seek not to replace,
                    a path of truth
                              from which I swerve not,
                    and an intention of right conduct
                              in which I have no doubts!
          Let me live as long as my life is a free gift in obeying Thee,
          but if my life should become a pasture for Satan,
                    seize me to Thyself
                              before Thy hatred overtakes me
                              or Thy wrath against be becomes firm!


O God, deposit in me
          no quality for which I will be faulted,
                    unless Thou settest it right,
          no flaw for which I will be blamed,
                    unless Thou makest it beautiful,
          no deficient noble trait,
                    unless Thou completest it!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and Muhammad's Household
          and replace for me
                    the animosity of the people of hatred
                              with love,
                    the envy of the people of insolence
                              with affection,
                    the suspicion of the people of righteousness
                              with trust,
                    the enmity of those close
                              with friendship,
                    the disrespect of womb relatives
                              with devotion,
                    the abandonment of relatives
                              with help,
                    the attachment of flatterers
                              with love set right,
                    the rejection of fellows
                              with generous friendliness,
                    and the bitterness of the fear of wrongdoers
                              with the sweetness of security!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          appoint for me
                    a hand against him who wrongs me,
                    a tongue against him who disputes with me,
                    and a victory over him who stubbornly resists me!
          Give me
                    guile against him who schemes against me,
                    power over him who oppresses me,
                    refutation of him who reviles me,
                    and safety from him who threatens me!
          Grant me success to
                    obey him who points me straight
                    and follow him who guides me right!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household
          and point me straight to
                    resist him who is dishonest toward me
                              with good counsel,
                    repay him who separates from me
                              with gentle devotion,
                    reward him who deprives me
                              with free giving,
                    recompense him who cuts me off
                              with joining,
                    oppose him who slanders me
                              with excellent mention,
                    give thanks for good,
                    and shut my eyes to evil!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          adorn me with the adornment of the righteous,
          and clothe me in the ornaments of the godfearing, through
                    spreading justice,
                    restraining rage,
                    quenching the flame of hate,
                    bringing together the people of separation,
                    correcting discord,
                    spreading about good behaviour,
                    covering faults,
                    mildness of temper,
                    lowering the wing,99
                    beauty of conduct,
                    gravity of bearing,
                    agreeableness in comportment,
                    precedence in reaching excellence,
                    preferring bounteousness,
                    refraining from condemnation,
                    bestowing bounty on the undeserving,
                    speaking the truth,
                              though it be painful,
                    making little of the good in my words and deeds,
                              though it be much,
                    and making much of the evil in my words and deeds,
                              though it be little!
          Perfect this for me through
                    lasting obedience,
                    holding fast to the community,
                    and rejecting
                              the people of innovation
                              and those who act in accordance with original opinions!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          appoint for me
                    Thy widest provision in my old age
                    and Thy strongest strength when I am exhausted,
          try me not with
                    laziness in worship of Thee,
                    blindness toward Thy path,
                    undertaking what opposes love for Thee,
                    joining with him who has separated himself from Thee,
                    and separating from him who has joined himself to Thee!


O God,
          make me
                    leap to Thee in times of distress,
                    ask from Thee in needs,
                    and plead to Thee in misery!
          Tempt me not
                    to seek help from other than Thee
                              when I am distressed,
                    to humble myself in asking from someone else
                              when I am poor,
                    or to plead with someone less than Thee
                              when I fear,
                    for then I would deserve
                              Thy abandonment,
                              Thy withholding,
                              and Thy turning away,
                    O Most Merciful of the merciful!


O God, make
                    the wishing, the doubt, and the envy
                                        which Satan throws into my heart
                              a remembrance of Thy mightiness,
                              a reflection upon Thy power,
                              and a devising against Thy enemy!
                    Make everything he causes to pass over my tongue,
                                        - the indecent or ugly words,
                                        the maligning of good repute,
                                        the false witness,
                                        the speaking ill of an absent man of faith
                                                  or the reviling of one present,
                                        and all things similar - a speech in praise of Thee,
                                        a pursual of eulogizing Thee,
                                        an excursion in magnifying Thee,
                                        a thanksgiving for Thy favour,
                                        an acknowledgement of Thy beneficence,
                                        and an enumeration of Thy kindnesses!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          let me not be wronged
                    while Thou canst repel from me,
          let me not do wrong
                    while Thou art powerful over holding me back,
          let me not be misguided
                    while Thou art able to guide me,
          let me not be poor
                    while with Thee is my plenty,
          let me not be insolent
                    while from Thee comes my wealth!


