Mawsu'a kalimat al-Imam al-Husayn (a) (book)

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Mawsu'a kalimat al-Imam al-Husayn (a)
Author Mahmud Sharifi, Sayyid Husayn Zaynali, Mahmud Ahmadiyan, and Sayyid Mahmud Madani
Language Arabic
Subject Imam al-Husayn (a)
Genre Hadith
Published 1420/1999
Publisher Ma'ruf
Pages 878

Mawsū'a kalimāt al-Imām al-Ḥusayn 'alayh al-salām (Arabic: موسوعَةُ کَلَماتِ الامامِ الحُسَین علیه‌السّلام) is an Arabic encyclopedia compiled by some researchers at Baqir al-'Ulum Research Institute associated with the Islamic Propagation Organization. This encyclopedia contains some reports and 970 hadiths from Imam al-Husayn (a) as well as supplications and poems. Its contents include the biography of Imam al-Husayn (a) from birth to martyrdom, the Battle of Karbala, as well as his remarks.

Authors

The editors of Mawsu'a kalimat al-Imam al-Husayn (a) are: Mahmud Sharifi, Sayyid Husayn Zaynali, Mahmud Ahmadiyan, and Sayyid Mahmud Madani.

Purpose of the Book

According to the preface of the book, the motivations and purposes of its writing include:

  • The particular place of Imam al-Husayn (a) among all Islamic sects.
  • Providing materials for the explanation and analysis of the events of the early years of Islam and the period of Imam al-Husayn (a).
  • Revealing the distortions of Imam al-Husayn’s (a) remarks and events of his life.
  • Umayyad criminals did not rest content with killing the Imam (a) and his companions, as well as taking his family captive; rather they also tried to destroy all the traces of the Imam (a).
  • Examination of the historical uprising of Imam al-Husayn (a) from different aspects.

Contents

The book has two parts and nine chapters:

The first part contains historical remarks of Imam al-Husayn (a) within some chapters:

  • Chapter 1: Imam al-Husayn’s (a) remarks in the period of the Prophet (s),

The second part consists of five chapters: beliefs, jurisprudential rulings, ethics, supplications, and poems.

Features

  • They refused to cite hadiths from Imam al-Husayn (a) which are transmitted from dreams.
  • They did not cite hadiths that contain only a word or two from the Imam (a) without any informative contents.
  • In order to avoid repetition or fractionation of hadiths, they cited hadiths concerning different topics only in one place.
  • Although it is widely believed that there are few hadiths from Imam al-Husayn (a), the book has collected 165 hadiths from him regarding jurisprudential rulings from reliable collections of hadiths.
  • The book has organized Imam al-Husayn’s (a) poems regarding different topics in accordance to their rhymes.
  • The book has distinguished Imam al-Husayn’s (a) remarks with distinctive fonts with diacritics.
  • If a hadith is contrary to Shiite beliefs, the editors have pointed to its unreliability in footnotes.
  • For the sake of brevity, hadiths which appear in a chapter and are related to other chapters as well, are not cited more than once; rather they are just referred to.

Sources of the Book

Here are some sources of the book: al-Kafi, al-Irshad, Tarikh al-Tabari, Futuh by Ibn A'tham, Tarikh Dimashq (History of Damascus), al-Amali (by al-Saduq), al-Manaqib by Ibn Shahrashub, Bihar al-anwar, Maqtal al-Husayn (Muqarram), Luhuf, Asrar al-shahada, Muntakhab al-Turayhi, al-Dam'a al-sakiba, and so on.

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