Imam ibn Nasir (q.s) was involved in many areas of Islamic knowledge such as fiqh, Arabic, kalam, tafsir and tasawwuf, He is founder of the Nasiriyya zawiyya of Tamegroute. He was a man of worship and of great devotion, scrupulous, and a zahid. People from east and west kept his company and posterity benefited through him. He had sound knowledge and illuminated insight as well as mastery and self-assurance. When he spoke his words were engraved on people’s hearts.Imam al-Yusi (q.s) [considered greatest Moroccan scholar of the seventeenth century] was one of disciples of Imam Ibn Nasir (q.s) has praised him abundantly in al-Muhadarat and al-Fihrist. He spoke of various Miracles which he saw concerning Imam Ibn Nasiq (q.s). The knowledge of Imam al-Yusi (q.s) was such that once when he and his son went on hajj in 1098 AH, they did not take anything(Islamic knowledge) from the scholars of the Muslim lands where they traveled. It is said that that was because they did not find anyone with more knowledge than them so that they could take from them. One of the desires of the great Maghribi scholars when they go on hajj and to Madina is to meet other scholars in the Muslim lands and take knowledge from them and their reports do not omit any scholar in that. So we recognise the scholarly position of Imam al-Yusi (q.s) from the fact that he did not take from anyone in his hajj journey and, therefore, we must, in turn, recognise the position of his shaykh Ibn Nasir (q.s) before whom al-Yusi (q.s) was so humble and with whom he studied and boasted of the fact that he was one of his shaykhs(masters) and whom he praised in his poems for his master. Shaykh Muhammad ibn Nasir, may Allah be pleased with him, died in 1085 AH and was succeeded by good descendants whose excellence had appeared during his lifetime.
This supplication, dua has been tried, tested and proven to relieve distress and to avert difficult situations, especially when they are societal and concern the affairs of all the Muslims. The people of Fez call it “The Sword of Ibn Nasir”. They used to teach it to the pupils in the Qur’anic kuttabs and they used it to seek refuge with Allah, using various tunes, in the time of the French oppression and occupation of Morocco. That is the custom of the Muslims: to seek refuge with Allah Almighty in times of hardship. Your Lord says, “Call on Me and I will answer you.” (Qur’an 40:60)
I’ve attached dua in original language, Arabic [PDF]. It can be downloaded from following link:
Translation of the Supplication as follows:
In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Merciful.
O Allah: (please do) bless Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad
1- O You to Whose mercy one flees!
You in Whom the one in need and distress seeks refuge!
2- O Master, You Whose pardon is near!
O You Who help all who call on Him!
3- We seek Your help, O You who help the weak!
You are enough for us, O Lord!
4- There is nothing more majestic than Your immense power
and nothing mightier than the might of Your force.
5- Kings are humbled to the might of Your domain
and You lower or elevate whomever You wish.
6- The entire affair returns to You,
and the release or conclusion of all matters is in Your hand.
7- We have presented our affair before You,
and we complain to You of our weakness.
8- Have mercy on us, O You Who know our weakness
and continue to be merciful.
9- Look at what we have experienced from people!
Our state among them is as You see.
10- Our troops are few and our wealth is little.
Our power has declined among groups.
11- They have weakened our solidarity and strength
and diminished our numbers and our preparation.
12- O You Whose kingdom cannot be pillaged,
give us shelter by Your rank which is never overcome!
13- O Succour of the poor, we trust in You!
O Cave of the weak, we rely on You!
14- You are the One on Whom We call to remove our adversities,
and You are the One we hope will dispel our sorrows.
15- You have such concern for us that we cannot hope
for protection which comes through any other door.
16- We rush to the door of Your bounty
and You honour the one You enrich by Your gift.
17- You are the One Who guides when we are misguided.
You are the One who pardons when we slip.
18- You have full knowledge of all You have created
and encompassing compassion, mercy and forbearance.
19- There is no one in existence more lowly than we are
nor poorer and more in need of what You have than us.
20- O you of vast kindness! O You Whose good encompasses all mankind, and no other is called on!
21- O Saviour of the drowning! O Compassionate!
O rescuer of the lost! O Gracious Bestower!
22- Words are lacking, O Hearing, O Answerer!
