ORIGIN OF THE Kumayl Ibn Ziyad Nakha'i Supplication was a confidant amongst the
companions of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (as.) and this sublime supplication was
first heard from the beautiful, though anguished, voice of Imam Ali.
According to Allama Majlisi (on whom be Allah's Mercy) Kumayl had attended an
assembly in the Mosque at Basra which was addressed by Imam Ali in the course of
which the night of the 15th of Shaban was mentioned. Imam Ali said-"Whosoever
keeps awake in devoutness on this night and recites the supplication of Prophet
Khizr, undoubtedly that person's supplication will be responded to and granted.
When the assembly at the Mosque had dispersed, Kumayl called at the house where
Imam Ali was staying, and requested him to acquaint him with Prophet Khizr's
"supplication". Imam Ali asked Kumayl to sit down, record and memorize the
"supplication" which Imam Ali dictated to Kumayl.
Imam Ali then advised Kumayl to recite this "supplication" on the eve of (i.e.
evening preceding) every Friday, or once a month or at least once in every year
so that, added Imam Ali, "Allah may protect thee from the evils of the
enemies and the plots contrived by impostors. O' Kumayl! in consideration of thy
companionship and understanding, I grant thee this honour of entrusting this
"supplication" to thee."
In the Name of Allah, the All-merciful, the All-compassionate
O Allah! Bless Muhammad and his progeny.
O Allah! I beseech Thee by Thy mercy which encompasses all things And by Thy
power by which Thou overcometh all things and submit to it all things and humble
before it all things And by Thy might by which Thou hast conquered all things
And by Thy majesty against which nothing can stand up
And by Thy grandeur which prevails upon all things And by Thy authority which is
exercised over all things And by Thy own self that shall endure forever after
all things have vanished And by Thy Names which manifest Thy power over all
things And by Thy knowledge which pervades all things And by the light of Thy
countenance which illuminates everything O Thou who art the light!
O Thou who art the most holy! O Thou who existed before the foremost! O Thou who
shall exist after the last!
O Allah! Forgive me my such sins as would affront my continency O Allah! Forgive
me my such sins as would bring down calamity
O Allah! Forgive me my such sins as would change divine favours (into disfavours
(O Allah! Forgive me my such sins as would hinder my supplication O Allah!
Forgive me such sins as bring down misfortunes (or afflictions) O Allah! Forgive
my such sins as would suppress hope
O Allah! Forgive every sin that I have committed and every error that I have
erred O Allah! I endeavor to draw myself nigh to Thee through Thy invocation And
I pray to Thee to intercede on my behalf And I entreat Thee by Thy benevolence
to draw me nearer to Thee And grant me that I should be grateful to Thee and
inspire me to remember and to invoke Thee
O Allah! I entreat Thee begging Thee submissively, humbly and awestrickenly To
treat me with clemency and mercy, and to make me pleased and contented with what
Thou hast allotted to me And cause me to be modest and unassuming in all
O Allah! I beg Thee as one who is passing through extreme privation and who
supplicates his needs to Thee and his hope has been greatly raised by that which
is with Thee
O Allah! Great is Thy kingdom and exalted is Thy greatness Thy plan is secret,
Thy authority is manifest, Thy might is victorious and subduing and Thy power is
prevalent throughout and it is not possible to escape from Thy dominion
O Allah! Except Thee I do not find any one able to pardon my sins nor to conceal
my loathsome acts Nor have I any one except Thee to change my evil deeds into
virtues There is no god but Thou glory and praise be to Thee I have made my own
soul to suffer I had the audacity (to sin) by my ignorance Relying upon my past
remembrance of Thee and Thy grace towards me
O Allah! My Lord! How many of my loathsome acts hast Thou screened (from public
gaze) How many of my grievous afflictions (distresses) hast Thou reduced in
severity And how many of my stumbling hast Thou protected, how many of my
detestable acts has Thou averted, and how many of my undeserving praises hast
Thou spread abroad!
O Allah! My trials and sufferings have increased and my evilness has worsened,
my good deeds have diminished and my yokes (of misdeeds) have become firm And
remote hopes restrain me to profit (by good deeds) and the world has deceived me
with its allurements and my own self has been affected by treachery and
Therefore, my Lord! I implore Thee by Thy greatness not to let my sins and my
misdeeds shut out access to my prayers from reaching Thy realm and not to
disgrace me by exposing those (hidden ones) of which Thou hast knowledge nor to
hasten my retribution for those vices and misdeeds committed by me in secret
which were due to evil mindedness, ignorance, excessive lustfulness and my
O Allah! I beg Thee by Thy greatness to be compassionate to me in all
circumstances and well disposed towards me in all matters My God! My Nourisher!
Have I anyone except Thee from whom I can seek the dislodging of my evils and
understanding of my problems?
