the Supplication of imam sajjad
38) His Supplication (A.S) when Confessing his Shortcomings in Giving Thanks
O ALLAH,no one reaches a limit in thanking Thee without acquiring that of Thy beneficence which enjoins upon
him thanksgiving, nor does anyone reach a degree in obeying Thee,even if he strives,without falling short of
what Thou deservest because of Thy bounty.
The most thankful of Thy servants has not the capacity to thank Thee,and the most worshipful of them falls
short of obeying Thee.
To none of them is due Thy forgiveness through what he himself deserves or Thy good pleasure for his own
When Thou forgivest someone,it is through Thy graciousness,and when Thou art pleased with someone,it is
through Thy bounty.
Thou showest gratitude for the paltry for which Thou showest gratitude and Thou rewardest the small act in
which Thou art obeyed, so that it seems as if Thy servants' thanksgiving for which Thou hast made incumbent
their reward and made great their repayment is an affair from which they could have held back without
Thee,and hence Thou wilt recompense them,and whose cause is not in Thy hand,and hence Thou wilt repay
Nay,my God,Thou hadst power over their affair before they had power to worship Thee,and Thou hadst
prepared their reward before they began to obey Thee; and that because Thy wont is bestowal of bounty, Thy
custom beneficence, Thy way pardon.
So all creatures confess that Thou wrongest not him whom Thou punishest and bear witness that Thou
bestowest bounty upon him whom Thou pardonest.
Each admits that he has fallen short of what Thou meritest.
Had SATAN not misled them from Thy obedience,no disobeyer would have disobeyed Thee,and had he not
shown falsehood to them in the likeness of truth no strayer would have gone astray from Thy path.
So Glory be to Thee!How manifest is Thy generosity in dealing with him who obeys or disobeys Thee!Thou
showest gratitude to the obedient for that which Thou undertakest for him, and Thou grantest a respite to the
disobedient in that within which Thou art able to hurry him.
Thou givest to each of them that which is not his due,and Thou bestowest bounty upon each in that wherein his
works fall short.
Wert Thou to counterbalance for the obedient servant that which Thou Thyself hadst undertaken,he would be
on the point of losing Thy reward and seeing the end of Thy favor, but through Thy generosity Thou hast repaid
him for a short,perishing term with a long,everlasting term,and for a near,vanishing limit with an extended,??? ?
Then Thou dost not visit him with a settling of accounts for Thy provision through which he gained strength to
obey Thee, nor dost Thou force him to make reckonings for the organs he employed to find the means to Thy
Wert Thou to do that to him,it would take away everything for which he had labored and all wherein he had
exerted himself as repayment for the smallest of Thy benefits and kindnesses,and he would remain hostage
before Thee for Thy other favors.
So how can he deserve something of Thy reward?Indeed,how? This,my God,is the state of him who obeys Thee
and the path of him who worships Thee.
But as for him who disobeys Thy command and goes against Thy prohibition, Thou dost not hurry him to Thy
vengeance,so that he may seek to replace his state in disobeying Thee with the state of turning back to obey
Thee, though he deserved from the time he set out to disobey Thee every punishment which Thou hast
prepared for all Thy creatures.
Through each chastisement which Thou hast kept back from him and each penalty of Thy vengeance and Thy
punishment which Thou hast delayed from him, Thou hast refrained from Thy right and shown good pleasure in
place of what Thou hast made obligatory.
So who is more generous,my God,than Thou?and who is more wretched than he who perishes in spite of Thee?
Indeed,who?Thou art too blessed to be described by any but beneficence and too generous for any but justice
to be feared from Thee!There is no dread that Thou wilt be unjust toward him who disobeys Thee, nor any fear
of Thy neglecting to reward him who satisfies Thee.
So bless MUHAMMAD and his Household, give me my hope,and increase me in that of Thy guidance through
which I may be successful in my works!Surely Thou art All-kind,Generous
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