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Dua-e-Iftitah was taugh by the 12th Imam, and its recommended to recite this dua in every night of the holy month of Ramadhan

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful
اللهم صلي على محمد وأل محمد
O Allah send Your blessings on Muhammad and the family of Muhammad.
اللهم إني افتتح الثناء بحمدك
O Allah, I begin glorifying You with Your Praise
وأنت مُسدد للصواب بمنك
You direct towards what is right through Your Grace
وأيقنت أنك أنت ارحم الراحمين في موضع العفو والرحمة
I am convinced that You are the most Merciful in matters of forgiveness and mercy
واشد المُعاقبين في موضع النكال والنقمة
but most severe in matters of warning and retribution
واعظم المُتجبرين في موضع الكبرياء والعظمة
and the most mighty in matters of power and magnificence.
اللهم اذنت لي في دُعائك ومسئلتك
O Allah You have allowed me to supplicate to You and ask from You
فاسمع يا سميع مدحتي
Then hear my praise O One who hears all
واجب يا رحيم دعوتي
and answer my call O Merciful
واقل يا غفور عثرتي
and decrease my mistakes O most Forgiving
فكم يا الهي من كُربة قد فرجتها
How often, O my God, You have relieved me of troubles
وهمُوم قد كشفتها
how many griefs You have dispelled
وعثرة قد اقلتها
how many mistakes You have prevented
ورحمة قد نشرتها
how many blessings You have spread
وحلقة بلاء قد فككتها
and how many series of afflictions You have separated
الحمد لله الذي لم يتخذ صاحبة ولا ولداً
All Praise is for Allah who has not taken a wife nor a son
ولم يكن له شريك في الملك
who has no partner in His Kingdom
ولم يكن له وليّ من الذل
who has no friend to protect Him from humiliation
وكبره تكبيراً
so magnify Him with a great Magnificence
الحمد لله بجميع محامده كُلها
All Praise is for Allah for all His praiseworthy acts
على جميع نعمه كله
for all His favors and blessings
الحمد لله لا مُضاد في مُلكه
All Praise is for Allah who has no opposition in His Kingdom
ولا منازع له في أمره
nor any challenge to His command
الحمد لله الذي لا شريك له في خلقه
All Praise is for Allah who has no partner in creation
ولا شبيه له في عظمته
nor anyone like Him in His Greatness
الحمد لله الفاشي في الخلق امرُهُ
All Praise is for Allah, His commands operate over His creation
وحمده الظاهر بالكرم مجدُه
His Praise is evident through His Generosity
الباسط بالجُود يده
whose bestowal stretches out liberally
الذي لا تنقُص خزائنه
His treasures never decrease
ولا تزيده كثرة العطاء
(rather) the frequency of His Giving increases
إلا جُوداً وكرما
His Generosity and Kindness,
إنه هو العزيز الوهاب
Surely He is the Mighty, the Bestower.
اللهم إني أسئلك قليلا من كثير
O Allah I ask You a little from much
مع حاجة بي إليه عظيمة
although I am in great need of it
وغناك عنه قديم
while You are eternally needless of it
وهو عندي كثير
though it is a lot for me
وهو عليك سهل يسير
while it is easy and simple for You.
اللهم إن عفوك عن ذنبي
O Allah, indeed Your forgiveness of my sins
وتجاوزك عن خطيئتي
and Your overlooking my faults
وصفحك عن ظُلمي
Your pardoning my oppression
وسترك على قبيح عملي
Your hiding my ugly deeds
وحلمك عن كثير جرمي
and Your forbearing my many wrongs
عند ما كان من خطاي وعمدي
done intentionally or unintentionally
اطمعني في ان اسئلك ما
tempted me to ask from You
لا استوجبه منك
what I did not deserve from You
الذي رزقتني من رحمتك
which You (still) gave me out of Your Mercy
واريتني من قدرتك
provided me by Your Power
وعرفتني من اجابتك
and made known to me from Your answers.
فصرت ادعوك امنا
So I became habituated to call You trustingly
واسئلك مُستانسا
and ask You familiarly
لا خائفا ولا وجلا
neither fearing nor scared
مُدلا عليك فيما قصدت فيه اليك
but with confidence in You for what I intended
فإن ابطأ عني عتبت
Then if there was a delay (in Your answer)
بجهلي عليك ولعل الذي
I would blame You, due to my ignorance
ابطأ عني هو خير لي
and perhaps the delay was best for me
لعلمك بعاقبة الأمور
for You know the outcome of all affairs.