My God! My Master! Thou decreed a law for me but instead I obeyed my own low
desires And I did not guard myself against the allurements of my enemy He
deceived me with vain hopes whereby I was led astray and fate helped him in that
respect Thus I transgressed some of its limits set for me by Thee and I
disobeyed some of Thy commandments;
Thou hast therefore a (just) cause against me in all those matters and I have no
plea against Thy judgment passed against me I have therefore become
(justifiably) liable to Thy judgment and afflictions
But now I have turned Thee, my Lord, after being guilty of omissions and
transgressions against my soul, apologetically, repentantly, broken heartedly,
entreating earnestly for forgiveness, yieldingly confessing (to my guilt) as I
can find no escape from that which was done by me and having no refuge to which
I could turn except seeking Thy acceptance of my excuse and admitting me into
the realm of Thy capacious mercy
O Allah! Accept my apology and have pity on my intense sufferings and set me
free from my heavy fetters (of evil deeds) My Nourisher! Have mercy on the
infirmity of my body, the delicacy of my skin and the brittleness of my bones O'
Who originated my creation and (accorded me) my individuality, and (ensured) my
upbringing and welfare (and provided) my sustenance (I beg Thee) to restore Thy
favours and blessings upon me as Thou didst in the beginning of my life
O' my God! My master! My Lord! And my Nourisher! What! Wilt Thou see me punished
with the fire kindled by Thee despite my belief in Thy unity?
And despite the fact that my heart has been filled with (pure) knowledge of Thee
and when my tongue has repeatedly praised Thee and my conscience has
acknowledged Thy love and despite my sincere confessions (of my sins) and my
humble entreaties submissively made to Thy divinity?
Nay, Thou art far too kind and generous to destroy one whom thyself nourished
and supported, or to drive away from Thyself one whom Thou has kept under Thy
protection, or to scare away one whom Thy self hast given shelter, or to abandon
in affliction one Thou hast maintained and to whom Thou hast been merciful
I wish I had known o' my Master, my God and my Lord! Wilt Thou inflict fire upon
faces which have submissively bowed in prostration to Thy greatness, or upon the
tongues which have sincerely confirmed Thy unity and have always expressed
gratitude to Thee, or upon hearts which have acknowledged Thy divinity with
conviction, or upon the minds which accumulated so much knowledge of Thee until
they became submissive to Thee, or upon the limbs which strove, at the places
appointed for Thy worship, to adore Thee willingly and seek Thy forgiveness
Such sort (of harshness) is not expected from Thee as it is remote from Thy
grace, o' generous one! O' Lord! Thou art aware of my weakness to bear even a
minor affliction of this world and its consequence and adversity affecting the
denizen of this earth, although such afflictions are momentary, short-lived and
How then can I bear the retributions and the punishments of the hereafter which
are enormous and of intensive sufferings, of prolonged period and perpetual
duration, and which shall never be alleviated for those who deserve the same as
those retributions will be the result of Thy wrath; and Thy punishment which
neither the heavens nor the earth can withstand and bear! My Lord!
How can I, a weak, insignificant, humble, poor and destitute creature of Thine
be able to bear them?
O' my God! My Lord! My King! And Master! Which of the matters shall I complain
to Thee and for which of them shall I bewail and weep? shall I bewail for the
pains and pangs of the punishment and their intensity or for the length of
sufferings and their duration?
Therefore (my Lord!) If Thou wilt subject me to the penalties (of hell) in
company of Thy enemies and cast me with those who merited Thy punishments and
tear me apart from Thy friends and those who will be near to Thee, then my God,
my Lord and my Master, though I may patiently bear Thy punishments, how can I
calmly accept being kept away from Thee?
I reckon that though I may patiently endure the scorching fire of Thy hell, yet
how can I resign myself to the denial of Thy pity and clemency? How can I remain
in the fire while I have hopes of Thy forgiveness?
O' my Lord! By Thy honour truly do I swear that, if Thou wilt allow my power of
speech to be retained by me in the hell, I shall amongst its inmates cry out
bewailingly unto Thee like the cry of those who have faith in Thy kindness and
compassion And I shall bemoan for Thee (for being deprived of nearness to Thee)
the lamentation of those who are bereaved, and I shall keep on calling unto
Thee: "Where art Thou o' Friend of the believers! O' (Thou who art) the last
hope and resort of those who acknowledge Thee and have faith in Thy clemency and
kindness; o' Thou who art the helper of those seeking help! O' Thou who art dear
to the hearts of those who truly believe in Thee! And o' Thou who art the Lord
of the universe."
My Lord! Glory and praise be to Thee, wouldst Thou (wish) to be seen
(disregarding) the voice of a Muslim bondman, incarcerated therein (the hell)
for his disobedience and imprisoned within its pits for his evildoings and
misdeeds, crying out to Thee the utterance of one who has faith in Thy mercy and
calling out to Thee in the language of those who believe in Thy unity and
seeking to approach Thee by means of Thy epithet "the Creator, the Nourisher,
the Accomplisher and the Protector of the entire existence"?
My Lord! Then how could he remain in torments when he hopefully relies upon Thy
past forbearance, compassion and mercy?
