Nahjul BalaghaSermons

Sermon 213

A prayer which Ameerul Momineen often recited

Praise be to Allah who made me such that I have not died nor am I sick, nor have my veins been infected with disease, nor have I been hauled up for my evil acts, nor am I without progeny, nor have I forsaken my religion, nor do I disbelieve in my Lord, nor do I feel strangeness with my faith, nor is my intelligence affected, nor have I been punished with the punishment of peoples before me. I am a slave in Your possession, I have been guilty of excesses over myself. You have exhausted Your pleas over me and I have no plea (before You). I have no power to take except what You give me, and I cannot evade except what You save me from.

My Allah! I seek Your protection from becoming destitute despite Your riches, from being misguided despite Your guidance, from being molested in Your realm and being humiliated while authority rests with You. My Allah! Let my spirit be the first of those good objects that You take from me and the first trust out of Your favours held in trust with me. My Allah! We seek Your protection from turning away from Your command or revolting against Your religion, or being led away by our desires instead of by guidance from You.

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