the Supplication of imam sajjad
1) Preface concerning the chain of authorities of the SAHEEFA
In the Name of ALLAH,the All-merciful,the All-compassionate The greatest SAYYID NAJMUD-DEEN BAHAA-US-SHARAF ABUL-HASAN MUHAMMAD BIN AL-HASAN BIN AHMAD BIN A'LI BIN MUHAMMAD BIN U'MAR BIN YAHYA AL-A'LAWI AL-HUSAYNI1 )ALLAH have mercy upon him(related to us He said:The felicitous SHAYKH ABU A'BD ALLAH MUHAMMAD BIN AHMAD BIN SHAHRIYAR,the treasurer of the treasure-house of our master,the Commander of the faithful,A'LI BIN ABI TALIB )upon him be peace(told us in the month of RABEEA'-1 in the year 615 ]May June 2211 CE[while ]the SAH'EEFA[was being read before him and I was listening.
He said:I heard it ]being read[before the truthful SHAYKH ABI MANS'OOR MUHAMMAD BIN MUHAMMAD BIN AHMAD BIN A'BD AL-A'ZEEZ AL-U'KBARI the Just )ALLAH have mercy upon him( by ABIL MUFAZ''Z''AL MUHAMMAD BIN A'BDILLAAH BIN AL-MUT'T'ALIB AL-SHAYBANI.
He said:AS-SHAREEF ABU A'BDILLAAH JA'FAR BIN MUHAMMAD BIN JA'FAR BIN AL-HASAN BIN JA'FAR BIN AL-HASAN BIN AL-HASAN BIN AMEERIL-MUMINEEN A'LI BIN ABI TALIB )upon them be peace(related to us.
He said:A'BD ALLAH BIN U'MAR BIN KHAT'T'AAB AZ-ZAYYAT related to us in the year 562 ]878-9[.
He said:My maternal uncle A'LI BIN AL-NUA'-MAN AL-A'LAM related to me.
He said:U'MAYR BIN MUTAWAKKIL ATH-THAQAFI AL-BALKHI related to us from his father MUTAWAKKIL BIN HAROON.
He said:I met YAHYA BIN ZAYD BIN A'LI )upon him be peace(when he was going to KHURASAN after his father was slain and I greeted him.
01 He said to me:From whence are you coming?I said:From the HAJ.
He asked me about his household and the sons of his paternal uncle in MADEENA and he pressed me urgently about ]IMAM[JA'FAR BIN MUHAMMAD )upon him be peace(, so I gave him news of him and of them and of their sorrow over his father ZAYD BIN A'LI )upon him be peace(.
He said to me:My paternal uncle ]IMAM[MUHAMMAD ]AL-BAQIR[BIN A'LI )upon him be peace(advised my father not to revolt and he let him know what would be the outcome of his affair if he revolted and left MADEENA.
Have you met the son of my paternal uncle,JA'FAR BIN MUHAMMAD )upon him be peace( ?I said:Yes.
He said:Did you hear him mention anything about my affair?I said:Yes.
He said:What did he say about me?Tell me!I said:May I be made your sacrifice!I do not want to confront you with what I heard from him.
So he said:Will you frighten me with death?Tell me what you heard!I said:I heard him saying that you would be slain and crucified as your father was slain and crucified.
His face changed color and he said:ALLAH erases whatsoever He will,and He establishes,and with Him is the Mother of the Book! O MUTWAKIL!ALLAH has supported this affair through us and appointed for us knowledge and the sword.
These two are combined in us,while the sons of our paternal uncle have been singled out only for knowledge.
I said:May I be made your sacrifice!Surely I see people inclining more to the son of your paternal uncle,JA'FAR )upon him be peace(than to you and your father.
He said:Surely my paternal uncle MUHAMMAD BIN A'LI and his son JA'FAR )upon them both be peace(summon people to life,but we summon them to death.
I said:O son of the Messenger of ALLAH!Have they more knowledge,or have you?He looked toward the ground for a time.
Then he lifted his head and said: All of us have knowledge,but they know everything we know,and we do not know everything they know.
Then he said to me:Have you written anything from the son of my paternal uncle?I said:Yes.
He said:Show it to me.
