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Zad al-ma'ad (book)

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Zad al-ma'ad
Author Muhammad Baqir al-Majlisi
Original title زاد المَعاد
Language Farsi
Subject Supplications and Ziyarah and recommended practices
Publisher Jelve Kamal

Zād al-maʿād (Provisions for the Hereafter) (Arabic: زاد المَعاد) written in Farsi by Muhammad Baqir al-Majlisi (al-'Allama al-Majlisi) in 1107/1695-6, which is about a number of religious practices which are recommended. He penned this book in the last years of his life. Its content includes supplications (du'a), ziyarah and recommended religious practices throughout the year, besides it explained several shari'a rules briefly. Zad al-ma'ad was the main book on supplications for people before Mafatih al-Jinan became common among them.

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya also has written a book with similar topic, Zadal-Ma'ad fi huda khayr al-Ibad, on jurisprudence and sira of Prophet Muhammad (s).

The Author

Main article: Al-'Allama al-Majlisi

Muhammad Baqir b. Muhammad Taqi b. al-Maqsud Ali al-Majlisi known as Allama Majlisi or the Second Majlisi was among the most famous Muslim scholars in jurisprudence and hadith. He was also among the most influential government officials of Shi'a in Safavid era and the author of Bihar al-Anwar, the hadith collection.

He was an expert in different Islamic sciences such as Tafsir, hadith, jurisprudence, Usul, history, Rijal and diraya, philosophy, logic, mathematics, literature, geography, medicine, astronomy and occult sciences.

Allama Majlisi penned many different books, including Bihar al-Anwar, Mir'at al-'uqul, Haqq al-Yaqin, Zad al-ma'ad, Tuhfat al-Za'ir, 'Ayn al-Hayat, Hayat al-Qulub, Jala' al-'Uyun]] and Hilyat al-Muttaqin.

Purpose of Writing

Muhammad Baqir Majlisi mentioned the purposes of this book in a short summary of his book:

" Because numerous supplications and religious practices have been narrated from the fourteen Infallibles and also I have collected most of them in Bihar al-Anwar, then after considering the busy life of people, I made an effort to collect only the reliable and authentic supplications and religious practices; therefore, ordinary people would find it not too time consuming for them."

He dedicated this book to Sultan Husayn Safavi.

Structure of the Book

Zad al-ma'ad is organized in 14 chapters and with an ending part. The first nine chapters are about supplications and religious practices in 12 lunar months, which at first gave an introduction on the religious virtues of each month followed by the supplications, ziyara and religious practices of each day and night of every month. In the tenth chapter, the supplications which are common in all the months are stated. In the eleventh chapter ziyarah of the fourteen infallibles are stated, which were not mentioned in the last chapters. The thirteenth chapter is about the religious practices on dead people and funeral ceremony. And lastly the fourteenth chapter gave a summary on the rules of Khums, Zakat and I'tikaf (a period of retreat). And finally the ending part is about Kaffara (expiation). Here is a detailed list of contents:

  • The first chapter: The virtues of Rajab
  • The second chapter: The virtues and religious practices of Sha'ban
  • The third chapter: The virtues of Ramadan
  • The sixth chapter: The religious practices of Muharram
  • The seventh chapter: The religious practices of Safar
  • The eighth chapter: The religious practices of Rabi' I
  • The tenth chapter: The common religious practices of every month

Translation and Publications

Zad al-ma'ad became hugely popular and it was published many times in different countries. Prior to Mafatih al-Jinan, Zad al-ma'ad was the common religious book among people.

Zad al-ma'ad was translated to Farsi by Sayyid Hasan Musavi. It was also translated to Arabic and it was published in Lebanon.