The Supplication for Wednesday

In the Name of God, the All-merciful,
the All-compassionate


Praise belongs to God,
          who appointed the night to be a garment,
                    and sleep for a rest,
                    and day He appointed for a rising!296


To Thee belongs praise,
          for Thou roused me from my sleep,
                    - and hadst Thou willed,
                    Thou wouldst have made it everlasting -
          an everlasting praise that will never be cut off
                    and whose number the creatures will never count!


O God,
          to Thee belongs praise,
          for Thou created, then proportioned,
                    ordained and decreed,
                    gave death and bestowed life,
                    made sick and healed,
                    made well and afflicted,
                    sat upon the Throne and encompassed the Kingdom!297


I supplicate Thee with the supplication of one
          whose mediation is weak,
          whose stratagems have been cut off,
          whose term has drawn near,
          whose expectation from this world has shrunk,
          whose neediness for Thy mercy has intensified,
          whose remorse for his neglect has become great,
          whose slips and stumbles have become many,
          and whose repentance is devoted sincerely to Thy face.


So bless Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets,
                    and his Household, the good, the pure,
          provide me with the intercession of Muhammad
                    (God bless him and his Household)
          and deprive me not of his companionship!
          Surely Thou art the Most Merciful of the merciful!298


O God,
          decree for me on Wednesday four things:
          Induce me
                    to be strong in obedience to Thee,
                    to be joyful in worshipping Thee,
                    to be desirous of Thy reward,
                    and to abstain from that which would make incumbent
                    upon me
                              Thy painful punishment!
          Thou art Gentle to whom Thou wilt!