So I brought out various kinds of knowledge,and I brought out for him a supplication which had been dictated to me by ABU A'BD ALLAH )upon him be peace(.
and he had related to me that his father,MUHAMMAD BIN A'LI )upon them both be peace(had dictated it to him and had told him that it was one of the supplications of his father,A'LI BIN AL-HUSAYN )upon them both be peace( ,from AS-SAH'EEFAH AL-KAMILA.
YAHYA looked at it until he came to its end.
He said to me:Will you permit me to copy it?I said:O son of the Messenger of ALLAH!Do you ask permission for that which belongs to all of you? He said:Truly I will bring out for you a SAH'EEFA with the Perfect Supplications,which my father had in safekeeping from his father.
My father counseled me to safeguard it and to withhold it from those unworthy of it.
UMAYR said:My father ]MUTAWAKKIL[said:So I stood up before him,kissed him on the head,and said to him:By ALLAH,O son of the Messenger of ALLAH!I profess the religion of ALLAH through love for you and obedience toward you! I hope that He will favor me in my life and my death with your friendship.
So he tossed the page of mine which I had given to him to a servant who was with him and said: Write this supplication with a beautiful,clear script,and give it to me.
Perhaps I will memorize it,for I had been seeking it from JA'FAR )ALLAH safeguard him(and he withheld it from me.
MUTWAKIL said:So I regretted what I had done and did not know what I should do.
ABU A'BD ALLAH had not ordered me not to hand it over to anyone.
Then he called for a box and brought out from it a SAH'EEFA locked and sealed.
He looked at the seal,kissed it,and wept.
Then he broke it and undid the lock.
He opened the SAH'EEFA,placed it upon his eyes,and passed it across his face.
He said:By ALLAH,O MUTWAKIL,were it not for the words you mentioned from the son of my paternal uncle that I will be slain and crucified would not hand this over to you and would be niggardly with it.
But I know that his word is the truth which he has taken from his fathers and that it will be verified.
So I fear lest a knowledge like this fall to the UMAYYADS and they hide it and store it in their treasuries for themselves.
So take it,guard it for me,and wait with it.
Then,when ALLAH has accomplished in my affair and the affair of those people what He will accomplish, it will be a trust from me with you to be taken to the sons of my paternal uncle,MUHAMMAD and IBRAHEEM,41 the two sons of A'BD ALLAH BIN AL-HASAN BIN AL-HASAN BIN A'LI )upon the ]last[two of them be peace( .
They will undertake this affair after me.
MUTWAKIL said:So I took the SAH'EEFA.
When YAHYA BIN ZAYD was slain,I went to MADINA and met ]IMAM[ABU A'BD ALLAH ]JA'FAR AS-SADIQ[)upon him be peace( .
I related to him the news of YAHYA.
He wept and his feeling for him was intense.
He said:ALLAH have mercy on the son of my paternal uncle and join him to his fathers and grandfathers! By ALLAH,O MUTWAKIL,the only thing that prevented me from handing the supplication over to him was what he feared for the SAH'EEFA of his father.
Where is the SAH'EEFA?I said:Here it is.
He opened it and said:This,by ALLAH,is the handwriting of my paternal uncle ZAYD and the supplications of my grandfather A'LI BIN AL-HUSAYN )upon both of them be peace(.
Then he said to his son:Stand up,O ISMAE'EL,and bring out the supplications which I commanded you to memorize and safeguard! So,ISMAE'EL stood up,and he brought out a SAH'EEFA just like the SAH'EEFA which YAHYA BIN ZAYD had handed over to me.
ABU A'BD ALLAH kissed it and placed it upon his eyes.
He said:This is the handwriting of my father and the dictation of my grandfather )upon both of them be peace( ,while I was a witness.
I said:O son of the Messenger of ALLAH!Would it be proper for me to compare it to the SAH'EEFA of ZAYD and YAHYA?He gave me permission to do that and said:I consider you worthy of that.
I looked,and I found the two to be a single thing.
I did not find a single letter to differ from what was in the other SAH'EEFA.
Then I asked permission from ABU' A'BD ALLAH to hand over the SAH'EEFA to the two sons of A'BD ALLAH BIN AL-HASAN He said:ALLAH commands you to deliver trusts back to their owners.
