“Sahifah Mahdiyyah” is a source for knowing the leader for the time (may Almighty Allah hasten his relief
“Sahifah Mahdiyyah” is a source for knowing the leader for the time (may Almighty Allah hasten his relief).
“Sahifah Mahdiyyah” is a book written by Sayyid Murtada Mujtahidi Sistani, and Islamic organization has translated the book into Persian language, likewise this book’s 9th edition has been published by Almas publishing center in Isfand 1387 (i.e. Iranian calendar).
According to the report of Ayandeh Rushan, this book is a collection of prayers, supplications and visitations that came to our hand through the holy leader of the time (May our soul be sacrifice for him) or it has been transmitted to us concerning the remaining of Allah’s proof on earth Hujjat bn al-Hasan al-Askari may the best peace and blessing be upon him and his grand fathers, who is the guide and commander of the entire world.
In the beginning of this book the writer recalled and said: “he has tried during the compilation of the supplications, visitations and… to extract them from recognized sources although he has not claimed that this is the entire supplications issued by the holy Imam, therefore occultation period and our distance from the leader of the time (may our soul be sacrifice for him) has caused the distance a lot of supplications that is issued by the holy Imam from us, likewise prayers and (Azkar) prayer recitation, but very unfortunate that during the period of occultation due to our distance and negligence to the threshold of the holy Imam (may our soul be sacrifice for him) we are unable to retrieve all that is issued by him”
The elegance that can be witness in this book is that the honorable author has written a comprehensive introduction of about 100 pages regarding important intellectual issues, moral, history and narrations in respect of encouragement for offering supplication according to the intellect and narrations; he has also write concerning the rites, conditions, the necessity and acceptance of supplication; supplication for reappearance of the holy Imam (may Almighty Allah hasten his relief), organizing supplication gatherings for his sake (may Almighty Allah hasten his relief), advices and the experience of the elders concerning supplication, anticipation… and other issues like the greatness of the leader of the time (may Almighty Allah hasten his relief), all from the sayings of the holy household of the Prophet (peace be upon them).
Undoubtedly that the most elegance, precise and valuable thing that is suitable in every portion of this book is the definition and explanation or mentioning the miracles and the ritualistic that accompanied every supplication. In addition to that is the inclusion of the explanations of every supplication that has been compiled in the introduction by the writer.
The book has also narrated hadith which indicates that everyone is in need of supplication whether he is afflicted with problem or not.
The essence of supplication is either to wipe away calamity that has afflicted someone or the bad omen that has reached human being or to achieve the benefit and the advantages or our desire. Then we must be constant and continue supplicating in order to block the vanishing of glory that exists in us. Meanwhile the holy Imams (peace be upon them) has named supplication as weapon, therefore weapon is a means of benefit and wiping away of afflictions. Likewise supplication is named to be armored and it is a shied that prevents one from difficulty.
The holy Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his family) said:
Do I guide you to the weapon that will save you from your enemies and also protect your property? Yes O’ the holy Messenger of Allah, Answered by the companions. He said: call upon your God day and night because supplication is the weapon of the believers. “al-Kafi vol:2 pg 468”.
The commander of the faithful (peace be upon him) said:
Supplication is the armored of the believers, and whenever the branched of door of affliction becomes many, it open for you “al-Kafi vol:2 pg 468”.
The writer in the rites of supplication while quoting from the book “Al-Mukhtar min Kalmat al-Mahdi (may Almighty Allah hasten his relief)” says: Supplication is to take and submit your entire choice likewise your internal and external affairs to Almighty Allah the most High. But if you did not obtained the condition of supplication you should not be anticipating for its acceptance because Almighty Allah knows all things that are hidden and obvious. Then probably there is something you need which Almighty Allah secretly knows that the opposite is better for you.
“Even though Almighty Allah has not commanded us to supplicate and we sincerely call upon Him, He will kindly answer our call, then now that Almighty Allah has commanded us to supplicate and has guaranteed its acceptance with the stipulated condition, how will such supplication be?!”
Again it has been stated in the introduction of the book that “Sayyid bn Ta’us (may Allah have mercy on him) after expounding the reward for prayer for the Muslim brothers, said: in a situation where praying for the religious brothers is having such tremendous value and reward how then will be the reward for he who pray for the king who is the causes of our creation and base on our believe, without him Almighty Allah will not bring us into existence! Definitely its reward is above and more valuable in position”.
… Beware, beware! For the fact that you or any one of the creatures in your locality love and supplicate for the dear Imam, the antecedent and the lead of enlighten! Your heart and tongue should cooperate with each another when praying for this great leader. Never had you imagined as a result of this admonition that the holy Imam is in need of you, never at all! Because having such belief denotes the weakness of your guidance (Wilayat) and doctrine.
The writer in the introduction of the book expounded that familiarity of the community with occultation period of Imam and that the general people are familiar with occultation and distance from the honorable Imam and has deem it to be inevitable natural issue including the blaming of this situation, thus the writer at beginning of the topic “Anticipation” said: “if the community leaves the familiarity and liberate them from the bond of negligence of the reappearance of the holy remaining of Allah’s proof (May our soul be sacrifice for him), human being will attain the best and excellent ranks and in the luminance of anticipation of reappearance of the Imam (may Almighty Allah hasten his relief) not only you will be liberated from the bond of negligence of the honorable Imam rather the occultation period shall be like the presence of Imam before him.”
The writer after finishing with the introduction brought supplications and prayers in twelve (12) chapters.
The first chapter: the prayers; chapter two: supplications of Qunut; chapter three: supplications after the prayers; chapter four: supplications for the days of the week; chapter five: supplication for every month; chapter six: special supplications in specific days apart from the week; chapter seven: recourse through the Imam of the time (may Almighty Allah hasten his relief); chapter eight: solicitations and requests; chapter nine: sorts and divination; chapter ten: the supplications which the holy Imam (May our soul be sacrifice for him) has narrated from his great forefathers (peace be upon them); chapter eleven: visitations; chapter twelve: visitation of the assistants of the leader of the time (may Almighty Allah hasten his relief) and some supplications that has been transmitted by his companions.
An attractive point which worth concentration is that the writer after the completion of these collections brought a section as the conclusion or as an attachment to the book; where he has assessed some of the statement which Imam (May our soul be sacrifice for him) has concentrated upon. Like the midnight payers, the visitation supplication of Ashura, the visitation supplication of Jami’ah Kabeer, the visitation supplication of Ameenullah, the visitation supplication of Warith including the explanation of the narrations in there respect. These acts are considered to be worship which the writer has deem to have impact in quick reappearance of the Imam, meanwhile the Imam (may Almighty Allah hasten his relief) has concentrated on them or has given an admonition concerning it which came through him. Definitely making recourse (Tawasul) with the Hadrat is having effect and it is very beneficial.
The reporter: Hujjat Abdi
Reference: Ayandah Rushan News agency
This article with the title “the most complete reference in acknowledging the leader of the time (may Almighty Allah hasten his relief) in Sahifah Mahdiyyah” is published in Noor purtal website and in Gurbat Aftab website.