Prayers (Dua), Mannat and Nazar

We have made an attempt to briefly compile masomeen-aswss’ traditions related to this enormously vast subject.  A large number of supplications, not included here, may be found in various books dedicated to this subject.  For example, Imam Zainul Abadeen’s-asws recommended prayers are included in ‘Sahifa’s Sajjadia/Kamila’.  Supplications for carrying out specific practices, e.g., before/after fasting, Hajj, may be found in the articles where these topics are discussed.  Hence, this article presents general supplications, with some background and examples of ‘Mannat and Nazar’, which we usually recite and undertake to commit in our daily lives.

We have been asked to pray to Allah-azwj and His Divine representatives (Masomeen-asws) for all our needs in this world as well as in the hereafter.  It, however, makes no difference if one directs his prayers to Allah-azwj through intercession of Masomeen-asws or directly to Masomeen-asws, as we will present traditions later on, but certainly, prayers, without intercession of Masomeen-asws, are not answered by Allah-azwj. We have added a brief explanation on the latter aspects in the Appendix I.  We present below, Verses from the Holy Quran and traditions of Masomeen-asws on various topics under ‘Dua, Nazar and Mannat’.

وَقَالَ رَبُّكُمُ ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ عَنْ عِبَادَتِي سَيَدْخُلُونَ جَهَنَّمَ دَاخِرِينَ (40:60)

Your Lord has said: ‘Pray to Me; I shall respond to you.  The ones who are too proud to worship Me will enter Hell abjectly![1]

قُلْ إِنَّ رَبِّي يَبْسُطُ الرِّزْقَ لِمَنْ يَشَاءُ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ وَيَقْدِرُ لَهُ وَمَا أَنْفَقْتُمْ مِنْ شَيْءٍ فَهُوَ يُخْلِفُهُ وَهُوَ خَيْرُ الرَّازِقِينَ (34:39)

Say: ‘My Lord extends sustenance to anyone He wishes among His servants and He budgets it out.  He will compensate you for anything you have spent since He is the best Provider.[2]

علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن عثمان بن عيسى، عمن حدثه، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: قلت: آيتان في كتاب الله عز وجل أطلبهما فلا أجدهما قال: وما هما؟ قلت: قول الله عز وجل: ” ادعوني أستجب لكم (2) ” فندعوه ولا نرى إجابة، قال: أفترى الله عز وجل أخلف وعده؟ قلت: لا، قال: فمم ذلك؟ قلت: لا أدري، قال: لكني اخبرك، من أطاع الله عز وجل فيما أمره ثم دعاه من جهة الدعاء أجابه، قلت وما جهة الدعاء قال: تبدأ فتحمد الله وتذكر نعمه عندك ثم تشكره ثم تصلي على النبي (صلى الله عليه وآله) ثم تذكر ذنوبك فتقر بها ثم تستعيذ منها (3) فهذا جهة الدعاء ثم قال: وما الآية الاخرى؟ قلت: قول الله عز وجل: ” وما أنفقتم من شئ فهو يخلفه وهو خير الرازقين (4) ” وإني انفق ولا أرى خلفا، قال: أفترى الله عز وجل أخلف وعده؟ قلت: لا، قال: فمم ذلك؟ قلت لا أدري، قال: لو أن أحدكم اكتسب المال من حله وأنفقه في حله (5) لم ينفق درهما إلا اخلف عليه

A companion of Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws visited Imam-asws and said, there are two verses in Quran, which I have tried to understand without any success.  Imam-asws asked which are those verses?  He replied, one of these ‘Pray to Me and I shall respond to you’ (60:40).  We pray but our prayers are not answered.  Imam-asws asked, Do you think, ‘Allah-azwj does not keep His promises?  The narrator replied, no, Mola-asws. Then why it is like this? He replied ‘I do not understand it’? Imam-asws said, let me explain it to you.  Prayers of the one are always accepted; who obeys Allah-azwj and makes prayers appropriately.  The narrator asked; please inform me how to made prayers properly?  Imam-asws replied, start your supplications with praising Allah-azwj, thanking Him-azwj for what Allah-azwj has blessed you with, and then sending ‘Salawat’ on Nabi-saww, then (humiliate yourself) by remembering your sins, and then pray to Allah-azwj, this is the proper way of praying.

Imam-asws then asked which is the second Verse?  He replied, ‘He will compensate you for anything you have spent since He is the best Provider (34:39)’ but I spend without getting it back.  Imam-asws said, Do you mean Allah-azwj will not honour His-azwj words? He replied, No, He will. My Mola-asws, then asked him why don’t you get back what you spend? He replied, I do not know.  Imam-asws replied whoever would earn through legitimate means, among you, and then would spend to please Allah-azwj, Allah-azwj will reward him enormously even if he spends one ‘Dirham’ in His-azwj Cause.[3]

محمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى، عن ابن فضال، عن ابن بكير، عن محمد بن مسلم قال:

 قال أبو عبد الله (عليه السلام): إن في كتاب أمير المؤمنين (صلوات الله عليه): إن المدحة قبل المسألة

 فإذا دعوت الله عز وجل فمجده، قلت: كيف امجده؟ قال: تقول: ” يا من هو أقرب إلي من حبل الوريد،

 يا فعالا لما يريد، يا من يحول بين المرء وقلبه، يا من هو بالمنظر الاعلى يا من هو ليس كمثله شئ “.

  • It is narrated from Imam Abu Abdullah-asws that it is written in the book of Amir-ul-Momaneen-asws that one should praise Allah-azwj prior to making a prayer.  When you want to make a prayer, then praise Allah-azwj by saying, Ya Allah-azwj, You-azwj are closer to me than my jugular vein, You-azwj are the One who brings to reality every one’s desires, You-azwj are the One who lives between human and his heart, You-azwj are the One whose attributes are higher than the heights we can ever imagine, You-azwj are the One whose resemblance cannot be found in anything else.[4]

عدة من أصحابنا، عن أحمد بن محمد، عن عثمان بن عيسى، عن إسحاق بن عمار قال: قلت لابي عبد الله

 (عليه السلام) أكون أدعو فأشتهي البكاء ولا يجيئني وربما ذكرت بعض من مات من أهلي فأرق وأبكي فهل

 يجوز ذلك؟ فقال: نعم فتذكرهم فإذا رققت فابك وادع ربك تبارك وتعالى.

  • Ahmed bin Mohammed narrates from his companions, who heard from Usman bin Isa, who from Ishaq bin Amar, who asked from Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws that some times I have a desire to shed tears prior to making a prayer but I cannot.  So, as a solution, I try to remember one of my deceased relatives in order to soften my heart and this brings tears in my eyes. Is it appropriate prior to approaching Allah-azwj?  Imam-asws replied, Yes, one should always remember to first make his heart soft and better wait until he starts crying and only then its appropriate to pray to Allah-azwj.[5]

علي بن إبراهيم، عن ابيه، عن حماد بن عيسى، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: سمعته يقول: ادع ولا تقل:

 قد فرغ من الامر فإن الدعاء هو العبادة إن الله عز وجل يقول: ” إن الذين يستكبرون عن عبادتي سيدخلون

جهنم داخرين ” وقال: ” ادعوني أستجب لكم

  • Ali bin Ibrahim says, he heard from his sister who from Hamad bin Isa, who says that Imam Abi Abdullah-asws said: ‘It is better for you to keep on praying and do not say ‘if it’s written, it will occur’, including whatever has happened or to occur in the future’.  Prayer in itself is an act of worship, as Allah-azwj Says those who refrain from my worship due to their arrogance, will soon be thrown, with humiliation, into hell fire.  You keep on praying to Me and I will accept your prayers.[6]

قال: قال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله): الدعاء سلاح المؤمن وعمود الدين ونور السماوات والارض

  • Rasool Allah-saww said, Prayer is a momin’s useful tool, it forms the foundation of religion and it is the ‘Noor’ of the earth and the heavens.[7]

علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن ابن أبي عمير، عن هشام بن سالم قال: قال أبو عبد الله (عليه السلام): هل تعرفون طول البلاء من قصره؟ قلنا: لا، قال: إذا الهم أحد [ كم ] الدعاء عند البلاء فاعلموا أن البلاء قصير

  • Ali bin Ibrahim narrates from Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws that Imam-asws asked: Do you know how an intense hardship is removed from you?  Then explained himself, when Allah-azwj sends a message to your heart to pray! (At that instant) Believe, you have been saved from immense distress.[8]

عدة من أصحابنا، عن سهل بن زياد، عن جعفر بن محمد الاشعري، عن ابن القداح، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: قال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله: لا تجعلوني كقدح الراكب فإن الراكب يملا قدحه فيشربه إذا شاء، اجعلوني في أول الدعاء وفي آخره وفي وسطه  

  • It is narrated form Imam Abu-Abdullah-asws that Rasool Allah-saww said’ Do not treat me like traveller’s water-vessel, as he would drink out of it whenever feeling thirsty.  Implying, remember me in the beginning, middle and end of your prayers.[9]

أبو علي الاشعري، عن محمد بن حسان، عن أبي عمران الازدي، عن عبد الله ابن الحكم، عن معاوية بن عمار،

 عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: من قال: يا رب صل على محمد وآل محمد مائة مرة قضيت له مائة حاجة

 ثلاثون للدنيا [ والباقي للآخرة ].

  • It is narrated from Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws that Allah-azwj will fulfil 100 requirements of a momin, 30 in this world and the rest in the hereafter, who would say, ‘ Ya Rab-e-Salay Alla Mohammed (diun) wa Allay Mohammed’.[10]

Make Prayers Before engulfing into Difficulties:

محمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى، عن علي بن الحكم، عن هشام ابن سالم، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: من تقدم في الدعاء استجيب له إذا نزل به البلاء، وقالت الملائكة: صوت معروف ولم يحجب عن السماء ومن لم يتقدم في الدعاء لم يستجب له إذا نزل به البلاء، وقالت الملائكة: إن ذا الصوت لا نعرفه

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said, his prayers are answered who prays prior to facing difficulties. Even if he prays after being struck with hardships, the angles say, yes, we are familiar with his voice, he is the one who regularly prays.  But when a person, who does not regularly pray, is affected by difficulties and prays upon facing them, angles do not respond to his prayers and say we are not familiar with his voice.[11]

It is Important to Mention what One Needs in Prayers:

علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن ابن أبي عمير، عن أبي عبد الله الفراء، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: إن الله تبارك وتعالى يعلم ما يريد العبد إذا دعاه ولكنه يحب أن تبث إليه الحوائج فإذا دعوت فسم حاجتك، وفي حديث آخر قال: قال: إن الله عز وجل يعلم حاجتك وما تريد ولكن يحب أن تبث إليه الحوائج

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said: Allah-azwj likes his servant to iterate what his needs are, although Allah-azwj is fully aware of his requirements.  Thus keep on mentioning your necessities in your prayers.[12]

علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن ابن أبي عمير، عن هشام بن سالم، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: إن

 الله عز وجل يقول: من شغل بذكري عن مسألتي أعطيته أفضل ما اعطي من سألني

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said, Allah-azwj Says in ‘Hadith-e-Kudsi’, I would give him more who does not mention Me his needs due to extensive indulgence in my remembrance as compared with those who ask for their needs from Me-azwj.[13]

عدة من أصحابنا، عن أحمد بن محمد، عن محمد بن إسماعيل، عن منصور بن يونس، عن هارون بن خارجة،

 عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: إن العبد ليكون له الحاجة إلى الله عز وجل فيبدأ بالثناء على الله والصلاة

 على محمد وآل محمد حتى ينسى حاجته فيقضيها الله له من غير أن يسأله إياها

  • Imam Abu Abdullah-asws said: Who intends to request Allah-azwj and starts supplications but then forgets mentioning his needs while praising Allah-azwj and sending Salawat upon Mohammed-saww and Alay Mohammed-asws.  Allah-azwj will fulfil his requirements even if he does not pray for those.[14]

Praying Together:

علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن علي بن معبد، عن عبيدالله بن عبد الله الواسطي، عن درست بن أبي منصور، عن أبي خالد قال: قال أبو عبد الله (عليه السلام): ما من رهط أربعين رجلا اجتمعوا فدعوا الله عز وجل في أمر إلا استجاب الله لهم، فإن لم يكونوا أربعين فأربعة يدعون الله عز وجل عشر مرات إلا استجاب الله لهم، فإن لم يكونوا أربعة فواحد يدعو الله أربعين مرة فيستجيب الله العزيز الجبار له

  • It is narrated from Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws that Allah-azwj will accept a ‘Dua’ when it is sent to Him collectively by 40 momaneen, if there are not 40 but 4 then they should repeat the prayer for 10 times.  Allah-azwj would accept it even if one person would repeat it 40 times.[15]

عدة من أصحابنا، عن أحمد بن محمد بن خالد، عن محمد بن علي، عن يونس ابن يعقوب، عن عبد الاعلى، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: ما اجتمع أربعة رهط قط على أمر واحد فدعوا [ الله ] إلا تفرقوا عن إجابة

  • Also Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-azwj said, if 4 people, pray to Allah-azwj, after agreeing on a matter, their prayer is accepted, even before they disperse.[16]

عنه، عن الحجال، عن ثعلبة، عن علي بن عقبة، عن رجل، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: كان أبي (عليه السلام) إذا حزنه (1) أمر جمع النساء والصبيان ثم دعا وأمنوا

  • Imam Abu Abdullah-asws said, whenever my father would be troubled by something, Imam-asws would gather women and boys, from family, around him and pray to Allah-azwj and they all say Amen.[17]

For Acceptance of Prayers Include other Momaneen:

عدة من أصحابنا، عن سهل بن زياد، عن جعفر بن محمد الاشعري، عن ابن القداح، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: قال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله): إذا دعا أحدكم فليعم، فإنه أوجب للدعاء.

