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His Supplication for the Coming of the Month of Ramadan

دُعَاؤُهُ لِدُخُوْلِ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ

الْحَمْدُ للهِ الَّذِي هَدَانَا لِحَمْدِهِ،
Praise belongs to God who guided us to His praise
وَجَعَلَنَا مِنْ أَهْلِهِ، لِنَكُونَ لإحْسَانِهِ مِنَ الشَّاكِرِينَ،
and placed us among the people of praise, that we might be among the thankful for His beneficence
وَلِيَجْزِيَنَا عَلَى ذلِكَ جَزَآءَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ.
and that He might recompense us for that with the recompense of the good-doers!
وَالْحَمْدُ للهِ الَّذِي حَبَانَا بِدِينِهِ،
And praise belongs to God who showed favour to us through His religion,
وَاخْتَصَّنَا بِمِلَّتِهِ، وَسَبَّلَنَا فِي سُبُلِ إحْسَانِهِ،
singled us out for His creed, and directed us onto the roads of His beneficence,
لِنَسْلُكَهَا بِمَنِّهِ إلَى رِضْوَانِهِ،
in order that through His kindness we might travel upon them to His good pleasure,
حَمْدَاً يَتَقَبَّلُهُ مِنَّا، وَيَرْضَى بِهِ عَنَّا.
a praise which He will accept from us and through which He will be pleased with us!
وَالْحَمْدُ لِلّه الَّذِي جَعَلَ مِنْ تِلْكَ السُّبُلِ شَهْرَهُ شَهْرَ رَمَضَانَ،
And praise belongs to God who appointed among those roads His month, the month of Ramadan,
شَهْرَ الصِّيَامِ، وَشَهْرَ الإِسْلاَم، وَشَهْرَ الطَّهُورِ،
the month of fasting, the month of submission, the month of purity,
وَشَهْرَ التَّمْحِيْصِ، وَشَهْرَ الْقِيَامِ،
the month of putting to test, the month of standing in prayer,
الَّذِي أُنْزِلَ فِيْهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدىً لِلنَّاسِ،
"in which the Qur'an was sent down as guidance to the people,
وَبَيِّنَات مِنَ الْهُدى وَالْفُرْقَانِ،
and as clear signs of the Guidance and the Separator" (2:185)!
فَأَبَانَ فَضِيْلَتَهُ عَلَى سَائِرِ الشُّهُورِ
He clarified its excellence over other months
بِمَا جَعَلَ لَهُ مِنَ الْحُرُمَاتِ الْمَوْفُورَةِ وَالْفَضَائِلِ الْمَشْهُورَةِ،
by the many sacred things and well-known excellencies which He placed therein,
فَحَرَّمَ فِيْهِ ما أَحَلَّ فِي غَيْرِهِ إعْظَاماً،
for He made unlawful in it what He declared lawful in others to magnify it,
وَحَجَرَ فِيْهِ الْمَطَاعِمَ وَالْمَشَارِبَ إكْرَاماً،
He prohibited foods and drinks in it to honour it,
وَجَعَلَ لَهُ وَقْتاً بَيِّناً لاَ يُجِيزُ جَلَّ وَعَزَّ أَنْ يُقَدَّمَ قَبْلَهُ،
and He appointed for it a clear time which He (majestic and mighty is He) allows not to be set forward
وَلا يَقْبَـلُ أَنْ يُؤَخَّرَ عَنْهُ،
and accepts not to be placed behind.
ثُمَّ فَضَّلَ لَيْلَةً وَاحِدَةً مِنْ لَيَالِيهِ عَلَى لَيَالِي أَلْفِ شَهْر،
Then He made one of its nights surpass the nights of a thousand months
وَسَمَّاهَا لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ،
and named it the Night of Decree;
تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإذْنِ رَبِّهِمْ مِنْ كُلِّ أَمْر،
"in it the angels and the Spirit descend by the leave of their Lord upon every command,
سَلاَمٌ دَائِمُ الْبَرَكَةِ إلَى طُلُوعِ الْفَجْرِ،
a peace" (97:4-5) constant in blessings until the rising of the dawn
عَلَى مَنْ يَشَاءُ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ بِمَا أَحْكَمَ مِنْ قَضَائِهِ.
upon whomsoever He will of His servants according to the decision He has made firm.
