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Mustadrak safinat al-biḥar
Author Ali Namazi Shahrudi
Language Arabic
Genre Hadithi
Published 1418/1997
Publisher Ja'mi'a Mudarrisin
Pages 10 Volume

Mustadrak safīnat al-biḥār (Arabic: مُسْتَدْرَک سَفینة البِحار) is an Arabic book in 10 volumes written by Shaykh 'Ali Namazi Shahrudi (d. 1985). He wrote the book as a supplement to Safinat al-bihar by Muhaddith Qummi. Because of his mastery of Bihar al-anwar, he added contents that were missed by Shaykh 'Abbas Qummi. The collection includes a table of the contents and indexes of Bihar al-anwar, including its Quranic verses and exegeses as well as Islamic doctrines concerning with principles and ancillaries of the religion, the nature of things and their characteristics and effects for God, jurisprudential ancillaries, stories and narrations, sermons, supplications, and ziyarahs.


Main Article: 'Ali Namazi Shahrudi

'Ali Namazi Shahrudi (1915-1985), a Shiite scholar and author, was born in Shahrud. He accomplished his advanced studies in different Islamic disciplines in Najaf and Mashhad. Namazi Shahrudi wrote some books the most significant of which is Mustadrak safinat al-bihar. He is buried in the Holy Shrine of Imam al-Rida (a).


Mustadrak-writing is a common term among authors of Islamic disciplines. It consists in writing a book in order to supplement another book and compensate the contents missing in it ("mustadrak" literally means compensation). Mustadrak-writing began since the 4th/10th century among Muslims in different branches of Islamic disciplines, including fiqh, rijal, and hadith.

Author's Method

Namazi Shahrudi says in the introduction of his book that Safinat al-bihar is a precious unique book, but since the book, Bihar al-anwar, is very extensive and lengthy, many contents are missing in Muhaddith Qummi's book. Thus, a "Mustadrak" is written in order to supplement Safinat al-bihar.[1]

In Mustadrak safinat al-bihar, the author follows the methods of Muhaddith Qummi, organizing and indexing the contents of Bihar al-anwar alphabetically. The author entered many more words in comparison with Safina, but he did not cite the references with symbols, as in Bihar and Safina. In his reference to Bihar al-anwar, he consulted the old print (Kumpani) as well as the new 110-volume print (Islamiyya). In his 34 years of constant efforts to writing the Mustadrak, Namazi Shahrudi tried to supplement the work of Muhaddith Qummi.[2]


Here are some features of Mustadrak safinat al-bihar:

  • Citation of the chains of transmitters of some mursal hadiths in jurisprudential books.
  • Citation of the evidence for some ancillary jurisprudential rulings.
  • Concentration of the majority of words and topics on divine doctrines and the divine wilaya.
  • Some lexicological comments and an explanation of the whole or part of jurisprudential and other sorts of hadiths.
  • Citations of hadiths not mentioned in Bihar from other hadith or jurisprudential sources.
  • Elaboration of some doctrinal contents under relevant hadiths.
  • Citation of Shiite hadiths from sources other than hadith books.
  • Collection and organization of topic-based contents under beliefs, doctrines, wilaya, history, ethics, biographies of the Infallibles (a), worships, the nature and the characteristics of objects. For example, with regard to sermons, in addition to the classification of the sermons by the Infallibles (a), sermons of Amir al-Mu'minin (a) are cited which are concerned with monotheism, prophethood, the position of Ahl al-Bayt (a), their virtues, the characterization and the virtues of the Qur'an, the characterization of the creation of the world, sermons containing the sentence: "ask me before you miss me", battles of Jamal, Siffin and Nahrawan, malahim (battles), miscellaneous cited from Bihar and other books.[3]

Sources of the Book

In Mustadrak, Namazi Shahrudi did not rest content with the sources of Bihar al-anwar. He also referred to contemporary sources, especially with respect to the virtues of Ahl al-Bayt (a).


The book consists of 10 volumes, 5 of which were published in Mashhad during the author’s life at his own expense, and the rest was published by his son in 1409/1988 in Bunyad-i Bi'that in Tehran.[5]

The 10-volume collection was published by the Office of Islamic Publications (Daftar-i Intisharat-i Islami) affiliated with Ja'mi'a Mudarrisin (Society of the Teachers of the Islamic Seminary of Qom) in 1418/1997.


  1. Namāzī, Mustadrak Safīnat al-biḥār, vol. 1, p. 26.
  2. Muḥaddith-i Rabbānī, vol. 2, p. 828, 829.
  3. Namāzī, "Zandigīnāma-yi Ayatullāh Namāzī Shāhrūdī", p. 28-29.
  4. Namāzī, "Zandigīnāma-yi Ayatullāh Namāzī Shāhrūdī", p. 28.
  5. Muḥaddith-i Rabbānī, vol. 2, p. 828, 828.


  • Muḥaddith-i Rabbānī. Qom: Nūr al-Maṭāf, 1389 Sh.
  • Namāzī Shāhrūdī, ʿAlī. Mustadrak Safīnat al-biḥār. Qom: Daftar-i Nashr-i Islāmī, 1389 Sh.
  • Namāzī, Muḥammad. 1391 Sh. "Zandigīnāma-yi Ayatullāh Namāzī Shāhrūdī." Safīnat al-Biḥar 34:8-30.