  • Imam Abu Abdullah-asws said, Rasool Allah-saww has recommended including other ‘Momaneen’ in one’s prayers in order to remove ‘hijaab’ (obstructions) in the way of his prayers to be accepted.[18]

علي بن محمد، عن ابن جمهور، عن أبيه، عن رجاله قال: قال أبو عبد الله (عليه السلام): من كانت له إلى الله عز وجل حاجة فليبدأ بالصلاة على محمد وآله، ثم يسأل حاجته، ثم يختم بالصلاة على محمد وآل محمد، فإن الله عز وجل أكرم من أن يقبل الطرفين ويدع الوسط إذ [ ا ] كانت الصلاة على محمد وآل محمد لا تحجب عنه

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said:  Whoever wants his prayers to be heard, he should send Salawat on Mohammed-saww and Allay Mohammed-asws, then ask for what he needs, and then recite Salawat.  It is beyond Allah-azwj’s mercy to accept the initial and final part of the prayers and leave out the middle portion.  In fact there is nothing in the way of Salawat to reach Allah-azwj.[19]

علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن ابن أبي عمير، عن الحسين بن المختار، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: قال أبو عبد الله (عليه السلام): الذاكر لله عز وجل في الغافلين كالمقاتل في المحاربين

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said, He is like the warrior against the enemies of Islam who does ‘Zikr Allah’ in the company of ‘non-religious’ folks.[20]

Momin’s Prayers are accepted but are Rewarded after Specific Delay:

علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن ابن أبي عمير، عن إسحاق بن أبي هلال المدائني، عن حديد، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: إن العبد ليدعو فيقول الله عز وجل للملكين: قد استجبت له ولكن احبسوه بحاجته، فإني احب أن أسمع صوته وإن العبد ليدعو فيقول الله تبارك وتعالى: عجلوا له حاجته فاني أبغض صوته

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said, when a momin prays to Allah-azwj, Allah-azwj accepts his prayers but Tells His angles to delay in giving him what I have rewarded to him, as I like to hear his supplications.  But when a person, who is disliked by Allah-azwj asks for something from Him-azwj, Allah-azwj tells to His angels, ‘Give him what he wants! I-azwj do not like his voice (I-azwj want him to go away).[21]

الحسين بن محمد، عن أحمد بن إسحاق، عن سعدان بن مسلم، عن إسحاق ابن عمار، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: إن المؤمن ليدعو الله عز وجل في حاجته فيقول الله عز وجل أخروا إجابته، شوقا إلى صوته ودعائه، فإذا كان يوم القيامة قال الله عز وجل: عبدي! دعوتني فأخرت إجابتك وثوابك كذا وكذا ودعوتني

في كذا وكذا فأخرت إجابتك وثوابك كذاو كذا، قال: فيتمنى المؤمن أنه لم يستجب له دعوة في الدنيا حسن الثواب

  • In another tradition, Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said: When a monin prays to Allah-azwj, Allah-azwj asks His angles to delay in rewarding his requests and says I-azwj am fond of his voice and look forward to his supplications.  On the Day of Judgement, Allah-azwj will say to this Momin, I had delayed in giving you what you asked for in your prayers, but now I will reward you many many times more.   Upon looking at the reward Momin will says I prefer it here as compared with, if my prayers were heard in the previous world.[22]

 ابن أبي عمير، عن هشام بن سالم، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: كان بين قول الله عز وجل: ” قد اجيبت دعوتكما (5) ” وبين أخذ فرعون أربعين عاما

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said, the prayers of Musaas and Haroonas were heard but the implementation was not done until after 40 years when Allah-azwj’s wrath was sent to Faros.[23]

ابن أبي عمير، عن إبراهيم، بن عبد الحميد، عن أبي بصير قال: سمعت أبا عبد الله (عليه السلام) يقول: إن المؤمن ليدعو فيؤخر إجابته إلى يوم الجمعة

  • Imam Abu Abdullah-asws said, Momin should offer supplications, but there will be delay in the acceptance, until the next Friday.[24]

علي بن محمد، عن أحمد بن الحسين، عن علي بن الريان، عن عبيد الله بن عبد الله الدهقان قال: دخلت على أبي الحسن الرضا (عليه السلام) فقال لي: ما معنى قوله: ” وذكر اسم ربه فصلى (4) ” قلت: كلما ذكر اسم ربه قام فصلى، فقال لي: لقد كلف الله عز وجل هذا شططا (1) فقلت: جعلت فداك فكيف هو؟ فقال: كلما ذكر اسم ربه صلى على محمد وآله

  • Ali bin Mohammed narrates through a chain of narrators that Imam Ali bin Musa-asws was asked about the following Verse:

وَذَكَرَ اسْمَ رَبِّهِ فَصَلَّى (87:15)

And he mentioned his Lord’s name and offered his prayers (87-15).

Imam-asws asked Abdullah how would you explain the meanings of this Verse?  Abdullah said, upon reading this Verse one should stand up and offer Salat.  Imam-asws said, Allah-azwj will not put his servants in hardship.  Abdullah responded, may I be your ransom, please tell me what are its meanings, Imam-asws replied, its meanings are that one should send Salawat on Mohammed-saww and Alay Mohammed-asws, upon reciting Allah-asws’s ‘Ism’ (Name).[25]

Remembering Allah-azwj and Masomeen-asws in a Gathering is Compulsary:

حميد بن زياد، عن الحسن بن محمد بن سماعة، عن وهيب بن حفص، عن أبي بصير، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: ما اجتمع في مجلس قوم لم يذكروا الله عز وجل ولم يذكرونا إلا كان ذلك المجلس حسرة عليهم يوم القيامة، ثم قال: [ قال ] أبو جعفر (عليه السلام): إن ذكرنا من ذكر الله وذكر عدونا من ذكر الشيطان

  • Imam Abu Abdullah-asws said, those will regret in the hereafter who neither mention Allah-azwj nor us-asws in their gatherings.  In another tradition, Imam Mohammed Baqir-asws said our ‘Zikr’ is Allah-azwj’s ‘Zikr’ and our enemies ‘Zikr’ is the ‘Zikr’ of Iblis-la.[26]

أبو علي الاشعري، عن محمد بن عبد الجبار، عن صفوان بن يحيى، عن حسين بن زيد، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: قال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله): ما من قوم اجتمعوا في مجلس فلم يذكروا اسم الله عز وجل ولم يصلوا على نبيهم إلا كان ذلك المجلس حسرة ووبالا عليهم

  • Imam Abu Abdullah-asws said, they will surely be hit by the loss and the un-fulfilment who get together but neither mention the ‘Ism’ (name) of Allah-azwj nor send Salawat on Mohammed-saww and Alay Mohammed-asws.[27]

عدة من أصحابنا، عن سهل بن زياد، عن ابن محبوب، عن ابن رئاب عن الحلبي، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام)

 قال: لا بأس بذكر الله وأنت تبول فإن ذكر الله عز وجل حسن على كل حال فلا تسأم من ذكر الله

  • Imam Abu Abdullah-asws said, one should remember Allah-azwj under all circumstances, and should not refrain from remembering Him-azwj even while urinating.  Thus remember Him without any interruptions.[28]

محمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى، عن ابن محبوب، عن عبد الله بن سنان، عن أبي حمزة، عن أبي جعفر (عليه السلام) قال: مكتوب في التوراة التي لم تغير أن موسى سأل ربه فقال: إلهي إنه يأتي علي مجالس اعزك واجلك أن أذكرك فيها، فقال: يا موسى إن ذكري حسن على كل حال

  • It is narrated from Imam Mohammed Baqir-asws that it is written in the unaltered Torrah that Hazrat Musaas said, O Lord, sometimes I am at those places where I find it inappropriate to mention You, ‘Izza wa Jallah’ (Your greatness and authority).  Allah-azwj replied, O Musa, Mentioning me is better under all conditions.[29]

عنه، عن ابن فضال، عن غالب بن عثمان، عن بشير الدهان، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: قال الله عز وجل: يا ابن آدم اذكرني في ملاء أذكرك في ملاء خير من ملئك 

  • Imam Abu Abdullah-asws said:  Allah-azwj said in a ‘Hadith-e-Kudsi’ O son of Adam! You remember me in your gatherings and I will remember you in the company of my best angels.[30]

حميد بن زياد، عن ابن سماعة، عن وهيب بن حفص، عن أبي بصير، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال:

 شيعتنا الذين إذا خلوا ذكروا الله كثيرا

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said:  Our Shias are those who remember Allah-azwj in their solitude.[31]

محمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى، عن علي بن الحكم، عن سيف بن عميرة، عن بكر بن أبي بكر،

عن زرارة بن أعين، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: تسبيح فاطمة الزهراء (عليها السلام) من الذكر الكثير

 الذي قال الله عز وجل: ” اذكروا الله ذكرا كثيرا “.

  • Imam Abu Abdullah-asws said: the ‘Tasbeeh-e-Fatimah’ is that ‘Zikr-e-Kaseer’ (extensive remembrance of Allah-azwj) for which Allah-azwj Says: ‘Remember Me extensively’.[32]

محمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى، عن محمد بن إسماعيل، عن محمد ابن الفضيل، عن أبي الصباح الكناني، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: يموت المؤمن بكل ميتة إلا الصاعقة، لا تأخذه وهو يذكر الله عز وجل

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said, a momin will die from many causes but will not become victim of lightening, provided he does ‘Zikr Allah-azwj[33]

Prayers for the Day and Night:

عدة من أصحابنا، عن أحمد بن محمد بن خالد، عن منصور بن العباس، عن سعيد بن جناح قال: حدثني أبو مسعود، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: من قال أربع مرات إذا أصبح: الحمد الله رب العالمين، فقد أدى شكر يومه ومن قالها إذا أمسى فقد أدى شكر ليلته

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said: Whoever says in the morning 4 times ‘Al Hamdo lillah hay Rabil Alameen’ he has thanked (Shukar) for the bounties of the day and if he would repeat it in the evening, he has thanked for the blessings of the night.[34]

Astagfar (Asking for Forgiveness):

علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن النوفلي، عن السكوني، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: قال رسول (صلى الله عليه وآله): خير الدعاء الاستغفار

  • It is referred to Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws that Rasool Allah-saww said, Istagfar (Seeking forgiveness) is the best prayer.[35]
  • Imam Mohammed Baqir-asws said whoever would recite the following ‘kalamat’ (words) three time prior to shifting his posture after compulsory prayers, Allah-azwj will forgive all his sins, even if were like the froth of a river:

‘Astagfar-llah lazi la Ay Laha Illa howal Hayyul Qaiyuum Zuljalalay wal Ikram wa Tubo Illay’.[36]

Praying for a Momin who is Away:

  • Imam Mohammed Baqir-asws said, the prayer, which is quickly accepted is the one recited for a Momin brother who is away, as it is free from any element of flattery.[37]

وَيَسْتَجِيبُ الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَيَزِيدُهُمْ مِنْ فَضْلِهِ وَالْكَافِرُونَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ (26)

He accepts their prayers who embraced (true) beliefs and perform honourable deeds, and adds even more for them out of His bounty, while disbelievers will have severe torment (42-26).

Imam Mohammed Baqir-asws explained the above Verse’ ‘He accepts their prayers who embraced true belief and perform honourable deeds, Allah-azwj adds even more to their ‘Rizk’ out of His bounty’.  Imam-asws said, it is about that Momin who would pray for his brother, in his absence, an angel would say ‘Amen’ and Allah-azwj Says I will give twice as much as you have asked for your brother, I will fulfil your requests because you love your brother-in-Aman.[38]

Those Whose Prayers are Answered:

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws says, my Father-asws used to say that the prayers of the following five are never rejected by Allah-azwj, 1) Imam-e-Adal, 2) Oppressed , as Allah-azwj says I will take your revenge even if after some delay, 3) the prayer of pious children in the favour of their parents, 4) prayer of the devout parents in the favour of their children, 5) prayer of a momin for his brother, in his absence, and Allah-azwj Says take the same what you like for him.[39]

Those Whose Prayers are Not Answered:

  • Imam Abu Abdullah-azwj said the prayers of these four are not answered: 1) the one who sits at home and expect Allah-azwj will give him sustenance, Allah-azwj says, ‘didn’t I ask you to go out in the search of sustenance’, 2) the one who would ask for the destruction of his wife, Allah-azwj says Didnt I give you the right to divorce her, 3) the one who would spend his resources in inappropriate way and ask Allah-azwj for sustenance, he would be told by Allah-azwj, didn’t I asked you to observe moderation and correct your ways, 4) the one who has given out loan without a witness, he will be told by Allah-azwj didn’t I asked you to arrange for a witness.[40]

Praying for the Destruction Ahlul Bait-asws’s Enemies:

  • Younis bin Amar says, ‘I told Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws, during Hajj time, about my neighbour who was from Qurash family ‘Alay Mohraz’ who always tries to talk ill about me, would like to tease me and whenever I pass near him, he would say, this man is ‘Rafazi’ who informs Jafar bin Mohammed-asws about his all affairs.  Imam-asws replied ask for Allah -azwj’s wrath on that man, Imam-asws taught me, ‘when you are in the last prostration ‘Sajjadah’, after reciting first two parts ‘Rakat’, then say the following after praising Allah-azwj:

Ya Allah-azwj, that son of such has made me infamous and has troubled me and has annoyed me and has tried to embroiled me into troubles.  Ya Allah-azwj, inflict him with your wrath so that his attentions are turned away from me, bring death closer to him, and take away his influence and authority and please do it to him in haste.

When I came back to my home in Kufa, I asked about him from my family, they told me he is very ill, while they have not finished telling me, we heard loud screams and crying sounds from his house and some told me he has passed away.[41]

Mubahila Against Enemies of Ahlul Bait- asws:

Abu Masruk said to Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws that we present Quranic Verses to our opponents (in beliefs) to prove they are on the unjust path.  When we present الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنْكُمْ (4:59) يَا أَيُّهَا

They say that the ‘Ulil al-Amr’ are the high rank rulers, we present another Verse as proof,

إِنَّمَا وَلِيُّكُمُ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ وَالَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا الَّذِينَ يُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَهُمْ رَاكِعُونَ (5:55)

They say that this Verse is for ordinary momaneen, we present the Verse of Mowaddah:

قُلْ لَا أَسْأَلُكُمْ عَلَيْهِ أَجْرًا إِلَّا الْمَوَدَّةَ فِي الْقُرْبَى ٌ (42:23)

They say that ‘Filqurab’ means the near relatives of momaneen.  I knew other Verses of Quran and presented to them but they came up with similar unrealistic justifications.

