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Munajat al-zahidin

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Munājāt al-zāhidīn (Arabic: مُناجاتُ الزّاهِدین, The Whispered Prayer of the Abstainers) 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 night.


  • Human beings in this world are like prisoners.
  • The material world deceives human beings until they are doomed.
  • Seeking refuge in God's protection from the deceptions of the material world.
  • Asking God the position of ascetics
  • Asking God for help and His loving care
  • Asking God the pleasure of praying to Him, loving Him, and seeing his beautiful face.

Text and Translation

In the Name of Allah, the All-beneficent, the All-merciful. بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
My God, You have settled us in an abode which has dug for us pits of deception, إِلـٰهِي أَسْكَنْتَنا داراً حَفَرَتْ لَنا حُفَرَ مَكْرِها
and You have fastened us by the hands of death in the snares of that abode's treachery! وَعَلَّقَتْنا بِأَيْدِي الْمَنايا فِي حَبائِلِ غَدْرِها،
In You we seek asylum from the tricks of its guile, فَإِلَيْكَ نَلْتَجِئُ مِنْ مَكائِدِ خُدَعِها،
and to You we hold fast, lest we be deluded by the glitter of its ornaments! وَبِكَ نَعْتَصِمُ مِنَ الاغْتِرارِ بِزَخارِفِ زِيْنَتِهَا
It destroys its pursuers فَإِنَّهَا الْمُهْلِكَةُ طُلاَّبَهَا،
and ruins its settlers,