His Supplication in the Morning and Evening


Praise belongs to God,
          who created night and day
                    through His strength,


          set them apart
                    through His power,


          and appointed for each
                    a determined limit
                    and a drawn-out period.


He makes each of the two enter into its companion,
                    and makes its companion enter into it,
          as an ordainment from Him for His servants
                    in that through which He feeds them
                    and with which He makes them grow.


He created for them the night,
          that they might rest in it68
                    from tiring movements
                    and wearisome exertions
          and He made it a garment for them
                    that they might be clothed
                    in its ease and its sleep,
          that it might be for them refreshment and strength,
                    that they might reach therein pleasure and passion.


He created for them the daytime, giving sight,
          that they might seek within it of His bounty,69
          find the means to His provision,
          and roam freely in His earth,
                    searching for that through which
                              to attain the immediate in their life in this world
                              and to achieve the deferred in their life to come.


Through all of this He sets right their situation,
          tries their records,70
          and watches their state in
                    the times for obeying Him,
                    the waystations of His obligations,
                    and the places of His ordinances,
          that He may repay those who do evil with what they have done
                    and repay those who do good with goodness.71


O God,
          to Thee belongs praise
          for the sky Thou hast split into dawn for us,72
                    giving us to enjoy thereby the brightness of daytime,
                    showing us sought-after nourishments,
                    and protecting us from the striking of blights.


In the morning we and all things, every one, rise for Thee,
          the heaven and the earth
          and what Thou hast scattered in each,
                    the still and the moving,
                    the resident and the journeying,
                    what towers up in the air and what hides under the ground.


We rise in the morning in Thy grasp:
          Thy kingdom and authority contain us
                    and Thy will embraces us.
          We move about by Thy command
                    and turn this way and that through Thy governing.


          We own nothing of the affair
                    except what Thou hast decreed
          and nothing of the good
                    except what Thou hast given.


          This is a fresh, new day,
                    over us a ready witness.
          If we do good,
                    it will take leave from us with praise,
          and if we do evil,
                    it will part from us in blame.


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          provide us with the day's good companionship
          and preserve us against parting from it badly
                    by doing a misdeed
                    or committing a sin, whether small or great!


          Make our good deeds within it plentiful
                    empty us therein of evil deeds,
                    and fill what lies between its two sides for us
                              with praise and thanksgiving,
                              wages and stores,
                              bounty and beneficence!


O God,
          ease our burden on the Noble Writers,73
          fill our pages for us
                    with our good deeds,
          and degrade us not before them
                    with our evil works!


O God,
          appoint for us in each of the day's hours
                    a share from Thy servants,
                    a portion of giving thanks to Thee,
                    and a truthful witness among Thy angels!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household
          and safeguard us from before us and behind us,
                    from our right hands and our left hands
                    and from all our directions,74
          a safeguarding that will preserve from disobeying Thee,
                    guide to obeying Thee,
                    and be employed for Thy love!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household
          and give us success in this day of ours,
                    this night of ours,
                    and in all our days,
          to employ the good,
          stay away from the evil,
          give thanks for favours,
          follow the Sunna's norms,
          avoid innovations,
          enjoin good behaviour,
          forbid the disapproved,
          defend Islam,
          diminish falsehood and abase it,
          help the truth and exalt it,
          guide the misguided,
          assist the weak,
                     and reach out to the troubled!


O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household
          and make this
                    the most fortunate day we have known,
                    the most excellent companion we have accompanied,
                    and the best time in which we have lingered!


          Place us among
                    the most satisfied of all Thy creatures
                              whom night and day have passed by,
                    the most thankful of them
                              for the favours Thou hast done,
                    the firmest of them
                              in the laws Thou hast set down in the Shari'a,
                    and the most unyielding of them
                              toward the prohibited acts
                              against which Thou hast cautioned!


O God,
          I call Thee to witness
          - and Thou art sufficient witness -
          and I call Thy heaven and Thy earth to witness
                    and Thy angels and Thy other creatures who inhabit them
                    in this my day,
                    this my hour,
                    this my night,
                    and this my resting place,
          that I bear witness
                    that Thou art God,
                              other than whom there is no god,
                              Upholding justice,
                              Equitable in judgement,
                              Clement to the servants,75
                              Master of the kingdom,76
                              Compassionate to the creatures,


                    and that Muhammad is Thy servant and Thy messenger,
                              Thy chosen from among Thy creatures.
                    Thou didst charge him with Thy message
                              and he delivered it;
                    Thou didst command him to counsel his community
                              and he counselled it.


O God,
          so bless Muhammad and his Household
                    more than Thou hast blessed any of Thy creatures!
          Give him for our sake the best Thou hast given any of Thy servants,
          and repay him on our behalf better and more generously
                    than Thou hast repaid any of Thy prophets
                    on behalf of his community!


Thou art All-kind with immensity,
          the Forgiver of the great,
          and Thou art more merciful
                    than every possessor of mercy!
          So bless Muhammad and his Household,
                    the good, the pure, the chosen, the most distinguished!