Imam-asws said, You should asked them for going for ‘Mubahila[42]’ upon encountering this situation.  I asked how could I do ‘Mubahila’?  Imam-asws replied, you should, first, spend three days to cleanse your soul through ‘Ibadah’, keep fast and invite your opponent to a higher elevation (i.e., hill), upon reaching there you should put his right hand fingers into your right hand and try to be fair with him and reciting first as: Ya Allah-azwj Who is the Lord of the Earth and Heavens, the One who knows about the present and what to come, The most kind and the most Merciful, if this person has denied the ‘Just’ and supported the ‘unjust’, then please send down Your wrath on him from the skies, what he deserves or hit him with painful tragedy.  And then ask your opponent to repeat the same words that if this person has denied the right and favoured the unjust then send down Your-azwj wrath onto him and strike him with calamities.  Thus you will see him in immense troubles without any prior signs of them.  The narrator says, by my Lord, no one accepted my Mubahila offer when I proposed it to others.[43]

In another Imam Mohammed Baqir-asws says the time for Mubahila is between the Fajr till the sunrise (a tradition of Mohammed Baqir-asws also presents the same tradition).[44]

For Protection from Troubles:

  • It is narrated by Ismail bin Mahran, who reports from Hamad bin Usman that he heard from Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws that who would recite 100 times after offering morning prayers, ‘Mashallah Kana wala Lahol wa lahol wala Quwata il billah hay Aliyal Azeem’, he will not be hit by any disaster for that day.[45]
  • It is narrated from Imam Mohammed Baqir-asws that at the time of sunset and sunrise, Iblisl.a. sends down his army.  Thus ask for Allah-azwj’s help and refuge to protect your young ones, as they are vulnerable during those two occasions.[46]
  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said: whoever would recite 7 times, after offering Maghrib prayers, ‘Bismillah Irrahmannirrah Heem Lahol wa lahol wala Quwata il billah hay Aliyal Azeem’ Allah-azwj will keep away from him/her critical illness, minimum of these are fits, smallpox.  If a malicious person would recite it then Allah-azwj will erase his name from the list of nasty people and would consider him among those who are obedient to Him-azwj.[47]
  • Imam Ali Raza-asws said: Allah-azwj will protect him/her from 100 troubles, including illness, i.e., plague, Parkinson, smallpox, deception of Iblis and brutality of ruler.  One should recite, after offering Magrib prayers, without shifting posture and talking to anyone ‘Bismillah Irrahmannirrah Heem Lahol wa lahol wala Quwata il billah hay Aliyal Azeem’.[48]

The Best Wasifa to Recite:

  • Ibn Mahboob heard from Ibn Zaid that he asked from Imam Mohammed Baqir-asws about Tasbeeh.  Imam-asws replied I do not consider anything better than the ‘Tasbeeh-e-Fatimah-asws’.  Recite after Fajr 10 times ‘la Ilaha Illillah wahadahu la Shareek lahu, Lahu AlMulk wala, Alhamdu hu Yuhyi wa Yumeetu wa huwa Ala Kul Shain Qadeer.  Apart from these, you may recite what you like to please Allah-azwj.[49]

Prayers before going to Sleep and after Waking Up:

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said, One should recite, prior to going to sleep, ‘Ya Allah-azwj, I submit my soul in your custody, please keep it at the place which is liked and blessed by You-azwj and return it to me in the state that it would embrace Aman, recognise the Rights of Your Divine Masomeen-asws and if You-azwj wish do not return it to me (in case of death) then recognise me with these beliefs.[50]
  • Imam Abu Jafar-asws said that Imam Ali-asws has recommend to pray to Allah-azwj (prior to going to sleep):  ‘I want Your-azwj protection from experiencing ‘Junab’ during my sleep, from bad dreams and from the deceit of Iblis-la either during or after sleep.[51]
  • A person came to Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws and said, a woman scares me in my dreams.  Imam-asws replied, take a Tasbeeh, read Allah ho Akbr (34), Alhamdulillah (33) and Subhan Allah (33) and then say La-e-la-ha illila wahdahu la Shareek lahu, laho alMulak wala, Alhamdu yahiya wa yumeet wa yumeet, wa yahiya be yadehi alkhar walahu, Aktilaaf al laal wal Nihar howa Alah Kul Shain Qadeer (10 times).[52]

Prayers for Waking-Up for an Appointment:

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said One should read the last Verses of ‘Al-Kahf’[53] if he/she wants to wake-up at a desired time.[54]
  • It is referred to Imam Abu Abdullah-asws that Rasool Allah-saww said, whoever wants to leave his bed for prayers for some time at night, he should recite Bismillah, ya Allah-azwj safeguard me from becoming fearless, do not let me forget in remembering You-azwj and please do not include me among ignorant and wake me up at ‘such and such Saa’ [time].[55]

Prayers Before leaving Home:

Imam Abu Abdullah-asws said whoever would recite Verses of Sura-e-‘Qul ho waAllah ho ahad’[56] 10 times at the time of leaving home will remain in the protection of Allah-azwj until safely returning back.[57]

Prayers Before Setting off for Journey:

Imam Raza-asws said to Sabah, O Sabah when you intend to set-off for a journey, stand on your door and recite Sura-e-Alhamd[58] in front of you, on your right-hand side and then on your left-hand side. Repeat the same with Aiatul Kursi[59] (first toward front then toward right and then towards left) and then should say Ya Allah-azwj protect me including what accompanies me and keep me in peace and what is in my company and make me reach my destination along with it.

Allah-azwj will take care of you and your belongings and will help you in reaching at your destination, without any harm or damage.  Do you know about someone who managed to save himself during a journey but his accompanying stuff/person were destroyed or he had reached his destination but without his belongs and his companions?[60]

Prayers Before and After Offering Prayers:

It is narrated from Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws that Amir-ul-Momaneen-asws said he would be with Mohammed-saww and Alay Mohammed-asws on the day of Judgement, who recites the following, upon standing up for Salat and saying this first:

Ya Allah-azwj, I turn to You-azwj through the intercession of Mohammed-saww and Alay Mohammed-asws, I give them-asws preference over my salat and I want your nearness through their-asws intercession.  Thus, for their-asws sake, bless me with respect in this world as well as in the hereafter.  Bring me closer to You-azwj and award me their-asws ‘Marafat’ (recognition) by extending Your-azwj Kindness.  And end my life in their-asws submission, recognition and mastership.  Indeed, this is great achievement for me, You-azwj are worthy of blessing it all.  And then offer your salat.

Upon completing your salat, one should say, Ya Allah-azwj, keep me with Mohammed-saww and Alay Mohammed-asws in peace as well as in difficulties and I may be with them-asws at every place and at every destination.  Ya Allah-azwj, may my life and death be in their-asws way and I shall be with them-asws at all places during the final day of Judgement and I shall never depart from them-asws at any place. Verily You-azwj have every thing under your control.[61]

Additional Prayers are included in Appendix III

On Nazar/Mannat (Spiritual Vow and Offerings)

The meanings of NAZAR in Arabic are to ‘Vow or undertake/promise’, thereby making a non-obligatory act obligatory on oneself, through commitment.  Nazar has usually no limits or procedures, of course within Islamic domain, and it depends on an individual’s wish to commit to an act of worship after his prayers have been answered, i.e., to thank Allah-azwj through holding a majlis/milad and offering food to momaneen, or recitation of prayers, supplications, or performing Sunna salat, keeping fasts.  We present few examples below from the Holy Quran and then present some practices under Nazr.

يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ اذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتِيَ الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَأَوْفُوا بِعَهْدِي أُوفِ بِعَهْدِكُمْ وَإِيَّايَ فَارْهَبُونِ (2:40)

Children of Israel, remember My favour which I have shown you, and fulfil My agreement! I shall fulfil your covenant. I am the One you should reverse![62]

It is in Tafseer Safi and Tafseer Ayashi that Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws was asked about the meanings of this Verse and Imam-asws replied, ‘It means, if you submit to the Wilayat of Ali-asws, which has been made compulsory by Your Lord-azwj on to you then Allah-azwj will enter you into Paradise.[63]

وَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ عَاهَدَ اللَّهَ لَئِنْ آَتَانَا مِنْ فَضْلِهِ لَنَصَّدَّقَنَّ وَلَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ (9:75)

Some of them have pledged to God: If He gives us some of His bounty, we will act charitably and be loyal’.

The above Verse is also says the importance of Nazar and keeping up promises.

Mannat to Donate ‘Child’

إِذْ قَالَتِ امْرَأَةُ عِمْرَانَ رَبِّ إِنِّي نَذَرْتُ لَكَ مَا فِي بَطْنِي مُحَرَّرًا فَتَقَبَّلْ مِنِّي إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ (35)


Thus a woman (from the House) of Imran said: ‘My Lord, I have freely consecrated whatever is in my womb to You.  Accept it from me; You are Alert, Aware! (3:35).

When the child was born, it was a girl (Maryamsa) and the families were bewildered as to how to send a girl to the Shrine. However, they fulfilled the ‘Vow’, as per promise, to the Allah-azwj, through sending her to Shrine.  Hazrat Maryamsa, mother of Prophet Isaas, dedicated her life to the serving in the Holy Shrine, under the guardianship of prophet Zakariyyaas.

Nazar Presented to Allah-azwj

وَاتْلُ عَلَيْهِمْ نَبَأَ ابْنَيْ آَدَمَ بِالْحَقِّ إِذْ قَرَّبَا قُرْبَانًا فَتُقُبِّلَ مِنْ أَحَدِهِمَا وَلَمْ يُتَقَبَّلْ مِنَ الْآَخَرِ قَالَ لَأَقْتُلَنَّكَ قَالَ إِنَّمَا يَتَقَبَّلُ اللَّهُ مِنَ الْمُتَّقِينَ (27) لَئِنْ بَسَطْتَ إِلَيَّ يَدَكَ لِتَقْتُلَنِي مَا أَنَا بِبَاسِطٍ يَدِيَ إِلَيْكَ لِأَقْتُلَكَ إِنِّي أَخَافُ اللَّهَ رَبَّ الْعَالَمِينَ (28) إِنِّي أُرِيدُ أَنْ تَبُوءَ بِإِثْمِي وَإِثْمِكَ فَتَكُونَ مِنْ أَصْحَابِ النَّارِ وَذَلِكَ جَزَاءُ الظَّالِمِينَ (29) فَطَوَّعَتْ لَهُ نَفْسُهُ قَتْلَ أَخِيهِ فَقَتَلَهُ فَأَصْبَحَ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ (30)

Recite information to them about the Truth concerning Adam’s two sons.  When they both presented an offering, it was accepted from one of them and not accepted form the other.  He said: ‘I will kill you!’  (The former) said: ‘God only accepts (things) from the heedful.  Even if you stretch forth your hand towards me in order to kill me, I’ll never stretch out my hand towards you to kill you.  I fear God, Lord of the Universe!  I want you to atone for my sin as well as for your own sin; you will become an inmate of the Fire.  That is the wrongdoers’ reward.  His own self urged him on to kill his brother, so he killed him, and one morning he turned out to be a loser. (5:27-30).

In the explanation of the above Verses, Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws says that Allah-azwj asked Hazrat Adamas as to nominate Habeelas as his successor and teach him the ‘Asm-e-Azim’ (sacred name).  Qabeel was older than Habeelas and upon hearing this news he got very upset and said I am more deserving for inheriting the ‘Charisma and Preaching’ powers of my father.  Allah-azwj asked Hazrat Adamas to tell them to prepare their ‘Offerings’.  The sign of acceptance of an ‘Offering’ those day was considered to be its consumption by the fire.  In order to be successful, Qabeel made a house for fire and started worshiping it.  After his ‘Offering’ was not accepted he killed his brother, as suggested by Iblis.[64]

Vow to Fast:

فَكُلِي وَاشْرَبِي وَقَرِّي عَيْنًا فَإِمَّا تَرَيِنَّ مِنَ الْبَشَرِ أَحَدًا فَقُولِي إِنِّي نَذَرْتُ لِلرَّحْمَنِ صَوْمًا فَلَنْ أُكَلِّمَ الْيَوْمَ إِنْسِيًّا (26)

Eat and drink, and refresh yourself. Should you see even a single human being, then say: ‘ I have vowed to keep a fast to the Mercy-giving whereby I’ll never speak to any person today’!(19:26)

In the first twelve verses of Sura Dahr the Holy Qur’an tells us the story of ‘NAZAR’ by the Ahlul Bayt-asws:

يُوفُونَ بِالنَّذْرِ وَيَخَافُونَ يَوْمًا كَانَ شَرُّهُ مُسْتَطِيرًا (76:7)

وَيُطْعِمُونَ الطَّعَامَ عَلَى حُبِّهِ مِسْكِينًا وَيَتِيمًا وَأَسِيرًا (76:8)

إِنَّمَا نُطْعِمُكُمْ لِوَجْهِ اللَّهِ لَا نُرِيدُ مِنْكُمْ جَزَاءً وَلَا شُكُورًا (76:9)

They always keep their Vow and fear a day whose evil tends to spread around.  They offer food to the needy, the orphan and the captive out of love for Him.  We are only feeding you for God’s sake.  We want no reward from you nor any thanks (76:7-9)

The above Veses are about Ahlul Bait-asws, who always and under all circumstances keep their words (yufoona bin-nazri).

The Hadeeth literature indicates that the Ahlul Bait-asws showed the importance of Nazar by their acts several times. The Nazar narration is recorded in many Tafseer books about the revelation of these verses of sura Dahr (76) and is given in Appendix II.  Also included in Appendix III other supplications, e.g.,  paying debt, recovery from illness, safeguard from spell and troubles caused by the influential and Iblis’s army (among human and jinee).

We have also included in Appendix IV, few selected Duwa and Nazar, Niaz, which are commonly observed by Shias.

Appendix I

We will present only Shia point of view here.  Some Sunnis also belief in the concept of ‘Wasila’ (Intercession), but their extreme sects, i.e., Deobandi/Wahabis consider it harram and Shirk.  The latter group views are based on self derived meanings of Quranic Verse, while ignoring those where Allah-azwj explicitly gives the Right of ‘Intercession/Wasila/Shifaah to His ‘Selected’ one in His creation.

For example they take Verse 2:254, while ignoring the following Verse 2:255, in which Allah-azwj allows for the Shifaah of His ‘Selected’ on.

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا أَنْفِقُوا مِمَّا رَزَقْنَاكُمْ مِنْ قَبْلِ أَنْ يَأْتِيَ يَوْمٌ لَا بَيْعٌ فِيهِ وَلَا خُلَّةٌ وَلَا شَفَاعَةٌ وَالْكَافِرُونَ هُمُ الظَّالِمُونَ (2:254)

You who believe, spend some of what We have provided you with before a day comes along in which there will be no bartering friendship, nor any intercession! Disbelievers are such evildoers.

اللَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لَا تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلَا نَوْمٌ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ مَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلَا يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلَّا بِمَا شَاءَ وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَلَا يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ (2:255)

God!  There is no deity except Him, the Living, the Eternal!  Slumber does not overtake Him, nor does sleep.  What the Heavens hold and what the Earth holds [belongs] to Him.  Who is there to intercede with Him except by His permission?  He knows what lies before them and what’s behind them, while they embrace nothing of His knowledge except whatever He may wish.  His Seat extends far over Heaven and Earth; preserving them both does not overburden Him.  He’s the Sublime, the Almighty.