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ،
O God, bless Muhammad and his Household,
وَأَلْهِمْنَا مَعْرِفَةَ فَضْلِهِ وَإِجْلاَلَ حُرْمَتِهِ
inspire us with knowledge of its excellence, veneration of its inviolability,
وَالتَّحَفُّظَ مِمَّا حَظَرْتَ فِيهِ
and caution against what Thou hast forbidden within it,
وَأَعِنَّـا عَلَى صِيَامِـهِ بِكَفِّ الْجَـوَارِحِ عَنْ مَعَاصِيْكَ،
and help us to fast in it by our restraining our limbs from acts of disobedience toward Thee
وَاسْتِعْمَالِهَا فِيهِ بِمَا يُرْضِيْكَ
and our employing them in that which pleases Thee,
حَتَّى لاَ نُصْغِىَ بِأَسْمَاعِنَا إلَى لَغْو،
so that we lend not our ears to idle talk
وَلا نُسْرِعَ بِأَبْصَارِنَا إلَى لَهْو،
and hurry not with our eyes to diversion,
وَحَتَّى لاَ نَبْسُطَ أَيْدِيَنَا إلَى مَحْظُور،
we stretch not our hands toward the forbidden
وَلاَ نَخْطُوَ بِأَقْدَامِنَا إلَى مَحْجُور،
and stride not with our feet toward the prohibited,
وَحَتَّى لاَ تَعِيَ بُطُونُنَا إلاَّ مَا أَحْلَلْتَ،
our bellies hold only what Thou hast made lawful
وَلا تَنْطِقَ أَلْسِنَتُنَا إلاَّ بِمَا مَثَّلْتَ
and our tongues speak only what Thou hast exemplified,
وَلا نَتَكَلَّفَ إلاَّ ما يُدْنِي مِنْ ثَوَابِكَ،
we undertake nothing but what brings close to Thy reward
وَلاَ نَتَعَاطَى إلاّ الَّذِي يَقِيْ مِنْ عِقَابِكَ،
and pursue nothing but what protects from Thy punishment!
ثُمَّ خَلِّصْ ذَلِكَ كُلَّهُ مِنْ رِئآءِ الْمُرَائِينَ وَسُمْعَةِ الْمُسْمِعِينَ،
Then rid all of that from the false show of the false showers and the fame seeking of the fame seekers,
لاَ نَشْرَكُ فِيهِ أَحَداً دُونَكَ،
lest we associate therein anything with Thee
وَلا نَبْتَغِيْ فِيهِ مُرَاداً سِوَاكَ.
or seek therein any object of desire but Thee!
أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ،
O God, bless Muhammad and his Household,
وَقِفْنَـا فِيْـهِ عَلَى مَـوَاقِيْتِ
in it make us attend to the appointed moments
الصَّلَوَاتِ الْخَمْس بِحُدُودِهَا الَّتِي حَدَّدْتَ،
of the five prayers within the bounds Thou hast set,
وَفُرُوضِهَا الَّتِي فَرَضْتَ وَوَظَائِفِهَا الَّتِي وَظَّفْتَ،
the obligations Thou hast decreed, the duties Thou hast assigned,
وَأَوْقَاتِهَا الَّتِي وَقَّتَّ،
and the times Thou hast specified;
وَأَنْزِلْنَا فِيهَا مَنْزِلَةَ الْمُصِيْبينَ لِمَنَازِلِهَا
and in the prayers make us alight in the station of the keepers of their stations,
الْحَافِظِينَ لاِرْكَانِهَا الْمُؤَدِّينَ لَهَـا
the guardians of their pillars, their performers in their times,
فِي أَوْقَاتِهَـا عَلَى مَا سَنَّـهُ عَبْدُكَ وَرَسُـولُكَ صَلَوَاتُـكَ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِـهِ
as Thy servant and Thy messenger set down in his Sunna (Thy blessings be upon him and his Household)
فِي رُكُوعِهَا وَسُجُودِهَا وَجَمِيْعِ فَوَاضِلِهَا
in their bowings, their prostrations, and all their excellent acts,
عَلى أَتَمِّ الطَّهُورِ، وَأَسْبَغِهِ وَأَبْيَنِ الْخُشُوعِ وَأَبْلَغِهِ،
with the most complete and ample ritual purity and the most evident and intense humility!