The cure is difficult, O Swift! O Near!
23- To you, our Lord, we have stretched out our hands
and from You, our Lord, we hope for kindness.
24- Be kind to us in what You decree
and let us be pleased with what pleases You.
25- O Allah, change the state of hardship
for ease and help us with the wind of victory.
26- Give us victory over the aggressors
and contain the evil among those who asked for it.
27- Overpower our enemy, O Mighty, with a force
which disorders them and crushes them.
28- Overturn what they desire and make their efforts fail,
defeat their armies and unsettle their resolve.
29- O Allah, hasten Your revenge among them
They cannot stand before Your power.
30- O Lord, O Lord, Our protection is by Your love,
and by the might of Your help.
31- Be for us and do not be against us.
Do not leave us to ourselves for a single instant.
32- We have no power of defence
nor have we any device to bring about our benefit.
33- We do not aim for other than Your noble door,
we do not hope for other than Your encompassing bounty.
34- Minds only hope for Your blessing
by the simple fact that you say ‘Be” and it is.
35- O Lord, O Lord, arrival is by You
to what You have and seeking the means is by You!
36- O Lord, You are our high pillar of support!
O Lord, You are our impregnable fortress.
37- O Lord, O Lord, give us security
when we travel and when we remain.
38- O Lord, preserve our crops and herds,
and preserve our trade and make our numbers more!
39- Make our land a land of the deen
and repose for the needy and the poor.
40- Give us force among the lands as well as respect,
impregnability and a polity.
41- Appoint it its might from the protected secret,
and grant it protection by the beautiful veiling .
42- By sad, qaf and nun,
place a thousand veils in front of it.
43- By the rank of the light of Your noble Face
and the rank of the secret of Your immense kingdom,
44- And the rank of ‘la ilaha illa’llah’
and the rank of the Best of Creation, O our Lord,
45- And the rank of that by which the Prophets prayed to You
and the rank of that by which the Awliya’ pray to you,
46- And the rank of the power of the Qutb and the Awtad
and the rank of the Jaras and Afrad,
47- And the rank of the Akhyar and the rank of Nujaba’
and the rank of the Abdal and the rank of the Nuqaba’,
48- And the rank of every one worshipping and doing dhikr
and the rank of everyone praising and giving thanks,
49- And the rank of everyone whose worth You elevated
both those who are concealed and those whose renown has spread,
50- And the ranks of the firm ayats of the Book
and the rank of the Greatest Supreme Name,
51- O Lord, O Lord, make us stand as fuqara’
before You, weak and lowly.
52- We call to You with the supplication of the one
who calls on a noble Lord who does not turn aside those who call.
53- Accept our supplication with Your pure grace,
with the acceptance of someone who sets aside the fair reckoning.
54- Bestow on us the favour of the Generous,
and show us the kindness of the Forbearing.
55- O Merciful, extend Your mercy over us
and spread Your blessing over us, O Generous.
56- Choose for us in all our words
and select for us in all our actions.
57- O Lord, make it our habit to cling and devote ourselves
to the resplendent Sunna.
58- Confine our manifold desires to You
and grant us full and complete gnosis.
59- Combine both knowledge and action for us,
and direct our hopes to the Abiding Abode.
60- O Lord, make us follow the road of the fortunate
and make our seal the Seal of the martyrs, O Lord!
61- Make our sons virtuous and righteous,
scholars with action and people of good counsel.
62- O Allah, remedy the situation of the people
and, O Allah, make the reunification easy.
63- O Lord, grant Your clear victory to the one
who takes charge and empowers the Deen,
64- And help him, O You Who are forbearing, and help his party
and fill his heart with what will make him pleasing to you.
65- O Lord, help our Muhammadan deen,
and make it end mighty as it began.
66- Preserve it, O Lord, through the preservation of the scholars,
and raise the minaret of its light to heaven.
67- Pardon, grant well-being, make up for our deficiency
and forgive our sins and the sins of every Muslim, O our Lord.
68- O Lord, bless the Chosen one
with your perfect prayer of blessing.
69- Your prayer is that which grants success in his business
as befits his lofty worth.
70- Then bless his noble family and glorious Companions
and those who have followed them.
71- Praise belongs to Allah by whose praise
those with an aim completely fulfil that aim.