إِنَّ رَبَّكُمُ اللَّهُ الَّذِي خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ فِي سِتَّةِ أَيَّامٍ ثُمَّ اسْتَوَى عَلَى الْعَرْشِ يُدَبِّرُ الْأَمْرَ مَا مِنْ شَفِيعٍ إِلَّا مِنْ بَعْدِ إِذْنِهِ ذَلِكُمُ اللَّهُ رَبُّكُمْ فَاعْبُدُوهُ أَفَلَا تَذَكَّرُونَ (10:3)

Your Lord is God [Alone], Who created Heaven and Earth in six days. Then he ascended the Throne to regulate the matter.  There is no intercessor until He give permission [for it].  Such is God, your Lord, so worship Him.  Will you not reflect?

يَوْمَئِذٍ لَا تَنْفَعُ الشَّفَاعَةُ إِلَّا مَنْ أَذِنَ لَهُ الرَّحْمَنُ وَرَضِيَ لَهُ قَوْلًا (20:109)

On that day intercession will only benefit someone whom the Mercy-giving has permitted to enjoy it, and whose statement has pleased Him.

يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلَا يَشْفَعُونَ إِلَّا لِمَنِ ارْتَضَى وَهُمْ مِنْ خَشْيَتِهِ مُشْفِقُونَ (21:28)

He knows what lies in from of them and what is behind them; while they do not intercede except for someone who has been approved.  They are apprehensive and hence in awe of Him.

[100] Qur’an 19:87

لَا يَمْلِكُونَ الشَّفَاعَةَ إِلَّا مَنِ اتَّخَذَ عِنْدَ الرَّحْمَنِ عَهْدًا (19:87)

They will possess no power of intercession except for someone who has already accepted a pledge from the Mercy-giving.

[101] Qur’an 34:23

وَلَا تَنْفَعُ الشَّفَاعَةُ عِنْدَهُ إِلَّا لِمَنْ أَذِنَ لَهُ حَتَّى إِذَا فُزِّعَ عَنْ قُلُوبِهِمْ قَالُوا مَاذَا قَالَ رَبُّكُمْ قَالُوا الْحَقَّ وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْكَبِيرُ (34:23)

Intercession does not benefit anyone so far as He is concerned except for someone He grants it to, until when [panic] is driven from their hearts, they say: What did you Lord say?  They will say: ‘The Truth’.  He is the Sublime, the Great!

Seeking Others Help in Quran:

وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا مِنْ رَسُولٍ إِلَّا لِيُطَاعَ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ إِذْ ظَلَمُوا أَنْفُسَهُمْ جَاءُوكَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُوا اللَّهَ وَاسْتَغْفَرَ لَهُمُ الرَّسُولُ لَوَجَدُوا اللَّهَ تَوَّابًا رَحِيمًا (4:64)

We have not sent any messenger unless he was to be obeyed in accordance with God’s permission.  If they had come to you and sought forgiveness from God whenever they harmed themselves, and the Messenger had prayed for forgiveness for them, they would have found that God is Ever-Turning, Merciful.

قَالُوا يَا أَبَانَا اسْتَغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا إِنَّا كُنَّا خَاطِئِينَ (12:97) قَالَ سَوْفَ أَسْتَغْفِرُ لَكُمْ رَبِّي إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ (12:98)

[The brothers of Yousif] said: ‘Our father, seek us forgiveness for our offences!  We have been mistaken.’  He said: ‘I shall seek forgiveness for you from my Lord; He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.

وَدَخَلَ الْمَدِينَةَ عَلَى حِينِ غَفْلَةٍ مِنْ أَهْلِهَا فَوَجَدَ فِيهَا رَجُلَيْنِ يَقْتَتِلَانِ هَذَا مِنْ شِيعَتِهِ وَهَذَا مِنْ عَدُوِّهِ فَاسْتَغَاثَهُ الَّذِي مِنْ شِيعَتِهِ عَلَى الَّذِي مِنْ عَدُوِّهِ فَوَكَزَهُ مُوسَى فَقَضَى عَلَيْهِ قَالَ هَذَا مِنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ إِنَّهُ عَدُوٌّ مُضِلٌّ مُبِينٌ (28:15)

He entered the city at a time when its people were lax, and found two men fighting there, one from his own sect and the other from his enemy’s.  The one who was from his own faction appealed for his assistance against the one who was from his enemy’s.  Moses punched him and he finished him off!  He said: ‘This is some of Satan’s work; he is such an enemy, a plain misleader.’

وَاسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ وَإِنَّهَا لَكَبِيرَةٌ إِلَّا عَلَى الْخَاشِعِينَ (2:45)

Seek help through patience and prayer, since it is tough except for submissive.

Concluding Remarks:

We have presented Quranic reference, without going further into details, since this article has been written for twelve Immami Shias, we can derive without hesitation, that help and prayers can be directed to Allah-azwj’s ‘Selected’ or Divine Prophets as, masomeen-asws and Imams-asws.  However, one Verse which we recite regularly and is frequently quoted by our opponents, needs to be briefly discussed, otherwise the essence of this article will be incomplete.

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ (1)

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ (2) الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ (3) مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ (4) إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ (5) اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ (6) صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّالِّينَ (7)

The verse number five,

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

Which is usually translated as:

You do we worship and You do we call on for help.

The word ‘Abd’ is also used in different meanings in Quran, i.e.,

وَتِلْكَ نِعْمَةٌ تَمُنُّهَا عَلَيَّ أَنْ عَبَّدْتَ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ (26:22)

Is this some favour you have shown me that you have enslaved the Children of Israiel?

So, there are two types of ‘Abd’ one as per former Verse ‘Servant’ of Allah-azwj and also referring to the ‘Slave’, as per the later verse from Quran (26:22).

Or in another Verse:

وَأَنْكِحُوا الْأَيَامَى مِنْكُمْ وَالصَّالِحِينَ مِنْ عِبَادِكُمْ وَإِمَائِكُمْ إِنْ يَكُونُوا فُقَرَاءَ يُغْنِهِمُ اللَّهُ مِنْ فَضْلِهِ وَاللَّهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ (32)

Marry off any single persons among you, as well as your Slaves and Slave-girls.  If they are poor, God will enrich them from His bounty.  God is Boundless, Aware.

Here the word ‘Abd’ has been referred to as ‘Slave’ or ‘Dependent’.

So the meanings of the إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُد        would be ‘We obey You as our Creator’.

Therefore, taking ‘Abd’ for reliance can be used for other than Allah-azwj but Worship is only for Him-azwj.

We present a tradition of Imam Raza-asws here, which explains the above presentation of the interpretation of the Verse[65]:

‘People are our ‘Abd’ for obeying our commands, and are dependent in taking Deen from us, Thus, it is the responsibility of the present to transfer it to those who are absent.

Seeking Help:

Now, we turn to its second part وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ , related to ‘Help’ where Allah-azwj Says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا لَا تُحِلُّوا شَعَائِرَ اللَّهِ وَلَا الشَّهْرَ الْحَرَامَ وَلَا الْهَدْيَ وَلَا الْقَلَائِدَ وَلَا آَمِّينَ الْبَيْتَ الْحَرَامَ يَبْتَغُونَ فَضْلًا مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ وَرِضْوَانًا وَإِذَا حَلَلْتُمْ فَاصْطَادُوا وَلَا يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَآَنُ قَوْمٍ أَنْ صَدُّوكُمْ عَنِ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ أَنْ تَعْتَدُوا وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَى وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ (4:2)

      Help each other for virtue and heedfulness, and do not assist each other of vice and aggression.  Heed God; God is Strict with Punishment!

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا وَهَاجَرُوا وَجَاهَدُوا بِأَمْوَالِهِمْ وَأَنْفُسِهِمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَالَّذِينَ آَوَوْا وَنَصَرُوا أُولَئِكَ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ وَالَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا وَلَمْ يُهَاجِرُوا مَا لَكُمْ مِنْ وَلَايَتِهِمْ مِنْ شَيْءٍ حَتَّى يُهَاجِرُوا وَإِنِ اسْتَنْصَرُوكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ فَعَلَيْكُمُ النَّصْرُ إِلَّا عَلَى قَوْمٍ بَيْنَكُمْ وَبَيْنَهُمْ مِيثَاقٌ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَصِيرٌ (8:72)

     You must help them except against any folk with whom you have made a treaty.  God is observant of anything you do.!

Similarly, we say ‘Ya Sahib al-Zaman Adrikni’, and ‘Ya Syedati waya Molati Ya Fatima Akhyasni’ and we recite ‘Nad-e-Ali:

وَقُلْ رَبِّ أَدْخِلْنِي مُدْخَلَ صِدْقٍ وَأَخْرِجْنِي مُخْرَجَ صِدْقٍ وَاجْعَلْ لِي مِنْ لَدُنْكَ سُلْطَانًا نَصِيرًا (17:80)

And [Rasool pray to Me] ‘My Lord, let me enter through a proper entrance and leave by an honest exit! And give me from You, the strongest helper.

Allah-azwj nominated Imam Ali-asws to help His Prophet, as a result of this prayer.[66]

So, Ali-asws’s help will, in fact, be Allah-azwj’s help:

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَكْفُرُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَرُسُلِهِ وَيُرِيدُونَ أَنْ يُفَرِّقُوا بَيْنَ اللَّهِ وَرُسُلِهِ وَيَقُولُونَ نُؤْمِنُ بِبَعْضٍ وَنَكْفُرُ بِبَعْضٍ وَيُرِيدُونَ أَنْ يَتَّخِذُوا بَيْنَ ذَلِكَ سَبِيلًا (4:150)

أُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْكَافِرُونَ حَقًّا وَأَعْتَدْنَا لِلْكَافِرِينَ عَذَابًا مُهِينًا (4:151)

Those who disbelieve in God and His messengers [Wali], and want to distinguish between God and His messengers [Wali], and say: ‘We believe in some and disbelieve in others’; wanted to adopt a course in between (4:150), are really disbelievers.  We have reserved humiliating torment for disbelievers (4:151). 

It is in one of Imam-e-Zaman -asws ajfj’’s ‘Toqiaat’ (letters)[67]:

‘Ya Allah-azwj, there is no difference between You and Mohammed-saww and Alay Mohammed-asws that they are Your Abd and creation.

So we recite:

Nad-e-Ali un mazharul ajaebay

Tajidho ona laka fin nawaebay

Kulo humim wa gamim sayunjalee

Bay walayatika ya Ali ya Ali ya Ali adrikni fi sabeelillah

Call upon Ali, Call upon Ali, Cry out for Ali

Who is the Divine source of wonders!

You shall surely find him helping in your all troubles!

His strength and power will eliminate your all grief and anxiety!

Call upon Ali, Ya Ali!  Ya Ali!  Ya Ali!

Appendix II

Once the Imam Hassan-asws and Imam Hussain-asws, who were at that time 5 and 4 years old, fell ill. Upon noticing their absence from the mosque, Prophet-saww went to the house of Bibi Fatima Zahra-asws to inquire about their-asws well being. When Prophet-saww found that they were not in good heath, Rasool Allah-saww suggested that both parents may take a spiritual vow (Nazar) for the children’s fast recovery. So both Imam Ali-asws and Fatima Zahra-asws prayed to Allah-azwj for the recovery of Hasan-asws and Hussain-asws and took a vow to fast for three consecutive days when the children became well again. Imam Hassan-asws and Hussain-asws did recover from the illness soon after. Both parents-asws set about fulfilling their spiritual vow and fasted.  When the Imam Hassan-asws and Hussain-asws noticed their parents were going to fast they also decided to fast with their parents and so did the house-maid, Fizza.

On that day there were no food supplies in Bibi Pak-asws‘s house, even little to break fast. Imam Ali-asws tried to bring in some food but in the end Imam-asws was able to get three kg’s of wool to be spun in exchange of three kg’s of barley. Bibi Fatima Zahra-asws spun the wool all day but until the end of the day, Bibi-asws. She spun only 1/3 of it and therefore got only one kilo of barley, which was later ground into flour and five loaves of bread were prepared. While they were all ready to break their-asws fast, someone knocked at the door and said: “O people of the house of the Prophet, I am a poor man and I have nothing to eat, would you please feed me.” Upon listening to his request, Imam Ali-asws decided to contribute his portion (one loaf), Bibi also added her portion to the contribution and so did Imam Hassan and Hussain-asws.  Bibi Fizzarzat took four pieces of bread and also added her bread and gave those to the poor man.  They-asws all broke their fast with water and went back to sleep after prayers. The next day, Bibi Fatima Zahra-asws spun another kilo of wool. So she separated one kilo of barley, ground it into flour and prepared five loaves of bread.  As they-asws were ready to break their-asws fast, once again, a voice called out from the door: “O people of the house of The Prophet, I am an orphan, I am hungry, would you please feed me?” Upon listening to this, Imam Ali-asws, Bibi Fatima Zahra-asws, Imam Hassan-asws and Hussain-asws and Bibi Fizza-asws all gave away their loaves of bread to the caller. They-asws all, once again, broke their fast by water and got-up next morning and started fast with water. On the third day, Bibi Fatima Zahra-asws spun the rest of the wool, took the remaining barley, ground it into flour and prepared five loaves. As they-asws were ready to break the fast, a voice called from the door saying: “O people of the house of the Prophet, I am a prisoner, I am hungry, could you please feed me?” Hearing this, once again, Imam Ali-asws and the rest of the family, including Bibi Fizza-asws donated their-asws bread to the prisoner at the door.  Every time the person at the door would want to express his gratitude for the kindness, Bibi Fizza would say, as per the following Verses in Quran:

وَيُطْعِمُونَ الطَّعَامَ عَلَى حُبِّهِ مِسْكِينًا وَيَتِيمًا وَأَسِيرًا (76:8) إِنَّمَا نُطْعِمُكُمْ لِوَجْهِ اللَّهِ لَا نُرِيدُ مِنْكُمْ جَزَاءً وَلَا شُكُورًا (76:9)

We are only feeding you for ‘Wajjullah’s sake.[68]  We want no reward form you nor any thanks (76:9).

When Prophet Mohammed-saww came to see Imam Hassan-asws and Hussain-asws and found out they were extremely weak after spending three-days without food. . Bibi Fatima Zahra-asws told him-saww what had been going on in the family. At that time the archangel Gabriel came down with a gift of Allah-azwj. That gift was the verses, including the above as well as the following:

وَجَزَاهُمْ بِمَا صَبَرُوا جَنَّةً وَحَرِيرًا (76:12)

And reward them, because they were patient, with garden and silk. (76:12)

The lesson for us is, if we ever face difficulties, i.e., illness, out of work, we should offer a Nazar. In other words, take a spiritual vow that when the problem is over we will would offer fasts, or special prayers or invite friends and relatives for food that has been dedicated to the Ahlul Bayt-asws in Allah-azwj‘s name.

Appendix III: For Sustenance

  • It is narrated from Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws that Jibraialas came to Hazrat Yousefas and said, ‘O Yousef! Say it after every salat, ‘My Lord, let me out of prison and provide me sustenance from where I can or cannot imagine.[69]
  • Mohammed bin Yahiya narrates through a chain of narrators, that I requested from Imam Abu Abdullah-asws to teach me a prayer for ‘Rizk’ (sustenance).  Imam-asws said, I do not find any prayers better for ‘Rizk’ than the following: ‘Ya Allah bless me with sustenance which is legitimate and transparent and enhance its collection and usage for this as well as for the hereafter.  Without any argument with or favours of others, thus whatever is acquired should be due to Your-azwj blessings.  Whatever I ask for is from Your Generosity and Blessings and through Your ‘Yaddullah’ (your hands-Which is Amir-ul-Momaneen-asws and Aiama Masomeen-asws).[70]
  • Ali bin Ibrahim narrates from Imam Mohammed Baqir-asws that Imam-asws said to recite the following, during the mandatory prayers, in the prostration: ‘The One who is the best among all who can grant, the One who is the Best giver among all who can reward, please give me and my family from Your enormous resources the sustenance, which is the best for our needs.[71]
  • Abu Baseer narrates from Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws that Imam-asws said Imam Zainul Abedeen-asws used to pray like this: ‘Ya Allah-azwj I pray to You for better sustenance so that I could meet all my needs of this world and to earn hereafter through it.  Please neither bless me with abundance, which would make me arrogant, nor so little to be disgraced.  Please extend my ‘Halal’ sustenance and reward me with pleasant bounties, through such means of Yours so that I am not obliged by others but not in excess that turns me careless in thanking You-azwj and its comfort elude me from my responsibilities (to You) and attachment to it leads me to troubles.  But not so little as to make my worship practices spiritless through worries in securing basics and my chest is filled with grief.  Ya Allah-azwj make me fearless from the mischiefs’ of others and guide me such a way that I only seek Your Path.  Lord! I ask for Your-azwj forgiveness from punishment in this world and hereafter, please neither make me crave for this world nor be blinded by its attractions.  Relieve me from its troubles so that You-azwj are pleased with my deeds and I find nearness to You-azwj in the hereafter and replace the bounties of this transient world with those of the hereafter.

Ya Allah-azwj I seek refuge from the hardship of this world and attacks of ‘Shiateen’ and their traps and their incitement and all those who try to forcibly take away my rights.  My Lord! turn their devious traps against them who try to cheat me, punish those who stage war against me and make their weapons blunt who try to strike me.  And extinct their resources who intend to destroy my livelihood and liberate me from the deceit of thugs, and divert the attention of non-believers from me and protect me from all those who want to make my life difficult and keep away from me the troubles of resentful, and protect my peace of mind and safeguard me in your strong fort of blessings and ever lasting curtain of protection and improve my conduct through sincerity in my words and actions.  Shower Your-azwj special blessings on my family and my belongings.[72]

Prayers for Debt Recovery and Paying it off:

  • The narrator asked from Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws regarding collection of debt which people do not pay him back.  Imam-asws replied, pray like this: Ya Allah-azwj I ask for a blessing among many blessings from You-azwj on me ‘to make it easier for my debtor to pay-off my loan and make it easier for me to collect it.  You have absolute authority on all matters.[73]
  • Imam Abu Abdullah-asws said that a person came to Rasool Allahsaw and asked for advice, he reported he had a huge debt and was haunted by thoughts of death and misfortune, Rasool Allah-saww asked him to recite .. (see above for recitation).  Then he remained patient for some time, as per Allah-azwj wish, and once he was passing by, Rasool Allah-saww saw him and asked him about his well-being. He replied, he kept on reiterating the prayer until he managed to clear his debt. The recurring thoughts about his death have also been ceased.[74]
  • A person came to Rasool Allah-saww and said I am troubled by satanic illusions; I am in the red with heavy family responsibilities and short of resources.  Rasool Allah-saww asked him to keep on reiterate the above prayer.  He returned back to Rasool Allah-saww after some time and said, Allah-azwj has relieved me from my debts and increased my sustenance.[75]

Prayers for Curing Depression:

  • Imam Mohammed Baqir-asws told Abu Hamza Shamali that if you are so much disturbed and under state of fear that you cannot even focus your thoughts toward Qaabah then recite the following prayers after offering two-Rakat salat: The One Who listens the most, the One Who observes the most, the One Who would soon quiz all affairs, the One Who is the most kind. Repeat these verses 70 times and after completing it, make a single wish.[76]
  • Ali bin Ibrahim narrates through a chain of narrators that Imam Abu Abdullah-asws said if someone has been under extreme hardship or being struck by hardship or is worried about facing troubles, the should turn-up his sleeve and raise his shirt from his thighs and put his both chest and thighs on the ground and then pray to Allah-azwj in the state of prostration.[77]
  • Imam Abu Abdullah-asws said, Gabrielas came to Hazrat Yousufas when his brothers threw him in a well and asked him what had happened to him? Hazrat Yusufas replied, my brothers have thrown me into this well.  Hazrat Gabrielas then asked: Do you want to come out? Hazrat Yusufas  replied, Allah-azwj will provide means for that if He wishes.  Hazrat Gabrielas said Allah-azwj wants you to recite the following supplications and then He will help you to climb out of the well.  Hazrat Yusufas asked about the supplications and Gabrielas revealed the prayers: Ya Allah-azwj!  I believe that all praises are for you and there is no one worthy of worship except You-azwj.  You-azwj are very generous, the creator of skies and earth, the most High and the most resourceful.  I beg You-azwj to send Salawat on Mohammed-saww and his pure progeny-asws and (through it) help me out of my present difficulties and provide me means to overcome my troubles.  Imam-asws also said this incident is described in Quran.[78]
  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said: ‘When you are troubled by a grief, take a bath and offer two-rakat prayers and make the following prayer: The One Who eradicates grieves, removes hardships, Who provides blessing on earth and in the skies, relieve me from my grievances, My Lord-azwj, Who is unique and One and such a One which cannot be divided, the One who is not born from anyone and no one is born from Him.  Please save me and forgive my sins and remove my hardships.  Then recite ‘Aiat-ul-Kursi’, ‘Qul Aauozo BaRaba alFalak and Qul Aauozo BaRaba alNas’.[79]
  • It is narrated by some companions, that masoom-asws said when one of you is under immense grief, in the final prostration (Sajjadah) say repeatedly ‘Ya Gabrial Ya Mohammed (several times), help me in my current situation, I find you both sufficient for helping me out, please both of you help me, you both may protect me, you both provide help with Allah-azwj’s permission.[80]
  • It is narrated from Imam Abu Abdullah-asws that Imam Zain-ul-Abadeen-asws said, I do not fear at all, after reciting  Bismallah wa Billah wa minallah wa ila Allah wa fi Sabeal Allah wa Alla milat rasool Allah.  Ya Allah-azwj I have submitted my soul to You, and I have focused all my attention to You, I cry out for Your help, I have entrusted my affairs to You, Ya Allah-azwj protect my ‘Aman’ from front, behind, from right and from left with your ‘Madad’ and ‘Quwat’ (through your means and strength).  Keep my enemies away from me, no one else can protect me and give me strength but You-azwj`.[81]

Prayers for Protection against Ruler/Government:

  • Upon asked about what did you recited when you visited Abu Jafar (Mansur Abbasi la) in Rabzah.  Imam-asws replied I prayed like this: Ya Allah-azwj! You-azwj fulfil all desires, there is no one else but You who could do this, thus give me what I need, the way, You-azwj like, as much as You-azwj like and give it to me when and where You-azwj find it appropriate.[82]
  • Imam-asws told to one of his companions, Shall I tell you a prayer which you may recite for your needs to Allah-azwj. We Ahlul Bait-asws recite it under crucial circumstances and particularly when a cruel ruler has evil intentions against us-asws.  I replied, please, teach me this prayer, may my parents be scarified for your cause.  Imam-asws said recite it as:  The One-azwj who was before the existence of anything else, the One-azwj who has created everything else, the One-azwj who will remain after which everything else will be destroyed.  Please send ‘Salawat’ on Mohammed-saww and Alay Mohammed-asws and fulfil my such and such requests.[83]
  • Imam Mohammed Baqir-asws said that Rasool Allah-saww recited the following supplications during the battle of ‘Khandak’, The One-azwj Who listens to the cries of the troubled, The One-azwj Who eliminates the frustration and grief, restlessness and worries, The One Who knows very well my affairs and of my companions, eradicate the strength of my enemies and help me against them.[84]

Prayers for Painful neck:

  • A slave girl was brought to Imam Ali Raza-asws who had an acute disease in her neck called ‘Khanazir’, Imam-asws told her to reiterate the following supplications:  The Most merciful, the Most rewarding, my Master, my Lord, she prayed like this and got cured from her illness.  Imam-asws said this is the prayer, which was taught to Jafar bin Salayman to be released from prison.[85]

Sama narrates from Imam Ali Raza-asws that Imam-asws said, O Sama when you are desparate of something then pray to Allah-azwj, Ya Allah-azwj! I pray to You-azwj through intercession of Mohammed-saww and Ali-asws, You-azwj view both of them extremely highly and have very high respect for them.  I pray to You-azwj, with reference to this respect and regard for them-asws, to send ‘Salawat’ on Mohammed-saww and Alay Mohammed-asws and reward me with such and such.  Indeed, there is no angel of proximity, no elevated prophet and no Momin whose heart has been tested by You-azwj, but all need their-asws intersession.[86]

Supplications for Illness Cure and Relief from Pain

  • Imam Abu Abdullah-asws said, when suffering from illness, recite: Ya Allah-azwj! You have rebuked those who have acted upon the Fatawa of their scholars.  You have admonished those people who have directed their requests to other than Allah-azwj, who are unable to fulfil their needs.  Thus, I turn to the One-azwj who has absolute powers to relieve me from troubles and replace my difficulties with comfort, no one else but You-azwj could help me.  Please send Salawat on Mohammed-saww and Alay Mohammed-asws and eliminate pain from me and turn it towards those who, in addition to You-azwj, blindly follow others, (I insist) there is no god But Allah-azwj.[87]
  • The narrator says, I become very ill in Medina and when Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws heard this news, Imam-asws wrote to me and instructed: buy one ‘Salay’ (app. 3kg) wheat grains and lie down straight on your back and drop wheat grains onto your chest, few at a time, and recite: Ya Allah-azwj I pray to You-azwj through Your-azwj that ‘Issam’ (Name), which when a sufferer recites, You-azwj remove his pain, You-azwj have given the whole World to possession of that name (Issam) and made him-asws Your-azwj Divine Ruler.  Please Send Salawat on Mohammed-saww and Alay Mohammed-asws and bless me with full recovery from this illness, after this sit up and collect all those wheat grains besides you (which you have dropped) and repeat these words of prayer, and then give away ¼ of wheat grains to each poor folks (¼ portion to 4 poor people) while reiterating these prayers.  He says, I acted upon these instructions and felt like I have been released from a prison/congestion.  I recited this supplication few times and always benefited from it.[88]
  • One Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws‘s son became ill and Imam-asws asked him to recite the following supplication: Ya Allah-azwj! I pray to You-azwj to heal me and award me health and relieve me from this trouble. I am Your-azwj devotee and son of Your-azwj devotee.[89]
  • Mohammed bin Yahiya narrates from Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws , through a chain of narrators, that a companion asked Imam-asws, by saying, may I be sacrificed for your cause, people say, after looking at my facial spots (due to Barse) that Allah-azwj does not make righteous people suffer from this type of diseases.  Imam-asws replied, this is not true.  Momaneen from children of Faros lost their fingers due to leprosy, Mola-asws turned his fingers to demonstrate how their fingers were deformed but they still said O people! follow the nation on true path.  Imam-asws then said you should recite the following supplications in the last part of night after performing ablution, and reciting two-rakat salat:  The One-azwj Who is the most high and the most elevated, the One-azwj Who is the most kind and the most rewarding, the One-azwj Who listens to prayers, the One-azwj Who provides means for good deeds, send Salawat on Mohammed-saww and Alay Mohammed-asws and give me the best reward in this world and in the hereafter, which You have in Your authority.  And cure this disease, which has immensely troubled and grieved me.  You should pray while crying and humiliating yourself in front of Your Lord-azwj.  The narrator says I did not even reached Kufa but my facial spots have disappeared (blessings after reciting these prayers).[90]
  • Imam Mohammed Baqir-asws said when you come across someone with an illness then very quietly pray to Allah-azwj, so that no one else could listen it: All praise is to Allah-azwj who has saved me from this disease which has affected others and has favoured me as compared with him and many others.[91]
  • Imam Abu Abdullah-asws said: place your hand where you have pain and recite three times, Allah-azwj Allah-azwj My Just Lord, I have no Lord but You-azwj, Ya Allah-azwj You are the only One who could relieve me from this pain and all other troubles, please completely remove this pain from me.[92]
  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said when you feel pain somewhere then say: Bismillah….Allah-azwj has many many blessings which are hidden, in still and/or moving in veins for which some are grateful while others are ungrateful.  Then take your beard in your hand and after reciting the compulsory prayers say, Ya Allah-azwj I pray to You-azwj to give me relief from my pain (three times)-try to say these words with eyes full of tears and with sobs.[93]
  • It is reported through a chain of narrators, that a companion visited Imam-asws and complaint about his pain to Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws Imam-asws replied, recite Bismillah and touch with your hand where you feel pain and say, I ask refuge from Allah-azwj’s Esteem, Powers, Judgement, from Allah-azwj and His Prophet-saww and ‘IssmAllah’-asws, I seek protection from all those which frighten me and scare me and also from my desires (reiterate 7 times). I prayed like this and Allah-azwj comforted me from pain.[94]
  • Imam Abu Abdullah-asws prescribed the above prayer for relief from pain, to be recited in prostration saying Ya Allah Ya Rahman Ya Raheem Ya Rab ul Arbaab wa Ilahal Aaliha-te wa Ya Malik al Mulook e Wa Ya Syed-as_saadate Ishfini Bi Shifaa-ika min kul daa-in wa sukmin fa innee abduka atakallabu fi qabzatika.

