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Supplication of Imam Ali Bin Al-Hussein (a.s.) in repentance (Dua' At-Tawba)

Date: 04/11/2011 A.D - H

O Allah,

O He Whom the depiction of the describers

fails to describe!

O He beyond Whom passes not

the hope of the hopers!

O He with Whom is not lost

the wage of the good-doers!

O He Who is the ultimate object

of the fear of the worshippers!

O He Who is the utmost limit

of the dread of the God-fearing!

This is the status of he

whom sins have passed from hand to hand.

Offenses' reins have led him on,

and Satan has gained mastery over him.

He fell short of what Thou hast commanded

through neglect

and he pursued what Thou hast prohibited

in delusion,

like one ignorant of Thy power over him

or one who denies the bounty of Thy beneficence toward him,

until, when the eye of guidance was opened for him

and the clouds of blindness were dispelled,

he reckoned that through which he had wronged himself

and reflected upon that in which he had opposed his Lord.

He saw his vast disobedience as vast

and his great opposition as great.

So he turned to Thee,

hoping in Thee

and ashamed before Thee,

and he directed his beseeching toward Thee,

having trust in Thee.

He repaired to Thee in his longing

with certitude

and he went straight to Thee in fear

with sincerity.

His longing was devoid of every object of longing but Thee,

and his fright departed from every object of fear but Thee.

So he stood before Thee pleading,

his eyes turned toward the ground in humbleness,

his head bowed before Thy might in lowliness;

he revealed to Thee in meekness

those secrets of his which Thou knowest better than he;

he numbered for Thee in humility

those sins of his which Thou countest better than he;

he sought help from Thee

before the dreadful ugliness into which he has fallen

in Thy knowledge

and the ugly things which has disgraced him

in Thy judgment:

the sins

whose pleasures have turned their backs

and gone

and whose evil consequences have stayed

and stuck fast.

He will not deny Thy justice, my God,

if Thou punishest him,

nor will he consider Thy pardon as difficult

if Thou pardonest him and hast mercy upon him,

for Thou art the Generous Lord

for whom the forgiveness of big sins

is not difficult!

O Allah,

so here I am:

I have come to Thee

obeying Thy command

(for Thou hast commanded supplication)

and asking the fulfillment of Thy promise,

(for Thou hast promised to respond)

Thou hast said,

Supplicate Me and I will respond to you.

O Allah,

so bless Muhammad and his Household,

meet me with Thy forgiveness

just as I have met Thee with my confession,

lift me up from the fatal infirmities of sins

just as I have let myself down before Thee,

and cover me with Thy covering

just as Thou hast shown no haste to take vengeance on me!

O Allah,

make firm my intention to obey Thee,

strengthen my insight in worshipping Thee,

give me the success of works

which will wash away the defilement of offenses,

and take me when Thou takest me

in the creed of Thy Prophet Muhammad (p.).

O Allah,

I repent to Thee in this my status from

my sins,

great and small,

my evil deeds,

inward and outward,

my lapses,

past and recent,

with the repentance of one who does not

tell himself that he might disobey

or secretly think that he might return to an offense.

Thou hast said, my God,

in Thy Book,

that Thou acceptest repentance from Thy servants,

pardonest evil deeds,

and lovest the repenters,

so accept my repentance

as Thou hast promised,

pardon my evil deeds

as thou hast guaranteed,

and make obligatory toward me Thy love

as Thou hast stipulated!

To Thee, my Lord, belongs

my stipulation

that I will not return

to what is disliked by Thee,

my guarantee

that I will not go back

to what Thou blamest,

and my covenant

that I will stay away

from acts of disobedience to Thee.

O Allah,

Thou knowest better what I have done,

so forgive me what Thou knowest

and turn me through Thy power to what Thou lovest!

O Allah,

counted against me are

claims that stay in my memory

and claims that I have forgotten,

while all of them remain in

Thy eye that does not sleep

and Thy knowledge that does not forget!

So compensate their owners,

lighten their load upon me,

lift up their weight from me,

and preserve me from approaching their like!

O Allah,

but I can not be faithful to my repentance

without Thy preservation,

nor can I refrain from offenses

without Thy strength.

So strengthen me with a sufficient strength

and attend to me with a defending preservation!

O Allah,

if any servant repents to Thee,

while in Thy knowledge of the Unseen he

will break his repentance

and return to his sin and offense,

I seek refuge in Thee lest I be like that!

So make this my repentance

a repentance

after which I will need no repentance

and a repentance

which will obligate the erasing of what has gone by

and safety in what remains!

O Allah,

I ask pardon from Thee for my ignorance,

and I ask Thee to disregard my evil acts!

So join me to the shelter of Thy mercy

through graciousness

and cover me with the covering of Thy well-being

through bounteousness!

O Allah,

I repent to Thee from everything opposed to Thy will

or far from Thy love

- the thoughts of my heart,

the glances of my eye,

the tales of my tongue -

with a repentance through which each bodily part will by itself

stay safe from ill consequences with Thee

and remain secure from Thy painful penalties

feared by transgressors!

O Allah,

so have mercy on

my being alone before Thee,

the pounding of my heart in dread of Thee,

the trembling of my limbs in awe of Thee!

My sins, my God, have stood me in the state

of degradation in Thy courtyard.

If I remain silent,

none will speak for me;

if I seek an intercessor,

I am not worthy for intercession.

O Allah,

bless Muhammad and his Household,

make Thy generosity intercede for my offenses,

follow up my evil deeds with Thy pardon,

repay me not with the punishment that is my proper repayment,

spread over me Thy graciousness,

wrap me in Thy covering,

and do with me what is done

by a mighty man,

when a lowly slave pleads to him

and he shows him mercy,

or a rich man,

when a poor slave submits himself

and he raises him to wealth!

O Allah,

I have no protector against Thee,

so let Thy might be my protector!

I have no intercessor with Thee,

so let Thy bounty be my intercessor!

My offenses have set me quaking,

so let Thy pardon give me security!

Not all that I have said rises up from

my ignorance of my evil footsteps

or forgetfulness of my blameworthy acts in the past,

but in order that Thy heaven and those within it

and Thy earth and those upon it

may hear the remorse which I have professed to Thee

and the repentance through which I have sought asylum with Thee.

Then perhaps one of them, through Thy mercy,

may show mercy upon my evil situation

or be seized by tenderness for my evil state.

There may come from him for my sake

a supplication to which Thou givest ear

more than to my supplication

or an intercession surer with Thee

than my intercession

through which I may be delivered from Thy wrath

and attain to Thy good pleasure!

O Allah,

if remorse is a repentance toward Thee,

then I am the most remorseful of the remorseful!

If refraining from disobedience is a turning back to Thee,

then I am the first of those who turn back!

If praying for forgiveness alleviates sins,

surely I am one of those who pray for Thy forgiveness!

O Allah,

as Thou hast commanded repentance

and guaranteed acceptance,

as Thou hast urged supplication,

and promised to respond,

so also bless Muhammad and his Household,

accept my repentance,

and return me not to the returning place

of disappointment in Thy mercy!

Surely Thou art Ever-turning toward the sinners,

All-compassionate toward the offenders who turn back!

O Allah,

bless Muhammad and his Household

just as Thou hast guided us by him!

Bless Muhammad and his Household

just as Thou hast rescued us through him!

Bless Muhammad and his Household,

with a blessing that will intercede for us

on the Day of Resurrection,

the day of neediness toward Thee!

Thou art powerful over everything,

and that is easy for Thee!

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