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Munajat al-arifin

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Munājāt al-ārifīn (Arabic: مُناجاتُ الْعارِفین, The Whispered Prayer of the Knowers) is one of The Fifteen Whispered Prayers attributed to Imam al-Sajjad (a). It is narrated in al-Sahifa al-sajjadiyya al-thaniya, Bihar al-anwar, and Mafatih al-jinan. According to Allama al-Majlisi, the preferred day for reciting this prayer is Tuesday.

Themes

  • Human beings' inability to know God's essence
  • Asking God to place us among those who love Him and long to meet Him
  • Asking God to remove the veils from our sight so that we can see the truth and reach certainty
  • Asking God to bestow upon us deep love for Him
  • Asking God to grant us such knowledge that elevates our existence


Text and Translation

In the Name of Allah, the All-beneficent, the All-merciful. بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
My God, tongues fall short of attaining praise of You proper to Your majesty, إِلـٰهِي قَصُرَتِ الأَلْسُنُ عَنْ بُلُوغِ ثَنائِكَ، كَما يَلِيقُ بِجَلالِكَ،
intellects are incapable of grasping the core of Your beauty, وَعَجَزَتِ الْعُقُولُ عَنْ إدْراكِ كُنْهِ جَمالِكَ،
eyes fail before gazing upon the glories of Your face, وَانْحَسَرَتِ الأَبْصارُ دُونَ النَّظَرِ إلىٰ سُبُحاتِ وَجْهِكَ،
and You have assigned to Your creatures no way to know You وَلَمْ تَجْعَلْ لِلْخَلْقِ طَرِيقاً إلىٰ مَعْرِفَتِكَ
save incapacity to know You!