The Whispered Prayer of the Rememberers

In the Name of God, the All-merciful,
the All-compassionate


My God,
          were it not incumbent to accept Thy command,
                    I would declare Thee far too exalted for me to remember Thee,
          for I remember Thee in my measure,
                    not in Thy measure,
          and my scope can hardly reach the point
                    where I may be a locus for calling Thee holy!
          Among Thy greatest favours to us
                    is the running of Thy remembrance across our tongues
                    and Thy permission to us
                              to supplicate Thee,
                              declare Thee exalted,
                              and call Thee holy!


My God,
          inspire us with Thy remembrance
                    alone and in assemblies,
                    by night and day,
                    publicly and secretly,
                    in prosperity and adversity!
          Make us intimate with silent remembrance,
                    employ us in purified works and effort pleasing to Thee,
                    and reward us with the full balance!


My God,
          love-mad hearts are enraptured by Thee,
          disparate intellects are brought together by knowing Thee,
          hearts find no serenity except in remembering Thee,320
                    souls find no rest except in seeing Thee.
          Thou art the glorified in every place,
                    the worshipped at every time,
                    the found at every moment,
                    the called by every tongue,
                    the magnified in every heart!
          I pray forgiveness from Thee for
                    every pleasure but remembering Thee,
                    every ease but intimacy with Thee,
                    every happiness but nearness to Thee,
                    every occupation but obeying Thee!


My God,
          Thou hast said - and Thy word is true -
                    O you who have faith,
                    remember God with much remembrance
                    and glorify Him at dawn and in the evening!321
Thou hast said - and Thy word is true -
                    Remember Me, and I will remember you!322
          Thou hast commanded us to remember Thee,
                    and promised us that Thou wilt remember us thereby,
                    in order to ennoble, respect, and honour us.
          Here we are, remembering Thee as Thou hast commanded us!
                    So accomplish what Thou hast promised,
          O Rememberer of the rememberers!
                    O Most Merciful of the merciful!