His Supplication when Afflicted

His Supplication when he was Afflicted or saw Someone Afflicted with the Disgrace of Sin


O God,
          to Thee belongs praise for
                    Thy covering over after Thy knowledge
                    and Thy pardon after Thy awareness!
          Each of us has committed faults,
                              but Thou hast not made him notorious,
                    done indecencies,
                              but Thou hast not disgraced him,
                    and covered over evil deeds,
                              but Thou hast not pointed to him.


          How many are Thy prohibited acts
                              which we have performed,
                    Thy commandments of which Thou hast told us
                              which we have transgressed,
                    the evil deeds
                              which we have earned,
                    the offenses
                              which we have committed!
          Thou seest them
                              to the exclusion of all observers;
                    Thou hast the power to make them public
                              above all the powerful!
          By giving us safety
                    Thou hast veiled their eyes
                    and stoppled their ears.


So make
                    the shameful things Thou hast covered over
                    and the inward reality Thou hast concealed
          our admonisher,
          a restrainer upon bad character traits and committing offenses,
          and a striving toward the repentance that erases [sins]
                    and the praiseworthy path!


          Bring the time of striving near
                    and visit us not with heedlessness of Thee!
          Surely we are Thy beseechers,
                    the repenters of sins.


And bless Thy chosen, O God, from Thy creation,
          Muhammad and his descendants,
          the friends selected from among Thy creatures, the pure,
          and make us listeners to them and obeyers,
                    as Thou hast commanded!143