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Du’a of Ja’far As-Sadiq (rahimahullah)

Question

Could the respected ‘Ulama kindly indicate to the authenticity of the following du’a along with the meaning.

اللهم احرسني بعينك التي لا تنام، واكنفني بركنك الذي لا يرام، وارحمني بقدرتك على فلا أهلك وأنت رجائي، رب كم من نعمة أنعمت بها عليّ قل لك بها شكري وكم من بلية ابتليتني بها قل لك بها صبري، فيا من قل عند نعمته شكري فلم يحرمني، ويا من قل عند بليته صبري فلم يخذلني، ويا من رآني على الخطايا فلم يفضحني، يا ذا المعروف الذي لا ينقضي أبدا ويا ذا النعم التي لا تحصى أبدا، أسألك أن تصلي على محمد، وعلى آل محمد، وبك أدرأ في نحور الأعداء والجبابرة

اللهم أعني على ديني بالدنيا، و أعني على آخرتي بتقوي، واحفظني فيما غبت عنه، ولا تكلني إلى نفسي فيما حضرته، يا من لا تضره الذنوب، و لا تنقصه المغفرة، هب لي ما لا ينقصك واغفر لي ما لا يضرك، إنك أنت الوهاب، أسألك فرجا قريبا، و صبرا جميلا، ورزقا واسعا، والعاقبة من جميع البلاء، وأسألك تمام العافية، وأسألك دوام العافية، وأسألك شكر العافية، وأسألك الغنى عن الناس، ولا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله العلي العظيم، اللهم إنا نجعلك في نحورهم ونعوذ بك من شرورهم

 

Answer

The du’a in question comprises of two different Hadiths.

The first portion of the du’a, famously known as the du’a of Ja’far As-Sadiq (rahimahullah), has been recorded in Musnadul Firdaws with a very weak chain as stated by Allamah Sakhawi (rahimahullah).

(Musnadul Firdaws, Hadith: 8317; Refer to Al-Qawlul Badi’ pg. 459)

 

The last portion of the du’a has been recorded in Sunan Abi Dawud amongst other sources and has been declared authentic by Imams Ibn Hibban and Hakim (rahimahumallah). ‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) has also concurred with Imam Hakim.

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 1532, Sahih Ibn Hibban, Hadith: 6707, Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 2 pg. 142. Also see Al-Adhkar, Hadith: 371 and Nataijul Afkar, vol. 4 pg. 104)

 

Translation

‘O Allah! Guard me with Your eye [Your exclusive special attention] that never sleeps, protect me with Your unassailable patronage, and forgive me by virtue of Your power over me so that I may not perish. You [alone] are my hope. O my Rabb! Many a bounty You have bestowed upon me for which my gratitude to You was very little. And so many a trial You have tested me with, over which my patience was very little. O the One for whose favour my gratitude was very little, yet [despite that] He did not deprive me! And O the One over whose trial I showed very little patience, yet He did not abandon me! O the one who saw me committing sins, yet He did not disgrace me! O the giver of never-ending favors! And O the possessor of immeasurable bounties! I beseech You to shower blessings [and send Your special mercy] upon Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and his family. It is [only] through You [and Your power alone] that I ward off [and advance] against the enemies and tyrants.

O Allah! Assist me in my Din [religion] through this world [i.e through my worldly abilities/achievements], and in my Hereafter through my piety. Protect me from things that are hidden from me and do not leave me to rely on myself in those things which are before me [i.e take control of all my matters, regardless if I have control and understanding of them or not]. O the One whom sins do not harm [it is irrelevant to You, O Allah, how much we sin as that does not decrease You in Your greatness!] and forgiveness does not cause any loss [Your treasures and forgiveness are infinite]! Grant me what does not cause You any loss [forgiveness], and absolve me of what does not cause You any harm [sins]. Surely You are the greatest most generous giver! I beg You for quick relief, noble [beautiful] patience, abundant sustenance, and safety from all trials. I beg You for complete eternal safety (‘afiyah) and the ability to express gratitude for safety. I beg You for [complete] independence from people. There is no turning [away from sin] or strength [to worship] except through [i.e from the help of] Allah, the Most High, the Great.

O Allah, we place You in front of their necks [i.e we seek Your assistance in repelling our enemies] and seek refuge in You from their evils.’

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar