Dua for first night of Ramadhan (Imam Sadiq)

اللّهُمَّ إنَّ هذَا الشَّهْرَ الْمُبَارَكَ الَّذِي أُنْزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ

O Allah: verily, this blessed month, in which the Quran was revealed

وَجُعِلَ هُدَىً لِلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِنَ الْهُدَى وَالْفُرْقَانِ

and was made guidance for people and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong),

قَدْ حَضَرَ

has commenced

فَسَلِّمْنَا فِيهِ

So, (please) keep us out of blemish during it,

وَسَلَّمْهُ لَنَا

and keep it sound for us,

وَتَسَلَّمْهُ مِنَّا فِي يُسْرٍ مِنْكَ وَعَافِيَةٍ،

and receive it from us with means of easiness and good health from You

يَا مَنْ أَخَذَ الْقَلِيلَ وَشَكَرَ الْكَثِيرَ

O He Who has accepted the little (deed) and thanked for the much;

اقْبَلْ مِنِّي الْيَسِيرَ.

(please) accept from me the little (deed).

اللّهُمَّ إنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ أَنْ

O Allah: I beseech You to

تَجْعَلَ لِي إلَى كُلِّ خَيْرٍ سَبِيلاً،

make for me a path to every decency,

وَمِنْ كُلِّ مَا لا تُحِبُّ مَانِعاً

and to make for me a barrier against everything that You do not like

يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ،

O the most Merciful of all those who show mercy.

يَا مَنْ عَفَا عَنِّي وَعَمَّا خَلَوْتُ بِهِ مِنَ السَّيِّئَاتِ،

O He Who has pardoned me and overlooked the misdeeds that I have committed secretly;

يَا مَنْ لَمْ يُؤَاخِذْنِي بِارْتِكَابِ الْمَعَاصِي،

O He Who has not punished me for my committing acts of disobedience to Him:

عَفْوَكَ عَفْوَكَ عَفْوَكَ، يَا كَرِيمُ.

I seek Your pardon, I seek Your pardon, I seek Your pardon, O the All-generous.

إلهِي وَعَظْتَنِي فَلَمْ أَتَّعِظْ،

O my God: You advised me, but I have not followed Your advice,

وَزَجَرْتَنِي عَنْ مَحَارِمِكَ فَلَمْ أَنْزَجِرْ،

and You rebuked me for violating that which You have deemed forbidden, but I have not stopped,

فَمَا عُذْرِي؟

Now, what is my excuse?

فَاعْفُ عَنِّي يَا كَرِيمُ، عَفْوَكَ عَفْوَكَ.

So, (please) pardon me, O the All-generous; I seek Your pardon, I seek Your pardon!

اللّهُمَّ إنّي أَسْأَلُكَ

O Allah: I beseech You

الرَّاحَةَ عِنْدَ الْمَوْتِ،

for rest at death,

وَالْعَفْوَ عِنْدَ الْحِسَابِ،

and for pardon at calling to account.

عَظُمَ الذَّنْبُ مِنْ عَبْدِكَ فَلْيَحْسُنِ التَّجَاوُزُ مِنْ عِنْدِكَ،

Great is the sin of Your servant; so, let Your overlooking him be excellent.

يَا أَهْلَ التَّقْوَى وَيَا أَهْلَ الْمَغْفِرَةِ، عَفْوَكَ عَفْوَكَ.

O He Who is worthy of being feared and is worthy of forgiving; I seek Your pardon, I seek Your pardon.

اللّهُمَّ إنِّي عَبْدُكَ بْنُ عَبْدِكَ بْنُ أَمَتِكَ

I Allah: I am Your servant and the son of Your servant and Your she-servant,

ضَعِيفٌ فَقِيرٌ إلَى رَحْمَتِكَ،

and I am weak and in need for Your mercy;

وَأَنْتَ مُنْزِلُ الْغِنَى وَالْبَرَكَةِ عَلَى الْعِبَادِ،

and You are the Pourer of wealth and bless on the servants (of You),

قَاهِرٌ مُقْتَدِرٌ

and You are omnipotent and full of power;

أَحْصَيْتَ أَعْمَالَهُمْ،

as You have recorded all their (i.e. Your servants) deeds,

وَقَسَمْتَ أَرْزَاقَهُمْ،

and You have decided the sustenance of each one them,

وَجَعَلْتَهُمْ مُخْتَلِفَةً أَلْسِنَتُهُمْ وَأَلْوَانُهُمْ خَلْقاً مِنْ بَعْدِ خَلْقٍ،

and You have made them of different languages and colors; in different stages of creation;

وَلا يَعْلَمُ الْعِبَادُ عِلْمَكَ،

Your servants can never attain Your knowledge,

وَلا يَقْدِرُ الْعِبَادُ قَدْرَكَ،

and Your servants can never recognize the real estimate that is due to You

وَكُلُّنَا فَقِيرٌ إلَى رَحْمَتِكَ،

and all of us are needy for Your mercy;

فَلا تَصْرِفْ عَنِّي وَجْهَكَ،

So, (please) do not turn Your Face away from me,

وَاجْعَلْنِي مِنْ صَالِحِي خَلْقِكَ فِي الْعَمَلِ وَالأَمَلِ وَالْقَضَاءِ وَالْقَدَرِ.

and include me with the virtuous creatures of You in deeds, hopes, and Your decisions (for me).

