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THE WHISPERED PRAYER OF THE REPENTERS

THE WHISPERED PRAYER OF THE REPENTERS 

 

(Taibeen)

Imam Zein Al Abideen

My God, offenses have clothed me in the garment of my lowliness,

ilaaheee al-basat-neel-khat'aayaa thaw-ba mad'al-latee

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separation from You has wrapped me in the clothing of my misery!

wa jal-lalaneet-tabaau'du minka libaasa mas-kanatee

My dreadful crimes have deadened my heart,

wa amaata qal-bee a'z'eemu jinaayatee

so bring it to life by a repentance from You! O my hope and my aim!

faah'-yihee bitaw-batim-minka yaaa amalee wa bugh-yatee

O my wish and my want!

wa yaa soo-lee wa munyatee

By Your might, I find no one but You to forgive my sins

fawai'z-zatik maaa ajidu lid'unoobee siwaaka ghafiraa

and I see none but You to mend my brokenness!

wa laaa araa likas-ree ghay-raka jaabiraa

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I have subjected myself to You in repeated turning,

wa qad khaz''aa'-tu bil-inaabati ilay-k

I have humbled myself to You in abasement.

wa a'naw-tu bilis-tikaanati laday-k

If You cast me out from Your door, in whom shall I take shelter?

fa in t'arat-tanee mim-baabika fabiman alood'

If You repell me from Your side, in whom shall I seek refuge?

wa ir-radat-tanee a'n janaabika fabiman au'wd'

O my grief at my ignominy and disgrace!

fawaaa asafaahoo min khaj-latee wa af-tiz''aah'ee

O my sorrow at my evil works and what I have committed!

wa waa lah-fahoo min sooo-i a'malee wa aj-tiraah'ee

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I ask You, O Forgiver of great sins,

as-aluka  yaa ghaafirad'-d'ambil-kabeer

O Mender of broken bones,

wa yaa jaabiral-a'z'-mil-kaseer

to overlook my ruinous misdeeds

an tahaba lee

moobiqaatil-jaraaa-ir

and cover my disgraceful secret thoughts!

wa tas-tura a'lay-ya faaz''ih'aatis-saraaa-ir

At the witnessing place of the Resurrection, empty me not of the coolness of Your pardon and forgiveness,

wa laa tukh-linee fee mash-hadil-qeeaamati mim-bar-di a'f-wika wa ghaf-rik

and strip me not of Your beautiful forbearance and covering!

wa laa tua'-rinee min jameeli s'af-h'ika wa sat-rik

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My God, let the cloud of Your mercy cast its shadow upon my sins

ilaahee z'al-lil a'laa d'unoobee ghamaama rah'-matika

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and send the billow of Your clemency flowing over my faults!

wa ar-sil a'laa u'yoobee sah'aaba raa-fatik

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My God, does the fugitive servant return to anyone other than his Master?

ilaahee hal yar-jiu'l-a'b-dul-aaabiqu il-laaa ilaa maw-laahoo

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Or does anyone grant him sanctuary from his Masters wrath other than his Master Himself?

am hal yujeeruhoo min sakhat'iheee ah'dun siwaah

My God, if remorse for sins is a repentance,

ilaahee in kanan-nadamu a'laad'-d'ambi taw-batan

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I - by Your might - am one of the remorseful!

fa in-nee wa i'z-zatika minan-naadimeen

If praying forgiveness for offenses is an alleviation,

wa in kaanalis-tigh-faaru minal-khat'ee-ati h'it'-t'atan

I am one of those who pray forgiveness!

fa in-nee laka minal-mus-tagh-fireena

To You I return that You may be well pleased!

lakal-u't-baa h'at-taa tar-z''aa

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My God, through Your power over me, turn toward me,

ilaahee biqud-ratika a'lay-ya tub a'lay

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through Your clemency toward me, pardon me,

wa bih'il-mika a'n-nee aa'-fu a'n-nee

and through Your knowledge of me, be gentle toward me!

wa bii'l-mika bee ar-fuq bee

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My God, You are He who has opened a door to Your pardon and named it 'repentance',

ilaaheee antal-lad'ee fatah'-ta lii'baadika baaban ilaa a'f-wika sam-may-tahut-taw-bata:

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for You said, Repent to God with unswerving repentance.

faqul-ta( tooboo ilaal-laahee taw-batan-nas'ooh'a)

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What is the excuse of him who remains heedless of entering the door after its opening?

famaa u'd'-ru man agh-fala dukhoolal-baabi baa'-da fat-h'ih

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My God, though the sins of Your servant are ugly,

ilaaheee in kaana qabuh'ad'-d'ambu min a'b-dika

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Your pardon is beautiful.

fal-yah'-sunil-a'f-wu min i'ndik

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My God, I am not the first to have disobeyed You, and You turned toward him,

ilaahee maaa ana biw-wali man- a's'aaka fatub-ta a'lay-h

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or to have sought to attain Your favour, and You were munificent toward him.

wa taa'r-raz''a limaa'-roofika fajud-ta a'lay-h

O Responder to the distressed!

yaa mujeebal-muz''-t'ar

O Remover of injury!

yaa kaashifaz''-z''ur

O Great in goodness!

yaa a'z'eemal-bir

O Knower of everything secret!

yaa a'leemam-bimaa fis-sir

O Beautiful through covering over!

yaa jameelas-sit-r

I seek Your munificence and Your generosity  to intercede with You,

is-tash-faa'-tu bijoodika wa karamika ilay-k

I seek Your side and Your showing mercy to mediate with You,

wa tawas-sal-tu bijanabika wa tarah'-h'umika laday-ka

so grant my supplication,

fas-tajib dua'aa-ee

disappoint not my hope in You,

wa laa tukhay-yib feeka rajaaa-ee

accept my repentance,

wa taqab-bal taw-batee

and hide my offense,

wa kaf-fir khat'ee-atee

through Your kindness and mercy,

biman-nika wa rah'-matika

O Most Merciful of the merciful

yaaa ar-h'amar-raah'imeen

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