The translation is by Mohamed Amir Hyder Khan. The booklet is published and compiled by Yousuf N. Lalljee in Bombay and printed by G. N. Shembekar in Bombay.
Dua-E-Mashlool Prayer Of The Paralytic The effective prayer is undoubtedly an inspired work. Any one who is acquainted with the soul-stirring experience of great religious thoughts cannot help seeing in these immortal words of Hazrat Ali (as) the dazzling light of Universal Truth. Imam Husain (as) related that once on a cold, wintry night he accompanied his father Hazrat Ali (as) to the Sacred Mosque of the Kaaba and performed the circumambulations. The night was pitch dark and there was no one there except his father and himself. Every one was asleep. Presently, they heard a mournful voice of some one reciting the following poem: " O Thou that answereth the prayers of the disconsolate in the depth of darkness; O Thou that wardeth off the baneful influences of calamities and diseases. Lo, those who surrounded the Kaaba sleep and wake up; But Thou, Exalted be thy Name, never sleepest. Forgive me by the Grace of Thy Bounty and Thy Mercy. O Though towards whom all creation bows down in this Sanctuaary! If Thy Mercy be not such as giveth hope to the transgressors, Then who is there to take pity on the sinners by His Bounty?" Imam Husain (as) related the rest of the story: My father sent me towards the man who was reciting these lines of poetry and I brought him with me into his presence. Hazrat Ali (as) asked his name and he said, "My name is Manzil Ibn Lahiq. In my youth I was persisting in sin, while my father used to guide me towards repentance. But I heeded him not. Instead of listening to him I used to beat him. Now it came to pass that my father had kept some money hidden away from me. One day I found it and was going out with the money, to spend it on my follies, when he stopped me and tried to take it away from me, but I twisted his wrist and ran away with the money. Thereupon my father kept a fast and went and performed the rites of the Sacred Mosque. Then he lifted up his hands and prayed that God may inflict upon me the disease of paralysis. Hardly had he done so when I was struck with paralysis and my father went back to his home. I then besought my father to pray for my recovery in the same place where he had prayed for my affliction. My father, in his infinite love and kindness, granted my request and we both set out towards Mecca, but as my ill-luck would have it, on the way thither my father's camel suddenly took fright and he was thrown from its back and killed in a moment. Now I am left to spend the rest of my days in this condition, helpless and forlorn, and people taunt me, saying that I am being punished for courting my father's displeasure." On hearing the sad tale, Hazrat Ali (as) was moved by pity and compassion and taught him the following prayer and said: "Perform the ablutions and recite this prayer tonight". He did so, and the effect was miraculous! Next morning when he came to my father, he was perfectly cured and carried the text of the prayer in his right hand and exclaimed, "Really this prayer is the 'Isme Azam' because when I lifted up my hands and read this dua several times, a deep sleep fell upon me and I dreamt that the Holy Prophet MOhamed (pbuh&hf) came and massaged my body with his own hands. When I woke up, I found that the illness had completely departed from me. May God reward thee, O Amir ul Momineen (as) for this miraculous prayer." In view of the above mentioned incident, this dua is called prayer of the paralytic. Imam Husain (as) continues to state that this dua contains the Isme Azam. Whoever recites it will be relieved of sorrow; cured of illness; his debts will be paid up; his poverty will be changed to prosperity; his sins forgiven; his defects hidden; and he shall be granted safety and security from all evil, whether from Satan or from any worldly potentate, and if any of God's obedient servants recite this prayer, the mountains can be moved from their place; the dead can be restored to life and water can be turned into ice thereby. Hence this prayer has come to us as a source of rejoicing and I (the translator, I think) have learnt it from my father. Imam Husain (as) further directs that this prayer should never be recited in a state of impurity or pollution. This prayer is also referred to as "Dua-e-Khizr". The Prayer 1 O Allah, I beseech Thee with (the help of) Thy Name; -- (with the help of ) the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Benign (Beneficient?). 2 O Lord of Majesty and Generosity; O Living; O Self-Subsisting, O Ever-living, there is no God but Thou. 3 O Thou that art "He" of whom no one knoweth what "He" is, nor how "He" is, nor where "He" is, except "He." 4 O Lord of the Great Kingdom and Supremacy. O Lord of Honour and Omnipotence: O Sovereign Lord, O Holy One! O Peace; O Keeper of Faith; O Guardian O Revered One; O Compeller; O Superb.* * Surah 59 verse 23 5 O Creator; O Maker of all things from nothing;* *Surah 59 verse 24 O Artist; O Beneficient; O Administrator; O Severe (in wrath); O Inventor; O Restorer; O Originator; O Most Loving: O Praised; O Adored. 6 O Thou that art distant yet near; O Answerer of prayer; O Observer (of all deeds); O Reckoner. 7 O Innovator; O Exalted; O Unassailable; O Hearer. 