His Supplication in Worrisome Tasks

His Supplication when Faced with a Worrisome Task or when Misfortune Descended and at the Time of Distress


O He through whom the knots of detested things are untied!
           O He through whom the cutting edge of hardships is blunted!
           O He from whom is begged the outlet to the freshness of relief!


Intractable affairs yield to Thy power,
           means are made ready by Thy gentleness,
           the decree goes into effect through Thy power,
           and all things proceed according to Thy desire.


By Thy desire they follow Thy command
                     without Thy word
           and by Thy will they obey Thy bans
                     without Thy prohibition.


Thou art the supplicated in worries
                     and the place of flight in misfortunes;
           none of them is repelled unless Thou repellest,
                     none is removed unless Thou removest.


Upon me has come down, My Lord,
                     something whose weight burdens me
           and upon me has fallen
                     something whose carrying oppresses me.


Through Thy power
                     Thou hast brought it down upon me
           and through Thy authority
                     Thou hast turned it toward me.


None can send away what Thou hast brought,
           none can deflect what Thou hast turned,
           none can open what Thou hast closed,
           none can close what Thou hast opened,
           none can make easy what Thou hast made difficult,
           none can help him whom Thou hast abandoned.


So bless Muhammad and his Household,
           open for me, my Lord, the door of relief through Thy graciousness,
           break from me the authority of worry by Thy strength,
           confer the beauty of Thy gaze upon my complaint,
           let me taste the sweetness of benefaction in what I ask,
           give me from Thyself mercy and wholesome relief,
           and appoint for me from Thyself a quick way out!


Distract me not through worry
           from observing Thy obligations
           and acting in accordance with Thy prescriptions.


My capacity has been straitened, my Lord,
                     by what has come down on me,
           and I am filled with worry
                     by carrying what has happened to me,
           while Thou hast power to remove what has afflicted me
                     and to repel that into which I have fallen.
           So do that for me
                     though I merit it not from Thee,
                     O Possessor of the Mighty Throne!