O Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst forgive our sins and manifest Thy Grace. If
Thou wilt, Thou canst punish us and thus display Thy Justice. Therefore, be
graciously pleased to make Thy Pardon easy for us. By Thy Forgiveness, deliver
us from Thy Punishment; for verily we have no strength to stand (against) Thy
Justice. There is no deliverance for any of us, save through Thy Pardon. O Most
Independent One! Lo, we, Thy servants, stand before Thee; verily we are in great
need of Thee.
Therefore, fulfill our desires from the vastness of Thy Grace. Do not cut off
our hope by refusal. For thereby Thou wilt have rendered him unlucky who begged
happiness of Thee and Thou wilt have disappointed him who besought Thee for
favors. So, at such a time, to whom shall we turn when leaving Thee? Whither
shall we take our journey from Thy gate?
O Holy One, we are weak and helpless. Thou hast promised to grant deliverance
in answer to the prayers of the distressed. We are afflicted and Thou hast promised
relief to those in affliction. The showing of mercy to one who seeks it most
resembles Thy Will. It is the noblest of all the acts of Thy Greatness. Such
also is the redress of one who prays to Thee for redress. Therefore, graciously
hear out supplication unto Thee. Redress our wrongs when we have cast ourselves
O Lord, verily Satan ridiculed us when we followed him in disobeying Thee.
Therefore, bless Muhammad and his descendants. Do not let him ridicule us, after our renouncing him for Thee and after turning away from him unto Thee.
Sahifa Sajjadiyya, Supplication 10