Islamic Wisdom

Supplication 1 of Imam Sajjad on Month of Ramadan

1

Praise belongs to God who guided us to His praise
                    and placed us among the people of praise,
          that we might be among the thankful for His beneficence
          and that He might recompense us for that
                    with the recompense of the good-doers!
2 And praise belongs to God who
                    showed favour to us through His religion,
                    singled us out for His creed,
                              and directed us onto the roads of His beneficence,
                    in order that through His kindness we might travel upon them
                              to His good pleasure,
          a praise which He will accept from us
                    and through which He will be pleased with us!
3 And praise belongs to God who appointed among those roads His month,
          the month of Ramadan,
          the month of fasting,
          the month of submission,
          the month of purity,
          the month of putting to test,
          the month of standing in prayer,
          in which the Qur'an was sent down as guidance to the people,
          and as clear signs of the Guidance and the Separator!
4 He clarified its excellence over other months
          by the many sacred things and well-known excellencies
                    which He placed therein,
          for He made unlawful in it what He declared lawful in others
                    to magnify it,
          He prohibited foods and drinks in it
                    to honour it,
          and He appointed for it a clear time which He
                    (majestic and mighty is He)
                    allows not to be set forward
                    and accepts not to be placed behind.
5 Then He made one of its nights surpass the nights
                                                  of a thousand months
          and named it the Night of Decree;
                    in it the angels and the Spirit descend
                    by the leave of their Lord upon every command,
                    a peace
constant in blessings
                                        until the rising of the dawn
                              upon whomsoever He will of His servants
                              according to the decision He has made firm.
6 O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          inspire us
                    with knowledge of its excellence,
                    veneration of its inviolability,
                    and caution against what Thou hast forbidden within it,
          and help us to fast in it
                    by our restraining our limbs
                              from acts of disobedience toward Thee
                    and our employing them
                              in that which pleases Thee,
          so that we lend not our ears to idle talk
                              and hurry not with our eyes to diversion,
7                     we stretch not our hands toward the forbidden
                              and stride not with our feet toward the prohibited,
                    our bellies hold only what Thou hast made lawful
                              and our tongues speak only what Thou
                                                  hast exemplified,
                    we undertake nothing but what brings close to
                                                  Thy reward
                              and pursue nothing but what protects from
                                                  Thy punishment!
          Then rid all of that from the false show of the false showers
                              and the fame seeking of the fame seekers,
                    lest we associate therein anything with Thee
                              or seek therein any object of desire but Thee!
8 O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          in it make us attend
                    to the appointed moments of the five prayers within
                              the bounds Thou hast set,
                              the obligations Thou hast decreed,
                              the duties Thou hast assigned,
                              and the times Thou hast specified;
9           and in the prayers make us alight in the station of
                    the keepers of their stations,
                    the guardians of their pillars,
                    their performers in their times,
                              as Thy servant and Thy messenger set down in his Sunna
                              (Thy blessings be upon him and his Household)
                    in their bowings, their prostrations, and all their
                                                  excellent acts,
                              with the most complete and ample ritual purity
                              and the most evident and intense humility!
10           Give us success in this month to
                    tighten our bonds of kin with devotion and gifts,
                    attend to our neighbours with bestowal and giving,
                    rid our possessions from claims,
                    purify them through paying the alms,
                    go back to him who has gone far from us,
                    treat justly him who has wronged us,
                    make peace with him who shows enmity toward us
                              (except him who is regarded as an enemy
                                        in Thee and for Thee,
                              for he is the enemy whom we will not befriend,
                                        the party whom we will not hold dear),
11                     and seek nearness to Thee through blameless works
                              which will purify us from sins
                              and preserve us from renewing faults,
                    so that none of Thy angels will bring for Thee
                              the kinds of obedience and sorts of
                                                  nearness-seeking
                              unless they be less than what we bring!
12 O God,
          I ask Thee by the right of this month
          and by the right of him who worships Thee within it
                              from its beginning to the time of its passing,
                    whether angel Thou hast brought nigh to Thee,
                    prophet Thou hast sent,
                    or righteous servant Thou hast singled out,
          that Thou bless Muhammad and his Household,
          make us worthy of the generosity Thou hast promised
                                                  Thy friends,
          make incumbent for us
                    what Thou hast made incumbent
                    for those who go to great lengths in obeying Thee,
          and place us in the ranks of those
                    who deserve through Thy mercy the highest elevation!
13 O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          turn us aside from
                    deviation in professing Thy Unity,
                     falling short in magnifying Thee,
                    in Thy religion,
                     blindness toward Thy path,
                     heedlessness of Thy inviolability,
                    and being deceived by Thy enemy, the accursed Satan!
14 O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          and when in every night of this month's nights
                                                  Thou hast necks
                    which Thy pardon will release
                              and Thy forgiveness disregard,
                    place our necks among those necks
                    and place us among the best folk and companions
                              of this our month!
15 O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          efface our sins
                    along with the effacing of its crescent moon,
          and make us pass forth from the ill effects of our acts
                    with the passing of its days,
          until it leaves us behind,
                    while within it Thou hast purified us of offenses
                    and rid us of evil deeds!
16 O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household,
          and should we go off to one side in this month,
                     set us aright;
          should we swerve,
                     point us straight;
           and should Thy enemy Satan enwrap us,
                     rescue us from him!
17 O God,
           fill this month with our worship of Thee,
           adorn its times with our obedience toward Thee,
           help us during its daytime with its fast,
                     and in its night with prayer and pleading toward Thee,
                               humility toward Thee,
                               and lowliness before Thee,
           so that its daytime may not bear witness
                               against our heedlessness,
                    nor its night against our neglect!
18 O God,
          make us like this in the other months and days
                    as long as Thou givest us life,
          and place us among Thy righteous servants,
                    those who shall inherit Paradise,
                              therein dwelling forever,

                    those who give what they give,
                              while their hearts quake,
                              that they are returning to their Lord,

                    those who vie in good works,
                              outracing to them!
19 O God,
          bless Muhammad and his Household
                    in every time, in all moments, and in every state,
          to the number that Thou hast blessed whomsoever
                                                   Thou hast blessed
                    and to multiples of all that, through multiples
                     which none can count but Thee!
           Surely Thou art Accomplisher of what Thou desirest.