The Friend Beside Me

by Khwaja Abdullah Ansari

English version by A.G. Farhadi
Original Language Persian/Farsi

O God
You know why I am happy:
     It is because I seek Your company,
     not through my own efforts.

O God,
You decided and I did not.
     I found the Friend beside me
     when I woke up!

-- from Munajat: The Intimate Invocations, by Sheikh Ansari / Translated by A. G. Farhadi

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