Qasida | The Nasiri du’a – الدعاء الناصري

Qasida | The Nasiri du’a – الدعاء الناصري

The Nasiri du'a - الدعاء الناصري

The Prayer of the Opressed
By Imam Muhammad b. Nasir al-Dar'i
الدعاء الناصري للإمام العارف سيدي محمد بن ناصر الدرعي

Shifa ul quloob quloub qulub

Arabic-English (1)

Translation of Shaykh Hamza Yusuf from
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Arabic-English (2)

Translation of Aisha Bewley from
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Other renderings
Muhsin Norosh (Lines 51-71)


The Nasiri Du’a is a poem by the renowned Sufi Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Nasir. It is a plea to God that our transgressions be overlooked, that divine mercy be bestowed upon us, that social justice be restored in spite of us, that wrongs be righted, and that righteousness reign once again in our lands, so that the destitute may no longer be in need, the young may be educated, the animals’ purpose fulfilled, rain restored, and bounties poured forth. It is a plea to be freed from the aggression of foreigners in lands over which they have no right – a plea much needed in our modern world, rampant as it is with invasions and territorial occupations. Ultimately, it asks not that our enemies be destroyed, but simply that their plots, and the harm they cause, be halted. Its essence is mercy, which in turn is the essence of the Messenger of God, Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him: “And We have only sent you as a mercy to all the worlds.”

This powerfuö prayer was recited across Morocco and inspired resistance to the French Occupation. So powerful was it that the French President had to issue an order banning its recitation from the mosques. Moroccans date the movement to return King Muhammad from that outlawing of the du’a.

Bahr: Rajazالرجز
مستفعلن مستفعلن مستفعلن
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