'Uddat al-da'i wa najah al-sa'i (book)

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'Uddat al-da'i wa najah al-sa'i
Bibliographical Information
Bibliographical Information
AuthorAhmad b. Muhammad b. Fahd al-Hilli
Original titleعُدّةُ الدّاعی و نَجاحُ السّاعی
Series1 vol.
PublisherDar al-Adwa'

ʿUddat al-dāʿī wa najāḥ al-sāʿī (Arabic: عُدّةُ الدّاعی و نَجاحُ السّاعی) is a book concerning supplications and ethics written by Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Fahd al-Hilli (d. 841/1437-8). The book is Ibn Fahd al-Hilli's best known book, and a significant book on the subject of supplications. It was frequently published with different Persian translations. The author dealt with issues such as the definition of a supplication, motivations for reciting supplications, the manners of reciting supplications, and the like under 6 parts. In each part, the author collected relevant hadiths regarding the topic. Ibn Fahd himself summarized the book.


Abu l-'Abbas Jamal al-Din Ahmad b. Shams al-Din Muhammad b. Fahd al-Hilli al-Asadi (757-841/1356-1437-8) was an Imami scholar of jurisprudence and hadiths. He is mostly known for his work on ethics, supplications and mysticism. He died in Karbala and was buried in the garden of Naqib al-'Alawiyyin.

Appellation of the Book

In the preface of the book, the author said that since supplications are means for salvation and keys to divine generosity and there are factors required for a supplication to be answered by God, he wrote the book and called it "'Uddat al-da'i wa najah al-sa'i"[1] (preparation of the reciter of supplications and the salvation of the diligent person).


Ibn Fahd divided parts of the book as follows:

  • Preface: in this part, he gave a definition of a supplication (al-du'a') and its literal and terminological meanings. He focused on hadiths according to which if someone hears a hadith to the effect that some action is recommended and performs that action, then they will be rewarded by God, even if the Prophet Muhammad (s) had not really said that.
  • The first part: it is concerned with motivations for reciting supplications both rational and transmitted from the Infallibles (a). Ibn Fahd first gave a rational reason for reciting supplications, and then cited hadiths from the Prophet (s) and the Imams (a). He also appealed to verses of the Qur'an. He also dealt with objections that might occur to mind, and provided replies to them.
  • The second part: it is concerned with factors that help supplications be responded by God. In this section, he mentioned 7 essential factors, including the supplication itself, its time, its place, and the like. He cited the relevant hadiths regarding any of these factors.
  • The third part: it is concerned with the person who recites a supplication. It has two sections: the first one is concerned with people whose supplications are heard and responded by God, and the second is concerned with people whose supplications are not responded by God. He also cited the relevant hadiths regarding both.
  • The fourth part: it is concerned with the manners of supplications, including preparations for supplications, such as tahara (cleanliness), wearing a perfume or an odor, being directed at the qibla and the like; the manners during the supplications, such as repetition, secret supplications, reciting supplications as a group, and the like; the manners after supplications, such as insistence on supplications, rubbing one's hands on one's face and reciting the salawat, quitting sins after the supplications and the like. In the epilogue of this part, he talked about "showing off" (riya') and self-conceit ('ujb) citing hadiths from the Infallibles (a) in which the notions and their dangerous consequences and cures are delineated.
  • The sixth part: is concerned with recitation of the Qur'an. Ibn Fahd talked about having a copy of the Qur'an in one's house and reciting it before going to sleep, healing by appeal to the Qur'an and the like. At the end of this section, he mentioned some advantages of Qur'anic verses and suras.
  • The epilogue: it is concerned with Divine Names. It cites a hadith from the Prophet (s) and then gives short description of 99 names of God. At the end, the author talked about the plurality of divine names and divine unity, and a way to reconcile both views.[2].[3].[4]

Researches about the Book

The author himself later summarized the book under "Nubdhat al-baghi fi ma la budda minh min adab al-da'i" to be referred to by people who needed a shorter version of the book.[5]


The book, "'Uddat al-da'i" has been repeatedly translated into Persian including the translation by Sayyid Sadiq Tushkhanki in 1301 AH/1883-4[6] and Husayn Ghaffari Sarawi in Persian title Aʾien-i bandagi wa niyayish in 1417 AH/1996-7.[7]


The book has been frequently published in India and Iran. Here are some of the publications:

  • A lithographic print in 1274/1857-8 in Iran.
  • It was edited by Ahmad Muwahhidi Qumi and published by the Wijdani Library in Qom.
  • It was edited and published by Mu'assisa Ma'arif Islami in 1420 AH (1999-2000) in Qom.[8]


  1. Ḥillī, ʿUddat al-daʿī, p. 8.
  2. The preface of the book, p. 9.
  3. Ḥillī, ʿUddat al-daʿī, 1375 Sh, index of the book's translation.
  4. Mardī, ʿAbbās ʿAlī, Imamat Website.
  5. Āgā Buzurg al-Tihrānī, al-Dharīʿa, vol. 24, p. 36.
  6. Āgā Buzurg al-Tihrānī, al-Dharīʿa, vol. 4, p. 116.
  7. Mardī, ʿAbbās ʿAlī, Imamat Website.
  8. Āgā Buzurg al-Tihrānī, al-Dharīʿa, vol. 4, p. 116; Mardī, ʿAbbās ʿAlī, Imamat Website.


  • Āgā Buzurg al-Tihrānī, Muḥammad Muḥsin. Al-Dharīʿa ilā taṣānīf al-shīʿa. Beirut: Dār al-Aḍwāʾ, [n.d].
  • Ḥillī, Aḥmad b. Fahd. ʿUddat al-daʿī. Qom: Maktabat Wijdānī, [n.d].
  • Ḥillī, Aḥmad b. Fahd. ʿUddat al-daʿī. Translated by Ḥusayn Ghaffārī. Qom: Bunyād-i Maʿārif-i Islāmī, 1375 Sh.