Prayers for Visiting Patients:

  • Zara narrates from Imam Mohammed Baqir-asws that when you visit a patient then recite: I give you in the protection of The Greatest Rub, Who is the creator of ‘Arsh-e-Azim’ (great skies), from every harm embroiled in the veins and the damage of the shooting temperature (repeat it 7 times).[95]
  • Narrated from Imam Mohammed Baqir-asws , a sick person may pray like this, Bismillah wa Billah wa Muhammadsaws Rasool Allah Aoozu bi Izzat Allah wa Aoozu bi Qudrat Allah Ala Ma Yashaa min Shar-e ma ajidu.….[96]
  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said that a sufferer may pray, The One-azwj Who gives relief, Removes troubles, (please) cure my illness.[97]
  • The Narrator says, I complained about my illness to Imam Abu Abullah-asws and Imam-asws instructed me to place my hand at the place of prostration and recite: Bismillah Muhammadsaws  Rasool Allah Ishfini Ya Shaafi la shifaa illaa shifaa-uka shifaa-an la yugadiru sukman shifa-an min kul daain wa sukmin ….[98]
  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said when Imam Ali-asws became ill, Rasool Allah-saww came and prayed like this, Ya Allah-azwj I beg to you for an expeditious recovery, I remain patient on your tests and I await your blessings.[99]
  • It is referred to Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws that Rasool Allah-saww has prescribed the following prayers for pain relief:  Place your hand where you feel the pain and recite: Pain stop hurting me by the wish of Allah-azwj and calm down owing to the greatness of Allah-azwj, and recede away by the command of Allah-azwj, I come in the protection of Allah-azwj Who has sheltered skies and angels from the tremor of the final day and its disasters, repeat these words 7 time but not less than 3 times.[100]

Prayers for Healing Knee Pain

  • Abu Hamza says he had a knee pain and I told about it to Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws, Imam-asws asked me to pray after Salat:  The most Rewarding, the most Generous for all in need, the most Blessing, have a mercy on my infirmness and relieve me from the pain.  I prayed like this and recovered from pain.[101]

(For Protection and Wearing Prayer Tablets)

  • Ibn Manzir asked from Imam Abu Abdullah-asws about extreme pressure on his heat (non-medical and unexplainable depression).  Imam-asws replied I would tell you a prayer, which will protect you during the day and the night from such troubles: Bismillah ….[102]
  • Abu Basir has also reported the above prayer from Imam Abi Abdullah-asws for protection against ‘Iblis’, jinee and poisonous insects: Qul….[103]
  • Imam Abu Abdullah-asws heard from Amir-ul-momaneen-asws that Rasool Allah-azwj wrote a prayer tablet (Taveais) for Imam Hassan-asws and Imam Hussain-asws: Aiiza……[104]

Protection Against Poisonous Insects

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws prescribed the above prayer for protection against poisonous insects (Scorpio):  Jailto…..[105]
  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws provided guarantee against scorpio-bit for the one who would recite the above prayer: Min……[106]

Protection from Dangerous Beasts

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said if you come across a beast, recite ‘Aitul-Kursi’ and say: I ask you for the sake of Allah-azwj’s highness and for Mohammed-saww, Salman bin Dawoodas and Amir-ul-momaneen-asws and masoom Imams-asws to turn away.  InshaAllah, the beast will go away.  The narrator says, once I went out and saw a beast blocking my way, I recite these words and told him not to harm and trouble us.  The beast lowered his head and put his tail in his feet and went away.[107]

Protection for Family and Belongings

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws his ‘Nafs’, family and belongings will be protected whoever would recite the above prayer, after reading the compulsory salat: AstudellAllah….[108]

Prayers for a Person Spend a Night Alone at home

  • Imam-asws said: It is better for a person, who has to spend night alone at some place, to recite Aiat-ul-Kursi[109]’ and say Ya Allah-azwj help me in my solitude, and turn my nervousness into peace of mind.[110]
  • Amir-ul-momaneen-asws said that Rasool Allah-saww told me to recite the above ‘Duwa’ upon encountering unbearable troubles and difficulties ‘Bismillah……Allah-azwj will protect you from all kind of troubles.[111]

Prayers for all Need of the World and Hereafter

The narrator says I have heard Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws that Imam-asws used to pray (see above): Ya Allah……[112]

  • Imam Musa-e-Kazim-asws used to pray, Ya Allah-azwj please do not count me in those to whom You-azwj have given non-permanent ‘Aman’ (they will loose Aman after initially, adhering to it) and do not expel me from ‘Altaqseer’, The narrator asked, I understand the meanings of ‘Muareen (non-permanent)’ but could not gather the meanings of ‘La Takhargini min al-taqseer’, Imam-asws replied every deed, one does for Allah-azwj, should be considered of lesser value rather than satisfactory, as most of the good deeds executed by most people have flaws (as one should not be content with ones deeds and should try to improve).[113]
  • Imam Ali Raz-asws said, pray as: I beg from You-azwj peace and comfort in this world and in the hereafter, You are the One-azwj Who has guided me and made my heart soft for submission.[114]
  • The narrator says, I saw Imam Ali bin al-Hussain-asws praying salat in front of Kabah at night, Imam-asws would stand for a very long time as I saw shifting him weight from one foot to the other and I could hear sobs during Imam-asws’s supplications: My Rab, My Moula, Will you punish me while my heart is filled with Your-azwj love, I vow by Your greatness, if you did that then I will be put together with those against whom I held animosity out of Your-azwj love.[115]

Prayers Using Intercession of 5 Masomeen-asws

  • Daood rakki says that he had heard Imam Ali Raza-asws often reciting: Ya Allah-azwj attend to my needs for the sake of the Five-asws , meaning Rasool Allah-saww, Amir-ul-momaneen-asws, Fatima-asws and Hassan-asws and Hussain-asws.[116]
  • It is narrated from Imam Ali bin Hussain-asws that Amir-ul-momaneen-asws said: My Lord, reward me for my ‘Towakal’ (total reliance) on You-azwjs and enable me, through Your-azwj powers, that my intentions should follow Your-azwj commands.  And I become so much of Your-azwj devotee that I should not try to expedite in what You-azwj have delayed for another time and I should not try to stall those endeavours for which You have asked to make hast.  Accept my prayers, the Sustenance-Provider of all Worlds.[117]

A Brief and Comprehensive Prayer

  • Imam Mohammed Baqir-asws said recite: Ya Allah-azwj increase my Sustenance, extend my life, forgive my sins, and choose me to help Your Deen and do not give my position to anyone other than me.[118]
  • Hazrat Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said pray: I pray to You-azwj who becomes obliged with the small good-deeds of His creation, and generously forgives many sins and is the Most kind and forgiving, please forgive my sins which have left no trace of pleasure behind but their consequences are hounding me.[119]

Momin Should learn Quran in his Life-time

  • Imam Abu Jafar-asws said it is essential for a Momin to learn Quran or teach Quran in his lifetime.[120]

Prayers for Shab-e-Qadar

  • Imam-asws said open Quran on Shab-e-Qadar, bring it in front of your face and recite……[121]

Prayers for Specific Needs ‘Hajaat’

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws said, a prayer would be heard if one recites the following 3 times, after offer compulsory prayers: ‘You are the One, who would fulfil as per Your desires and would stop the wills of anyone other than You’.[122]
  • Abu Jafar Shami heard from a Syrain man Halqam: ‘I went to Imam Musa-e-Kazim-asws and said, Mola-asws may I be your ransom, please enlighten me with a prayer from which I may benefit in both Worlds.’  Imam-asws replied, Recite after Fajr prayers and until the time of Sunrise:’ Subhan Allah alazeem wa bahamday astaghfir Allah wa asala min fazalay’.

Halqam says, I was very poor and subjected to severe living condition but I got inheritance from a distant relative who was not even known to me before.  Now, I am considered as a well-off person within my relatives and this is all due to the recitation of the prayers which I have been taught by my Mola Abd Salay-asws.[123]

Prayers for Sore Eyes

  • Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq-asws responded to the request of a companion, who moaned about his sore eyes.  Imam-asws said: ‘I will teach you a prayer which would give you benefit in this as well as in the hereafter, and will relieve you from the pain of your sore eyes.  Recite the following after offering the Fajr and Maghrib prayers:

‘Ya Allah-azwj, I beg You through the intercession of Mohameed-saww and Alay Mohammed-asws, enlighten my eyes with ‘Noor’ (light) and brighten-up my heart with ‘Deen’ and firm-up my beliefs and give sincerity in my actions and protect my ‘Nafs’ (from indulgence in sins), and increase my sustenance.  And bless me with the ability to thank you as long as I live.[124]

Appendix IV: Mola Abul Fazal Al-Abbas-asws’s  Hazari

First one should perform gusal[125] and put on clean and tahir (Pak) clothes and start preparing  sweet with ablution/Wazu (i.e., halwa either  made up of Semolina or chana lentils,  also cook some other food, i.e., qorma or qoftey or qeema together with some parathey (fried-chapati) but there is no fix number of Chapati or dishes but the main element is respect (as much as one can observe, i.e, to remain with Wazu all the time, bare footed, listening to Aza/Nohay).  Also most of time, some relative and guests are invited to assist one in preparing Hazari and/or to come later on when its ready. After Hazari is ready, one should offer ‘khas niaz’ by taking small portions of what has been prepared, on a separate clean table, the amount which you would be able to eat. (e.g., Take out some halwa in a bowl and qorma in a plate and 2 or 5 parathey,place a glass of water and a glass of any fruit juice and light an agarbate ‘incense stick’ and then cover all portion under a clean sheet. After this hold a short Majlis with matam, recite Mola Ghazi Abbas -asws‘s masaib, Bibi Sakina -asws‘s noha.  Then stand up (if not already) and recite Salawat for 5 times and sura Fateha once sura Ikhlas 3 times and sura Qadar once and 5 times Salawat.   It is recommend to keep hands open while reciting the Salawat (i.e. when making a prayer). Followed by Ziyarat-e-masomeen-asws, Mola Ghazi Abbas-asws, Bibi Sakina-asws. After this remove cloth from the ‘Khas Niaz’ portion, many momaneen have seen the acceptance sign on Halwa (depending on one’s intensions), usually right hand thumb sign, but there are also sometimes other signs as well. If one does not get the ‘acceptance sign’ or cannot notice it, then may  try Hazari again some other time and hopefully will notice ‘acceptance sign’, inshaAllah, through blessings of Mola Ghazi Abbas-asws.

Precautions: All family including children are better to join in during the recitation but ‘na-Mehram’ male/female should not mix,  and preferably khas niaz should be eaten by children and momaneen. The other larger portions may be shared by everyone. It is also customary to eat Hazari within home and not to take away.  Extreme care should be taken in preparation, every utensils you use in preparation should be pak including pots, pans, plates and of course the place where you will be cooking.

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How to Perform Wirrd[126]-e-Ali-asws

Before we describe the procedure,it is imperative to mention that, like any other Niaz/ Hazri, the person who is the host should not only have himself/herself gusal, wazu and put on pak clothes but should also ask others to do the same. In addition, one should try to make home as clean and ‘Tahir’[127].  As our intentions are to invite Masomeen-asws in our ‘Mehphil’ (gathering).

It is important to note, as ‘Wirrd-e-Ali-asws includes ‘Munajats[128]’ written and adopted by Momaneen over many years, hence there is no fix number about how many times you should read them, it all depends upon the devotion of the host as well as upon the number of people involved in the ‘Wirrd. However, as a general guide, one can read 1/3/5/7 times or as many times one would like as long as its spiritually fulfilling. It is also recommended to recite ‘Salawat’ as frequently as possible, especially, in between Munajaats’.


1-Hadees-e-Kisa                      (1 time)

2-Salawat                                  (100 times-one tasbeeh)[129]

3-Sura-e-Yaseen                       (7/11/41/72)[130] times

4-Nad-e-Ali -asws saghir         (3 times)

Followed by reading the following in WIRRD[131]

5-                                          Jungle pahar kehte hai Nad-e-Ali Ali

Mushkil ko sab ki hal karo mushkil kusha Ali

6-.                                         Ali ka naam sun kar hum aay hain door say

jholee ko sub ki bhar do Mohammed kay noor say

7-                                          Shah-e-mardaan shair-e-yazdaan qoowat-e-Parwardigar

Lafata illa Ali la saif illa zulfiqar

8-                                          Har balla rud bashad eein dua haftad bar

9-                                          Ya qaharul aaduway wa ya wali yul wali

Ya muzharal aajaibay ya Murtaza Ali

10-                                        Ya Ali adrikni wala tuhlikni fi sabeelilah

11-                                        Ali galib- Aala kulay galib        11 times

12-                                        Any Munajat Mola Ali -asws (from any munajat book);

13-                                        Recite one tasbeeh of following line;

Ay malik-e- Kaaba nusrat-e-gaibee ko muhaeya kar                   one tasbeeh

14-                                        Munajat-e-Imam-e-Zamana-asws;

Ya sahibuzaman adrikni

Ya sahibuzaman aagisni

15-                                        Mushkil kushaee kijeeyay Ya sahibuzaman

Jo mangtee hoon dijiyay Ya sahibuzaman

16-                                        Munajat-e-Bibi Fatima -asws;

Churwa do hamay gum say yahee waqate karam hay

Ya Fatima Zehra tumhain bachon ki qasam hay

17-                                        Ya janab-e-Sayeda Zehra tumhara naam

Sadqa Hassan Hussain ka bigray bana do kaam

18-                                        Munajat-e-Mola Gazi Abbas -asws;

Mushkil kusha kay furzand Husnain kay bradar

Mushkil ko maree hul kur Abbas shair Gazi

19-                                        Abbas katay haathoon ka ajaz dikha do

Din maray palut do maree taqdeer bana do

20-                                        hul kijiyay mushkil maree aab dair situm hay

Abbas Ali tum ko Sakina ki qasam hay

21-                                        Imdad kijiyay Abid-e-dilgeer ki qasam

Abbas aap ko saray Shabeer ki qasam

22-                                        Ya Ali mushkil kusha mushkil mare aasan kur

Bay surro saman hoon behtar mara saman kur

23-                                        Mushhoor do jahan may ho hajat rawa Ali

Mushkil ko sub kee hul karo mushkil kusha Ali

24-                                        Sadqay tumharay khoob ki imdad ya Ali

Payee murad dil bhi huwa shad ya Ali

25-                                        Anjaam ho khair muradain milain dilee

Sadqa Hassan Hussain ka ya Muratza Ali

26-                                        Ya Mustafa Mohammed Ya Murtaza Ali

Hajat rawa Mohammed mushkil kusha Ali

27-                                        Munajat-e-Bibi Zainab -asws;

Ya hazrat-e-Zainab bintay Ali

Hul karo hur mushkil mare

28-                                        Ya Rub dua qabool ho Zainab ka wasta

Kurbo balla ki saabra muztur ka wasta

29-                                        one tasbeeh of Imam Musa kazim -asws;

Ya sayedi ya molaee ya Musa ibne Jafar

Babul hawaij adrikni adrikni fi sabeelillah   one tasbeeh

30-                                        Ya Allah-azwj, Ya Mohammed-saww, Ya Ali-asws, ya Fatima-asws,

ya Hassan-asws, ya Hussain-asws, ya sahibuzaman-asws adrikni             5 times

31-                                        Ya Haq Ya Subhan

Humain mushkil tujhey aasan

(as many times as one would like)

32-                                        Niaz and Ziarat, followed by serving Niaz

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Dastar khan Imam Hassan-asws

Like any other Niaz one should perform Gusal and Wazu and put on Pak and clean clothes. Pak every utensil to be used in the preparation, there are various methods of performing Dastar khan we’ll present the ‘One’, which is most widely used.

