His Supplication upon Hearing Thunder

His Supplication when he Looked upon Clouds and Lightening and Heard the Sound of Thunder


O God,
           these are two of Thy signs
                     and these are two of Thy helpers.
           They rush to obey Thee
                     with beneficial mercy
                     or injurious vengeance,
           so rain not down upon us from them
                     the evil rain145
           and clothe us not through them
                     in the garment of affliction!


O God,
           bless Muhammad and his Household,
           send down upon us the benefit of these clouds
           and their blessing,
           turn away from us their harm and their injury,
           strike us not through them with blight,
           and loose not upon our livelihoods any bane!


O God,
           if Thou hast incited them as vengeance
                     and loosed them in anger,
           we seek sanctuary with Thee from Thy wrath
                     and implore Thee in asking Thy pardon!
           So incline with wrath
                               toward the idolaters
                     and set the millstone of Thy vengeance
                               turning upon the heretics!146


O God,
           take away the barrenness of our lands
                     with Thy watering,
           dislodge the malice from our breasts
                     with Thy providing,
           distract us not from Thee
                     through other than Thee,
           and cut none of us off
                     from the stuff of Thy goodness,
           for the rich is he to whom Thou hast given riches,
                     and the safe he whom Thou hast protected!


           No one has any defense against Thee,
                     nor any means to bar Thy penalty.
           Thou decidest what Thou wilt
                               for whom Thou wilt
                     and Thou decreest what Thou desirest
                               for any whom Thou desirest!


So to Thee belongs prsaise
                     for protecting us from affliction
           and to Thee belongs thanks
                     for conferring upon us blessings,
           a praise which will leave behind the praise of the praisers,
                     a praise which will fill the earth and the heaven!


           Surely Thou art the All-kind through immense kindnesses,
                     the Giver of abounding favours,
                     the Accepter of small praise,
                     the Grateful for little gratitude,
                     the Beneficent, the Benevolent,
                     Possessor of graciousness!
           There is no god but Thou;
                     unto Thee is the homecoming.147