فلم ار مولىً كريما
I have not seen a more generous master
اصبر على عبد لئيم منك عليّ
patient with a wretched slave than You are with me
يا ربي إنك تدعوني فأولي عنك
My Lord, You call me and I turn away from You
وتتحبب إليّ واتبغض إليك
You show affection to me and I show hatred towards You
وتتودد إليّ فلا اقبل منك
You display Your love for me and I do not respond
كأن لي التطوُّل عليك
as though I am above You
فلم يمنعك ذالك من الرحمة لي
But this does not prevent You from having mercy on me
والإحسان إليّ والتفضل عليّ بجودك وكرمك
being good to me and favoring me, through Your Generosity and Nobility
فارحم عبدك الجاهل
so please (continue to) have mercy on your ignorant slave
وجُد عليه بفضل احسانك
and be kind to him through the excellence of Your Grace
إنك جواد كريم
Surely You are the Bountiful, the Generous.
الحمد لله
All Praise is for Allah
مالك المُلك
The Owner of the Kingdom
مُجري الفلك
who makes the ships sail,
مُسخر الرياح
controls the wind,
فالق الأصباح
causes the dawn to break,
ديّان الدين
is the authority on the Day of Judgement,
رب العالمين
the Lord of the worlds.
الحمد لله
All Praise is for Allah
على حلمه بعد علمه
for His patience despite His knowledge.
والحمد لله
And all praise is for Allah
على عفوه بعد قدرته
for His forgiveness despite His power.
والحمد لله
All Praise is for Allah
على طول اناته في غضبه
for the lengthy respite He gives despite His anger,
وهو قادر على ما يُريد
though He has the power to do as He wills.
الحمد لله
All Praise is for Allah
خالق الخلق
the creator of all creation,
باسط الرزق
the provider of plentiful sustenance,
فالق الإصباح
the cleaver of the dawn,
ذي الجلال والإكرام
possessor of Glory and Honor,
والفضل والإنعام
and Excellence and Blessings,
الذي بعد فلا يُرى
who is far and thus cannot be seen,
وقرب فشهد النجوى
but is close and thus witnesses secret conversations,
تبارك وتعالى
Blessed and Exalted be His name.
الحمد لله الذي
All Praise is for Allah
ليس له مُناز يُعادله
who has no equal who argues with Him
ولا شبيه يُشاكله
nor anyone similar to Him
ولا ظهير يُعاضده
nor any Helper to support Him
قهر بعزته الأعزاء
He overpowers the mighty by His strength
وتواضع لعظمته العُظماء
the great humble themselves before His tremendousness,
فبلغ بقدرته ما يشاء
He accomplishes what He wishes through His power
الحمد لله
All Praise is for Allah
الذي يُجيبني حين اناديه
who answers me when I call Him
ويستر عليّ كل عورة وأنا اعصيه
covers all my faults yet I disobey Him
ويُعظم النعمة
increases His bounties on me
عليّ فلا اجازيه
but I do not acknowledge them.
فكم من موهبة هنيئة قد اعطاني
How many pleasant gifts He has given me
وعظيمة مخوفة قد كفاني
how many great fears He has removed
وبهجة مونقة قد اراني
how many delightful joys He has shown me
فاثني عليه حامداً
Thus I glorify Him, thanking Him
واذكُره مُسبحا
and I remember Him with praise.
الحمد لله
All praise is for Allah
الذي لا يُهتك حجابه
whose curtains cannot be opened
ولا يُغلق بابه
whose doors cannot be locked
ولا يُرد سائله
who does reject the one who asks Him
ولا يُخيّب امله
and who does not disappoint the one who places hope in Him.
الحمد لله
All Praise is for Allah
الذي يُؤمن الخائفين
who provides safety for the frightened
ويُنجي الصالحين
rescues the virtuous
ويرفع المُستضعفين
raises the oppressed
ويضع المُستكبرين
humiliates the proud
ويُهلك ملوكا
destroys kings
ويستخلف أخرين
and replaces them with others.
والحمد لله
All Praise is for Allah,
قاصم الجبارين
who crushes the tyrants
مبير الظالمين
annihilates the oppressors
مُدرك الهاربين
watches over the runaways
نكال الظالمين
punishes the oppressors
صريخ المستصرخين
assists those who cry for help
موضع حاجات الطالبين
grants the requests of the beseechers
معتمد المؤمنين
and is the confidence of the believers.