Food Preparation

1-  Cook some mince meat or you can cook some bhuna lamb or chicken karahi.

2-  Prepare 7 parathey (fried chapatti)

3-  Green sweet/methaee

4-  Green fruits or 7 kinds of fruit (washed ,peeled and cut in edible pieces)

5-  Glass of water

6-  Glass of fruit juice

7-  A green clothe to cover on the top.


Wash and dry seven plates and place in each plate some qeema/lamb/chicken,one paratha,some mithaee,and seven fruits ,place glass of water and fruit juice and cover all seven plates with green cloth.

Now recite Mojaza Imam Hassan-asws and after that offer Niaz in a usual way,

stand up (if not already) and recite Salawat for 5 times and sura Fateha once sura Ikhlas 3 times and sura Qadar once and 5 times Salawat.  It is recommend to keep hands open while reciting the Salawat (i.e. when making a prayer).  Followed by Ziyarat-e-Masomeen-asws, (Imam Hassan-Hussain-asws, Mola Ghazi Abbas-asws, Bibi Zainab-o-Kalsoom-asws , Bibi Sugra-asws, Kubra-asws and Sakina-asws) . After this remove cloth from the ‘Khas Niaz’ portion, which should only be eaten by pak and ‘Tahir’ people and any one can pick up the plate as a ‘Manat’ (wish) for their ‘Duwa’ with the intention that will offer ‘Dastar khan-e-Imam Hassan-asws) on fulfilment of the ‘Manat’.

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Mojiza Mola Ali-asws

This Event is of an Arab wood -cutter who lived a very simple life with his family in a hut. Daily he used to go to the forest with an axe, which was very far off from his place. He used to cut wood and sell in the bazar and with the small earning he used to feed his family.

Once he could not cut the wood sufficiently in time because of his blunt edged axe. Finally when he did cut the required quantity, it was late. He was very much perplexed for he knew that by the time he reaches the market, no one would be there to buy his wood. And if the wood was not sold, he would have no money to feed the family.

He could think of no way in feeding the hungry children for the next 24 hours. While he was pondering over the matter, he heard the trotting of a horse on which a masked rider was approaching towards him. After the salutations the rider enquired of the wood cutter as to what he was doing there since it was getting dark to which the wood cutter explained his situation.

On hearing the woodcutter’s misery, the masked rider gave him five coins and instructed him to buy therewith sugar, grapes, flower-petals and agarbatti for NAZAR OF HAZRAT ALI-asws. He assured that INSHALLAH on his executing the instructions, he would be relieved of the misery and afflictions.

No sooner the wood cutter accepted the coins, the masked rider vanished mysteriously and the wood cutter was further astonished that instead of being himself in the forest, he was at home with his family. He could not believe what had happened but when he opened his palm he found the five coins. He mentioned the whole incident to his wife and then went out to buy the necessary things for NAZAR. The couple then with all sincerity offered NAZAR OF HAZRAT ALI-aswsThe wood cutter then left to the bazar. He could witness the benefits derived on offering NAZAR because he received a little more than usual for the wood.

Next day he left for the woods a little early. He came across a dry tree which he selected for cutting. He was in high spirit that day. He was fully confident that ALI-asws would henceforth help him and ALLAH-azwj shall remove from him his poverty and misery. So he picked up the axe and taking the name of ALI -asws he used all his strength and stuck the tree .On a second strike, the tree fell off on the ground. By the grace of ALLAH-azwj , he happened to see a treasure – trove at the bottom of the tree. With great hesitancy, he picked up just two silver coins and the rest he buried at the same spot. He left for the bazar without the wood and bought the provision for the returned home to narrate the whole incident to his wife. Both of them decided that due to the favours of ALLAH-azwj , it would be more befitting that henceforth they should remain more busy in the remembrance of ALLAH-azwj and NAZAR ceremony should be carried out regularly. Thereafter, the couple devoted much more time in prayers. They also decided to move from the village to the forest. In the forest they built small houses for poor families as well as for themselves. They also made arrangements for a SABEEL and a rest house for the travellers and passers- by .

On one occasion , the King with his army was in that part of the jungle for hunting. Finding some hutments in the forest he sent his aides to bring water for him. The attendant came to the huts and found the SABEEL with cold neat water within a beautiful garden .The wood cutter provided them with a drinking cup and a leather bottle for water. On their return to the King with the water they related to him what they had seen. They said that there was a resting place there with gardens and even a small mosque. After quenching his thirst, the King enquired as to where they found the beautiful drinking cup from ? Then he ordered that the wood cutter be presented before him. The men informed the King that the wood cutter was performing prayers and that it was getting quite late and that the man could be presented later before the King at the Palace, So they all returned back to the Kingdom.

On reaching the Palace , the King narrated to the Queen about the jungle hutments. On hearing the episode, the Queen desired to interview the couple to question them of certain things. The next day the family of the wood cutter was presented before the King. The family was given state – guests status and was requested to stay in the Kingdom for a few days.

During the stay in the Palace, once the wood cutter’s wife was with the Queen. The Queen before going to Hammam , requested the wood cutter’s wife to keep a watch over her precious necklace .No sooner the Queen entered the hammam , the necklace on the dressing table disappeared before the eyes of the wood cutter’s wife. When the Queen returned after a bath , not finding the necklace enquired of her , who explained as to how the necklace has disappeared before her eyes mysteriously. The Queen informed the King, who on suspicion, imprisoned the family for stealing the necklace.

Thus , the wood cutter’s family was in prison for quite some time. During the prison -term , the wood cutter once had a vision of a masked man enquiring of him whether he was regularly remembering ALLAH-azjw and performing NAZAR OF HAZRAT ALI-asws  The wood cutter replied that they had forgotten about it . He reminded them that unless they do so, he would remain afflicted with the miseries. The wood cutter said that he did not have any money on him. The masked man said that there was some coins underneath the pillow. Saying this the masked man disappeared. On awakening, the wood cutter remembered the vision and when he saw underneath, the pillow, he found two coins lying there. He saw a woman passing by , whom he called and requested to bring for him a few things for NAZAR , but she refused saying she was busy with her son’s wedding arrangements .After sometime an old woman passed by, whom he pleaded. Although she was on her way to call a Hakim for her son , who was sick she agreed to fetch the things and she also listened the prayers for HAZRAT ALI-asws. After which she left with a portion of NAZAR sweets and some water. When she reached home, she was surprised that her son was not dead and had survived whereas the other woman who had refused to fetch NAZAR sweets was, in distress.

In a separate incident, the Queen was sitting at the dressing table and suddenly she found the necklace appearing on the dressing table mysteriously .For a moment she could not believe her eyes but when she touched and saw, she remembered that the wood cutter’s wife must have spoken the truth about the disappearance of the necklace in the same manner. She reported the matter to the King who immediately had the couple before them and asked them to forgive him. They explained to him that it was because they had forgotten to remember ALLAH-azwj regularly and to perform NAZAR for SAWAB OF HAZRAT ALI-asws that they were engulfed with misery. On hearing this, the King also vowed that he shall also regularly perform NAZAR on Thursday nights for HAZRAT ALI-asws


( SALAWAT – eleven times)

ALLAHO AKBER -three times

AYATUL QURSEE[132][133] – three times

SURAH ALAM NASHRAH[134] (94)– three times



SURAH NAAS[135] –(114) three times



SURAH FALAQ[136]-(113) three times



SURAH KAFEROON [137]–(109) three times



SURAH AL- HAMD [138]-(1) three times



SURA IKHLAAS-[139] (112)three times



SALAWAT – eleven times


This Event is of an Arab Goldsmith widow who had a young child. As usual one day in the morning she went to the well near her house to fetch water with her child. She left the child near the well to play while she proceeded to the well to draw water. Having filled her vessel, she looked for her child, who having noticed a potter’s kiln nearby which was aglow, was attracted by it and had wandered off towards it, and not finding the child she presumed that the child must have toddled off home. But when she did not find the child at home, she was worried and again came to the well to look for him all -around. Not finding him there she became more worried and started weeping, moaning and yet roamed around all over searching for him until evening time.

By this time , everyone in the vicinity was informed of her son’s disappearance without any clue and shortly by evening time there was a rumour that the child being attracted by the potter’s kiln – fire had gone there and had fallen in the kiln and died. When she heard this news ,she was very much shocked .Due to the shock and worry she fell unconscious in her house after weeping for a long time.

While she was in the state of unconsciousness, she had a vision. She saw a highly dignified masked lady approaching her to console her (Recite Salawat at this point) .She told her to be calm and patient and that her son would return to her safe and sound provided she takes a vow that if her son returns safely to her she would call some one to tell her the Mojiza of JANAB SAYYEDA-asws The widow was very much impressed and felt joy to the assurance that her son would come back to her alive jumping from the kiln. In her unconsciousness she vowed to act as instructed.

Thereafter when she opened her eyes, she was astonished to see her son coming towards her smiling, with the blessings and as promised by JANABE SAYYEDA-asws the child was completely safe and sound. ( SALAWAT )

The widow was over-joyed. She immediately prostrated to thank ALLAH-azwj for the favour, picked up her child and rushed to the shop to buy some sweets to fulfil the promise she had made. After spending the two coins for the sweets, she went to her neighbours to request them to narrate the Mojiza of JANABE SAYEDA-asws All the seven houses of neighbours she visited with the request, everyone had some or the other excuse. Some saying they do not remember the Event others saying they were not interested in such imaginary tales.

She was very much disappointed on the reaction of her neighbours inspite of the fact that all were aware and saw that her loving child had returned to her safe and sound. Not knowing what to do next, since she herself did not know the MOJIZA of JANABE SAYEDA-asws which she very much wanted to hear and remember it, she unconsciously in the state of worries was walking towards the outskirts of town to the forest. All of a sudden, the same dignified masked lady whom she had seen in her vision met her in the desert and again consoled her saying: Do not grieve Khatoon. Spread your sheet and sit down attentively and remember it. (SALAWAT)

There lived in Medina a Jew. Arrangements for the wedding of the Jew’s daughter were ready and he wished that JANABAY SAYEDA-asws should honour by her presence, the wedding ceremony. So he approached our Beloved HOLY PROPHET-saww (SALAWAT) and requested that permission be granted to JANABE SAYEDA-asws to attend the wedding of his daughter. Our Beloved HOLY PROPHET-saww (SALAWAT) directed the jew to speak to the Commander of the Faithfuls HAZRAT ALI-asws who had the authority over the matter. The jew then approached AMEERUL MOMINEEN HAZRAT ALI-asws with the same request. HAZRAT ALI-asws directed him to JANABE SAYEDA-asws saying that it is up to her if she is willing to attend. So the jew came to the house and announced his presence to JANABE SAYEDA-asws .JANABE SAYEDA-asws informed him that if JANABE AMEER-asws  permits , she will attend the wedding. The jew informed JANABE SAYEDA-asws that he had already approached ALLAH’S RASOOL-saww (SALAWAT) and HAZRAT ALI-asws  the LION of ALLAH-azwj and they had directed him to her. On hearing this JANABE SAYEDA-asws was pondering over the matter and at that time our Beloved HOLY PROPHET-saww (SALAWAT) came to her house. JANABE SAYEDA-asws enquired of our Beloved HOLY PROPHET-saww (SALAWAT ) : Baba jan, the jew wishes me to attend the wedding of his daughter. What do you advise ? She was replied : O my child , you are at the liberty either to accept or refuse. JANABE SAYEDA-aswssaid: My presence their would be in the eyes of the womenfolk there an insult because their women would be attired in fine clothes and bedecked with jewellery whereas my clothes are old, darned and patched all over. On hearing this, our Beloved HOLY PROPHET-saww (SALAWAT ) said : YOU ATTEND DRESSED WITH WHAT YOU HAVE ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF ALLAH-azwj . JANABE SAYEDA-asws got ready and while she was about to leave her room, fairies from Jannat descended with clothes and jewellery. She was properly attired with befitting clothes and jewellery and fairies proceeded with her in a procession. Some fairies walking on her right, the other on the left side, some in the front and a few at her back. No sooner JANABE SAYEDA-asws reached the jew’s house, the house of jew was dazzling with the NOOR of JANABE SAYEDA-asws and the women folk who had gathered near the Bride were awestruck. All over near around was filled with fragrance. Most of the women present there including the Bride fell in a state of unconsciousness with the scene. After sometime all recovered but the Bride. Everything was tried to revive the Bride back to consciousness but failed. When the Bride was closely examined, it became evident that her soul had departed from her. The wedding place had turned in to’ Matam Kada ‘

JANABE SAYEDA-aswsfor a moment was grieved to know this but then immediately assured one and all that she would regain consciousness soon and they should remain calm. JANABE SAYEDA-aswsestablished two Raka’at prayers and thereafter beseeched the ALMIGHTY ALLAH-azwj saying O, MY LORD, I am the daughter of Thy Messenger , You have named BATUL SIDIQA .For the sake of your Messenger , do fulfil my assurance given to these people. O my True Lord , I am the daughter of your Beloved Messenger . My prestige is in your hands. Everyone would unknowingly accuse me to be the cause of the Bride’s death and that the wedding place would turn in lamentations.

Shortly her supplication was accepted while she was still on her prayer- mat. The Bride became conscious and no sooner she opened her eyes, she started reciting the Kalama -e -Shahadat ( SALAWAT )

The Bride then got up and acknowledging thus: “There is NO DEITY except ALLAH-azwj and MOHAMMAD-saww is his Messenger and you are the daughter of our Beloved PROPHET-saww (SALAWAT) and further said : “ I REQUEST YOU TO PURIFY ME AND TEACH ME THE RELIGION. With such sincerity of heart she embraced Islam.

