List of Works by al-Sharif al-Murtada

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Al-Sayyid al-Murtaḍā (Arabic: السيد المرتضى) also known as al-Sharīf al-Murtaḍā, (b. 355/965 - d. 436/1044) was the elder brother of al-Sayyid al-Radi and a Shi'a jurist, Marja' and theologians after his master al-Shaykh al-Mufid. He had several works in different field of Islamic studies including jurisprudence, hadith, theology, and etc.

List of Works

  1. Ibtal al-amal bi akhbar al-ahad
  2. Ibtal al-qiyas
  3. Ajwaba al-masa'il al-qur'aniya
  4. Ajwaba masa'il mutafariqa min al-hadith wa ghayruh
  5. Ahkam ahl al-akhira
  6. Al-I'tirad ala man yathbut hudud al-ajsam
  7. Aqawil al-arab fi al-jahiliyya
  8. Al-Intisar which al-Tusi and Ibn Shahrashub called it al-Infiradat fi al-fiqh
  9. Inqadh al-bashar min al-qada wa al-qadar or Inqadh al-bashar min al-jabr wa al-qadar or Iqadh al-bashar
  10. Al-Barq which al-Tusi and Ibn Shahrashub called it al-Marmuq fi awsaf al-buruq
  11. Tatabu' al-abyat al-lati takallama alayha ibn junay fi ithbat al-ma'ani li al-mutanabbi
  12. Tatimma anwa' al-a'rad min jam' abi rashid al-nayshaburi
  13. Tafsir al-ayat al-mutashabihat fi al-qur'an
  14. Tafsir aya Qur'an 5:93
  15. Tafsir aya Qur'an 6:151
  16. Tafsir al-khutbat al-shaqshaqiya
  17. Tafsir al-Qur'an al-karim, najiza minhu Sura al-Fatiha and 125 aya min bidaya Sura al-Baqara
  18. Tafsir al-qasida mimiyya min she'rihi
  19. Tafdil al-anbiya' ala al-mala'ika
  20. Taqrib al-usul
  21. Takmilat al-gharar wa al-durar, it is interpreted as "Takmila amali murtada"
  22. Tanzih al-anbiya
  23. Jamal al-ilm wa al-amal
  24. Al-Jawab an al-shubahat fi khabar al-ghadir
  25. Jawab al-karajaki fi fisad al-adad
  26. Jawab al-mulhida fi qidam al-alam min aqwal al-munajjimin
  27. Jawaz al-wilaya min jihat al-zalimin
  28. Al-hudud wa al-Haqa'iq
  29. Hukm al-ba' fi aya wamsahu bi ru'usikum
  30. Al-Khutbat al-muqmasa
  31. Al-Khilaf fi usul al-fiqh
  32. Diwan-i shi'rih, al-Tusi believes his poems was around twenty thousands verse.
  33. Al-Dhakhira
  34. Al-Dhari'a ila usul al-shari'a
  35. Al-Radd ala ashab al-adad
  36. Al-Radd ala Yahya b. uday al-nasrani fi i'tirad dalil al-mojid fi huduth al-ajsam
  37. Al-Radd ala Yahya b. uday al-nasrani fima yatanahi
  38. Al-Radd ala Yahya b. uday al-nasrani fi mas'alati samaha tabi'at al-mumkin
  39. Al-Risalat al-bahira fi al-itrat al-tahira
  40. Al-Shafi fi al-imama
  41. Sharh qasida al-sayyid al-Himyari al-ba'iya al-ma'rufa bi al-qasidat al-mudhhiba
  42. Sharh masa'il al-khilaf
  43. Al-Shihab fi al-shayb wa al-shibab
  44. Tayf al-khiyal
  45. Adam takhta'at al-amil bi khabar al-wahid
  46. Adam wujub ghasl al-rijlayn fi al-tahara
  47. Illat imtina' ala min muharibat al-ghasibin
  48. Illat khudhlan Ahl al-Bayt (a)
  49. Illat mubayi'at Ali (a)
  50. Al-Amal ma' al-sultan
  51. Ghurar al-fara'id wa durar al-qala'id, known as Al-Amali of al-Sharif al-Murtada
  52. Al-Farai'd fi qasr al-ru'ya wa ibtal al-qawl bi-l adad, some named it Mukhtasar al-farai'd or Naqs al-ru'ya
  53. Al-fiqh al-milki
  54. Qawl al-Nabi: niyyat al-mu'min khayr min amalih
