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Ghurar al-akhbar wa durar al-athar (book)

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Ghurar al-akhbar wa durar al-athar
Author Al-Hasan b. Abu l-Hasan al-Daylami
Original title غُرَرُ الأخبار و دُرَر الآثار فى مَناقب أبى الائمة الاطهار عَلی أمیرالمؤمنین
Language Arabic
Subject Excellences of Ahl al-Bayt (a)
Published 1427/2006
Publisher Qom: Dalil-i Ma

Ghurar al-akhbār wa durar al-āthār fī manāqib abī l-aʾimma al-aṭhār ʿAlī Amīr al-muʾminīn (a) (Arabic: غُرَرُ الأخبار و دُرَر الآثار في مَناقب أبي الائمة الاطهار عَلي أميرالمؤمنين) is written by al-Hasan b. Abu l-Hasan al-Daylami one of Twelver Shi'a scholars of 8/14 century. Although the name of the book suggests that the book is only about the virtues of Amir al-Mu'minin (Imam 'Ali (a)), but its content is more general than just the virtues of Imam 'Ali (a); the book is a collection of narrations about virtues of Ahl al-Bayt (a) and vices of their enemies, signs of the Imam, etc.

This book is one of sources of some other Shi'a books such as 'Udda al-da'i and Bihar al-anwar.

Author

Al-Hasan b. Abu l-Hasan b. Muhammad al-Daylami is one of the scholars of 8th/14th century. He is one of the greatest Twelver Shi'a scholars in several sciences especially in fiqh, hadith, and 'irfan.

Ibn Fahd al-Hilli and al-'Allama al-Majlisi narrated from him in their books.

His most famous books are Irshad al-qulub and A'lam al-din.

Motivation for Writing

In the introduction of the book al-Daylami expresses his motive for writing this book:

"As the virtues of Imam 'Ali (a) are infinite, I collected some of them for getting closer to God and so that they bring me salvation before God and to do a service for the Prophet (s) and Imam 'Ali (a) and on the day when their servants will be selected, I become one of them."[1]

Content

The book has 50 chapters. The first two chapters are about the merit of science, scholars, teaching and studying[2]. But what is published has 35 chapters and the names of chapters are not as mentioned in the introduction. Generally the book has no specific arrangement.

Al-Daylami writes: "I didn't bring the chain of narration for hadiths because these hadiths are famous among scholars".[3]

Chapters

Here are some chapters of the book:

Status

Ibn Fahd al-Hilli 841/1438, contemporary with al-Daylami, narrated from Ghurar al-akhbar in his book 'Udda al-Da'i[5]. The book is one of the sources of al-'Allama al-Majlisi's Bihar al-anwar.[6]

Publication

"Dalil-i Ma" publications, published this book edited by "Isma'il al-Daygham al-Hamadani" under supervision of "Library of al-'Allama al-Majlisi" in 1427/2006.[7]

Notes

  1. Daylamī, Ghurar al-akhbār, p. 37
  2. Daylamī, Ghurar al-akhbār, p. 37.
  3. Daylamī, Ghurar al-akhbār, p. 38
  4. Mardī, Pārihā-yī az du kitāb-i qadīmī dar Ghurar al-akhbār al-daylamī; Daylamī, Ghurar al-akhbār, content page.
  5. Mardī, Pārihā-yī az du kitāb-i qadīmī dar Ghurar al-akhbār al-daylamī
  6. Daylamī, Ghurar al-akhbār, p. 37.
  7. Mardī, Pārihā-yī az du kitāb-i qadīmī dar Ghurar al-akhbār al-daylamī

References