His Supplication upon Completing a Reading of the Qur'an


O God,
          Thou hast helped me complete Thy Book,
          which Thou sent down as a light153 and appointed as
                    a guardian over every book Thou hast sent down,154
                              preferring it over every narrative
                              which Thou hast recounted,155


                    a separator, through which Thou hast separated
                              Thy lawful from Thy unlawful,156
                    a Qur'an, through which Thou hast made plain
                              the approaches to Thy ordinances,157
                    a book, which Thou hast distinguished very distinctly
                              for Thy servants,158
                    a revelation, which Thou hast sent down,
                                                  a sending down,
                              upon Thy prophet Muhammad159
                              (Thy blessings be upon him and his Household).


          Thou appointed it
                    a light through following which
                              we may be guided from the shadows
                              of error and ignorance,160
                    a healing for him
                              who turns ear toward hearing it
                              with the understanding of attestation,161
                    a just balance
                              whose tongue does not incline away from truth,162
                    a light of guidance
                              whose proof is not extinguished before
                                                  the witnesses,163
                    and a guidepost of deliverance, so that
                              he who repairs straightway to its prescription
                                        will not go astray
                              and he who clings to its preservation's handhold
                                        will not be touched by the hands of disasters.


O God,
          since Thou hast given us help to recite it
          and made smooth the roughness of our tongues
                    through the beauty of its expression,
          place us among those who
                    observe it as it should be observed,
                    serve Thee by adhering in submission
                              to the firm text of its verses,
                     and seek refuge in admitting both its ambiguous parts
                              and the elucidations of its clear signs!


O God,
          Thou sent it down upon Thy prophet Muhammad
                    (God bless him and his household) in summary form,
          Thou inspired him with the science of its wonders
                    to complement it,
          Thou made us the heirs of its knowledge
                    as interpreters,164
           Thou made us to surpass
                    him who is ignorant of its knowledge,
          and Thou gave us strength over it
                    to raise us above those not able to carry it.


O God,
          just as Thou hast appointed our hearts
                    as its carriers
          and made known to us through Thy mercy
                    its nobility and excellence,
          so also bless Muhammad, its preacher,
                    and his Household, its guardians,
          and place us among those who confess that it has come from Thee,
                    lest doubt about attesting to it assail us,
                    or deviation from its straightforward path shake us!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household
           and make us one of those who
                     hold fast to its cord,
                     seek haven from its ambiguities in its
                                                  fortified stronghold,
                     rest in the shadow of its wing,
                    find guidance in the brightness of its morning,
                     follow the shining of its disclosure,
                     acquire light from its lamp,
                     and beg not guidance from any other!


O God,
          just as through it
                     Thou hast set up Muhammad as a guidepost to point to Thee
           and through his Household
                    Thou hast made clear Thy good pleasure's roads to Thee,
           so also bless Muhammad and his Household
           and make the Qur'an
                     our mediation to the noblest stations
                               of Thy honour,
                    a ladder by which we may climb
                               to the place of safety,
                     a cause for our being repaid
                               with deliverance at the Plain of Resurrection,
                     and a means whereby we may reach
                              the bliss of the House of Permanence!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          lessen for us through the Qur'an the weight of heavy sins,
          give to us the excellent qualities of the pious,
          and make us follow the tracks of those who stood before Thee
                    in the watches of the night and the ends of the day,165
           such that Thou purifiest us from every defilement
                    through its purification
          and makest us to follow the tracks of those
                    who have taken illumination from its light
                    and whom expectation has not distracted from works,
                               cutting them off through its delusions' deceptions!


O God,
           bless Muhammad and his Household
          and appoint the Qur'an
                     for us an intimate
                                         in the shadows of nights
                              and a guardian
                                        against the instigations of Satan
                                        and confusing thoughts,
                    for our feet an obstruction
                               from passing to acts of disobedience,
                    for our tongues a silencer without blight
                               preventing a plunge into falsehood,
                     for our limbs a restrainer
                               from committing sins,
                     and for the scrutiny of heedfulness
                               rolled up in heedlessness
                               an unroller,
           such that Thou attachest to our hearts
                     the understanding of the Qur'an's wonders
                     and its restraining similitudes
                               which immovable mountains in all their solidity
                               were too weak to carry!166