  55. Al-Kalam ala man ta'allaqa bi qawlihi ta'ala: Wa laqad karramna bani adam (Qur'an 17:70)
  56. Ma tafarrada bihi al-imamiyya
  57. Majmu'at fi funun min 'ilm al-kalam
  58. Al-Muhkam wa al-mutashabih, Ibn Shahrashub mentioned it is from Sayyid but it may not be true
  59. Masa'il ayat
  60. Masa'il ahl Misr awla, khums masa'il
  61. Masa'il ahl Misr al-thaniya, tis' masa'il
  62. Masa'il al-badiriyat, arba' wa ishrun mas'ala
  63. Al-Masa'il tabaniyat, ashrat masa'il
  64. Al-Masa'il al-jurjaniya
  65. Al-Masa'il al-halibat al-awla, thalatha masa'il
  66. Al-Masa'il al-halibat al-thaniya, thalatha masa'il
  67. Al-Masa'il al-halibat al-thalitha, thalathuna masa'il
  68. Masa'il al-khilaf fi al-fiqh, which is not completed
  69. Al-Masa'il al-damishqiyya, which is thirty mas'ala and also named al-masa'il al-nasiriya
  70. Al-Masa'il al-raziya, khams ashrata mas'ala
  71. Al-Masa'il al-rasiyat al-awla
  72. Al-Masa'il al-rasiyat al-thaniya
  73. Al-Masa'il al-ramliyat, sab' masa'il
  74. Al-Masa'il al-salariya
  75. Al-Masa'il al-saydawiya
  76. Al-Masa'il al-tabariya, 207 mas'ala
  77. Al-Masa'il al-tarablusiyat al-awla, 17 mas'ala
  78. Al-Masa'il al-tarablusiyat al-thaniya, 10 mas'ala
  79. Al-Masa'il al-tarablusiyat al-thalitha, 15 mas'ala
  80. Al-Masa'il al-tusiya, which is known as Al-Masa'il al-barmakiya, 5 mas'ala
  81. Al-Masa'il al-muhammadiya, khams masa'il
  82. Masa'il mufradat, around 100 mas'ala
  83. Mufradat min usul al-fiqh
  84. Al-Masa'il al-musiliyat al-awla
  85. Al-Masa'il al-musiliyat al-thaniya, 9 ma'ala
  86. Al-Masa'il al-musiliyat al-thalitha, 110 mas'ala
  87. Masa'il al-miyafariqiyat
  88. Al-Masa'il al-nasiriya fi al-fiqh
  89. Al-Masa'il al-wasitiya, 100 mas'ala
  90. Mas'alat fi al-ijma'
  91. Mas'alat fi al-irada
  92. Mas'alat fi irth al-awlad
  93. Mas'alat fi istithna'
  94. Mas'alat fi istilam al-hajar
  95. Mas'alat fi al-i'tirad ala ashab al-hayula
  96. Mas'alat fi al-imama fi dalil al-sifat
  97. Mas'alat fi al-ta'kid
  98. Mas'alat fi tawarud al-adilla
  99. Mas'alat fi al-tawba
  100. Mas'alat fi al-husn wa al-qubh al-aqli
  101. Mas'alat fi khalq al-a'mal
  102. Mas'alat fi dalil al-khitab
  103. Mas'alat fi al-radd ala al-munajjimin
  104. Mas'alat fi al-'isma
  105. Mas'alat fi qatl al-sultan
  106. Mas'alat fi kunehi ta'ala 'aliman
  107. Mas'alat fi al-mut'a
  108. Mas'alat fi man yatawalla ghusl al-'imam
  109. Mas'alat fi al-manamat
  110. Mas'alat fi nafy al-ru'ya
  111. Mas'alat fi wajh al-tikrar fi ayatayn
  112. Mas'alat wajizat fi al-ghayba
  113. Al-Misbah fi usul al-fiqh, which is uncompleted
  114. Muqadima fi al-usul al-i'tiqadiya
  115. Al-Muqni' fi al-ghayba
  116. Al-Mulakhkhas fi al-kalam, which is uncompleted
  117. Munazirat al-khusum wa kayfiyat al-istidlal alayhim
  118. Al-Man' fi tafdil al-mala'ikat ala al-anbiya'
  119. Al-Mawdih an wajhi i'jaz al-Qur'an, which is called "Kitab al-surfa"
  120. Al-Nasiriyyat
  121. Nafy al-hukm bi adam al-dalil alayh
  122. Al-Naqs ala ibn junay fi al-hikayat wa al-muhki
  123. Nikah Amir al-Mu'minin ibnatihi min Umar
  124. Wajh al-'ilm bi tanawul al-wa'id kafat al-kuffar
  125. Al-Wa'id
  126. Al-Wilayat al-ja'ir or al-wilayat min qibal al-zalimin

