"Bismillah," which is the creed of those who seek
protection and the motto of those who want refuge.
I betake me to
the Exalted Lord for shelter from the oppression of tyrants, from the
devices of the envious and from the treachery of the wicked; and praise
Him above the praise of all those who praise.
O Lord, Thou art the
One without associate and the king without being made a king.
command is unopposed and Thy sovereignty undisputed.
I beg Thee to
favor Muhammad Thy servant and Thy apostle, and to inspire me with such
gratitude for Thy favors as would enable me to deserve the utmost extent
of Thy approval; and with Thy loving-kindness help me to serve Thee and
worship Thee regularly and deserve Thy reward.
And favor me by
restraining me from acts of disobedience to Thee as long as Thou keepest
me alive; and give me the grace to do that which would benefit me as long
as Thou sparest me; enlighten my mind with Thy Book and remove from me the
burden of sin because of my reading it; and favor me by keeping safe my
faith and my life; and let not those that love me be frightened from me;
and continue Thy goodness to me during the rest of my life as Thou hadst
done during the past, O most Merciful!