three traits have prevented me from asking Thee
and one trait has urged me on:
I am prevented by
a command Thou hast commanded
in which I have been slow,
a prohibition Thou hast prohibited
toward which I have hurried,
and a favour through which Thou hast favoured
for which I have not given sufficient thanks.
I am urged to ask Thee
by Thy gratuitous bounty upon him who
turns his face toward Thee
and comes to Thee with a good opinion,
since all Thy beneficence is gratuitous bounty
and every one of Thy favours a new beginning!
So here I am, my God,
standing at the gate of Thy might,
the standing of the lowly, the surrendered,
asking Thee in my shame,
the asking of the destitute, the pitiful,
at the time of Thy beneficence I surrendered not
save through abstaining from disobedience toward Thee
and in none of my states was I ever without
Will it profit me, my God,
to admit to Thee the evil of what I have earned?
Will it save me from Thee
to confess the ugliness of what I have done?
Or wilt Thou impose upon me in this my station Thy displeasure?
Will Thy hate hold fast to me in the time of my supplication?
Glory be to Thee!
I do not despair of Thee,
for Thou hast opened the door of repentance toward Thyself.
Rather, I say,
the words of a lowly servant,
having wronged himself
and made light of his Lord's inviolability,
whose sins are dreadful, great,
whose days have parted, fled,
until, when he sees the term of his works expired
and the limit of his lifetime reached
and knows with certainty that he has no escape from Thee,
no place to flee from Thee,
he turns his face toward Thee in repeated turning,
makes his repentance toward Thee sincere,
stands before Thee with a pure and purified heart,
then supplicates Thee with a feeble, quiet voice.
He is bowed before
his head lowered, thrown down,
his legs shaking in fear,
his tears flooding his cheeks.
He supplicates Thee:
O Most Merciful of the merciful!
O Most Merciful of those toward whom seekers of mercy
keep on turning!
O Tenderest of those around whom run
seekers of forgiveness!
O He whose pardon is greater
than His vengeance!
O He whose good pleasure is more abundant
than His anger!82
He who seeks His creatures' praise
with excellent forbearance!
O He who has accustomed His servants
to the acceptance of their repeated turning!83
O He who seeks to heal their corruption
O He who is pleased with the easy
of their acts!
O He who recompenses with the much
O He who has made himself accountable to them
to respond to supplication!84
O He who pledged Himself by His gratuitous bounty
to give them excellent repayment!
I am not the
most disobedient of those who have disobeyed Thee
and whom Thou hast forgiven,
nor am I the most blameworthy to offer excuses
which Thou hast accepted,
nor am I the most wrongdoing of those who have
repented to Thee,
and to whom Thou hast returned
I repent to Thee
in this my station,
the repentance of one
remorseful over what preceded from him hastily,
apprehensive of what has gathered around him,
pure in shame for that into which he has fallen,
pardoning great sins is nothing great for Thee.85
overlooking enormous misdeeds is not difficult for Thee,
putting up with indecent crimes does not trouble Thee,
and the most beloved of Thy servants to Thee is he who
refrains from arrogance before Thee,
pulls aside from persistence,
and holds fast to praying forgiveness!
I am clear before
Thee of arrogance,
I seek refuge in Thee from persistence,
I pray forgiveness from Thee for shortcomings,
I seek help from Thee in incapacity!
bless Muhammad and his Household,
dispense with what is incumbent upon me toward Thee,
release me from what I merit from Thee,
and grant me sanctuary from what the evildoers fear!
For Thou art full of pardon,
the hoped-for source of forgiveness,
well known for Thy forbearance.
My need has no object but Thee,
my sin no forgiver other than Thee
- could that be possible?
I have no fear
for myself except from Thee;
Thou art worthy of reverential fear,
and worthy to forgive!86
Bless Muhammad and his Household,
grant my need,
answer my request favourably,
forgive my sin,
and give me security from fear for myself!
Thou art powerful over everything,87
and that is easy for Thee.
Amen, Lord of the worlds!