Bahá’í Prayers for Forgiveness




The Ninth Glad-Tidings

When the sinner findeth himself wholly detached and freed from all save God,

he should beg forgiveness and pardon from Him.

Confession of sins and transgressions before human beings is not permissible,

as it hath never been nor will ever be conducive to divine forgiveness.

Moreover such confession before people results in one's humiliation and abasement, and God

-- exalted be His glory --

wisheth not the humiliation of His servants.

Verily He is the Compassionate, the Merciful.

The sinner should, between himself and God, implore mercy from the Ocean of mercy,

beg forgiveness from the Heaven of generosity and say:

 
O God, my God! I implore Thee by the blood of Thy true lovers who were so enraptured

by Thy sweet utterance that they hastened unto the Pinnacle of Glory,

the site of the most glorious martyrdom,and I beseech Thee by the mysteries

which lie enshrined in Thy knowledge

and by the pearls that are treasured in the ocean of Thy bounty to grant forgiveness unto me

and unto my father and my mother.

Of those who show forth mercy, Thou art in truth the Most Merciful.

No God is there but Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the All-Bountiful.


O Lord! Thou seest this essence of sinfulness turning unto the ocean of Thy favour

and this feeble one seeking the kingdom of Thy divine power

and this poor creature inclining himself towards the day-star of Thy wealth.

By Thy mercy and Thy grace, disappoint him not, O Lord, nor debar him from the revelations of Thy bounty in Thy days,

nor cast him away from Thy door which Thou hast opened wide to all that dwell in Thy heaven and on Thine earth.
 

Alas! Alas! My sins have prevented me from approaching the Court of Thy holiness

and my trespasses have caused me to stray far from the Tabernacle of Thy majesty.

I have committed that which Thou didst forbid me to do and have put away what Thou didst ordain me to observe.
 

I pray Thee by Him Who is the sovereign Lord of Names to write down for me

with the Pen of Thy bounty that which will enable me to draw nigh unto Thee

and will purge me from my trespasses which have intervened between me and Thy forgiveness and Thy pardon.


Verily, Thou art the Potent, the Bountiful. No God is there but Thee, the Mighty, the Gracious.


-Bahá'u'lláh 
 



Thou seest me, O my Lord, with my face turned towards the heaven of Thy bounty

and the ocean of Thy favor, withdrawn from all else beside Thee.

I ask of Thee, by the splendors of the Sun of Thy revelation on Sinai,

and the effulgences of the Orb of Thy grace which shineth from the horizon of Thy Name,

the Ever-Forgiving, to grant me Thy pardon and to have mercy upon me.

Write down, then, for me with Thy pen of glory that which will exalt me through Thy Name in the world of creation.

Aid me, O my Lord, to set myself towards Thee,

and to hearken unto the voice of Thy loved ones,

whom the powers of the earth have failed to weaken,

and the dominion of the nations has been powerless to withhold from Thee,

and who, advancing towards Thee, have said: "God is our Lord, the Lord of all who are in heaven and all who are on earth!"

- Bahá'u'lláh



Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! I beseech Thee by Thy Chosen Ones,

and by the Bearers of Thy Trust,

and by Him Whom Thou hast ordained to be the Seal of Thy Prophets and of Thy Messengers,

to let Thy remembrance be my companion, and Thy love my aim,

and Thy face my goal, and Thy name my lamp, and Thy wish my desire, and Thy pleasure my delight.

 
I am a sinner, O my Lord, and Thou art the Ever-Forgiving.

As soon as I recognized Thee, I hastened to attain the exalted court of Thy loving-kindness.

Forgive me, O my Lord, my sins which have hindered me from walking in the ways of Thy good pleasure,

and from attaining the shores of the ocean of Thy oneness.

 
There is no one, O my Lord, who can deal bountifully with me to whom I can turn my face,

and none who can have compassion on me that I may crave his mercy.

Cast me not out, I implore Thee, of the presence of Thy grace, neither do Thou withhold from me

the outpourings of Thy generosity and bounty.

Ordain for me, O my Lord, what Thou hast ordained for them that love Thee,

and write down for me what Thou hast written down for Thy chosen ones.

