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

by Al-Hajja Khurshid Khanum Qassim Ali Jairazbhoy

For Wednesday

Praise be to God Who ordained night (to be) a cover, and the sleep (to be a mode of) rest; and made day (to be the time of) dispersion1.

All praise be to Thee for raising me from my sleep and hadst Thou wished so, Thou wouldst have made it everlasting, a praise perpetual, unceasing, and which the whole creation would be unable to count in figures.

Praise be to Thee, O Allah, for Thou didst create and carried it to completion, and thou didst measure and dispose, and causest to die and to live, and makest sick and restorest to health, and givest safety and dost afflict, and Thou art firm in power and art in full possession of sovereignty.

I pray unto Thee as one whose resources are weak, and whose means are cut off, and whose death has approached and whose hope in the world has shrunk2, and whose want for Thy mercy has become intensified and whose regret for his default has grown acute and whose slips and errors have been too many and whose repentance unto Thee3 is sincere.

Therefore, bless Muhammad, the last of the Pro­phets and the members of his house, the pure, the holy, and provide for me the intercession of Muhammad—may Thy favour be on him and his Al and do not deprive me of his company; verily Thou art the most Merciful of the merciful ones.

O Allah! In the fourth day of the week, grant me four things: employ my strength in obedience to Thee and let my delight consist in Thy service, and let my desire be for Thy reward and cause me to abstain from that which would make me worthy of painful chastisement from Thee; verily Thou art benignant to whomso­ever Thou pleasest4.

Footnotes:

  1. For His creatures to seek their nourishment.
  2. Has diminished, is no longer far-reaching.
  3. Literary, to Thy countenance.
  4. Certainly Thou canst do whatever Thou choosest.

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