Blessing upon the Attesters to the Messengers

His Supplication in Calling down Blessings upon the Followers of, and Attesters to, the Messengers


O God,
           as for the followers of the messengers
           and those of the people of the earth
                     who attested to them unseen
                     (while the obstinate resisted them through crying lies) -
                     they yearned for the emissaries through the realities of faith,


                               in every era and time in which Thou didst send a messenger
                                         and set up for the people a director
                                                   from the period of Adam down to Muhammad
                                                   (God bless him and his Household)
                                         from among the imams of guidance
                                                   and the leaders of the godfearing
                                                   (upon them all be peace) -
           remember them with forgiveness and good pleasure!


O God,
           and as for the Companions of Muhammad specifically,
           those who did well in companionship,
           who stood the good test in helping him,
                     responded to him
                               when he made them hear his messages' argument,


                     separated from mates and children
                               in manifesting his word,
                     fought against fathers and sons
                               in strengthening his prophecy,
                     and through him gained victory;


           those who were wrapped in affection for him,
                     hoping for a commerce
                     that comes not to naught64 in love for him;


           those who were left by their clans
                     when they clung to his handhold
           and denied by their kinsfolk
                     when they rested in the shadow of his kinship;


forget not, O God,
                     what they abandoned for Thee and in Thee,
           and make them pleased with Thy good pleasure
                     for the sake of the creatures they drove to Thee
                               while they were with Thy Messenger,
                               summoners to Thee for Thee.


Show gratitude to them for leaving the abodes of their people for Thy sake
                     and going out from a plentiful livelihood to a narrow one,
           and [show gratitude to] those of them who became objects of wrongdoing
                     and whom Thou multiplied in exalting Thy religion.


O God,
           and give to those
                     who have done well in following the Companions,
                     who say, Our Lord, forgive us and our brothers
                               who went before us in faith,65
                     Thy best reward;


           those who went straight to the Companions' road,
                     sought out their course,
                     and proceeded in their manner.


           No doubt concerning their sure insight diverted them
                     and no uncertainty shook them
                               from following in their tracks
                               and being led by the guidance of their light.


           As their assistants and supporters,
                     they professed their religion,
                     gained guidance through their guidance,
                     came to agreement with them,
                     and never accused them in what they passed on to them.


O God,
           and bless the Followers,
                               from this day of ours to the Day of Doom,
                     their wives,
                     their offspring,
                     and those among them who obey Thee,


           with a blessing through which
                     Thou wilt preserve them from disobeying Thee,
                     make room for them in the plots of Thy Garden,
                     defend them from the trickery of Satan,
                     help them in the piety in which they seek help from Thee,
                     protect them from sudden events that come by night and day
                               - except the events which come with good -


                               and incite them to
                               tie firmly the knot of good hope in Thee,
                               what is with Thee,
                               and refrain from ill thoughts [toward Thee]
                                         because of what the hands of Thy servants' hold.


Thus Thou mayest
                     restore them to beseeching Thee and fearing Thee,
                     induce them to renounce the plenty of the immediate,
                     make them love to
                               work for the sake of the deferred
                               and prepare for what comes after death,


           make easy for them every distress that comes to them
                     on the day when souls take leave from bodies,


           release them from
                     that which brings about the perils of temptation
                     and being thrown down in the Fire
                               and staying forever within it,


           and take them to security,
                     the resting place of the godfearing.