الحمد لله
All praise is for Allah
الذي من خشيته ترعد السماء وسُكانها
in whose awe the skies and its inhabitants shake
وترجف الأرض وعُمارها
the earth and its inhabitants tremble
وتموج البحار ومن يسبح في غمراتها
the sea and all that swims in it, billows
الحمد لله
All praise is for Allah
الذي هدانا لهذا
who guided us to this
وما كُنا لنهتدي
and we would not have been guided
لو لا أن هدانا الله
had He not guided us to this.
الحمد لله
All Praise is for Allah
الذي يخلق ولم يُخلق
who creates but is not created
ويرزُق ولا يُرزق
gives sustenance but is not given sustenance
ويُطعِم ولا يُطعم
feeds but is not fed
ويُميت الأحياء
causes the living to die
ويُحيي الموتى
and gives life to the dead
وهو حيّ لا يمُوت
He is Ever-living and does not die
بيده الخير
in His control is all good
وهو على كل شيئ قدير
and He has power over all things.
اللهم صلي على محمد
O Allah send Your Blessings on Muhammad
عبدك ورسولك
Your servant, Your Messenger
وأمينك وصفيّك وحبيبك
Your trustee, Your chosen One, Your beloved
وخيرتك من خلقك
the best of Your creation
وحافظ سرك
the preserver of Your secrets
ومبلغ رسالتك
and the preacher of Your messages.
افضل واحسن واجمل واكمل وازكى
the exquisite,the most handsome, the most perfect, the upright
وانمى واطيب واطهر واسنى واكثر
the more prospering, the more pleasant, the thoroughly purified, the sublime
ما صليت وباركت وترحمت وتحننت وسلمت
who has more and better blessings, advantages, mercies, affections and salutations than
على احد من عبادك
anyone from Your servants
وانبيائك ورسلك
Your Prophets, Your Messengers
وصفوتك
Your chosen ones
واهل الكرامة عليك من خلقك
and the honorable ones from Your creation.
اللهم صلي على عليّ
O Allah, and send Your blessings on ‘Ali
امیرالمومنین
the commander of the faithful
ووصيّ رسول رب العالمين
and the successor of the Messenger of the Lord of the worlds.
عبدك ووليّك
Your servant, Your friend
واخلي رسولك
the brother of Your Messenger
وحُجتك على خلقك
Your proof over creation
وايتك الكبرى
Your great sign
والنبأ العظيم
and the mighty awaited news.
وصلي على الصديقة الطاهرة
And send blessings on the truthful, pure (lady)
فاطمة الزهراء
Fatima az­-Zahra
سيدة نساء العالمين
the leader of the women of the worlds.
وصلي على سبطى الرحمة
And send Your blessings on the two grandsons of mercy (to the world, i.e. the Prophet),
واماماي الهُدى
the leaders of guidance
الحسن والحُسين
Al-Hasan and Al-Husayn
سيدي شباب اهل الجنة
the leaders of the youths of Paradise.
وصلي على أئمة المسلمين
And send blessings on the leaders of Muslims
، عليّ بن الحسين
‘Ali son of Husayn
ومحمد بن عليّ
Muhammad son of ‘Ali
وجعفر بن محمد
Ja’far son of Muhammad
وموسى بن جعفر
Musa son of Ja’far
وعليّ بن موسى
‘Ali son of Musa
ومحمد بن عليّ
Muhammad son of ‘Ali
وعليّ بن محمد
‘Ali son of Muhammad
والحسن بن عليّ
Hasan son of ‘Ali
والخلف الهادي المهدي
and the successor, the guide and the rightly guided
حُجتك على عبادك
(these are) Your proofs over Your servants
وأمنائك في بلادك
Your trustees on Your land
صلوة كثيرة دائمة
(bless them with) numerous and continuos blessings
اللهم وصلي على وليّ امرك
O Allah and send blessings on the guardian of Your orders
القائم
the one who will rise
المؤمل والعدل المنتظر
the one hoped for, the awaited justice.
وحُفه بملائكتك المقربين
Surround him with Your favorite angels
وأيده بروح القدس
and assist him with the holy spirit
يا رب العالمين
O Lord of the worlds.