On witnessing this scene and the MOJIZA OF JANABE SAYEDA-asws about 500 jews, men , women and children embraced Islam that day. Thereafter, everyone there gave due respects to JANABE SAYEDA-asws and after the wedding ceremony, newly converted gave her a befitting farewell with a hand-maid, as a present to JANABE SAYEDA-asws (SALAWAT)

JANABE SAYEDA-asws returned to her House and informed her Baba Jan of the incident , who on hearing fell in prostration to thank the ALMIGHTY ALLAH-azwj for the exaltation accorded to his AHLE BAYT-asws ( SALWAT )


The King with the Minister and his attendants were out in the forest hunting. The Princess as well as the daughter of the Minister also had accompanied them. In the forest, the tents were erected and necessary arrangements were made for the hunting. Some of the attendants were busy preparing light lunch while the Royal members were relaxing in the tents after the strenuous journey.

Suddenly, there was a windstorm; the clouds became dark due to dust. Soon the windstorm turned into a very severe tempest, whereby the trees were uprooted. The tents flew off and even the men were carried off and were thrown at far off places. After sometime, the conditions became normal and all those who were scattered all over started gathering at one place. Whereas all people somehow were back at the spot with injuries and scratches, there was no sign of the two girls. The King was very much worried, but the immediate need was to return back to the Kingdom, which he did after deputing some of the men to search for the girls.

Incidentally, another King with his entourage for hunting wild beasts reached in the same forest. They were exhausted with their water provision on the way. So the King ordered his men to look for water somewhere nearby. Some men were deputed for this job by the Minister, where as the Minister, himself, also left to the nearby hills, to see if he could come across a spring there. When he reached the top of the hill, he was surprised to find two girls there sitting talking to each other. These girls, when they were blown off on the hills because of tempest, they cried a lot for being separated from their parents and after crying a long time had become unconscious. In the state of unconsciousness, they saw a vision of a dignified masked lady who approached them and suggested that they take a vow that when they reach home safely to their parents, they shall arrange and listen the Event of JANABE SAYEDA-asws Both the girls had seen the same vision and had received identical instructions and both had agreed and vowed. When these girls woke up, each narrated the same vision which compelled them to believe to be a true vision to be strictly acted upon and furthermore were much hopeful that they shall be rescued soon. At this state while they were discussing about the vision, a royal dignitary approached them.

The Minister who had come there in search of water was surprised to find these two girls at such an isolated place and so he enquired of them respectfully about their identity and the reason of their being on the hills. The Minister hearing their tale rushed back to report to the King, who ordered them to have the girls in his presence. When the girls were brought before him, he ordered the entourage to proceed back to the Kingdom with the girls.

Shortly afterwards, the girl’s parents were made aware of these girls being in the other Kingdom .He, as such, sent his Minister to fetch them. When the Minister arrived with the King’s request, the other King suggested that the Princess and the Minister’s daughter be wedded to the Prince and the Minister’s son. The first King did not like the idea but somehow agreed. On such an agreement being reached between them, the girls were permitted to return to their city and as the wedding date was fixed after a short time, all got busy in making the wedding arrangements. On the appointed date, the marriages were solemnised and the girls left to their in-laws houses. The vow which was taken by the girls was thus completely forgotten by them.

It so happened that during the journey, one of the vessels of the Bride-princess was not seen. They therefore halted on the way and searched. Not finding it, they presumed that the costly vessel was left behind. So the King ordered one of his trusted attendants to go back to the Girl’s parents and collect the vessel. The attendant rushed to the Palace for the vessel, but was surprised to find that there was neither the Kingdom, nor the Royal family any longer there. Everything had disappeared and found the vessel on the ground but the moment he tried to pick it up, a cobra came out from the vessel. He tried to scare away the cobra and release the vessel somehow, but he failed. When the attendant reported the matter to the King on his return, the King became furious and thought ill of the girls. He questioned them about it and accused them of sorcery .He called the attendant to arrest them and said that he would behead them no sooner they reach the palace. The girls, on hearing the news that they shall be beheaded next day started weeping and moaning. They were shocked for such an evil after their royal wedding. With grief and crying and moaning extensively, they as such again fell unconscious.

The girls , once again saw the vision in which the same dignified masked lady appeared to them and reminded them of their vow which they did not fulfil on their safe return to their parents. She suggested that even now if they would fulfil their promises in the prison before being beheaded, they could avert their death. The girls in their unconsciousness pleaded that they had no money to but sweets and offer NAZAR. The masked lady informed the princess that a few coins were tied in her head covering which she should use.

On awakening, the princess tried to remember the vision which she had seen, while the other girl was searching for the princess head -covering and found a few coins tied there. They somehow managed to collect sugar. Fruit, flowers and agarbatti with the coins and sat down for the narration of the Event of JANABE SAYEDA-asws

Next day the girls were presented before the King along with the Executioner .The girls pleaded to the King to have the matter once again verified about their Kingdom. The King agreed to this and sent his Minister to enquire. The Minister when he went back to the Haunted Palace, found everything in the manner they had left behind and the King also handed over the left-over vessel of the Princess to the Minister. When he returned back to his Kingdom and informed about it to his King of the good news, the King was surprised and enquired of the girls. The girls explained to him about the promise which they had not kept and about their carrying out the promised prayer in the prison . The King was very much pleased and freed the girls and he himself vowed that he also shall thereafter observe NAZAR regularly for the blessings.

After narrating both the MOJIZAS, the masked lady disappeared. The widow when she returned back to her house, found that all her neighbour women who had refused to participate were inflicted with various afflictions.

May the ALMIGHTY ALLAH-azwj, for the sake of JANABE SAYEDA-asws fulfil your wishes also as he fulfilled the widow’s wishes, Amen.








[1] Al Ghafar , (40), verse 60.

[2] Al Sabah, (34), verse 39.

[3] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.16, tradition 8.

[4] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.16, tradition 2.

[5] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.15, tradition 7.

[6] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, Kitab AlDuwa, Ch.1, tradition 5.

[7] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, Kitab AlDuwa, Ch.2, tradition 1.

[8] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, Kitab AlDuwa, Ch.6, tradition 1.

[9] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.20, tradition 5.

[10] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.20, tradition 9.

[11] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, Kitab AlDuwa, Ch.7, tradition 1.

[12] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, Kitab AlDuwa, Ch.11, tradition 1.

[13] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.24, tradition 1.

[14] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.24, tradition 2.

[15] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, Kitab AlDuwa, Ch.17, tradition 1.

[16] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, Kitab AlDuwa, Ch.17, tradition 2.

[17] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.17, tradition 3.

[18] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.18, tradition 1.

[19] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.20, tradition 16.

[20] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.26, tradition 1.

[21] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.19, tradition 3.

[22] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.19, tradition 9.

[23] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.19, tradition 5.

[24] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.19, tradition 6.

[25] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.20, tradition 18.

[26] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.21, tradition 2.

[27] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.21, tradition 5.

[28] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.21, tradition 6.

[29] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.21, tradition 8.

[30] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.21, tradition 12.

[31] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.22, tradition 2.

[32] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.22, tradition 4.

[33] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.23, tradition 1.

[34] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.27, tradition 5.

[35] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.28, tradition 1.

[36] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.47, tradition 1.

[37] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.30, tradition 1.

[38] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.30, tradition 3.

[39] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.31, tradition 2.

[40] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.32, tradition 2.

[41] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.33, tradition 3.

[42] Sending Allahazwj’s curse on the lair, as per the Verse of Mubahila

فَمَنْ حَاجَّكَ فِيهِ مِنْ بَعْدِ مَا جَاءَكَ مِنَ الْعِلْمِ فَقُلْ تَعَالَوْا نَدْعُ أَبْنَاءَنَا وَأَبْنَاءَكُمْ وَنِسَاءَنَا وَنِسَاءَكُمْ وَأَنْفُسَنَا وَأَنْفُسَكُمْ ثُمَّ نَبْتَهِلْ فَنَجْعَلْ لَعْنَةَ اللَّهِ عَلَى الْكَاذِبِينَ (61 3)

[43] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.34, tradition 1.

[44] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.34, tradition 2.

[45] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.48, tradition 24.

[46] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.48, tradition 2.

[47] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.48, tradition 25.

[48] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.48, tradition 29.

[49] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.48, tradition 34.

[50] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.49, tradition 2.

[51] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.49, tradition 5.

[52] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.49, tradition 7.

[53] Verese no. 18.

[54] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.49, tradition 17.

[55] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.49, tradition 18.

[56] Verse 112

[57] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.50, tradition 8.

[58] Verse 1.

[59] 2:255

[60] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.50, tradition 11.

[61] Usool-e-Kafi, vol. 5, ch.51, tradition 1.

[62] Al Baqra, (2), verse 40.

[63] Tafseer by Syed Imdad Hussain, pp. 9

[64] Al-Safi, pp. 133, and Ikmal-u-Deen, pp. 144, Syed Imdad Hussain.

[65] Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 7, pp. 342

[66] Tafseer-ul-Burhan, vol. 1, pp. 617 (Haqiaq-ul-Wasaiat, pp. 411).

[67] Ilmul Yaqeen and Mafati-ul-Jinan, vol. 1, pp. 617 (Haqiaq-ul-Wasaiat, pp. 416)

[68] Mola Ali and Masomeensws are Wajjullah (Allah azwj’s face, meaning the reflection of Allah azwj)

[69] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 7, vol. 5, pp. 190.

[70] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 1, vol. 5, pp. 192.

[71] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 4, vol. 5, pp. 193.

[72] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 13, vol. 5, pp. 197.

[73] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 1, vol. 5, pp. 198.

[74] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 2, vol. 5, pp. 198.

[75] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 3, vol. 5, pp. 198.

[76] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 1, vol. 5, pp. 200.

[77] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 3, vol. 5, pp. 200.

[78] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 4, vol. 5, pp. 200.

[79] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 6, vol. 5, pp. 201.

[80] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 9, vol. 5, pp. 204.

[81] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 10, vol. 5, pp. 204.

[82] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 11, vol. 5, pp. 204.

[83] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 13, vol. 5, pp. 205.

[84] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 17, vol. 5, pp. 207.

[85] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 18, vol. 5, pp. 208.

[86] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 21, vol. 5, pp. 209.

[87] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 1, vol. 5, pp. 212.

[88] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 2, vol. 5, pp. 212.

[89] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 3, vol. 5, pp. 213.

[90] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 4, vol. 5, pp. 213.

[91] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 5, vol. 5, pp. 214.

[92] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 6, vol. 5, pp. 214.

[93] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 7, vol. 5, pp. 214.

[94] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 8, vol. 5, pp. 215.

[95] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 12, vol. 5, pp. 216.

[96] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 13, vol. 5, pp. 216.

[97] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 14, vol. 5, pp. 216.

[98] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 15, vol. 5, pp. 217.

[99] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 16, vol. 5, pp. 217.

[100] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 17, vol. 5, pp. 217.

[101] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 19, vol. 5, pp. 218.

[102] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 1, vol. 5, pp. 218.

[103] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 2, vol. 5, pp. 219.

[104] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 3, vol. 5, pp. 219.

[105] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 6, vol. 5, pp. 221.

[106] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 7, vol. 5, pp. 221.

[107] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 11, vol. 5, pp. 224.

[108] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 12, vol. 5, pp. 224.

[109] 2:255-256

[110] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 12, vol. 5, pp. 224

[111] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 14, vol. 5, pp. 225

[112] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 2, vol. 5, pp. 231

[113] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 7, vol. 5, pp. 232

[114] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 9, vol. 5, pp. 234

[115] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 10, vol. 5, pp. 234

[116] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 11, vol. 5, pp. 234

[117] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 14, vol. 5, pp. 235

[118] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 27, vol. 5, pp. 248

[119] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 28, vol. 5, pp. 248

[120] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 28, vol. 5, pp. 275

[121] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition 28, vol. 5, pp. 306

[122] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition, 9, vol. 5, pp. 190.

[123] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition, 9, vol. 5, pp. 190.

[124] Usool-e-Kafi, tradition, 12, vol. 5, pp. 191.

[125] Take a bath

[126] Means iterative recitation of supplications together

[127] Remove all that is unclean in Islamic Law and make it pure (i.e., washing).

[128] Qasida/ Poem in praise

[129] One tasbeeh read by all people present in Wirad e.g., if 5 people are present then 5 Tasbeehs.

[130] Can choose any number from this.

[131] All people read together 1/3/5/7 time, as many times one would wish.

[132] بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

[133] اللَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لَا تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلَا نَوْمٌ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ مَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلَا يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلَّا بِمَا شَاءَ وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَلَا يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ (255) لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ قَدْ تَبَيَّنَ الرُّشْدُ مِنَ الْغَيِّ فَمَنْ يَكْفُرْ بِالطَّاغُوتِ وَيُؤْمِنْ بِاللَّهِ فَقَدِ اسْتَمْسَكَ بِالْعُرْوَةِ الْوُثْقَى لَا انْفِصَامَ لَهَا وَاللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ (256) اللَّهُ وَلِيُّ الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا يُخْرِجُهُمْ مِنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَوْلِيَاؤُهُمُ الطَّاغُوتُ يُخْرِجُونَهُمْ مِنَ النُّورِ إِلَى الظُّلُمَاتِ أُولَئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ

[134] بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

أَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ (1) وَوَضَعْنَا عَنْكَ وِزْرَكَ (2) الَّذِي أَنْقَضَ ظَهْرَكَ (3) وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ (4) فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا (5) إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا (6) فَإِذَا فَرَغْتَ فَانْصَبْ (7) وَإِلَى رَبِّكَ فَارْغَبْ (8)

[135] بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ (1) مَلِكِ النَّاسِ (2) إِلَهِ النَّاسِ (3) مِنْ شَرِّ الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاسِ (4) الَّذِي يُوَسْوِسُ فِي صُدُورِ النَّاسِ (5) مِنَ الْجِنَّةِ وَالنَّاسِ (6)

[136] بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ الْفَلَقِ (1) مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ (2) وَمِنْ شَرِّ غَاسِقٍ إِذَا وَقَبَ (3) وَمِنْ شَرِّ النَّفَّاثَاتِ فِي الْعُقَدِ (4) وَمِنْ شَرِّ حَاسِدٍ إِذَا حَسَدَ (5)

[137] بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا الْكَافِرُونَ (1) لَا أَعْبُدُ مَا تَعْبُدُونَ (2) وَلَا أَنْتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ (3) وَلَا أَنَا عَابِدٌ مَا عَبَدْتُمْ (4) وَلَا أَنْتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ (5) لَكُمْ دِينُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِينِ (6)

[138] بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ (1)

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ (2) الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ (3) مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ (4) إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ (5) اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ (6) صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّالِّينَ (7)

[139] بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ (1) اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ (2) لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ (3) وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ (4)