Al-'Ahd Supplication

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Duʿaʾ al-ʿAhd (Arabic:دعاء العهد) is a supplication narrated from Imam al-Sadiq (a) and there, re-allegiance with Imam al-Mahdi (a) and praying for his return are mentioned. Recitation of this supplication during the occultation of Imam al-Mahdi (a) has been greatly emphasized. It is said that anyone who recites this supplication forty successive mornings will be among the companions of Imam al-Mahdi (a).

Its Reference

Du'a al-'Ahd has been narrated from Imam al-Sadiq (a). Sayyid b. Tawus in Misbah al-za'ir, Ibn Mashhadi in al-Mazar al-kabir,[1] al-Kaf'ami in al-Misbah[2] and al-Balad al-amin[3] and Majlisi in Bihar al-anwar[4] and Zad al-ma'ad[5] have mentioned this supplication. Mentioning this supplication by great scholars such as Sayyid b. Tawus, al-Kaf'ami and 'Allama Majlisi shows their trust on it. The messages of this supplication have been approved in other supplications as well.

Its Messages

Du'a al-'Ahd includes special greetings of the reciter of supplication and also all male and female believers all around the world and the reciter's parents to Imam al-Mahdi (a). Then, the covenant and allegiance with Imam (a) is renewed and keeping it until the Day of Judgment is mentioned. Then, the reciter asks God that, "if my death comes while Imam (a) has not returned yet, take me out of the grave and grant me the opportunity to help him." Then, the request for meeting Imam (a) has been mentioned in a fine way. Supplicating for hastening the return of Imam (a), establishment of the rightful government and order in the world and revival of the truths of religion and believers are the ending of this supplication.[6]

Time and Effects of Its Recitation

Imam al-Sadiq (a) said, "anyone, who recites this supplication in forty [successive] mornings, will be among the companions of the Upriser (a) and if he dies before Imam's (a) reappearance, God Almighty will resurrect him to fight for Imam (a), and for every word of the supplication, a thousand rewards will be recorded for him and a thousand bad deeds of his profile will be wiped out."[7]

See Also


  1. Ibn al-Mashhadī, al-Mazār al-kabīr, p. 663-666.
  2. Kafʿamī, al-Miṣbāḥ, p. 550-552.
  3. Kafʿamī, al-Balad al-amīn, p. 83.
  4. Majlisī, Biḥār al-anwār, vol. 83, p. 284.
  5. Majlisī, Zād al-maʿād, p. 542.
  6. Ḥāʾirī, "Duʿāy-i ʿahd", vol. 7, p. 531.
  7. Majlisī, Biḥār al-anwār, vol. 83, p. 284.


  • Ḥāʾirī, Sayyid Mahdī. 1380 Sh. "Duʿāy-i ʿahd". Dāʾirat al-Maʿārif Tashayyuʿ 7: (531)
  • Ibn al-Mashhadī, Muḥammad b. Jaʿfar. Al-Mazār al-kabīr. Qom: Jamiʿat al-Mudarrisīn, 1419 AH.
  • Kafʿamī, Ibrāhīm b. ʿAlī al-. Al-Balad al-amīn wa l-dirʿ al-ḥaṣīn. Beirut: Muʾassisat al-Aʿlamī li-l-Maṭbūʿāt, 1418 AH.
  • Kafʿamī, Ibrāhīm b. ʿAlī al-. Al-Miṣbāḥ fī al-adʿīyya wa l-ṣalawāt wa l-zīyārāt. Qom: Dār al-Raḍī, 1405 AH.
  • Majlisī, Muḥammad Bāqir al-. Biḥār al-anwār al-jāmiʿa li-durar akhbār al-aʾimmat al-aṭhār. Beirut: Dār Iḥyāʾ al-Turāth al-ʿArabī, 1403 AH.
  • Majlisī, Muḥammad Bāqir al-. Zād al-maʿād. Beirut: Chāp ʿAlāʾ al-Dīn Aʿlamī, 1423 AH.