The most important ones are:

Al-Dhari'a ila usul al-shari'a

This book has been written about Twelver Shia principles of jurisprudence in fourteen chapters, each of which has some sections and most important topics included are, address, command and prohibition, the general and the specific, the absolute and specified, the concise and the clear, abrogation, action, consensus, analogical deduction, Ijtihad, emulation, avoidance and allowance, the disagreeing and the the principle of continuity. This book is important from two aspects, first is that it is the first complete book in Twelver Shia principles of jurisprudence.

In this book, even though al-Sayyid al-Murtada has only mentioned the opinions of Sunni scholars such as Abu Hanifa, al-Shafi'i and Juba'is including Abu 'Ali, Abu Hashim, Abu al-Hasan Basri and Nazzam, Abu al-'Abbas b. Shurayh, Abu Bakr Farsi, Qifal, Abu al-Qasim Balkhi and as such, but since he has expressed a reliable and firm opinion in every issue of Usul, the book can be considered the beginning of the independence of the discipline of Shi'a Usul.

Secondly, from this aspect that as al-Sayyid al-Murtada says in the introduction of the book, he has separated the issues of the principles of fiqh from the principles of religion while in the books written before this book, the issues of the scholars of Usul were mixed together. In this book, in every issue, Sayyid has mentioned the views of different scholars and comprehensively reviewed their arguments and then has criticized them and finally has proved his opinion supporting it by sufficient research, while in some cases, he has considered others' opinions correct and has approved of their arguments.


Al-Intisar

Main article: Al-Intisar (book)

It is a book on jurisprudence, including the rulings definitely or supposedly specific to Twelver Shi'a. This book contains 319 jurisprudential issues and is important historically and scientifically, since it is the oldest Shi'a reference in jurisprudence which includes comparative issues and has mentioned different opinions. It has also established Twelver Shia jurisprudence on firm proofs and later jurists such as al-Shaykh al-Tusi, al-'Allama al-Hilli and others have followed it and have built their works in jurisprudence upon it. In this book, al-Sharif al-Murtada has mentioned some of his works such as Masa'il Abi 'Abd Allah b. al-Tiban, Masa'il al-khilaf, Masa'il Ahl al-Musil, Masa'il al-Tirablisiyyat and Usul al-fiqh. Al-Sayyid al-Murtada wrote al-Intisar after 420/1029.

Al-Nasiriyyat

Main article: Al-Nasiriyyat

This book contains 207 topics in jurisprudence and beliefs. Al-Sayyid al-Murtada wrote this book to explain, criticize and strengthen the jurisprudential discussions of his forefather Hasan Utrush, the author of Daylam and Tabaristan. The author of Adab al-Murtada says that, "it is famous that Hasan Utrush was Zaydi, but many Twelver Shia scholars have regarded him Twelver Shia; but, according to this very treatise, he was not Twelver Shia, since in most secondary issues and many ideological issues, he has an opinion different to Twelver Shia. This book is important since firstly spoke of the religion of al-Nasir and his invitation Daylam regions and secondly has compiled the beliefs of different sects especially Zaydi and Twelver Shia in one place. In this book, al-Sayyid al-Murtada has mentioned some of his works such as: al-Khilaf, Masa'il usul al-fiqh wa al-'Adad and Tanzih al-anbiya'.

