One of his prayers to the Almighty in time of need.

O Lord, Thou Who cost ultimately satisfy our need.

Thou with Whom lies the success of prayers, Who sell not His Favors for any price, Whose gifts are not accompanied by reproaches, through Whom independence can be obtained and of whom none can be independent, towards Whom people turn to and of Whom none can turn away, Whose stores cannot be exhausted by request and Whose wisdom cannot be altered by any means, from Whom the needs of the needy are never cut off, Who is never tired by the prayers of those who implore.

Thou hast prided Thyself on being independent of Thy creatures and Thou art worthy of being independent of them.

Thou hast called them needy and they are needy towards Thee.

Therefore, whosoever resolved upon the satisfaction of his need through Thee and desired that his need be removed by Thee, surely he demanded his request from the right place.

(Surely he) approached the object of his desire the right way.

Whosoever directed his petition to any of Thy creatures or considered him to be the one to grant its fulfillment, in preference to Thee, verily, he exposed himself to disappointment.

(Surely he) deserved privation oi blessings from Thee.

And I, O Lord, have a need toward Thee.

My efforts have fallen short.

My desires are of no avail.

My soul induced me to seek the satisfaction of my need from one who is not independent of Thee and places his necessities before Thee.

This was one of the slips of the erring.

One of the mistakes of sinners.

Then I was aroused from my ignorance by Thy warning and by Thy Grace from my fall and returned. With Thy Help, I corrected my blunder and said, 'Holy is my Lord! '

How can one needy creature beg from another who is in need.

Why should a pauper be attracted to another pauper.

So I returned unto Thee with sincere longing and laid my hope before Thee with perfect trust in Thee.

I was sure that the utmost I would beg of Thee would be trivial in comparison with Thy wealth; that the utmost that I would desire from Thee would be insignificant along side of Thy Prosperity; that Thy Bounty is not encompassed by anyone's request; that Thy Hand (Power) is exalted far above every hand in gene rosily.

() Lord, therefore, bless Muhammad and his descendants. Deal kindly with me according to Thy Grace.

Do not deal with me in Thy Justice according to my merit for I am not the first applicant who applied to Thee yet Thou didst grant my request whilst I deserved refusal.

1 am r,ot the first petitioner who petitioned Thee yet Thou didst favor me whilst I was entitled to disappointment.

O Lord, bless Muhammad and his descendants. Grant acceptance to my prayer. Hear my call. Hear my supplication. Listen to my voice. Do not cut off my hope from Thee. Do not sever my connection with Thee. Do not permit me in this and other needs to turn to any other besides Thee.

Undertake the fulfillment of my request, the satisfaction of my need and the answering of my prayer before I leave this, my place, by making that which is difficult for me, easy and by bestowing upon me Thy excellent decree in all matters.

And bless Muhammad and his descendants with a blessing perpetual, growing, having no end to its duration, and no limit to its extent.

Let it be a help to me and a cause for granting my request.

Verily, Thou art Generous and Gracious.

And my request, O Lord, is such and such (mention it and prostrate yourself and say in the prostration) "Thy Grace has comforted me. Thy Goodness has guided me."

So I request Thee on Thy Righteousness and that of Muhammad and his descendants, Thy Blessings on them, not to turn me away disappointed.