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<br> MAKARIM AL AKHLAQ<p>The supplication of the Imam Ali ibn al - Hussayn, Zayn al - Abidin (s.a.) on noble moral traits and acts pleasing <br>to ALLAH. <p>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendants,<br>cause my faith to reach the most perfect faith,<br>make my certitude the most perfect certitude (certitude means to feel certain )<br>and let my intentions attain to the best of intentions<br>and my work to the best of my work.<br> <br>Oh ALLAH augment my intentions through Thy bounty,<br>make sound my certitude about what is with Thee,<br>and restore to well being through Thy power what has <br>become corrupted in me. <p>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendants,<br>spare me from what distracts my attention,<br>employ me with what Thou wilt ask me about tomorrow,<br>and busy my days in that for which Thou has created me.<br>free me from want,<br>and expand Thy provision towards me,<br>but try me not with arrogance;<br>honour me, but afflict me not with pride;<br>make me worship Thee, but corrupt not my worship with self satisfaction;<br>bring about good towards mankind at my hand,<br>but efface it not by (my) expectation of (their) gratitude.<br>and bestow upon me the most exalted moral traits,<br>but protect me from vainglory.<br>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendants,<br>lift me not a single degree before mankind<br>without diminishing me accordingly in my own eyes,<br>and give rise to no outward honour, without giving rise in my soul,<br>to an inward shame of the same measure.<p>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and Muhammad's descendants,<br>let me enjoy correct guidance that I will not exchange,<br>a way of truth from which I will not swerve,<br>and a sound intention wherein I will not doubt.<br>let me live as long as my life is freely given in obedience to Thee,<br>but if my life becomes a pasture for shaitan,<br>pull me to Thee before Thy abhorrence overtakes me,<br>or Thy wrath against me becomes entrenched.<p><br>Oh ALLAH<br>leave no quality (in me) for which I will be blamed, without correcting it<br>no defect for which I will be censured without remedying it,<br>and no imperfect noble deed within me without completing it.<p>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and Muhammad's descendents,<br>replace for me<br>the animosity of the people of hatred with love,<br>the envy of the people of insolence with affection, <br>the suspicion of the people of probity with trust,<br>the enmity of those who are near with friendship.<br>the disrespect of the kindred with dutiful esteem,<br>the desertion of relatives with help,<br>the amity of flatterers with sound love,<br>the rejection of friends with kind companionship,<br>the bitterness of fear from wrongdoers with the sweetness of security.<p>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendents,<br>provide me with a hand against whoever wrongs me,<br>a tongue against whoever quarrels with me,<br>and victory against whoever opposes me.<br>grant me cunning against whoever (tries to) deceive me,<br>power against whoever mistreats me,<br>a refutation of whoever censures me, <br>and safety from whoever threatens me.<br>And make me fit to obey whoever rightly guides me,<br>and to follow whoever leads me on the true part.<br> <br>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendents,<br>guide me so that I may counter with good advice<br>whosoever acts dishonestly towards me,<br>so that I may make amends with whosoever parts company with me,<br>so that I may reward with generosity whosoever deprives me,<br>so that I may recompense with union, whosoever cuts himself off from me,<br>so that I may oppose with excellent mention, whosoever slanders me,<br>so that I may give thanks for good,<br>and so that I may shut my eyes to evil.<p>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendents,<br>attire me in the attire of the pious,<br>and clothe me in the adornment of the ALLAH fearing,<br>regarding the (qualities of) spreading justice, restraing anger,<br>quenching the fire of hostility, drawing together the people of separation,<br>correcting dissension, disclosing good conduct, covering faults,<br>being of a gentle disposition, being ready to listen, <br>leading an irreproachable life, preserving calm and dignity, <br>being of good temper, surpassing in virtue,<br>preferring courteousness, abandoning reproach,<br>showing favour towards the unworthy,<br>speaking the truth even when it is difficult,<br>counting as slight the good in my words and deeds, even if it be great,<br>and counting as great the evil in my words and deeds even if it be slight;<br>and perfect this for me, through constant obedience (to Thee)<br>attachment to the community, and rejection of the people of innovation,<br>and those who employ opinions they have invented themselves.<br> <br>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendents,<br>appoint Thy widest provision for me, when I grow old<br>and Thy strongest strength for me, when I am exhausted, <br>and do not tempt me, to be indolent in worship of Thee,<br>to be blind toward Thy path, to undertake what is opposed to loving Thee,<br>to join with whoever has separated himself from Thee,<br>or to separate from whoever has become joined to Thee.