وَوَفِّقْنَا فِيهِ لاِنْ نَصِلَ أَرْحَامَنَا بِالبِرِّ وَالصِّلَةِ
Give us success in this month to tighten our bonds of kin with devotion and gifts,
وَأَنْ نَتَعَاهَدَ جِيرَانَنَابِالاِفْضَالِ وَالْعَطِيَّةِ
attend to our neighbours with bestowal and giving,
وَأَنْ نُخَلِّصَ أَمْوَالَنَا مِنَ التَّبِعَاتِ،
rid our possessions from claims,
وَأَنْ نُطَهِّرَهَا بِإخْرَاجِ الزَّكَوَاتِ،
purify them through paying the alms,
وَأَنْ نُرَاجِعَ مَنْ هَاجَرَنَـا
go back to him who has gone far from us,
وَأَنْ نُنْصِفَ مَنْ ظَلَمَنَا
treat justly him who has wronged us,
وَأَنْ نُسَـالِمَ مَنْ عَادَانَا
make peace with him who shows enmity toward us
حَاشَا مَنْ عُودِيَ فِيْكَ وَلَكَ،
(except him who is regarded as an enemy in Thee and for Thee,
فَإنَّهُ الْعَدُوُّ الَّذِي لاَ نُوالِيهِ،
for he is the enemy whom we will not befriend,
وَالحِزْبُ الَّذِي لاَ نُصَافِيهِ.
the party whom we will not hold dear),
وَأَنْ نَتَقَرَّبَ إلَيْكَ فِيْهِ مِنَ الأَعْمَالِ الزَّاكِيَةِ بِمَا تُطَهِّرُنا بِهِ مِنَ الذُّنُوبِ،
and seek nearness to Thee through blameless works which will purify us from sins
وَتَعْصِمُنَا فِيهِ مِمَّا نَسْتَأنِفُ مِنَ الْعُيُوبِ،
and preserve us from renewing faults,
حَتَّى لا يُورِدَ عَلَيْكَ أَحَدٌ مِنْ مَلاَئِكَتِكَ
so that none of Thy angels will bring for Thee
إلاّ دُونَ مَا نُورِدُ مِنْ أَبْوابِ الطَّاعَةِ لَكَ، وَأَنْوَاعِ القُرْبَةِ إلَيْكَ.
the kinds of obedience and sorts of nearness-seeking unless they be less than what we bring!
أللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ بِحَقِّ هَذَا الشَّهْرِ،
O God, I ask Thee by the right of this month
وَبِحَقِّ مَنْ تَعَبَّدَ لَكَ فِيهِ
and by the right of him who worships Thee within it
مِنِ ابْتِدَائِهِ إلَى وَقْتِ فَنَائِهِ
from its beginning to the time of its passing,
مِنْ مَلَك قَرَّبْتَهُ أَوْ نَبِيٍّ أَرْسَلْتَهُ
whether angel Thou hast brought nigh to Thee, prophet Thou hast sent,
أَوْ عَبْد صَالِح اخْتَصَصْتَهُ
or righteous servant Thou hast singled out,
أَنْ تُصَلِّيَ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ،
that Thou bless Muhammad and his Household,
وَأَهِّلْنَا فِيهِ لِمَا وَعَدْتَ أَوْلِياءَكَ مِنْ كَرَامَتِكَ،
make us worthy of the generosity Thou hast promised Thy friends,
وَأَوْجِبْ لَنَا فِيهِ مَا أَوْجَبْتَ لأِهْلِ الْمُبَالَغَةِ فِي طَاعَتِكَ،
make incumbent for us what Thou hast made incumbent for those who go to great lengths in obeying Thee,
وَاجْعَلْنَا فِي نَظْمِ مَنِ اسْتَحَقَّ الرَّفِيْعَ الأعْلَى بِرَحْمَتِكَ.
and place us in the ranks of those who deserve through Thy mercy the highest elevation!
أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ،
O God, bless Muhammad and his Household,
وَجَنِّبْنَا الإلْحَادَ فِي تَوْحِيدِكَ وَالتَّقْصِيرَ فِي تَمْجِيدِكَ
turn us aside from deviation in professing Thy Unity, falling short in magnifying Thee,
وَالشَّكَّ فِي دِينِـكَ وَالْعَمَى عَنْ سَبِيْلِكَ وَالاغْفَالَ لِحُرْمَتِكَ،
uncertainty in Thy religion, blindness toward Thy path, heedlessness of Thy inviolability,
وَالانْخِدَاعَ لِعَدُوِّكَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ.
and being deceived by Thy enemy, the accursed Satan!
أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ
O God, bless Muhammad and his Household,
وَإذَا كَانَ لَكَ فِيْ كُلِّ لَيْلَة مِنْ لَيَالِيْ شَهْرِنَا هَذَا
and when in every night of this month's nights
رِقَابٌ يُعْتِقُهَا عَفْوُكَ أَوْ يَهَبُهَا صَفْحُكَ
Thou hast necks which Thy pardon will release and Thy forgiveness disregard,
فَاجْعَلْ رِقَابَنَا مِنْ تِلْكَ الرِّقَابِ
place our necks among those necks
وَاجْعَلْنَا لِشَهْرِنَا مِنْ خَيْرِ أَهْل وَأَصْحَاب.
and place us among the best folk and companions of this our month!
أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ
O God, bless Muhammad and his Household,
وَامْحَقْ ذُنُوبَنَا مَعَ امِّحاقِ هِلاَلِهِ
efface our sins along with the effacing of its crescent moon,
وَاسْلَخْ عَنَّا تَبِعَاتِنَا مَعَ انْسِلاَخِ أَيَّامِهِ
and make us pass forth from the ill effects of our acts with the passing of its days,
حَتَّى يَنْقَضِي عَنَّا وَقَدْ صَفَّيْتَنَا فِيهِ مِنَ الْخَطِيئاتِ،
until it leaves us behind, while within it Thou hast purified us of offenses
وَأَخْلَصْتَنَا فِيهِ مِنَ السَّيِّئاتِ.
and rid us of evil deeds!
أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ،
O God, bless Muhammad and his Household,
وَإنْ مِلْنَا فِيهِ فَعَدِّلْنا، وَإنْ زِغْنَا فِيهِ فَقَوِّمْنَا،
and should we go off to one side in this month, set us aright; should we swerve, point us straight;
وَإنِ اشْتَمَلَ عَلَيْنَا عَدُوُّكَ الشَّيْطَانُ فَاسْتَنْقِذْنَا مِنْهُ.
and should Thy enemy Satan enwrap us, rescue us from him!
أللَهُمَّ اشْحَنْهُ بِعِبَادَتِنَا إيَّاكَ،
O God, fill this month with our worship of Thee,
وَزَيِّنْ أَوْقَاتَهُ بِطَاعَتِنَا لَكَ،
adorn its times with our obedience toward Thee,
وَأَعِنَّا فِي نَهَـارِهِ عَلَى صِيَـامِـهِ،
help us during its daytime with its fast,
وَفِي لَيْلِهِ عَلَى الصَّـلاَةِ
and in its night with prayer
وَالتَّضَرُّعِ إلَيْكَ وَالخُشُوعِ لَكَ،
and pleading toward Thee, humility toward Thee,
وَالذِّلَّةِ بَيْنَ يَدَيْكَ
and lowliness before Thee,
حَتَّى لا يَشْهَدَ نَهَارُهُ عَلَيْنَا بِغَفْلَة، وَلا لَيْلُهُ بِتَفْرِيط.
so that its daytime may not bear witness against our heedlessness, nor its night against our neglect!
أللَّهُمَّ وَاجْعَلْنَا فِي سَائِرِ الشُّهُورِ وَالأَيَّامِ كَذَلِكَ مَا عَمَّرْتَنَا،
O God, make us like this in the other months and days as long as Thou givest us life,
وَاجْعَلْنَا مِنْ عِبَادِكَ الصَّالِحِينَ
and place us among Thy righteous servants,
الَّذِينَ يَرِثُونَ الْفِرْدَوْسَ، هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ،
"those who shall inherit Paradise, therein dwelling forever" (23:11),
وَالَّذِينَ يُؤْتُونَ مَا آتَوْا وَقُلُوبُهُمْ
"those who give what they give, while their hearts quake,
وَجِلَةٌ أَنَّهُمْ إلَى رَبِّهِمْ رَاجِعُـونَ،
that they are returning to their Lord" (23:60),
وَمِنَ الَّذِينَ يُسَارِعُونَ فِي الْخَيْرَاتِ وَهُمْ لَهَا سَابِقُونَ.
those who "..vie in good works, outracing to them" (23:61)!
أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِهِ،
O God, bless Muhammad and his Household
فِي كُلِّ وَقْت وَكُلِّ أَوَان وَعَلَى كُـلِّ حَال
in every time, in all moments, and in every state,
عَـدَدَ مَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى مَنْ صَلَّيْتَ عَلَيْهِ،
to the number that Thou hast blessed whomsoever Thou hast blessed
وَأَضْعَافَ ذَلِكَ كُلِّهِ بِالاضْعافِ
and to multiples of all that, through multiples
الَّتِي لا يُحْصِيهَا غَيْرُكَ،
which none can count but Thee!
إنَّكَ فَعَّالٌ لِمَا تُرِيدُ.
Surely Thou art Accomplisher of what Thou desirest.

'Supplication for the Coming of the Month of Ramadan ' is tagged in Sahifa-e-Sajjadiya collection. See other dua's from Sahifa-e-Sajjadiya