A supplication


O God, I do not care if I lose both lives—this one and the next—or if the universe becomes mine, as you are my Lord, my Creator, and my God, and I am one created and made by You. Despite my rebelliousness and remoteness from other connections of grace, I have a connection to You, which is my being Your creature. I entreat in the tongue of this connection.

O my Creator, Lord, Provider, Owner, Fashioner, and my God. For the sake of Your Beautiful Names and Your Greatest Name; Your wise Criterion (the Qur’an) and your Noble Beloved (Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings), Your eternal Speech, and Your Greatest Throne; and for thousands and thousands of Say: “He is God, the One,” have mercy on me, O God, All-Merciful, All-Pitying, All-Bounteous, Supreme Ruler.

Forgive me, O All-Forgiving, All-Covering [of sins], All-Relenting, Free-Giving. Pardon me, O All-Loving, All-Clement, All-Pardoning, All-Excusing. Favor me with Your kindness and gentleness, O All-Kind, All-Aware, All-Hearing, All-Seeing. Overlook my faults, O All-Forbearing, All-Knowing, All-Munificent, All-Compassionate. Guide us to the Straight Path, O Lord, Eternally-Besought-of-All, All-Guiding. Always favor me with Your grace and generosity, O Originator, All-Permanent, All-Just, He. Enliven my heart and [illuminate] my grave with the light of belief and the Qur’an, O Light, Truth, All-Living, Self-Subsistent and All-Subsisting, Master of All Domains, One Having Majesty and Benevolence, First and Last, Outward and Inward, All-Strong, All-Powerful, my Master, Forgiving, Most Merciful of the Merciful.

For the sake of Your Greatest Name in the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad, who is the greatest embodiment of the meaning You have given to the creation, I ask you to open through these Beautiful Names windows through which the lights of Your Greatest Name may come into my heart while in this world and to my spirit while in my grave. Let this page be the ceiling of my grave, and these Names the windows through which the rays of the sun of truth pour into my spirit.

O God, I desire an everlasting tongue with which to call upon You until the Last Day. Accept these lines as a perpetual substitute for my mortal tongue. O God, bestow peace and blessings on our master Muhammad in a way by which You will save us from all misfortune and calamity, meet all our needs, purify us of all our evil, and forgive us all our sins and faults.

O God Who answers all prayers. Accept from me at each moment during my life and after my life unlimited blessings and peace on our master Muhammad and on His Family, Companions, helpers, and followers. Increase these callings of blessings to the number of my breaths I take in and out during my life, and forgive me and have mercy on me for the sake of each calling of blessing, and for the sake of Your Mercy, O Most Merciful of the Merciful. Amen.


Said Nursi