Munajat: Intimate Supplication of Sheikh Ahmad ibn Mustafa al-Alawi


O Allah, 
Just as You have exposed us to the abundant grace of 
La ilaaha il Allah, 

So now set us up as the dwellers of 
La ilaaha il Allah. 


You have said: 

And then there was Younus: 

when he went away in wrath, 

he thought that We had no power over him. 

But then he called out among afflictions, 

"There is no god but You, glory be to You; 
surely I am from the transgressors. " 

So We answered him and rescued him from the affliction: 
and thus do We rescue the believers. [21:87-88] 

I too call out to You, 

From within the dark recesses of my ego 
and through the awareness granted by You: 

There is no god but You, glory be to You, 
while I am from the transgressors. 

There is no god but You, glory be to You, 
while I am from the ignorant. 

There is no god but You, glory be to You, 
while I am from the wayward. 

There is no god but You, glory be to You, 
while I am from the ruined. 

May You grant my prayer 
just as You granted the prayer of Younus: 

O You, Who when He desires a thing, 
all that He has to say is "Be", and it becomes. 

Did Younus need Your Mercy more than we do? 
No! By Lord, no! 

The tribulations of us, the sinners, 
are far more severe than his. 

Our sins graver, 
have made us needier and poorer. 

And have You not so promised: 

Charities are only for the needy and the poor. [9:60] 

O Allah, 

if Your Forgiveness is for sinners, 
then who deserves it better than we do? 

And if it is for the virtuous, 
then who needs it lesser than they do? 




O Allah, 

You are the One Who Forgives: 

but forgiveness does not take place 
unless a wrongdoing has first occurred. 

And You are the Most Merciful: 
but mercy cannot be shown 
unless a lapse has already occurred. 

Lo! We have already wronged and lapsed, 
as is our wont. 

Now You must forgive and show mercy. 

As is Your wont. 

So by the Lord of the heavens and the earth, 

this is the plain Truth, as self-evident as the fact that you can speak. [51:23] 

O Allah, 

if a portion of Your boundless Mercy 
has been set apart for the sinners, 
then, knowing that a portion 
so held in trust by You is never lost, 
we have already earned it by our sins. 

O Allah, 

You know that I love repentance 
and those who repent, 

for I know that You too love those who repent, 
and those who cleanse themselves. 

But I fear 

that I may break the vows of repentance, 
as is my nature and my wont. 

O Allah, if this fear prevents me 
from coming to the door of Your Mercy, 
and from trusting Your Munificence and Generosity, 
then O my Lord! grant me the strength 
to turn to You in repentance, 
till You are pleased with me mercifully. 

And why would You not accept my repentance, 
when You, the True One, have yourself said: 

Repentance with Allah is only for those 

who err in ignorance, 

then turn in repentance to Allah soon, 

so they are the ones to whom Allah turns mercifully... [4:17] 

O Allah, 

make me of such people, 
for I too repent my sins sincerely. 

Verily I will perish into nothingness, 
unless You favor me with Your Forgiveness. 

We have disobeyed You, 
but never denied You! 

We have opposed Your commands, 
but never challenged these! 

Our Lord, 

we believe in what You have revealed 

and we follow the messenger; 

so count us among those who bore witness. [3:53] 



O my Allah, 

You have commanded us to ask, 
and obligated Yourself to grant. 

As per Your command we ask, 
as per Your promise You must now grant. 
Have You not so promised in the Qur'an: 


I hearken to the prayer of the supplicant when one calls on Me. [2:186] 


O my Allah! 

Were You to grant the prayers 
of the obedient alone! 

What door would we sinners knock? 

Who responds to the distressed sold when it calls out to Him? [27:62] 

Their pleas rejected by the Infinitely Generous, 
the servants would grind under their sins grievous. 
Totally lost and doomed they would be, 
but for Your reassurance bounteous: 

Despair not of Allah's Mercy. [12:87] 

O Allah, 

my sins have turned me speechless, 
forgetfulness has plunged me into pits— 
dark and fathomless. 

"If You do not forgive me and have mercy on me, I would be amongst the losers. " [11:47]

Lord, I am aware that 

my sins have left me unworthy for Your Presence; 
my lapses, transgressions, and disregard of Your rights, 
have left me utterly destitute. 


Wretched me! Oft I repent, 
and then I recant! 

Many a vice I stay away from, 
yet end up falling prey to them all. 

How so very Forgiving and Relenting You are, 
and how so very insolent I am! 

Lo my Allah! 

I seek forgiveness for all my sins 
of past and present, 
and turn to You, 
leaning on Your promise: 

Nor is Allah going to chastise them while yet they ask for forgiveness. [8:33] 

O my Allah, 

I seek Your Forgiveness 
for my insolence and my sinfulness, 
and I turn to You and repent 
for all my deeds sinful 
and the acts woeful. 

"If You wished, You could have already destroyed them (the errants); and me as well." [7:155]

How very Glorified You are 
in Your loving Kindness! 

And how very insolent I am, 
in my defying ungratefulness! 

Acting towards me out of Your Pleasure goodly. 
You overlook my misdeeds, woeful and lowly. 


But lo and behold, 

I persist in these unabashedly! 

Your Generosity Boundless 
has made me habitual transgressor, shameless. 
I err and You honor; 

I confront You, but You give me respite; 

and despite this all. 

You never fail to grant whenever I ask! 
Your relenting Benevolence 
has verily made me forgetful 
of Your severe Vengeance. 

My Allah, 

Apprehend me not for this forgetfulness, 
nor plunge me into adversity hapless. 

Our Lord! 

Please do not take us to task if we forget or err. 

And please our Lord, do not place on us a burden 
like that You put on those who lived before us. 

And please our Lord, 

Do not impose on us what we cannot bear. 

And pardon us. 

And forgive us. 

And bestow Your Mercy on us. 

You are our Protector; 

So help us against people oblivious of Truth. [2:286] 



~ You may read the full text of Munajat here. ~


All numbers in bracket points to Quranic Chapter and Verse

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