Model Prayers for the Week (Selected Prayers of Imam Zainul-Abidin)

by Al-Hajja Khurshid Khanum Qassim Ali Jairazbhoy

For Friday

Praise be to God Who existed before the creation and the giving of life, and Who shall continue to exist after all things shall have perished.

The Knower, Who forgets not him who remem­bers Him, and does not diminish1 him who gives Him thanks and does not disappoint him who prays to Him, and does not frustrate the hope of him who places hope in Him.

O Allah! I call Thee to witness and Thou art sufficient as a witness, and call all Thy angels, and inhabitants of Thy heavens, and bearers of Thy Arsh (Power) and Thy Prophets and apostles whom Thou didst raise and the various creatures whom Thou hast created, to witness that I bear witness that certainly Thou and Thou alone art God, there being no god but Thee; Thou art alone, there being no associate with Thee nor peer; and there is no failing in Thy word, nor any change.

And that verily Muhammad—may God bless him and his Al—is Thy servant and Thy apostle; he delivered to Thy servants what Thou didst charge him with and exerted himself in the cause of God, the Honourable, as it deserved, and he gave happy tidings of reward which was certain, and warned against punishment which was undoubtedly true.

O Allah, keep me firm in Thy religion, as long as Thou keepest me alive; and let not my heart deviate, after Thou hast guided me; and grant me mercy from Thee: verily Thou art the most liberal Giver.

Bless Muhammad and his Al, and make us among his followers and his adherents, and gather me (on the last day) among his band; and enable me to perform the obligations of Fridays, and the duties Thou hast enjoined on me for that day, and to win such of Thy gifts as Thou wilt allot to the deserving (observers of Fridays) on the day of recompense. Verily Thou art the Mighty, the Wise.

Footnotes:

  1. i.e., does not diminish His blessing to the man who renders thanks.

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