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Hadiyyat al-za'irin wa bahjat al-nazirin (book)

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Hadiyyat al-za'irin wa bahjat al-nazirin (book)
Author Al-Shaykh 'Abbas al-Qummi
Original title
هَدیّةُ الزّائرین وَ بَهْجَةُ النّاظرین
Language Arabic
Series 1 vol.
Subject Ziyara text of the 14 infallibles (a)
Published 1425/2004
Publisher Mu'assisay-i Jahaniy-e Sibtayn

Hadiyyat al-zāʾirīn wa bahjat al-nāẓirīn (Arabic: هَدیّةُ الزّائرین وَ بَهْجَةُ النّاظرین) is a book in Persian written by al-Shaykh 'Abbas al-Qummi in 1322/1904 in Karbala. The work includes ziyaras of the Fourteen Infallibles (a), stances and mausoleums of scholars in places of martyrdom, practices of lunar months, practices of days of the week, and practices of each day and night. Al-Qummi has organized the work in terms of geographical locations of pilgrimage destinations, and has also provided information about locations of pilgrimage places as well as other relevant information.

Author

Main article: Shaykh Abbas Qummi

Abbas b. Muhammad Rida Qummi (b. 1294/1877 - d. 1359/1940), known as Shaykh 'Abbas Qummi was a prominent Shi'a figure in the 14th/20th century in the fields of hadith, Islamic history, sermons (wa'z), and religious orations (khataba). He has authored many books in different domains the best-known of which are Mafatih al-jinan, Safinat al-bihar, and Muntaha al-amal.

Date of Writing

At the end of the book, the author notes that he finished writing the book on Thursday, Rabi' al-Awwal 3, 1322 /May 18, 1904 in Karbala.

Comments by Prominent Figures

Al-Sayyid Muhsin al-Amin al-'Amili mentions the book in his A'yan al-shi'a. In his al-Dhari'a, Aqa Buzurg al-Tihrani refers to the book as a brief, albeit comprehensive, book that can be consulted by everyone in order to do their religious practices.

Motivation for Writing

In the introduction of the book, al-Muhaddith al-Qummi says that the best provision for the afterlife is, after doing one’s obligations and abandoning the forbidden, to make recourse (tawassul) to Ahl al-Bayt (a). He considers ziyara and its manners as good acts that make for one’s provisions for the afterlife. He says that he wrote the book in response to a request by Mashhadi 'Abbas'ali Khayyam Tabrizi, a believer and a lover of Ahl al-Bayt (a). Moreover, he was also motivated by unavailability of books in which ziyaras of the pure Imams (a) and obligations of their pilgrims as well as practices of months and days of the week were collected.

Contents of the Book

Al-Muhaddith al-Qummi has organized the book into one introduction and fourteen sections:

  • Introduction: manners of journey
  • First section: manners of ziyara (pilgrimage)
  • Third section: On ziyara of the Imams in Samarra
  • Eighth section: On Ziyaras of Jami'a, ziyara from distance, and farewell ziyara
  • Ninth section: Sending greetings (salawat) to the Imams, gift prayer, and making tawassul to the Imams (a))
  • Tenth section: Ziyara of prophets, children of Imams, mausoleums of believers and companions of the Imams
  • Eleventh section: Practices of each lunar month of the year as well as blessed days
  • Twelfth section: Practices of Nowruz
  • Thirteenth section: On practices of Thursdays and Fridays, and a brief account of practices of the days of the week
  • Fourteenth section: On practices of each day and each night.

Publication

The Publication center of Sibtayn International Foundation has published the book in 1383.

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