His Supplication in Imploring God


O God, from whom nothing is concealed in earth or heaven!
           How should what Thou hast created, my God,
                     be concealed from Thee?
           How shouldst Thou not number
                     what Thou hast made?
           How should what Thou governest
                     be absent from Thee?
           How should one who has no life
                     except through Thy provision
                     have the ability to flee from Thee?
           How should one who has no road
                     except in Thy kingdom
                     escape from Thee?


Glory be to Thee!
           He among Thy creatures who fears Thee most
                     knows Thee best,268
           he among them most bent in humility
                     is most active in obeying Thee,
           and he among them whom Thou providest
                     while he worships another
                     is most contemptible before Thee!


Glory be to Thee!
           He who associates others with Thee and denies Thy messengers
                     diminishes not Thy authority.
           He who dislikes Thy decree
                     cannot reject Thy command.
           He who denies Thy power
                     keeps himself not away from Thee.
           He who worships other than Thee
                     escapes Thee not.
           He who dislikes meeting Thee
                     will not be given endless life in this world.


Glory be to Thee!
           How mighty is Thy station,
                     overpowering Thy authority,
                     intense Thy strength,
                     penetrating Thy command!


Glory be to Thee!
           Thou hast decreed death for all Thy creatures,
                     both him who professes Thy Unity
                               and him who disbelieves in Thee;
                     each one will taste death,269
                               each one will come home to Thee.
           Blessed art Thou and high exalted!
                     There is no god but Thou, Thou alone,
                     who hast no associate.


I have faith in Thee,
           I attest to Thy messengers,
           I accept Thy Book,
           I disbelieve in every object of worship other than Thee,
           I am quit of anyone who worships another!


O God,
           I rise in the morning and enter the evening
                     making little of my good works,
                     confessing my sins,
                     admitting my offenses;
           I am abased because of my prodigality against myself.
                     My works have destroyed me,
                     my caprice has ruined me,
                     my passions have deprived me.


           So I ask Thee, my Master,
                     the asking of him
                               whose soul is diverted
                                         by his drawn out expectations,
                               whose body is heedless
                                         because of the stillness of his veins,270
                               whose heart is entranced
                                         by the multitude of favours done for him,
                               whose reflection is little
                                         concerning that to which he is coming home;


                     the asking of him whom
                               false expectation has overcome,
                               caprice has entranced,
                                         and this world has mastered,
                               and over whom death has cast its shadow;
                     the asking of him who
                               makes much of his sins
                               and confesses his offense;
                     the asking of him who has
                               no Lord but Thou,
                               no friend besides Thee,
                               no one to deliver him from Thee,
                               and no asylum from Thee except in Thee.271


           My God, I ask Thee
                     by Thy right incumbent upon all Thy creatures,
                     by Thy mighty name
                               with which Thou commanded Thy messenger to glorify Thee,
                     and by the majesty of Thy generous face,
                               which ages not,
                               nor changes,
                               nor alters,
                               nor passes away,
           that Thou blessest Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad,
                     that Thou freest me from need for all things
                               through worshipping Thee,
                     that Thou distractest my soul from this world
                               through fear of Thee,
                     and that Thou turnest me back toward Thy abundant generosity
                               through Thy mercy!


To Thee I flee,
           Thee I fear,
           from Thee I seek aid,
           in Thee I hope,
           Thee I supplicate,
           in Thee I seek asylum,
           in Thee I trust,
           from Thee I ask help,
           in Thee I have faith,
           in Thee I have placed my confidence,
           and upon Thy munificence and Thy generosity I rely.