Prayers from Sahifah as-Sajjadiyyah
The as-Sahifah as-Sajjadiyyah, a collection of the prayers and supplications recited by Imam Ali Ibn Hussain, as-Sajjad (AS), is one of the most authentic Islamic books and sources. These prayers contain a lofty text which defines the human being’s relations with Allah as well as many individual and social aspects of one’s being.
The book has been printed several times in English. Meanwhile, the Islamic Propagation Organization is reprinting the 2nd edition of a translation by the late Sayyid Ahmad Muhani whose work has been approved by the Organization’s Council of Books.
We hope that with this endeavor, we have served a sublime objective which is to spread Islamic culture and thought.
One of Imam as-Sajjad’s (AS) prayers imploring protection from evils, immorality and blameworthy action:
O Lord, I implore Thy protection from the excitation of greed, from:
The impetuosity of anger,
The domination of envy,
The lack of patience,
The scarcity of contentment,
The depravity of morals,
The importunity of passion,
The excess of zeal,
The submission to desires,
The opposition to right,
The drowsiness of negligence,
The entrance into troubles,
The preferring of wrong to right,
Persistence in sins,
The underestimation of guilt,
The overestimation of service,
The pride of the wealthy,
The despising of the poor,
The abuse of power over those under our hands, the failure to thank those who are kind to us, assisting the oppressor, forsaking the oppressed, aiming at that to which we are not entitled and speaking in matters of learning without knowledge.
We implore Thy protection from keeping in mind the weaknesses of others, from being proud of our good deeds, and from indulging in far-reaching hopes.
O Lord, we flee to Thee for protection from inward evil, from under-estimation of minor sins, from the domination of Satan over us, from being involved in calamity by the course of events and from being oppressed by a sultan.
We flee to Thee for protection from the ridicule extravagant habits and from want of livelihood.
We ask Thy protection from the ridicule of enemies, from the begging of equals, from living in hardships and dying without preparation.
We seek Thy protection from the exceeding regret, from the great calamity, from the terrible misfortune, from unsafe refuge, from being unrewarded and from the visitation of chastisement.
O Lord, bless Muhammad and his descendants (AS) and protect me and all the true believers, both male and female, from all these by Thy Mercy, O Most Merciful!