اللهم اجعله الداعي إلى كتابك
O Allah, appoint him to invite towards Your book
والقائم بدينك
to establish Your religion
استخلفه في الأرض
make him the successor on the earth
كما استخلفت الذين من قبله
as You caused others to succeed before him
مكِن له دينه الذي ارتضيته
establish for him his religion which You have approved for him
ابدله من بعد خوفه امناً
give him security after fear
يعبدك لا يُشرك بك شيئاً
(as) he worships You and does not associate any with You.
اللهم اعزه واعزز به
O Allah, give him power and through him strengthen (others)
وانصره وانتصر به
help him and help (others) through him
وانصره نصراً
help him with a mighty help
وافتح له فتحاً يسيراً
give him an easy victory
واجعل له من لدنك سلطاناً نصيراً
and grant him an assisting authority from You.
اللهم اظهر به دينك
O Allah, make manifest through him Your religion
وسُنة نبيّك
and the way of Your Prophet
حتى لا يستخفى بشي من الحق مخافة
until nothing from the truth remains hidden
احد من الخلق
from any human being.
اللهم إنا نرغب إليك
O Allah, we earnestly desire from You
في دولة كريمة
an honored state
تُعز بها الإسلام واهله
through which You strengthen Islam and its people
وتُذل بها النفاق واهله
and degrade hypocrisy and its followers.
وتجعلنا فيها
And make us in it
من الدعاة إلى طاعتك
amongst the inviters towards Your obedience
والقادة إلى سبيلك
and the leaders to Your path
وترزقنا بها
give us through it
كرامة الدنيا والأخرة
honor of the world and the Hereafter.
اللهم ما عرفتنا من الحق
O Allah, what You have made known to us of the truth
فحملناه
help us bear it
وما قصرنا عنه
and what we fall short
فبلغناه
make us reach it.
اللهم اللمم به شعثنا
O Allah, through him put order in our affairs
واشعب به صدعنا
gather and unite our flocks
وارتُق به فتقنا
join together our separations
وكثر به قلتنا
increase our minority
واعزز به ذلتنا
lift us from degradation
واغن به عائلنا
relieve our miseries
واقض به عن مغرمنا
pull us out of our debts
واجبر به فقرنا
remove our poverty
وسُد به خلتنا
fill the gaps in our confusion
ويسّر به عُسرنا
ease our difficulties
وبيض به وجوهنا
brighten our faces
وفُك به اسرنا
free our prisoners
وانجح به طلبتنا
grant our requests
وانجز به مواعيدنا
fulfil our promises
واستجب به دعوتنا
answer our calls
واعطنا به سؤلنا
grant us our requests
وبلغنا به من الدنيا
cause us to obtain what we hope for from this world
والأخرة امالنا
and the hereafter
واعطنا به فوق رغبتنا
and give us more than our expectations.
يا خير المسؤولين
O the best of all who are asked
واوسع المُعطين
and the most generous of bestowers
اشف به صُدورنا
through him, cleanse our chests
واذهب به غيظ قلوبنا
remove the stains of anger and hatred from our hearts
واهدنا به لِما اختلف فيه من الحق
and guide us to the truth on disputed matters
بإذنك إنك
By Your permission
تهدي من تشاء إلى صراط مستقيم
Surely You guide whom You wish to the right path
وانصرنا به
through him help us
على عدوك وعدونا
to overcome Your enemy and our enemy
إله الحق أمين
O God of truth, Ameen.
اللهم إنا نشكوا إليك
O Allah, we complain to You
فقد نبيّنا
of the absence of our Prophet
صلواتك عليه وأله
Your blessings be on him and his family,
وغيبة وليّنا
the concealment of our leader
وكثرة عدوّنا
the abundance of our enemies
وقلة عددنا
the scarcity of our numbers
وشدة الفِتن بنا
the severity of our trials
وتظاهر الزمان علينا
and the victory of the era against us.
فصل على محمد وأله
So bless Muhammad and his family
واعنا على ذلك
and help us overcome that by,
بفتح منك تُعجله
granting us an immediate victory
وبضُر تكشفه
dispersing miseries
ونصر تُعزه
giving us a help that strengthens
وسُلطان حق تُظهره
providing an authority of truth which You manifest
ورحمة منك تُجللناها
a mercy from You which is clear to us
وعافية منك تُلبسناها
and a well­being from You which clothes us
برحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين
by Your mercy O most merciful.

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