My gaze hath, at all times, been fixed on the horizon of Thy gracious providence,

and mine eyes bent upon the court of Thy tender mercies.

Do with me as beseemeth Thee. No God is there but Thee,

the God of power, the God of glory, Whose help is implored by all men.

- Bahá'u'lláh



I am He, O my Lord, that hath set his face towards Thee, and fixed his hope on the wonders of Thy grace

and the revelations of Thy bounty.

I pray Thee that thou wilt not suffer me to turn away disappointed from the door of Thy mercy,

nor abandon me to such of Thy creatures as have repudiated Thy Cause.

I am, O my God, Thy servant and the son of Thy servant.

I have recognized Thy truth in Thy days, and have directed my steps towards the shores of Thy oneness,

confessing Thy singleness, acknowledging Thy unity,

and hoping for Thy  forgiveness and pardon.

Powerful art Thou to do what Thou willest; no God is there beside Thee, the All-Glorious, the Ever-Forgiving.

- Bahá'u'lláh
 




Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God!

Every time I venture to make mention of Thee, I am held back by my mighty sins and grievous trespasses against Thee,

and find myself wholly deprived of Thy grace, and utterly powerless to celebrate Thy praise.

My great confidence in Thy bounty, however, reviveth my hope in Thee,

and my certitude that Thou wilt bountifully deal with me emboldeneth me to extol Thee,

and to ask of Thee the things Thou dost possess.


I implore Thee, O my God, by Thy mercy that hath surpassed all created things,

and to which all that are immersed beneath the oceans of Thy names bear witness,

not to abandon me unto my self, for my heart is prone to evil.

Guard me, then, within the stronghold of Thy protection and the shelter of Thy care.

I am he, O my God, whose only wish to what Thou hast determined by the power of Thy might.

All I have chosen for myself is to be assisted by Thy gracious appointments

and the ruling of Thy will, and to be aided with the tokens of Thy decree and judgment.


I beseech Thee, O Thou Who art the Beloved of the hearts which long for Thee,

by the Manifestations of Thy Cause and the Daysprings of  Thine inspiration, and the Exponents of Thy majesty,

and the Treasuries of Thy knowledge, not to suffer me to be deprived of Thy holy Habitation, Thy Fane and Thy Tabernacle.

Aid me, O my Lord, to attain His hallowed court, and to circle round His person, and to stand humbly at His door.

Thou art He Whose power is from everlasting to everlasting. Nothing escapeth Thy knowledge.

Thou art, verily, the God of power, the God of glory and wisdom.

Praised be God, the Lord of the worlds!

- Bahá'u'lláh



Lauded be Thy name, O my God and the God of all things, my Glory and the Glory of all things, my Desire

and the Desire of all things, my Strength and the Strength of all things,

my King and the King of all things, my Possessor and the Possessor of all things,

my Aim and the Aim of all things, my Mover and the Mover of all things! Suffer me not, I implore Thee,

to be kept back from the ocean of Thy tender mercies, nor to be far removed from the shores of nearness to Thee.


Aught else except Thee, O my Lord, profiteth me not, and near access to anyone save Thyself availeth me nothing.

I entreat Thee by the plenteousness of Thy riches, whereby Thou didst dispense with all else except Thyself,

to number me with such as have set their faces towards Thee, and arisen to serve Thee.


Forgive, then, O my Lord, Thy servants and Thy handmaidens. Thou, truly, art

the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Compassionate.

- Bahá'u'lláh



O God our Lord! Protect us through Thy grace from whatsoever my be repugnant unto Thee,

and vouchsafe unto us that which well beseemeth Thee.

Give us more out of Thy bounty, and bless us. Pardon us for the things we have done,

and wash away our sins, and forgive us with Thy gracious forgiveness.

Verily, Thou art the Most Exalted, the Self-Subsisting.


Thy loving providence hath encompassed all created things in the heavens and on the earth,

and Thy forgiveness hath surpassed the whole creation.

Thine is sovereignty; in Thy hand are the Kingdoms of Creation and Revelation;

in Thy right hand Thou holdest all created things,

and within Thy grasp are the assigned measures of forgiveness.

Thou forgivest whomsoever among Thy servants Thou pleasest.

