Imploring refuge in God-A Supplication by Imam Zaynal Abidin

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 before Thee.

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.

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Sahifa Sajjadiyya, Supplication 10