O ultimate object of needs!
O He through
O He whose favours
are not bought
O He who does
not muddy His gifts
by the imposition of obligations!
O He along with
whom nothing is needed
and without whom nothing can be done!
O He toward whom
desire is ever directed
and never turned away!
O He whose treasuries
cannot be exhausted
O He whose wisdom
cannot be altered
by any means!
O He from whom
the needs of the needy
are never cut off!
O He who is not
by the supplications of the supplicators!
Thou hast lauded Thyself for having no need for Thy creatures,
and it suits Thee to have no need for them,
and Thou hast
attributed to them poverty,
and it suits them to be poor toward Thee.88
So he who strives to remedy his lack through what is with Thee
and wishes to turn poverty away from himself through Thee
has sought his need in the most likely place
and come to his request from the right quarter.
But he who turns in his need toward one of Thy creatures
or assigns the cause of its being granted to other than Thee,
has exposed himself to deprivation
and deserves to miss Thy beneficence.
I have a need of Thee:
My exertion has fallen short of it
and my stratagems have been cut back before reaching it.
My soul induced me to present it to him who
presents his needs to Thee
and can do nothing without Thee in his requests,
but this is one of the slips of the offenders,
one of the stumbles of the sinners!
Then through Thy reminding me,
I was aroused from my heedlessness,
through Thy giving success,
I stood up from my slip,
and through Thy pointing the way,
I returned and withdrew from my stumble.
Glory to my Lord!
How can the needy ask from the needy?
How can the destitute beseech the destitute?
So I went straight to Thee, my God, in beseeching,
and I sent Thee my hope with trust in Thee.
I came to know that
the many I request from Thee are few before Thy wealth,
the weighty I ask from Thee is vile before Thy plenty;
Thy generosity is not constrained by anyone's asking,
Thy hand is higher in bestowing gifts than every hand!
so bless Muhammad and his Household,
take me through Thy generosity
to Thy gratuitous bounty
and take me not through Thy justice
to what I deserve!
I am not the first beseecher to beseech Thee
and Thou bestowed upon him
while he deserved withholding,
nor am I the first to ask from Thee
and Thou wast bounteous toward him
while he merited deprivation.
bless Muhammad and his Household,
respond to my supplication,
come near my call,
have mercy on my pleading,
listen to my voice,
not short my hope for Thee,
sever not my thread to Thee,
turn not my face in this my need,
and other needs,
away from Thee,
for my sake to
the fulfilment of my request,
the granting of my need,
and the attainment of what I have asked
before I leave this place
through Thy making easy for me the difficult
and Thy excellent ordainment for me in all affairs!
Bless Muhammad and his Household
with a permanent, ever-growing blessing,
whose perpetuity has no cutting off
and whose term knows no limit,
and make that a help to me
and a cause for the granting of my request!
Thou art Boundless, Generous!
|25||And of my needs, My Lord, are such and such.|
HERE YOU SHOULD STATE YOUR NEEDS,
Thy bounty has
and Thy beneficence has shown the way,
So I ask Thee by Thee
and by Muhammad and his Household
(Thy blessings be upon them)
that Thou sendest me not back in disappointment!