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

by Al-Hajja Khurshid Khanum Qassim Ali Jairazbhoy

For Sunday

With the name of God, except Whose grace I hope for nothing; and I fear nothing save His justice and trust nothing but His word, and do not stick but to His covenant.

Thee do I beg for shelter, O Lord of forgiveness and approbation, from tyranny and hostility, and from the changes1 of time and succession of griefs, and from termination of life before preparation2.

And Thee do I beg for guidance to that in which there be reformation and improvement.

And Thee alone do I pray for help in that whereby success and satisfaction may approach (me).

And Thee do I request for the garment of safety and its completion and the covering of peace and its permanence.

And I seek Thy protection, O Lord, from the suggestions of devils; and with Thy power guard myself from the tyranny of kings.

Therefore, accept whatever be of my prayers and fasts, and let my morrow and thereafter be better than my present hour and day; and make me respected in my family and community; and guard me in my waking and my sleep; for Thou art God, the best Preserver, and Thou art the most Merciful of the merciful ones.

O Lord, in this my day and Sunday to follow, I clear myself in Thy presence of ascribing partners to Thee and of infidelity, and pray unto Thee sincerely to obtain Thy answer, and persist in (my) obedience to Thee, hoping for Thy recompense.

Therefore, bless Muhammad, the best of Thy creation, the inviter to Thy truth; and honour me with Thy dignity which cannot be diminished, and guard me with Thy eye which does not sleep; and finish my affair so as to make me cut off from others3 and rely on Thee alone, and terminate my life in Thy for­giveness—verily Thou art the Forgiving, the Merciful.

Footnotes:

  1. Accidents.
  2. For the journey into the next world.
  3. Sever my dependence on others.

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