8 O Knower; O Wise; O Bountiful; O Forbearing; O Eternal; O Lofty; O Great. 9 O most Compassionate; O Giver of all good; O most perfect Requiter of good and evil; O Thou whose help is sought for. 10 O Majestic; O Glorious; O Trusted; O Guardian; O Alleviator of suffering; O Fulfiller of hopes; O Guide; O Magnanimous. 11 O Giver of guidance; O Commencer; O First; O Last; O Evident; O Hidden. 12 O Established; O Everlasting; O Knowing; O Ruler; O Dispenser of justice; O Equitable; O Thou that disjoineth and uniteth; O Pure; O Purifier; O Powerful; O Almighty; O Great; O Magnificent. 13 O One; O Matchless; O Eternal; O Absolute; O Thou that bareth none and is born of none; nor is there equal to Thee anyone (Vide Surah 112) nor hath Thee any spouse; nor any bearer of Thy burden; nor any consultant to give Thee advice; not does Thou need any supporter; nor is there with Thou any other deity; There is no God but Thou, and Thou art far exalted with great excelence above all that which the unjust folk do say concerning Thee. 14 O High and Lofty; O most Glorious; 15 O Opener; O Diffuser of fragrance; O Tolerant; 16 O Helper; O Victorious; O Overtaker; O Destroyer; O Avenger; O Resurrector; O Inheritor; O Seeker; O Conquerer; O Thou from Whom no fugitive can escape. 17 O Acceptor of repentance; O Ever-forgiving; O Great Bestower; O Causer of all causes; O Opener of doors (of relief and salvation); O Thou that answerest howsoever Thou art invoked. 18 O Purifier; O Giver of manifold rewards; O Excuser; O Pardoner; O Light of all lights; O Director of all affairs. 19 O Ever Blissful; O All-Aware; O Protector; O Lumnious (Luminous?); O Seer; O Supporter; O Great. 20 O Lone; O Unique; O Everlasting; O Upholder; O Eternal and Absolute. 21 O Sufficer; O Healer; O Fulfiller of promises; O Deliver. 22 O Benefactor; O Beautifier; O Bestower of grace; O Grantor of favors; O Gracious; O Peerless. 23 O Thou that being Exalted overwhelmest; O Thou that being Master of all hast absolute power; O Thou, who being hidden art well informed; O Thou that being disobeyed forgiveth; O Thou Whom no thought can fully comprehend; nor sight perceive nor from whom any impression is hidden, O Nourisher of Mankind; O Ordainer of every destiny. 24 O Thou of Exalted position; O Thou Formidable in Thy foundations; O Changer of times; O Acceptor of sacrifice; O Thou full of favors and benefactions; O Lord of Honor and Supremacy; O All Merciful; O most Compassionate; O Thou that has each day a distinctive Glory while no aspect of Thy Glory is erased by the prominence of another aspect. O Thou that art present in every place. 25 O Hearer of all voices; O Answerer of prayers; O Giver of success in all requirements; O Fulfiller of all needs; O Bestower of blessings; O Thou that taketh pity on our tears. O Thou that raiseth from the pitfalls; O Thou that relieveth agonies; O thou that art the Cherisher of good deeds. O Thou that raiseth men in rank and degree; O Thou that accedeth to requests; O Thou that bringeth the dead to life; O Thou that gathereth together that which is scattered. O Thou that art informed of all intentions; O Thou that restoreth that which has been lost; O Thou that art not confused by a multiplicity of voices; O Thou that art not harassed by a multitude of petitions; and Whom no darkness can hide of cover; O Light of heaven and earth. 26 O Perfector of blessings; O Averter of calamaties; O Producer of zephyrs; O Gatherer of nations; O Healer of disease; O Creator of light and darkness; O Lord of generosity and munificence; O Thou (on) whose throne no one can set foot! (sura al araf verse 45) 27 O Thou more generous than the most generous; O Thou more munificent than the most munificent; O Thou most keen of hearing than the most keen of hearing; O Thou more keen of vision than the most perceiving; O Protecting neighbor of those that seek They neighborhood. O Refuge of the fearful; O Patron of the faithful; O Helper of those that seek Thy help; O ultimate Goal of those that aspire. 28 O Companion of all strangers; O Friend of all the lonely ones; O Refuge of all outcasts; O Retreat of all persecuted ones; O Guardian of all those who stry. 29 O Thou that takest pity on the aged and decrepit; O Thou that nourisheth the little baby; O Thou that joineth together broken ones; O Liberator of all prisoners; O Enricher of the miserable poor; O Protector of the frightened refugees; O Thou for Whom alone are both destiny and disposal; O Thou for Whom all dificult things are simple and easy; O Thou that doth not need any explanation. O Thou Mighty over all things; O Thou Knower of all things. O Thou Seer of all things. 30 O Thou that maketh breezes blow; O Thou that cleaveth the day-break; O Reviver of the spirits; O Lord of Generosity and Clemency; O Thou in Whose hands are all keys. 31 O Hearer of all voices; O Thou earlier in time than all that have passed away; O Giver of life to every soul after death. 32 O my Means of defense in confronting hardships; O my Guardian in strange lands; O my Friend in my loneliness; O my Master in my bliss; O my Refuge at the time when the journey doth tire me out and my kinsfolk hand me over to my foes and all my comrades forsake me. 33 O Supporter of those who have no support; O Guarantor of those who have no guarantee; O Wealth of those who have no wealth; O Means of those who have no strength; O Refuge of those who have no refuge; O Treasure of those who have no treasure; O Helper of those who have no helper; O Neighbor of those who have no neighbor. 