Ya Qadir, Ya Muqtadir, Ya Adl
O You Who measure all
in the most beautiful proportion,
teach us Your Wisdom
what to do when,
how much or how little.
May we water the roses,
not the thorns,
except enough to protect
the tender branches
and feed the camels,
who find there their sustenance.
So well You have ordered
let us not overstep our bounds
assuming we have power
to override Your laws
of nature and their
when we step over
to gain more
of anything in our rush
Let us not sell our souls for such a little price—
when You have poured
such elegance and grace
into these vessels of Your Love—
what a Treasure You have measured
into these hearts!
We are in awe
of the power that can come
to us, even in the night,
when we are listening,
even as Muhammad
in the cave—
hearts melt in Your Light.
The dross flows away
and we are bright
in the Truth of Your Giving,
always of the Best—
may we recognize it in each other
and belittle no one,
honoring all that You have made,
for You are al Muqtadir,
the Supreme in Power
and in Love,
and can intimate Yourself
into the smallest of us.
Atoms whirl within Your Grace.
Your energy keeps us going,
searching, and knowing
upon the wings of the angels
singing in the dawn.
~ Camille Hamilton Adams Helminski
Ya Qadir, O Pourer of Power
Ya Muqtadir, O Supremely Powerful Determiner of Existence
Ya Adl, O You Who Are Completely Just
He/She is the Sustainer of the worlds.
He/She established the mountains standing high above it
and bestowed blessings on the earth,
and measured all things there to give them nourishment in due proportion.
Have We not created you out of an infinitesimal fluid,
which We then let remain in [the womb’s] firm keeping for a determined term?
Thus have We determined [the nature of the human being],
and felicitous indeed is Our power to determine!
“O my people! measure and weigh justly
and don’t deprive people of what is rightfully theirs;
and don’t act harmfully on earth, spreading corruption.
That which rests with God is best for you
if you would have faith!”
[11:84-85, saying of the Prophet Shu‘ayb]
And He/She has made in service to you as a gift from Him/Her
all that is in the heavens and on earth:
witness, truly, in that are signs for those who reflect.
Tell those who have faith to forgive
those who do not consider the coming of the Days of God:
it is for Him/Her to recompense each People
according to what they have earned.
If anyone does a righteous deed it is to his/her own benefit;
if he/she does harm it works against his/her own soul.
In the end you will all be brought back to your Sustainer.
Truly, in the Messenger of God you have a beautiful standard
for anyone whose hope is in God and the Day of Return
and who remembers God unceasingly.
Whatever is in the heavens and on earth
declares the praises and glory of God:
to Hu belongs all sovereignty and to Hu belongs all praise,
and Hu has power over all things.
And to everyone who is conscious of God, God always prepares a way of emergence,
and provides for him/her in ways he/she could never imagine;
and for everyone who places trust in God, God is sufficient.
For God will surely accomplish His/Her purpose:
truly, for all things has God appointed an appropriate measure.
In the Name of God, the Infinitely Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful
We have indeed revealed this during the Night of Power.1
And what will explain to you what the Night of Power is?
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
Within it the angels descend bearing divine inspiration
by God’s permission upon every mission:
Peace! . . . This until the rise of dawn!
1 The night during which the Prophet Muhammad received the first revelation of the Qur’an is referred to as the “Night of Power”. Historically, it is recognized as one of the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan, probably the 27th. Yet, a “Night of Power” may arrive any moment, a night when inspiration and closeness with one’s Sustainer are present, so one is ever watchful for the arrival of that infinite blessing.