Shaykh al-Tusi has narrated on the authority of Harith ibn Mughirah al-Nadriy
that Imam al-Sadiq (a.s) used to say the following supplication at the last
night of Sha'ban and the first night of Ramadan:
O Allah! This is the blessed month in which the Qur'an was revealed as
guidance for mankind and clear evidence of guidance and discrimination (of the
right from the wrong) is being witnessed by us. Therefore, keep us healthy in it
and keep us sound in our faith in it and accept it from us in a state of
prosperity and health granted to us by You, O He who acknowledges and gives
answer many times to the very little offered to Him and thanks us by giving us
plenty, accept my simple (acts).
O Allah! I ask You to provide me with a way towards all good and keep me
away from all that You do not like, O the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!
O One who forgave me and forgave me all my misdeeds committed secretly. O One
who does not punish me for my disobedience! Your forgiveness. Your forgiveness!
Your forgiveness! O the Generous!
O my Lord! You admonished me but I did not respond; You reproached me
concerning Your prohibited (things) but I cared not for it - what excuse do I
now have? So then pardon me O the Generous!
Your pardon! Your Pardon!
O Allah! I beseech you for ease at the time of my death and forgiveness
at the time of reckoning (on the Day of Resurrection). The sins of Your slave
are great (in number) but forgiveness from You should serve my purpose well. O
the One deserving to be feared and fitted to pardon. Your pardon! Your Pardon!
O Allah! I am Your servant, son of Your servant and son of Your slave
girl, I am weak and stand in need of Your Mercy. You are Omnipotent and Mighty.
You have reckoned their deeds and accordingly distributed to them their
livelihood and made them creation after creation of different languages and
colours. people know not what You know and esteem You not with the estimation
due to You and all of us stand in need of Your mercy. Do not turn not Your face
away from us and ordain in Your decree to make me among Your creatures -
virtuous in deeds and hopes and in your decree and verdict.
O Allah! Keep me alive to live the best life (of righteousness) and cause
me to die the best death in a state of love (in my heart) towards Your friends
and in a state of enmity towards Your enemies and with a desire to meet You and
fearing You and with humility and fulfilling the promise and submitting to Your
will, testifying to Your Book and following the life-pattern of Your Messenger
O Allah! That which lays hold of my mind (from the following): doubt,
disbelief, disappointment, intoxication, conceit, insolence, vanity, show,
desire for fame, disagreement, hypocrisy, infidelity, transgression,
disobedience, pride or any thing that You do not love may kindly be substituted
with: faith according to Your promise, inspiration to fulfill Your promises,
contentment with Your decision, piety in the world, a desire of that which is
with you (good) impression, mental tranquility, and a sincere repentance. I ask
You O Lord! of the Worlds for all of these.
O my Lord! Disobedience to You is due to Your forbearance (of us
disobeying you), and obedience is due to Your generosity and magnanimity as if
You were never disobeyed. I and the other person who never disobeyed are the
dwellers of Your earth. Therefore with Your grace, pardon me and invite us to
You with Your goodness, O the Most Merciful of those who show Mercy!
And may the everlasting prayers of Allah be upon Muhammad and his progeny,
unlimited blessing which neither could be reckoned nor appreciated by any one
You. O the Most Merciful of those who show Mercy!