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Munajat al-dhakirin

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Munājāt al-dhākirīn (Arabic: مُناجاتُ الذّاکِرین, lit: the Whispered Prayer of the Rememberers) 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 Wednesday.

Themes

  • Our inability to remember God as we should
  • If God had not commanded us to remember Him, we would have declared Him far too grand for us to remember.
  • Being allowed to remember God is His great blessing upon us.
  • Asking God to help us succeed in remembering Him
  • All humans have the rational capability to become acquainted with God
  • The hearts find tranquility only in God's remembrance and ultimately in seeing Him
  • One should ask God to forgive all his acts of pleasure which was devoid of God's remembrance

Text and Translation

In the Name of Allah, the All-beneficent, the All-merciful. بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
My God, were it not incumbent to accept Your command, إِلـٰهِي لَوْلا الْواجِبُ مِنْ قَبُولِ أمْرِكَ
I would declare You far too exalted for me to remember You, لَنَزَّهْتُكَ مِنْ ذِكْرِي إيَّاكَ،
for I remember You in my measure, not in Your measure, عَلَىٰ أَنَّ ذِكْرِي لَكَ بِقَدْرِي، لا بِقَدْرِكَ،
and my scope can hardly reach the point where I may be a locus for glorifying You! وَما عَسَىٰ أَنْ يَبْلُغَ مِقْدارِي، حَتَّىٰ أُجْعَلَ مَحَلاًّ لِتَقْدِيسِكَ،