61 Yes,hand it over to them.
When I rose to go and meet them,he said to me:Stay in your place.
Then he sent for MUHAMMAD and IBRAHEEM and they came.
He said:This is the inheritance of the son of your paternal uncle,YAHYA,from his father.
He has singled you out for it instead of his own brothers.
But we place upon you a condition concerning it.
They said:ALLAH have mercy upon you!Tell us,for your word is accepted.
He said:Leave not MADINA with this SAH'EEFA!They said:And why is that? He said:The son of your paternal uncle feared for it what I fear for you.
They said:He only feared for it when he came to know he would be slain.
ABU A'BD ALLAH )upon him be peace(said:As for you feel not secure!By ALLAH,I know that you will revolt as he revolted,and you will be slain as he was slain! They arose,while they were saying:'There is no force and no strength save in ALLAH,the All-high,the All-mighty! When they revolted ABU A'BD ALLAH )upon him be peace(said to me: O MUTWAKIL!What did YAHYA say to you?'Surely my paternal uncle MUHAMMAD BIN A'LI and his son JA'FAR summon the people to life,but we summon them to death.
' I said:Yes,ALLAH set you right!The son of your paternal uncle YAHYA said that to me.
He said:ALLAH have mercy upon YAHYA!My father related from his father from his grandfather from A'LI )upon him be peace( that the Messenger of ALLAH )ALLAH bless him and his Household(was seized from his senses for an instant while he was on the pulpit.
He saw in a vision some men leaping upon his pulpit like monkeys and making the people retrace their steps.
the Messenger of ALLAH sat down )ALLAH bless him and his Household( ,and sorrow was apparent on his face.
Then Gabriel )upon him be peace(came to him with this verse: )And We made the vision that We showed thee and the tree cursed in the QURAN,that is,the UMAYYADS to be only a trial for men;and We frighten them,but it only increases them in great insolence.
(He meant BANI OMAYAH.
He said:O Gabriel!Will they be in my period and my time? He said:No,but the mill of Islam will turn from your migration,and it will come to a halt ten ]years[after that.
Then it will begin turning exactly thirty-five years after your migration,and come to a halt five ]years[after that.
Then there is no avoiding a mill at whose axis stands error.
Then there will be the kingdom of the pharaons He said:ALLAH sent down concerning that: )Surely We sent it down on the Night of Decree.
And what will teach thee what is the Night of Decree?The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months( in which the UMAYYAD rule,during which time there will be no Night of Decree.
He said:So ALLAH gave news to His Prophet )upon him be peace(that the UMAYYAD would own sovereignty over this community and that their kingdom would last this period of time.
Were the mountains to vie with them,they would tower over the mountains until ALLAH )exalted is He(gave permission for the disappearance of their kingdom; and during this time they have made their banner enmity and hatred for us,the Folk of the House.
ALLAH gave news to His Prophet concerning what the Folk of the House of MUHAMMAD,the people of love for them,and their partisans would meet from the UMAYYAD during their days and their kingdom.
He said:ALLAH sent down concerning them: )Hast Thou not seen those who exchanged the favor of ALLAH for unbelief,and caused the people to dwell in the abode of ruin?GEHENNAM wherein they are roasted;an evil resting place!( The 'favor of ALLAH' is MUHAMMAD and the People of his House.
Love for them is a faith that takes into the Garden,and hate for them is an unbelief and a hypocrisy that takes into the Fire.
So the Messenger of ALLAH )ALLAH bless him and his Household(confided that to A'LI and the Folk of his House.
He said:Then ABU A'BD ALLAH said )upon him be peace( :Before the rise of our QAAIM not one of us,Folk of the House,has revolted or will revolt to repel an injustice or to raise up a right, without affliction uprooting him and without his uprising increasing the adversity of us and our partisans.
AL-MUTAWAKKIL BIN HAROON said:Then ABU A'BD ALLAH dictated to me the supplications, which are seventy-five chapters.
Of them eleven chapters have escaped me,while I have safeguarded sixty- some.
ABUL-MUFAZ''Z''AL related to us.