Verily, Thou art the Ever-Forgiving, the All-Loving.

Nothing whatsoever escapeth Thy knowledge, and naught is there which is hidden from Thee.


O God our Lord! Protect us through the potency of Thy might,

enable us to enter Thy wondrous surging ocean, and grant us that which well befitteth Thee.


Thou art the Sovereign Ruler, the Mighty Doer, the Exalted, the All-Loving.

- The Báb
 



Praise be unto Thee, O Lord.

Forgive us our sins, have mercy upon us and enable us to return unto Thee.

Suffer us not to rely on aught else besides Thee, and vouchsafe unto us, through Thy bounty,

that which Thou lovest and desirest and well beseemeth Thee.

Exalt the station of them that have truly believed, and forgive them with Thy gracious forgiveness.

Verily, Thou art the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

- The Báb



I beg Thee to forgive me, O my Lord, for every mention but the mention of Thee,

and for every praise but the praise of Thee,

and for every delight but delight in Thy nearness,

and for every pleasure but the pleasure of communion with Thee,

and for every joy but the joy of Thy love and of Thy good-pleasure,

and for all things pertaining unto me which bear no relationship unto Thee,

O Thou Who art the Lord of lords, He Who provideth the means and unlocketh the doors.

- The Báb



Glory be unto Thee, O God. How can I make mention of Thee while Thou art sanctified

from the praise of all mankind.

Magnified be Thy Name, O God, Thou art the King, the Eternal Truth;

Thou knowest what is in the heavens and on the earth, and unto Thee must all return.

Thou hast sent down Thy divinely ordained Revelation according to a clear measure.

Praised art Thou, O Lord! At Thy behest Thou dost render victorious whomsoever Thou willest,

through the hosts of heaven and earth and whatsoever existeth between them.

Thou art the Sovereign, the Eternal Truth, the Lord of invincible might.


Glorified art Thou, O Lord, Thou forgivest at all times the sins of such among Thy servants as implore Thy pardon.

Wash away my sins and the sins of those who seek Thy forgiveness at dawn,

who pray to Thee in the daytime and in the night season,

who yearn after naught save God, who offer up whatsoever God hath graciously bestowed upon them,

who celebrate Thy praise at morn and eventide, and who are not remiss in their duties.

- The Báb



I am aware, O Lord, that my trespasses have covered my face with shame in Thy presence,

and have burdened my back before Thee, have intervened between me

and Thy beauteous countenance,

have compassed me from every direction

and have hindered me on all sides from gaining access unto the revelations of Thy celestial power.


O Lord! If Thou forgivest me not, who is there then to grant pardon,

 and if Thou hast no mercy upon me who is capable of showing compassion?

Glory be unto Thee, Thou didst create me when I was non-existent

 and Thou didst nourish me while I was devoid of any understanding.

Praise be unto Thee, every evidence of bounty proceedeth from Thee

and every token of grace emanateth from the treasuries of Thy decree.

- The Báb



O Thou forgiving Lord! Thou art the shelter of all these Thy servants.

Thou knowest the secrets and art aware of all things.

We are all helpless, and Thou art the Mighty, the Omnipotent.

We are all sinners, and Thou art the Forgiver of sins, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

O Lord! Look not at our shortcomings. Deal with us according to Thy grace and bounty.

Our shortcomings are many, but the ocean of Thy forgiveness is boundless.

Our weakness is grievous, but the evidences of Thine aid and assistance are clear.

Therefore, confirm and strengthen us. Enable us to do that which is worthy of Thy holy Threshold.

Illumine our hearts, grant us discerning eyes and attentive ears. Resuscitate the dead and heal the sick.

Bestow wealth upon the poor and give peace and security to the fearful.

 Accept us in Thy kingdom and illumine us with the light of guidance.

Thou are the Powerful and the Omnipotent. Thou art the Generous.

Thou art the Clement. Thou art the Kind.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá



O my God, O my Lord, O my Master! I beg Thee to forgive me for seeking any pleasure save Thy love,

or any comfort except Thy nearness, or any delight besides Thy good-pleasure,

or any existence other than communion with Thee.

- The Báb


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