Sunset Dua

Imam al-Sadiq (`a) is reported to have said, “When the color of the sun changes (i.e. the sun is about to set), you must remember Allah the Almighty and Majestic. If you are at that hour with one who preoccupies you from this, you must leave him and supplicate.

امْسَىٰ ظُلْمِي مُسْتَجِيراً بِعَفْوِكَ
In this evening, my wrongdoing is taking shelter in Your pardon,
وَامْسَتْ ذُنُوبِي مُسْتَجِيرَةً بِمَغْفِرَتِكَ
my sins are taking shelter in Your forgiveness,
وَامْسىٰ خَوْفِي مُسْتَجِيراً بِامَانِكَ
my fear is taking shelter in Your security,
وَامْسَىٰ ذُلِّي مُسْتَجِيراً بِعِزِّكَ
my humility is taking shelter in Your dignity,
وَامْسَىٰ فَقْرِي مُسْتَجِيراً بِغِنَاكَ
my poverty is taking shelter in Your richness,
وَامْسَىٰ وَجْهِيَ ٱلْبَالِي مُسْتَجِيراً بِوَجْهِكَ ٱلدَّائِمِ ٱلْبَاقِي
and my mortal face is taking shelter in Your Face, the Undying and Perpetual.
اللَّهُمَّ الْبِسْنِي عَافِيَتَكَ
O Allah, (please) dress me with Your wellbeing,
وَغَشِّنِي بِرَحْمَتِكَ
cover me with Your mercy,
وَجَلِّلْنِي كَرَامَتَكَ
overshadow me with Your honoring,
وَقِنِي شَرَّ خَلْقِكَ مِنَ ٱلْجِنِّ وَٱلإِنْسِ
and protect me against the evils of Your creatures—jinn and men.
يَا اللَّهُ يَا رَحْمٰنُ يَا رَحِيمُ
O Allah! O All-beneficent! O All-merciful!
Another supplication to be said at sunset is the following:
يَا مَنْ خَتَمَ ٱلنُّبُوَّةَ بِمُحَمَّدٍ
O He Who has sealed the Prophethood with Muhammad,
صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ
Allah may bless him and his Household,
إِخْتِمْ لِي فِي يَوْمِي هٰذَا بِخَيْرٍ
(please) seal with goodness this day of mine,
وَشَهْرِي بِخَيْرٍ
this month of mine,
وَسَنَتِي بِخَيْرٍ
this year of mine,
وَعُمْرِي بِخَيْرٍ
and my entire lifetime.
You may say the words of professing that there is no god save Allah and the words of seeking His protection, which will be mentioned in the coming chapter about the supplications in mornings and evenings. You may then put your hand on the head and pass it over your face. You may then hold your beard and say the following
احَطْتُ عَلَىٰ نَفْسِي وَاهْلِي
I include myself, my family,
وَمَالِي وَوَلَدِي
my property, and my sons,
مِنْ غَائِبٍ وَشَاهِدٍ
both the absent and the present
بِٱللَّهِ ٱلَّذِي لاَ إِلٰهَ إِلاََّ هُوَ
with Allah save Whom there is no god,
عَالِمُ ٱلْغَيْبِ وَٱلشَّهَادَةِ
the Knower of the unseen and the seen,
ٱلرَّحْمٰنُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ
the All-beneficent, the All-merciful,
ٱلْحَيُّ ٱلْقَيُّومُ
the Ever-living, the Self-subsisting.
لاَ تَاخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلاَ نَوْمٌ
Slumber does not overtake Him nor sleep.
لَهُ مَا فِي ٱلسَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي ٱلارْضِ
Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His.
مَنْ ذَا ٱلَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِهِ
Who is he that can intercede with Him but by His permission?
يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ ايْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ
He knows what is before them and what is behind them,
وَلا يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلاَّ بِمَا شَاءَ
and they cannot comprehend anything out of His knowledge except what He pleases.
وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ ٱلسَّمَاوَاتِ وَٱلارْضَ
His knowledge extends over the heavens and the earth,
وَلاَ يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا
and the preservation of them both tires Him not,
وَهُوَ ٱلْعَلِيُّ ٱلْعَظِيمُ
and He is the Most High, the Great.