He said:MUHAMMAD BIN AL-HASAN BIN RUZBIH ABU BAKR AL-MADAA-INI the scribe,who lived in RAHBA,related to us in his house.
He said:MUHAMMAD BIN AHMAD BIN MUSLIM AL-MUT'AHHARI related to me.
He said:My father related to me from U'MAYR BIN MUTWAKIL AL-BALKHI from his father AL-MUTAWAKKIL BIN HAROON.
He said:I met YAHYA BIN ZAYD BIN A'LI )upon them both be peace( .
Then he mentioned the whole HADEETH including the vision of the Prophet )ALLAH bless him and his Household(which was mentioned by JA'FAR BIN MUHAMMAD from his fathers )ALLAH's blessings be upon them(.
In AL-MUT'AHHARI'S version,the chapter headings are mentioned.
1- Praise of ALLAH.
2- Blessing upon MUHAMMAD and His Household.
3- Blessing upon the Bearers of the Throne.
4- Blessing upon the Attesters to the Messengers.
5- His Supplication for Himself and his Special Friends.
6- His Supplication in Morning and Evening.
7- His Supplication in Worrisome Tasks.
8- His Supplication in Seeking Refuge.
9- His Supplication in Yearning.
01- His Supplication in Seeking Asylum with ALLAH.
11- His Supplication for Good Outcomes.
21- His Supplication in Confession.
31- His Supplication in Seeking Needs.
41- His Supplication in Acts of Wrongdoing.
51- His Supplication When Sick.
61- His Supplication in Asking Release.
71- His Supplication Against SATAN.
81- His Supplication in Perils.
91- His Supplication in Asking for Water.
02- His Supplication on Noble Moral Traits.
12- His Supplication when Something made him Sorrow.
22- His Supplication in Hardship.
32- His Supplication for Well-Being.
42- His Supplication for his Parents.
52- His Supplication for his Children.
62- His Supplication for his Neighbors and Friends.
72- His Supplication for the People of the Frontiers.
82- His Supplication in Fleeing.
92- His Supplication when his Provision was Stinted.
03- His Supplication for Help in Repaying Debt.
13- His Supplication in Repentance.
23- His Supplication in the Night Prayer.
33- His Supplication in Asking for the Best.
43- His Supplication when Afflicted.
53- His Supplication in Satisfaction with the Decree.
63- His Supplication upon Hearing Thunder.
73- His Supplication in Giving Thanks.
83- His Supplication in Asking Pardon.
93- His Supplication in Seeking Pardon.
04- His Supplication when Death was Mentioned.
14- His Supplication in Asking for Covering and Protection.
24- His Supplication upon completing a Reading of the QURAN.
34- His Supplication when he Looked at the New Crescent Moon.
44- His Supplication for the Coming of the Month of RAMAZ''AAN.
54- His Supplication in Bidding Farewell to the Month of Ramadan.
64- His Supplication for the Day of Fast-Breaking and Friday.
74- His Supplication on the Day of A'RAFA.
84- His Supplication on the Day of Sacrifice and Friday.
94- His Supplication in Repelling the Trickery of the Enemies.
05- His Supplication in Fear.
15- His Supplication in Pleading and Abasement.
25- His Supplication in Imploring.
35- His Supplication in Abasing Himself.
45- His Supplication for the Removal of Worries.
The remaining chapter headings are in the words of ABU A'BD ALLAH AL-HASANI )ALLAH have mercy upon him(.
ABU A'BD ALLAH JA'FAR BIN MUHAMMAD AL-HASANI related to us.
He said:A'BD ALLAH BIN U'MAR BIN KHAT'T'AAB AZ-ZAYYAT related to us.
He said:My maternal A'LI BIN AL-NUA'-MAN AL-A'LAM related to us.
He said:' U'MAYR BIN MUTAWAKKIL ATH-THAQAFI AL-BALKHI related to us from his father MUTWAKIL BIN HAROON.
He said:My truthful master,ABU A'BD ALLAH JA'FAR BIN MUHAMMAD dictated to me.
He said:My grandfather A'LI BIN AL-HUSAYN dictated to my father MUHAMMAD BIN A'LI )upon them all be peace(while I was witness
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