His Supplication in Pleading and Abasement
I praise Thee,
- and Thou art worthy of praise -
for Thy benefaction toward
the lavishness of Thy favours toward me,
and Thy plentiful bestowal upon me,
and for showing bounty toward
me through Thy mercy
and lavishing Thy favour upon me.
Thou hast done well toward me
and I am incapable of thanking Thee.
Were it not for Thy beneficence toward me
and the lavishness of Thy favours upon me,
I would not have reached the
taking of my share
nor would my soul have been set right,
but Thou began with
beneficence toward me,
provided me sufficiency in all my affairs,
turned away from me the toil of affliction,
and held back from me the feared decree.
how many a toilsome
which Thou hast turned away from me!
How many a lavish favour
with which Thou hast gladdened my eye!
How many a generous
benefaction of Thine
which is present with me!
It is Thou who
responded to my supplication
at the time of distress,
released me from my slip in
and took my enemies to task
for doing wrong to me.
I did not find Thee a miser
when I asked of Thee
nor a withholder when I desired from Thee.
No, 1 found Thee a hearer of
and a bestower of my requests;
I found Thy favours toward me
lavish in my every situation
and in my every time.
So Thou art praised by me
and Thy benefaction honoured.
My soul, my tongue, and my intelligence praise
a praise that reaches
fulfilment and the reality of thanksgiving,
a praise that attains to Thy good pleasure with me -
so deliver me from Thy
O my cave when the ways thwart me!
O He who releases me from my
Were it not for Thy covering my shameful defects,
I would be one of the disgraced.
O my confirmer through help!
Were it not for Thy helping me,
I would be one of the overcome!
O He before whom kings place
the yoke of lowliness
around their necks,
fearing His penalties!
O worthy of reverent fear!
O He to whom belong the names most beautiful!267
I ask Thee to pardon me
and to forgive me,
for I am not innocent
that I should offer excuses,
nor a possessor of strength
that I should gain victory,
nor have I any place of flight
that I should flee!
I ask Thee to release me from my stumbles,
and before Thee I disavow my sins,
which have laid me waste,
and destroyed me!
I flee from them to Thee, my
so turn toward me,
so grant me refuge,
so abandon me not,
so deprive me not,
so leave me not,
so send me not back disappointed!
I have supplicated Thee, my Lord, as one
driven to have recourse to Thee!
I complain to Thee, my God,
of my soul
- which is too weak
to hurry to
that which Thou hast promised Thy friends
or to avoid
that against which Thou hast cautioned Thy enemies -
and of the multitude of my concerns,
and of my soul's confusing thoughts.
Thou hast not disgraced me
through my secret thoughts
or destroyed me because of my misdeeds!
I call upon Thee,
and Thou respondest,
even if I am slow when Thou callest upon me.
I ask Thee everything I want
of my needs,
and I deposit with Thee my secret
wherever I may be.
I supplicate no one besides
and I hope for no one other than Thee.
At Thy service! At Thy service!
Thou hearest him who complains to Thee!
Thou receivest him who has confidence in Thee!
Thou savest him who holds fast to Thee!
Thou givest relief to him who seeks shelter in Thee!
so deprive me not of the good
of the last world and the first
because of the paucity of my thanksgiving
and forgive me the sins of
mine which Thou knowest!
If Thou chastisest,
I am the wrongdoer, the neglecter,
the negligent, the sinner,
the derelict, the sluggard,
the heedless of the share of my soul!
And if Thou forgivest -
Thou art the Most Merciful of the merciful!