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33) His Supplication in Asking for the Best

(33) وَ كَانَ ، مِنْ دُعَائِهِ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ فِي الِاسْتِخَارَةِ

1. اللَّهُمَّ إِنِيِّ أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ ،

فَصَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِهِ ،

وَ اقْضِ لِي بِالْخِيَرَةِ

2. وَ أَلْهِمْنَا مَعْرِفَةَ الِاخْتِيَارِ ، وَ اجْعَلْ ذَلِكَ ذَرِيعَةً إِلَى

الرِّضَا بِمَا قَضَيْتَ لَنَا

وَ التَّسْلِيمِ لِمَا حَكَمْتَ

فَأَزِحْ عَنَّا رَيْبَ الِارْتِيَابِ ،

وَ أَيِّدْنَا بِيَقِينِ الْمُخْلِصِينَ .

3. وَ لَا تَسُمْنَا عَجْزَ الْمَعْرِفَةِ عَمَّا تَخَيَّرْتَ

فَنَغْمِطَ قَدْرَكَ ، وَ نَكْرَهَ مَوْضِعَ رِضَاكَ ،

وَ نَجْنَحَ إِلَى الَّتِي هِيَ أَبْعَدُ مِنْ حُسْنِ الْعَاقِبَةِ ،

وَ أَقْرَبُ إِلَى ضِدِّ الْعَافِيَةِ ،

4. حَبِّبْ إِلَيْنَا مَا نَكْرَهُ مِنْ قَضَائِكَ ،

وَ سَهِّلْ عَلَيْنَا مَا نَسْتَصْعِبُ مِنْ حُكْمِكَ

5. وَ أَلْهِمْنَا الِانْقِيَادَ لِمَا أَوْرَدْتَ عَلَيْنَا مِنْ مَشِيَّتِكَ

حَتَّى لَا نُحِبَّ تَأْخِيرَ مَا عَجَّلْتَ ،

وَ لَا تَعْجِيلَ مَا أَخَّرْتَ ،

وَ لَا نَكْرَهَ مَا أَحْبَبْتَ ، وَ لَا نَتَخَيَّرَ مَا كَرِهْتَ .

6. وَ اخْتِمْ لَنَا بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْمَدُ عَاقِبَةً ،

وَ أَكْرَمُ مَصِيراً ،

إِنَّكَ تُفِيدُ الْكَرِيمَةَ ، وَ تُعْطِي الْجَسِيمَةَ ،

وَ تَفْعَلُ مَا تُرِيدُ ، وَ أَنْتَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْ‏ءٍ قَدِيرٌ .

1- O God,
I ask from Thee the best in Thy knowledge,
so bless Muhammad and his Household
and decree for me the best!

2- Inspire us with knowledge to chose the best
and make that a means to
being pleased with what Thou hast decreed for us
and submitting to what Thou hast decided!
Banish from us the doubt of misgiving
and confirm us with the certainty of the sincere!

3- Visit us not with incapacity to know what Thou hast chosen,
lest we despise Thy measuring out, dislike the place of Thy good pleasure,
and incline toward that which is further from good outcome
and nearer to the opposite of well-being!

4- Make us love what we dislike in Thy decree
and make easy for us what we find difficult
in Thy decision!

5- Inspire us to yield to that which Thou bringest upon us by Thy will,
lest we love the delay of what Thou hast hastened
and the hastening of what Thou hast delayed,
dislike what Thou lovest, and choose what Thou dislikest!

6- Seal us with that which is most praised in outcome
and most generous in issue!
Surely Thou givest generous gain, bestowest the immense,
dost what Thou wilt,
and Thou art powerful over everything.1

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