<p>Oh ALLAH make me rush to Thee in times of constraint,<br>ask from Thee in times of need, and humbly entreat Thee in times of misery;<br>torment me not with having to seek aid from any beside Thee, when I am constrained,<br>nor with having to yield to asking from any beside Thee when I am stricken with need<br>nor with having to implore any beside Thee when I fear;<br>for in that way that I would deserve Thy abandonment, rejection and desertion,<br>Oh Most Merciful of the merciful<p>Oh ALLAH transform the desire, doubt and envy that Satan throws into my heart<br>into remembrance of Thy tremendousness, meditation upon Thy power,<br>and preparation against Thine enemy,<br>and (transform) all the shameful words, idle talk, vilification of honour, false witness,<br>ill talk of absent believers, reviling of present ones, and similar things,<br>that (shaitan) passes over my tongue<br>into speech in praise of Thee, submersion in eulogy of Thee,<br>exertion in glorification of Thee, gratitude for Thy blessings,<br>acknowledgement of Thy good doing, and the enumeration of Thy favours.<p>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendents,<br>let me not be wronged, for thou art able to repel evil from me;<br>let me not do wrong, for Thou art powerful to restrain me;<br>let me not go astray, for Thou can guide me;<br>let me not be afflicted with poverty, for my ease comes from Thee;<br>and let me not wax indolent, for from Thee comes my wealth.<p>Oh ALLAH I come forward to Thy forgiveness, I aim at Thy pardon, <br>I desire Thy forbearance, and I have confidence in Thy bounty.<br>With me is nothing that would warrant Thy forgiveness, <br>nor in my works anything through which I might be worthy of Thy pardon,<br>nor do I have anything, after assessing my soul, but Thy bounty.<br>so bless Muhammad and his descendents, and shower me with Thy bounty.<p>Oh ALLAH cause my speech to guide, inspire me with watchfulness,<br>give me success in what is purest, and employ me in what is most pleasing.<br>Oh ALLAH cause me to travel the most exemplary path,<br>and make me live and die in Thy religion.<p>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendants,<br>let me enjoy the middlemost course, make me one of the people of rectitude,<br>the leaders of right guidance and pious servants,<br>and provide me with triumph at the Place of Return,<br>and safety from Ambush.<p>Oh ALLAH take to Thyself of my soul, whatever will purify it,<br>and leave of my soul whatever will improve it,<br>for my soul will perish unless Thou protectest it.<p>Oh ALLAH Thou art my provision when I sorrow, <br>and Thou art my refuge when I am deprived; from <br>Thee I seek aid when I am distressed,<br>with Thee is substitute for everything lost, well being for everything corrupted<br>and change from everything Thou disapprovest.<br>So favour me with health lest I become afflicted,<br>plenty lest I need to seek (provision), and integrity lest I go astray ; <br>suffice me against the burden of disgrace before (Thy) servants,<br>bestow upon me security on the Day of Return, and grant good guidance.<p>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendants,<br>ward off (evil) from me through Thy kindness, nourish me through Thy blessings<br>give me well being through Thy generosity, heal me through Thy fashioning,<br>shade me in Thy shelter, envelop me with Thy good pleasure,<br>and let me successfully attain, the best when affairs confuse me,<br>the purest when (course of) action seem alike,<br>and the most pleasing (to Thee) when creeds conflict.<p>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendants,<br>crown me with capability, entrust me with good governance,<br>bestow upon me correct leadership, but tempt me not with affluence.<br>Grant me ease, but transform not my life into toil and pain.<br>Answer not my supplication with rejection, for I deem none rival to Thee,<br>and I call upon none as Thy equal.<p>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendants,<br>keep me away from extravagance, fortify my provision against loss,<br>make my possessions abundant through blessing them,<br>and let me walk the path of guidance, through righteousness in what I spend thereon.<br> <br> <p>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendants,<br>spare me the burden of acquisition, and provide for me without reckoning,<br>so that I may not be distracted from praying to Thee by seeking (provision)<br>nor bear the load of earnings consequences.<p>Oh ALLAH so grant me through Thy power what I seek,<br>and protect me through Thy might from what I fear.<p>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendants,<br>let me keep my self respect by (granting me) ease,<br>and do not degrade my dignity by impoverishment,<br>lest I (should have to) ask for sustenance, from the people of Thy provision,<br>and beg from the evil ones among Thy creatures.<br>Then I would suffer the trial of praising those who give to me, <br>and the affliction of blaming those who refuse me, while beyond them, <br>Thou art the master of giving and refusing.<p>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendants,<br>provide me with health for worship, leisure for ascetic discipline,<br>knowledge for application, and piety for good activity.<p>Oh ALLAH close my life's term with thy pardon,<br>confirm my hope in expecting Thy mercy,<br>ease my paths to attaining Thy good pleasure, <br>and make my works good in all my states.<p>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendants, <br>make me attentive to remembrance of Thee in times of forgetfulness,<br>apply me to obedience to Thee in the days of opportunity, <br>make plain for me an easy road to loving Thee,<br>and through it complete for me the good of this world and the next.<p>Oh ALLAH bless Muhammad and his descendants,<br>as excellently as Thou has blest, any of Thy creatures before him<br>and wilt bless any after him.<br>And give us in this world good, and good in the world to come, <br>and guard me through Thy mercy, against the chastisement of the Fire.<p><br>TRANSLATED BY : WILLIAM C. CHITTICK<p>ACK: THE MUHAMMADI TRUST OF GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND<br>9, MOUNT PLEASANT ROAD - LONDON<p>