O God,
           bless Muhammad and his Household
           and through the Qur'an
                     make permanent the rightness
                               of our outward selves,
                     veil the ideas of confusing thoughts
                               from the soundness of our innermost minds,
                     wash away the dirt of our hearts
                               and the ties of our heavy sins,
                     gather our scattered affairs,
                     quench the thirst of our burning heat
                               in the standing place of the presentation to Thee,
                    and clothe us in the robes of security
                               on the Day of the Greatest Terror at our uprising!167


O God,
           bless Muhammad and his Household
           and through the Qur'an
                     redress our lack - our destitution in poverty -
                     drive toward us the comforts of life
                               and an abundance of plentiful provisions,
                     turn aside blameworthy character traits
                               and base moral qualities,
                     and preserve us from the pit of unbelief
                               and the motives for hypocrisy,
          such that the Qur'an may be
                    for us at the resurrection a leader
                              to Thy good pleasure and Thy gardens,
                     for us in this world a protector
                               against Thy displeasure and transgressing
                                                  Thy bounds
                     and for what is with Thee a witness
                               by its declaring lawful the lawful
                               and its declaring unlawful the unlawful!


O God,
           bless Muhammad and his Household
          and through the Qur'an make easy for our souls at death
                     the distress of the driving,168
                     the effort of the moaning,
                     and the succession of the rattling,
          when souls reach the throats
                     and it is said, 'Where is the enchanter?';169
           when the angel of death discloses himself
                     to seize them from behind the veils of unseen things,
                     letting loose at them from the bow of destinies
                               the arrows of the terror of lonesome separation,
                     and mixing for them from sudden death
                               a cup poisoned to the taste;
           and when departure and release for the hereafter come close to us,
                     works become collars around the necks,170
                     and the graves become the haven
                     until the appointed time of the Day of Encounter!


O God,
           bless Muhammad and his Household,
           make blessed for us the arrival at the house of decay
                     and the drawn out residence between the layers of the earth,
           appoint the graves, after separation from this world,
                     the best of our waystations,
           make roomy for us through Thy mercy the narrowness of our tombs,
           and disgrace us not among those present at the Resurrection
                    through our ruinous sins!


Through the Qur'an
           have mercy upon the lowliness of our station
                     at the standing place of presentation to Thee,
           make firm the slips of our feet
                     during the shaking of the bridge across hell
                     on the day of passage over it,
           illuminate the darkness of our graves
                     before the Uprising,
           and deliver us from every distress on the Day of Resurrection
                     and from the hardships of terrors on the Day of Disaster!


Whiten our faces
                     on the day when the faces of wrongdoers are blackened171
                    during the Day of Regret and Remorse,
           appoint love for us in the breasts of the faithful,
           and make not life for us troublesome!


O God,
          bless Muhammad, Thy servant and Thy messenger,
          just as He delivered Thy message,
                     executed Thy command,
                     and counselled Thy servants!


O God,
          on the Day of Resurrection make our Prophet
                    (Thy blessings be upon him and his Household)
                    the nearest of the prophets to Thee in seat,
                     the ablest of them before Thee with intercession,
                     the greatest of them with Thee in measure,
                     and the most eminent of them with Thee in rank!


O God,
           bless Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad,
           ennoble his edifice,
           magnify his proof,
           make weighty his balance,
           accept his intercession,
           bring near his mediation,172
           whiten his face,
           complete his light,
           and raise his degree!


Make us live according to his Sunna,
           make us die in his creed,
           take us on his road,
          make us travel his path,
          place us among the people who obey him,
           muster us in his band,
           lead us to up his pool,173
                     and give us to drink of his cup!


And bless Muhammad and his Household,
           with a blessing
                     through which Thou wilt take him to the most excellent
                               of Thy good, Thy bounty, and Thy generosity
                               for which he hopes!
           Thou art Possessor of boundless mercy
                     and generous bounty.


O God,
           repay him for
                     Thy messages which he delivered,
                     Thy signs which he passed on,
                     the good counsel he gave to Thy servants,
                    and the struggle he undertook in Thy way,
           with the best Thou hast repaid any of Thy angels brought nigh
                     and Thy prophets sent out and chosen!
           And upon him and his Household,
                     the good, the pure,
                     be peace, God's mercy, and His blessings!