O God,
          I come to Thy forgiveness,
          I go straight to Thy pardon,
          I yearn for Thy forbearance,
                    and I trust in Thy bounty,
          but there is nothing with me
                    to make me warrant Thy forgiveness,
          nothing in my works
                    to make me merit Thy pardon,
          and nothing on my behalf
                    after I judge my soul
                    but Thy bounty,
          so bless Muhammad and his Household
                    and bestow Thy bounty upon me!


O God,
          make my speech be guidance,
          inspire me with reverential fear,
          give me success in that which is most pure,
          and employ me in what is most pleasing to Thee!


O God,
          let me tread the most exemplary path
          and make me live and die in Thy creed!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          give me to enjoy moderation,
          make me into one of
                    the people of right behaviour,
                    the proofs of right conduct,
                    and the servants of righteousness,
          and provide me with
                    triumph at the place of Return100
                    and safety from the Ambush!101


O God,
          take to Thyself from my soul
                    what will purify it
          and leave for my soul that of my soul
                    that will set it right,
          for my soul will perish
                    unless Thou preservest it!


O God,
          Thou art my stores when I sorrow,
                    Thou art my recourse when I am deprived,
          from Thee I seek aid when troubled
                    and with Thee is
                              a substitute for everything gone by,
                              a correction for everything corrupted,
                              and a change from everything Thou disapprovest.
          So show kindness to me with
                    well-being before affliction,
                    wealth before asking,
                     right conduct before misguidance;
          suffice me against the burden of shame toward the servants,
          give me security on the Day of Return,
          and grant me excellent right guidance!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          repel from me through Thy gentleness,
          feed me through Thy favour,
          set me right through Thy generosity,
          heal me through Thy benefaction,
          shade me in Thy shelter,
          wrap me in Thy good pleasure,
          and give me success to reach
                    the most guided of affairs when affairs confuse me,
                    the purest of works when works seem similar,
                    and the most pleasing to Thee of creeds when creeds conflict!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          crown me with sufficiency,
          place in me excellent guardianship,102
          give me to guide correctly,
          tempt me not with plenty,
          grant me excellent ease,
          make not my life toil and trouble,
          and refuse not my supplication in rejection,
                    for I make none rival to Thee
                    and I supplicate none with Thee as equal!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          hold me back from prodigality,
          fortify my provision against ruin,
          increase my possessions through blessing them,
          and set me upon the path of guidance
                    through piety in what I spend!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          spare me the burden of earning,
          and provide for me without reckoning,
                    lest I be distracted from Thy worship through seeking
                    and carry the load of earning's ill results!


O God,
          bestow upon me what I seek
                    through Thy power
          and grant me sanctuary from what I fear
                    through Thy might!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          save my face through ease,
          and demean not my dignity through neediness,
                    lest I seek provision from those whom Thou hast provided
                    and asks for bestowal from the worst of Thy creatures!
          Then I would be tried
                               by praising him who gave to me
                    and afflicted
                              with blaming him who held back from me,
                    while Thou - not they - art patron of giving and holding back.


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household
          and provide me with
                    soundness in worship,
                    detachment in renunciation,
                    knowledge put into action,
                    and abstinence in measure!


O God,
           seal my term with Thy pardon,
          verify my expectation in hoping for Thy mercy,
          smooth my paths to reach Thy good pleasure,
          and make my works good in all my states!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          incite me to remember Thee
                    in times of heedlessness,
          employ me in Thy obedience
                    in days of disregard,
          open a smooth road for me
                    to Thy love,
          and complete for me thereby the good
                    of this world and the next!


O God,
          and bless Muhammad and his Household
                    the best Thou hast blessed
                              any of Thy creatures before him
                    and wilt bless
                              any of them after him,
          and give to us in this World good,
and in the next world good,
          and protect me
                    through Thy mercy
                    from the chastisement of the Fire!103