Al-Shafi fi l-imama

Al-Shafi fi al-imama wa ibtal hujaj al-'amma is among the most important theological books compiled by al-Sayyid al-Murtada on Imamate and answering questions about it. Al-Sayyid al-Murtada wrote this book to answer the questions of Qadi 'Abd al-Jabbar al-Mu'tazili about Imamate. Al-Shaykh al-Tusi wrote a summary of this book called Talkhis al-shafi; Abu l-Husayn Basri rejected it in Naqd al-shafi and Abu ya'la Sallar b. 'Abd al-'Aziz rejected Basri's book in Naqd al-naqd 'ala al-naqd while al-Sayyid al-Murtada was alive.

Inqadh al-bashar min al-jabr wa al-qadar

It is a small treatise on theology in which al-Sayyid has reviewed the issue of divine decree and ordinance using an eloquent speech style and mentioned many verses from the Qur'an for his argument. He also reviewed the history of this issue since the time of Ma'bad al-Juhani and Abu l-Aswad al-Du'ali until his time.

Al-Muhkam wa al-mutashabih

In this treatise issues such as abrogating and abrogated, the obvious and the ambiguous, the general from which some cases are made specified, distortion in reading, the difference between total and partial abandoning have been discussed. Bibliographers have attributed this treatise to al-Sayyid al-Murtada, but the first page of the treatise clarifies that all of this treatise has been quoted from the commentary of Muhammad b. Ibrahim b. Hafs al-Nu'mani who lived before al-Sayyid al-Murtada; therefore, there would be no reason for attributing the treatise to al-Sayyid except that he abrogated the treatise.

Tanzih al-anbiya'

Tanzih al-Anbiya' is a theological book written by al-Sayyid al-Murtada to prove the infallibility of the prophets (a) and Imams (a). In this book, al-Sayyid al-Murtada has comprehensively discussed the infallibility of the prophets (a), but about the infallibility of Imams (a), he has referred to his al-Shafi fi al-Imama. The book is organized in form of question and answer. Although Tanzih al-anbiya discusses an ideological issue, due to its syntactical, lexical and rhetorical discussions, it shall also be classified among the literary books.

Al-Usul al-i'tiqadiya

This is a short treatise about divine attributes, the prophethood, Choosing the prophets, promise and punishment, intercession, punishment in the grave, destruction of the world, scale, Al-Sirat, paradise and hell.

Al-Wilaya 'an al-ja'ir or al-wilaya min qibal al-zalimin

It is a small treatise which al-Sayyid al-Murtada wrote in 415/1024 for the minister, Abu l-Qasim Husayn b. Ali al-Maghribi. This treatise is about the ruling of Wilaya for tyrant caliphs which has been discussed and questioned by Twlever Shi'a. In this treatise, al-Sayyid al-Murtada has explained what a governor is permitted and not permitted to do on behalf of the tyrant.

Al-Muqna' fi al-ghayba

In this treatise, al-Sayyid al-Murtada has answered the question of the occultation of Imam al-Mahdi (a) about which Twelver Shi'a have always been attacked for, have defended and have written many treatises.

Al-Masa'il al-Rassiyya al-'ula

It is a hand-written treatise containing al-Sayyid's answer to twenty eight questions raised by Abu al-Husayn al-Muhsin b. Muhammad b. al-Nasir al-Husayni al-Rassi. The questioner, as described by Ibn Idris and his questions show, has been an astute scholar, an intuitive jurist, compelling the opponent and a debater no one like al-Sayyid al-Murtada could win against his debates. Al-Sayyid al-Murtada himself acknowledged and praised him. This treatise contains issues on jurisprudence and theology and therein, al-Sayyid has referred the answer of some of the questions to his Masa'il fi usul al-fiqh wa al-masa'il al-matlabiyyat. Al-Sayyid al-Murtada wrote this treatise in 428/1036 and it is very important since it includes his latest views in jurisprudence and theology.

