Al-Mazar (by al-Shahid al-Awwal)

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Al-Mazar (by al-Shahid al-Awwal)
Authoral-Shahid al-Awwal
Original titleالمزار في کيفية زيارات النبي و الائمة عليهم السلام

Al-Mazār fī kayfīyya zīyārāt al-Nabī wa l-Aʾimma (a) (Arabic:المزار في کيفية زيارات النبي و الائمة عليهم السلام), known as al-Mazār of al-Shahīd al-Awwal (المزار للشهيد الاول) is written by Muhammad b. Makki al-'Amili. He wrote it about the manners and recommended practices for visiting the holy shrines of the Infallibles (a). The book has two parts, each of which includes some chapters and one ending.

About the Author

Al-Shahid al-Awwal was a great Shi'a faqih and mujtahid of the 8th/14th century. He was also an expert in the jurisprudence of Sunni schools and travelled to different Islamic countries. He wrote al-Lum'a al-Dimashqiyya in fiqh. He was martyred by the enemies of Shi'a in 786/1384.


The book has two parts, each of which includes some chapters and one ending.

In the first part which is about ziyaras, there are eight chapters and one ending. The first chapter is about ziyarat of the noble Prophet (s) and Lady Fatima al-Zahra (a), and the other chapters are about ziyara of the Ahl al-Bayt (a) from Imam Ali (a) to Imam al-Mahdi (a).[1] The ending of the first part includes four chapters which are about the following issues: "a short ziyara to be recited in all holy shrines", "ziyara of Salman Farsi", "ziyara of the graves of Shi'a" and "manner of visiting the holy shrines by a hired person".

The second part of the book contains seven chapters and one ending. In these seven chapters, the author has discussed about the merits and practices recommended in the mosques including the mosque of Kufa, the mosque of Sahla, the mosque of Sa'sa'a, the mosque of Ghani, the mosque of al-Ju'fi and the mosque of Bani Kahil.

The ending of this part is about the ziyara of Muslim b. 'Aqil, Hani b. 'Urwa and al-Mukhtar al-Thaqafi.[2]


  1. Shahīd al-Awwal, al-Mazār, p. 9-214.
  2. Shahīd al-Awwal, al-Mazār, p. 279-284.


  • Shahīd al-Awwal, Muḥammad b. Makkī. Al-Mazār. Edited by Muḥammad Bāqir Abṭaḥī Iṣfahānī. Qom: Madrisa al-Imām al-Mahdī (a), 1410 AH.