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Imam Hadi's (a.s.) Supplication at distresses

When Imam al-Hadi (a.s) suffered a distress or he wanted some need to be satisfied, he prayed Allah with this du’a. Narrators said that before reciting this du’a Imam al-Hadi (a.s) fasted on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, performed a ghusl in the morning of Friday, paid charity to a poor person, offered a four rak’as prayer, and then he spread his palms towards the heaven and invoked sincerely by reciting,

“O Allah, praise be to You that is the best praise that You deserve, the most pleasant praise to You, the most appropriate praise to You, the most beloved praise to You. Praise be to You as You deserve, and as You accepted it to Yourself, and as those, whom You accepted their praise, praised You from all Your creation. Praise be to You as Your prophets, messengers, and angels praised You with, and as it fits Your glory, highness, and greatness. Praise be to You that tongues fail to describe, and speech stops before reaching its end. Praise be to You that is not less than Your contentment, and that is better than every praise.

O Allah, praise be to You in joy and trouble, ease and distress, soundness and illness, years and ages. Praise be to You for Your favors and blessings to me. Praise be to You for what You have gifted me, tried me, healed me, provided me with livelihood, given me what I need, preferred me, honored me, dignified me, and guided me to Your religion; a praise that no describer can describe and no sayer can suffice.

O Allah, praise be to You for Your kindness to me, and Your favors on me, and Your preferring me to other than me. Praise be to You for Your adjusting my creation, and for Your educating me well as a favor from You and not for a precedent good from me. O my Lord, then which blessing You have not given me, and which gratitude that is not required from me to You?! I am satisfied with Your kindness, and You suffice me from among all creation.

O my Lord, You are the Bestower upon me, the Beneficent, the Gracious, the Beautiful, the Lord of glory and honor, and of great favors and blessings, so praise be to You for all that. O my Lord, You did not disappoint me in any distress, did not betray me for any guilt, and did not expose me for any concealed sin. Your blessings are continuous on me in every difficulty and ease. You have always done me good and pardoned me.

O Allah, make me enjoy my hearing, sight, and organs and all that which the earth has for me. O Allah, my first need I ask You for, and my wish I request from You, and make it the means before my request, and I come nearer to You by it is the sending of blessing on Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad and I ask You to have blessing on him and on them as the best blessing that You have commanded Your people to send on them, and as the best of that which any of Your people has ever asked You for, and as You are responsible for them until the Day of Resurrection. O Allah, have blessing on them inasmuch as all those who have sent blessings on them, and inasmuch as all those who shall send blessing on them; a continuous blessing with the means, exaltedness, and virtue, and have blessing on Your prophets, messengers, and Your good slaves, and have blessing on Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad and send much peace on them!

O Allah, and from Your generosity is that You do not disappoint whoever asks You for something, and looks forward to what You have, and You dislike whoever does not ask You, and no one is so other than You. O my Lord, my greed for Your mercy and forgiveness, and my trust in Your kindness and favor has led me to call on You, yearn for You, and offer my need before You. I have presented before my ask the aiming at You by the means of Your Prophet, who had brought the truth from You, and brought Your light and straight path by which You have guided the people, and by whose light You have enliven the earth, and whom You have endowed with the highest dignity, and honored with the shahada, and sent him after a cessation of the messengers. O Allah, I believe in his secret and openness, and in the secret of his progeny whom You had kept uncleanness away from and purified a thorough purifying…O Allah, do not cut between me and them in this life and in the afterlife and accept my deeds by them!

O Allah, You had guided Your people to Yourself when You said, (And when My servants ask you concerning Me, then surely I am very near; I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he calls on Me, so they should answer My call and believe in Me that they may walk in the right way), 160 and (O my servants, who have acted extravagantly against their own souls, do not despair of the mercy of Allah; surely Allah forgives the faults altogether; surely He is the Forgiving, the Merciful), 161 and (And Noah did certainly call upon Us, and best of answerers are We). 162 O Lord, yes! The best of the called upon You are, the best of lords You are, and the best of answerers You are! You say, (Say: Call upon Allah or call upon the Beneficent; whichever you call upon, His are the best names), 163 and I call upon You, O Allah, by Your names which if You are called upon by, You respond and if You are asked by, You give. I call upon You suppliantly, humbly with the call of one whom inadvertence has taken away and neediness has exhausted. I call upon You with the call of one who has given up, confessed his guilt, and hoped for Your great pardon, and wide reward.

O Allah, if You have singled out someone, who followed what You have ordered him and acted as You have created him for, with Your mercy, he would not reach that except by You and Your assistance. O Allah…to You my Master is my preparing hoping for Your prizes and gifts. I ask You to have blessing on Muhammad and on the progeny of Muhammad and to satisfy my ask and need…

O You, the most generous of givers, the best of the beneficent, have blessing on Muhammad and on the progeny of Muhammad, and whoever from Your people wants to harm me disconcert his heart, refute his tongue, blind his sight, curb his head, make him busy with himself, and make me safe from him by Your might and power! O Allah, do not make it the last time to me that I call upon You suppliantly, and if You do, then forgive me all my faults with forgiveness that does not leave one guilt. Make my call among the responded calls, my deed among the accepted deeds near you, and my speech among that which comes up to You of good deeds, and make me with Your Prophet and choice, and the imams, peace be upon them all. By them I beseech You, and by them I yearn to You. Respond to my call O the most Merciful of the merciful, and forgive me my slips.’ Then Imam al-Hadi (a.s) asked for his need and went down into prostration and said,

“There is no god but Allah the Forbearing, the Generous. There is no god but Allah the Most High, the Great. Glory be to Allah the Lord of the seven heavens, the lord of the seven earths, and the Lord of the Great Throne. O Allah, I resort to Your pardon from Your punishment, and to Your contentment from Your wrath, and to You from You. I cannot reach the praise of You or the gratitude to You. You are as You have praised Yourself. Make my life a growth to me in every good, and my death a relief to me from every evil. Make the delight of my eyes in Your obedience. O my Trust and Hope, do not burn my face in Fire after my prostration to You my Master. With no favor from me on You, You have the favor on me, so pity my weakness and delicate skin, and relieve me from the distresses of this life and of the afterlife, and favor me with the company of the Prophet (a.s) and his progeny (peace be upon them) in the high ranks in the Paradise…O You the Light of light, the Manager of affairs, Generous, Glorious, One, Unique, Eternal, Who neither begot nor was begotten, and there is none comparable to You, O You Who are so and no one is so other than You, O You Whom there is no god in the high heavens or in the low earth other than You, O You Who honor every humble one, and humble every mighty one, by Your glory and loftiness I have lost my patience, so have blessing on Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad and relieve me ...!

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160. Qur'an, 2:186.

161. Qur'an, 39:53.

162. Qur'an, 37:75.

163. Qur'an, 17:110.

Adapted from the book: "The Life of Imam ALI bin Muhammad AL-HADI" by: "Baqir Shareef al-Qurashi"

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