اللّهُمَّ أَبْقِنِي خَيْرَ الْبَقَاءِ،

O Allah: (please) keep me alive in the best manner of living,

وَأَفْنِنِي خَيْرَ الْفَنَاءِ عَلَى مُوَالاةِ أَوْلِيَائِكَ،

and decide for me to die in the best manner of death keeping loyal to Your representatives,

وَمُعَادَاةِ أَعْدَائِكَ

and incurring the enmity of Your enemies,

وَالرَّغْبَةِ إلَيْكَ، وَالرَّهْبَةِ مِنْكَ،

and keeping desiring for You and fearing from You,

وَالْخُشُوعِ وَالْوَفَاءِ وَالتَّسْلِيمِ لَكَ،

and submission, faithfulness, and compliance with You,

وَالتَّصْدِيقِ بِكِتَابِكَ،

and keeping belief in Your Book

وَاتِّبَاعِ سُنَّةِ رَسُولِكَ.

and following Your Prophet’s instructions.

اللّهُمَّ مَا كَانَ فِي قَلْبِي

O Allah: as for whatever I bear in my heart,

مِنْ شَكٍّ أَوْ رِيبَةٍ

including suspicion or doubt

أَوْ جُحُودٍ أَوْ قُنُوطٍ

or denial or despair

أَوْ فَرَحٍ أَوْ بَذَخٍ أَوْ بَطَرٍ

or (excessive) joy or lavish expenditure or recklessness

أَوْ خُيَلاءَ أَوْ رِيَاءٍ أَوْ سُمْعَةٍ

or pride or arrogance or ostentation

أَوْ شِقَاقٍ أَوْ نِفَاقٍ

or discord or hypocrisy

أَوْ كُفْرٍ أَوْ فُسُوقٍ أَوْ عِصْيَانٍ

or unbelief or licentiousness or disobedience

أَوْ عَظَمَةٍ أَوْ شَيْءٍ لا تُحِبُّ،

or conceit or anything else that You do not like;

فَأَسْأَلُكَ يَا رَبِّ أَنْ تُبَدِّلَنِي مَكَانَهُ إيمَاناً بِوَعْدِكَ،

I thus beseech You, O my Lord, to substitute all that with belief in Your promise

وَوَفَاءً بِعَهْدِكَ،

and fulfilling of my covenant to You

وَرِضاً بِقَضَائِكَ،

and satisfaction with what You decide for me

وَزُهْداً فِي الدُّنْيَا،

and indifference to the worldly pleasures

وَرَغْبَةً فِيمَا عِنْدَكَ،

and desire for that which You have

وَأَثَرَةً وَطُمَأْنِينَةً وَتَوْبَةً نَصُوحاً،

and altruism and tranquility and sincere repentance;

أَسْأَلُكَ ذلِكَ يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِينَ.

I beseech You for all that, O the Lord of the worlds.

إلهِي أَنْتَ مِنْ حِلْمِكَ تُعْصَى فَكَأَنَّكَ لَمْ تُرَ،

O my God: because You are so forbearing, You are disobeyed as if You are not present,

وَمِنْ كَرَمِكَ وَجُودِكَ تُطَاعُ فَكَأَنَّكَ لَمْ تُعْصَ،

and because You are so generous and magnanimous, You are obeyed as if You have not been disobeyed at all

وَأَنَا وَمَنْ لَمْ يَعْصِكَ سُكَّانُ أَرْضِكَ

Both those who have not disobeyed You and I are the inhabitants of Your lands;

فَكُنْ عَلَيْنَا بِالْفَضْلِ جَوَاداً،

So, (please) confer magnanimously upon us with Your favors

وَبِالْخَيْرِ عَوَّاداً،

and always refer to us with Your goodness

يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ،

O the most Merciful of all those who show mercy.

وَصَلَّى اللّهُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِهِ صَلاةً دَائِمَةً

May Allah bless Muhammad and his Household with endless blessings

لا تُحْصَى وَلا تُعَدُّ وَلا يَقْدِرُ قَدْرَهَا غَيْرُكَ

that are innumerable, uncountable, and none can do it save You,