Al-Istishfa' (book)

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Al-Istishfa' (book)
AuthorAbu l-Ma'ali al-Kalbasi
Original titleاَلْاِسْتِشْفاء بالتُّرْبَةِ الشّریفَةِ الْحُسَیْنیّة
Series1 vol.
SubjectImam al-Husayn (a)

Al-Istishfāʾ bi-l-turba al-sharīfa al-Ḥusaynīyya (Arabic: اَلْاِسْتِشْفاء بالتُّرْبَةِ الشّریفَةِ الْحُسَیْنیّة, literally: seeking the healing in Imam al-Husayn's soil) is a book in Arabic written by Abu l-Ma'ali al-Kalbasi (d. 1315/1897), an Imami jurist. The author discusses the issue of seeking healing in the soil of Imam al-Husayn's grave by considering over hundred hadiths.

The Author

Mirza Abu l-Ma'ali al-Kalbasi (b. 1247/1832 , d. 1315/1897) was an Imami jurist. He wrote over eighty works concerning jurisprudence, principles of jurisprudence, rijal, literature, theology, exegesis, hadith and commentaries on supplications by the Infallibles.

The Structure of the Book

The book seeks to establish that the soil of Imam al-Husayn's grave has a healing power, and indeed, it is recommended to use the soil for healing purposes. He cites hadiths from the Infallibles and remarks by jurists in his discussion of issues of the soil. The author allegedly cited over hundred hadiths in this regard.


Here are the contents of the book:

  • The forbiddance of eating soil
  • The healing is conditional upon one's faith
  • Conditions of seeking healing and its permissibility concerning the Infallibles other than Imam al-Husayn (a)
  • Carrying the soil with one in order to remain protected against evils
  • Impermissibility of buying and selling the soil
  • Putting the soil in the shroud of a dead person inside the grave
  • Writing inscriptions on the shroud with the soil.