34 O my Neighbor that art adjacent; O my Support that art firm; O my God that art worshipped by virtue of positive knowledge (Belief in God must be Conviction not by blind following.); O lord of the Ancient House (the Ka'ba); O Thou full of loving and kindness; O nearest Friend. 35 Liberate me from the choking fetters, Remove from me all sorrow, suffering and grief, Protect me from the evil that I am unable to bear, and help me in that which I am unable to do. 36 O Thou that didst restore Joseph unto Jacob (12:99); O Thou that didst cure Job of his malady (21:84); O Thou that didst forgive the fault of David (38:26); O Thou that didst lift up Jesus and saved him from the clutches of the Jews (4:157-158); O Thou that didst answer the prayer of Jonah from the darkness (21:87-88); O Thou that didst choose Moses by means of Thine inspired words (19:51-52); O Thou that didst forgive the omission of Adam (2:37) and lifted up Idris to an exalted station by Thy mercy (19:56-57); O Thou that didst save Noah from drowning (21:76); O Thou that didst destroy the former tribe of Ad and then Thamud, so that no trade of them remained, and destroyed the people of Noah aforetime, for verily they were the most unjust and most rebellious; and overturned the ruined and deserted towns; (53:50-53); O Thou that destroyed the people of Lot (26:172); and annihilated the people of Sho'aib (26:189); O Thou that chose Abraham as a friend (4:125); O Thou that chose Moses as one spoken unto (4:164); and chose Muhammed (Thy blessings be upon him and his Progeny) as Thy Beloved; O Thou that gavest unto Luqman wisdom (31:12); and bestowed upon Solomon a kingdom the like of which shall not be merited by anyone after him (38:37); O Thou that didst afford succour unto the two-horned one against the mighty tyrants (18:84-98); O Thou that didst grant unto Khizr immortality (18:66-83); and brought back for Joshua, the son of Nun, the sun after it had set (18:59-65); O Thou that gave solace unto the heart of Moses' mother (20:40); and protected the chastity of Mary, the daughter of Imran (19:16-34); O Thou that didst fortify John, the Son of Zacharias against sin (19:12-15); and abated the wrath for Moses (8:150-151); O Thou that gave glad tidings of (the Birth of) john unto Zacharias (19:7); O Thou that saved Ishmael from slaughter by substituting for him the Great Sacrifice (37:102-107); O Thou that didst accept the offering of Abel and placed the curse upon Cain (5:27-30) O Subcuer of the alien hordes for Muhammad - the blessings of Allah be upon him and his Progeny - bestow Thy blessings upon Muhammad and his Progeny and upon all Thy Messengers and upon the Angels that are near Thee and upon all Thine obedient servants. 37 And I beg of Thee all the requests which anyone has begged of Thee with whom Thou has been pleased and unto whom Thou has assured the granting thereof, O Allah, O Allah, O Allah, O Most Merciful, O Most Merciful, O Most Merciful, O Most Beneficient, O Most Beneficient, O Most Beneficient, O Lord of Majesty and Grace, O Lord of Majesty and Grace, O Lord of Majesty and Grace. Through Thee, Through Thee, Through Thee, Through Thee, Through Thee, Through Thee, Through Thee. I beseech thee with the help of all the Names whereby Thou hast named Thyself, or which Thou hast sent down in any of Thy inspired Scriptures, or Which Thou hast inscribed in Thy knowledge of the unknown; and (I beseech Thee) in the name of the honored and exalted positions of Thy Throne, and in the name of the utmost extent of Thy Mercy as expressed in Thy Book (the Quran) and in the name of that which "If all the trees on earth were to become pens and all the seven seas ink, the Words of Allah could not be fully written down (31:27)." "Verily Allah is the Honored, the Wise"; And I beseech Thee with the help of Thy Beautiful Names which Thou has praised in Thy Book, saying, :Unto Allah belong the beautiful names -- so call ye Him by Them (7:180); And Thou hast said "Call unto Me and I shall answer you (40:60); and Thou has said, "And when My servants ask something of Me, lo, I am near, and I grant the prayer of the supplicant when he asks anything of Me, so pray ye unto Me and believe in Me, that ye may be made perfect (2:186); And Thou has said, "O My servants who have wronged yourselves, despair not of the Mercy of Allah; verilly Allah forgiveth all the sins; verily He is the Forgiving, the Merciful (39:53)". 38 Therefore I pray unto Thee, My God, and I ask Thee, My Cherisher and Sustainer, and I hope from Thee, my Chief, and I crave Thy acceptance of my prayer, O my Protector, even as Thou hast promised me, and I call upon Thee even as Thou hast commanded me -- So, do unto me what pleases Thee to do, O Generous One! (Here the Devotee should pray for the fulfillment of his valid desires.) 39 And all Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds, and the blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad and all His Holy Descendants. (The end)
Contributed by Sister Masooma Beatty, dianab@holly.ColoState.EDU