Al-Masa'il al-Rassiyya al-thaniya

This treatise was meant to answer the questions of Abu l-Husayn al-Muhsin b. Muhammad b. al-Nasir al-Husayni al-Rassi which was received by al-Sayyid after the above-mentioned treatise, so he added it to it. This treatise discusses five topics. The first issue is in jurisprudence and the rest are in jurisprudence and theology. This treatise is among the latest works of al-Sayyid and thus demonstrated his final opinions and views.

Mas'ala fi al-I'tirad 'ala man yuthbit qidam al-'ajsam

In this treatise, al-Sayyid has referred to his al-Mulakhkhas fi al-'usul. This treatise is mere philosophical in nature.

Ibtal al-'amal bi khabar al-'ahad

Agha Buzurg transcribed this treatise from the handwritten copy of Shaykh Shahid who transcribed it from his grandfather's handwritten copy of the original manuscript of al-Sharif al-Murtada. The author of Adab al-Murtada says, "I have a copy which has two pages in which Sayyid has referred to al-Masa'il al-halabiyyat wa al-masa'il al-tabaniyyat. In this treatise, some transmitters of hadiths such as Tatari, Ibn Sama'a and others among Ghulat, Mujassima, Khattabiya, Mushabbiha and Mujbira have been criticized.

Muqaddama fi al-'usul

It briefly discusses about Twelver Shi'a beliefs: Unity of God, divine justice, divine promise and punishment and some Mu'tazili views.

Fi ma yatawalla ghusl al-Imam

It is a small treatise in one page about this belief that an Imam would not be ritually bathed by anyone other than anther Imam. Al-Sayyid al-Murtada regarded this belief incorrect, and even considered it impossible. In this treatise, the issue has been referred to al-Dhakhira.

Al-'Adad or al-Radd 'ala ashab al-'adad

In this treatise, al-Sayyid has rejected this opinion that fasting can be accomplished by the number (thirty days) and has declared moon-sight as the criteria for accomplishment of fasting.

Mas'ala wajiza fi al-ghayba

This treatise has been written about the problem of the Occultation of the Awaited Imam (a). There is no difference between the arguments al-Sayyid has brought here and those mentioned in al-Muqna' fi l-ghayba.

Al-Masa'il al-Tabbaniyiat

It includes the questions Abu 'Abd Allah Muhammad b. 'Abd al-Malik al-Tabbani asked al-Sayyid; and it is seen in the questions that Abu 'Abd Allah has been a knowledgeable theologian and even more knowledgeable than others who asked al-Sayyid questions. He has asked, "why Twelver Shi'a have rejected Ijma' (consensus) and Qiyas (analogical deduction)?"; "why al-Sayyid himself does not consider Khabar al-Wahid (solitary report) a proof whereas by abandoning the report, the base of religious rulings would be lost?"

Diwan al-Murtada

The number of poems of Sayyid al-Murtada, as some historians say, reaches twenty thousand and through the books of Tarajim, it can be understood that in some ages, different authors have accessed certain versions of it.

Sharh Qasida al-Sayyid al-Humayri

The mentioned Qasida (ode) has been composed in eulogy of Imam Ali b. Abi Talib (a). In this commentary, Sayyid has spoken about the conduct and virtues of Imam Ali (a) and has explained the wording of the ode and also mentioned some literary and historical events alongside the explanation. Al-Sayyid wrote this commentary for his son.

Al-Ghurar wa al-durar (Amali al-Murtada)

Al-Amali al-Murtada is a book on the commentary of Clear and Ambiguous verses and explaining the hadiths difficult to understand. This book has also been called al-Amali fi al-tafsir, Al-Ghurar wa al-durar, Gurar al-fawa'id wa al-durar al-qala'id, al-Tafsir, Majalis al-ta'wilat and Majalis kashf al-ayat. According to AbuyAli Ja'fari, the contemporary jurist with al-Sayyid al-Murtada and his student, Sayyid finished this book in Jumada I 413/August 1022.