And how can the fire cause him suffering when he hopes for Thy grace and mercy
and how can its roaring flames char him when Thou hearest his voice and sees his
plight? And how can he withstand its roaring flames when Thou knowest his
frailty? And how can he be tossed about between its layers when Thou knowest his
And how can the guards of hell threaten him when he calls out to Thee? "My
Lord", and how would Thou abandon him therein (the hell) when he has faith in
Thy grace to set him free?
Alas! That is not the concept (held by us) of Thee nor has Thy grace such a
reputation nor does it resemble that which Thou hast awarded by Thy kindness and
generosity to those who believe in Thy unity I definitely conclude that hadst
Thou not ordained punishment for those who disbelieved in Thee, and hadst Thou
not decreed Thy enemies to remain in hell,
Thou wouldst have made the hell cold and peaceful and there would never have
been an abode or place for any one in it; but sanctified be Thy Names, Thou hast
sworn to fill the hell with the disbelievers from amongst the jinns and mankind
together and to place forever Thy enemies therein
And Thou, exalted be Thy praises, hadst made manifest, out of Thy generosity and
kindness, that a believer is not like unto him who is an evil-liver.
My Lord! My Master! I, therefore implore Thee by that power which Thou
determineth and by the decree which Thou hast finalized and ordained whereby
Thou hath prevailed upon whom
Thou hast imposed it, to bestow upon me this night and this very hour the
forgiveness for all the transgressions that I have been guilty of, for all the
sins that I have committed, for all the loathsome acts that I have kept secret
and for all the evils done by me, secretly or openly, in concealment or
outwardly and for every evil action that Thou hast ordered the two noble scribes
to confirm whom Thou hast appointed to record all my actions and to be witnesses
over me along with the limbs of my body, whilst Thou observeth over me besides
them and wast witness to those acts concealed from them?
Which Thou in Thy mercy hast kept secret and through Thy kindness unexposed and
I pray to Thee to make my share plentiful in all the good that Thou dost bestow;
in all the favours that Thou dost grant; and in all the virtues that Thou dost
allow to be known everywhere; and in all the sustenance and livelihood that Thou
dost expand and in respect of all the sins that Thou dost forgive and the wrongs
that Thou dost cover up O' Lord! O' Lord! O' Lord!
O' my God! My Lord! My King! O' Master of my freedom! O' Thou who holdeth my
destiny and who art aware of my suffering and poverty,
O' Thou who knoweth my destitution and starvation, o' my Lord! O' Lord, o' Lord!
I beseech Thee by Thy glory and Thy honour, by Thy supremely high attributes and
by Thy names to cause me to utilize my time, day and night, in Thy remembrance,
by engaging myself in serving Thee (Thy cause) and to let my deeds be such as to
be acceptable to Thee, so much so that all my actions and offerings (prayers)
may be transformed into one continuous and sustained effort and my life may take
the form of constant and perpetual service to Thee
O' my Master! O' Thou upon Whom I rely! O' Thou unto Whom I express my distress!
O' my Lord! My Lord! My Lord! Strengthen my limbs for Thy service and sustain
the strength of my hands to persevere in Thy service and bestow upon me the
eagerness to fear Thee and constantly to serve Thee
So that I may lead myself towards Thee in the field with the vanguards who are
in the fore rank and be swift towards Thee among those who hasten towards Thee
and urge eagerly to be near Thee and draw myself towards Thee like them who
sincerely draw themselves towards Thee and to fear Thee like the fear of those
who believe firmly in Thee and thus I may join the congregation of the faithful
congregated near Thee (for protection)
O' Allah! Whosoever intendeth evil against me, let ill befall on him and
frustrate him who plots against me and assign for me a place in Thy presence
with the best of Thy bondsmen and nearer abode to Thee, for verily that position
cannot be attained except through Thy grace and treat me benevolently, and
through Thy greatness extend
Thy munificence towards me and through Thy mercy protect me and cause my tongue
to accentuate Thy remembrance and my heart filled with Thy love and be liberal
to me by Thy gracious response and cause my evils to appear fewer and forgive me
For verily, Thou hast ordained for Thy bondsmen Thy worship and bidden them to
supplicate unto Thee and hast assured them (of Thy) response
So, my Lord! I look earnestly towards Thee and towards Thee, my Lord! I have
stretched forth my hands therefore, by Thy honour, respond to my supplication
and let me attain my wishes and, by Thy bounty, frustrate not my hopes and
protect me from the evils of my enemies, from among the jinns and mankind o'
Thou! Who readily pleased, forgive one who owns nothing but supplication for
Thou doest what Thou willest o' Thou!
Whose Name is the remedy (for all ills) and Whose remembrance is a sure cure for
all ailments and obedience to Whom makes one self sufficient; have mercy on one
whose only asset is hope and whose only armour is lamentation O' Thou! Who
perfecteth all bounties and Who wardeth off all misfortunes!
O' Light! Who illuminateth those who are in bewilderment! O' Omniscient! Who
knoweth without (acquisition of) learning! Bless Mohammed and the Descendants of
Mohammed and do unto me in accordance with that which befitteth Thee,
and deal with me not in accordance to my worth May the blessings of Allah be
bestowed upon His Apostle and the Rightful Imams from his Descendants and His
peace be upon them plentifully