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Table of Contents
                            Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45
Chapter 46
Chapter 47
Chapter 48
Chapter 49
Chapter 50
Chapter 51
Chapter 52
Chapter 53
Chapter 54
Chapter 55
Chapter 56
Chapter 57
Chapter 58
Chapter 59
Chapter 60
Chapter 61
Chapter 62
Chapter 63
Chapter 64
Chapter 65
Chapter 66
Chapter 67
Chapter 68
Chapter 69
Chapter 70
Chapter 71
Chapter 72
Chapter 73
Chapter 74
Chapter 75
Chapter 76
Chapter 77
Chapter 78
Chapter 79
Chapter 80
Chapter 81
Chapter 82
Chapter 83
Chapter 84
Chapter 85
Chapter 86
Chapter 87
Chapter 88
Chapter 89
Chapter 90
Chapter 91
Chapter 92
Chapter 93
Chapter 94
Chapter 95
Chapter 96
Chapter 97
Chapter 98
Chapter 99
Chapter 100
Chapter 101
Chapter 102
Chapter 103
Chapter 104
Chapter 105
Chapter 106
Chapter 107
Chapter 108
Chapter 109
Chapter 110
Chapter 111
Chapter 112
Chapter 113
Chapter 114
Chapter 115
Chapter 116
Chapter 117
Chapter 118
Chapter 119
Chapter 120
Chapter 121
Chapter 122
Chapter 123
Chapter 124
Chapter 125
Chapter 126
Chapter 127
Chapter 128
Chapter 129
Chapter 130
Chapter 131
Chapter 132
Chapter 133
Chapter 134
Chapter 135
Chapter 136
Chapter 137
Chapter 138
Chapter 139
Chapter 140
Chapter 141
Chapter 142
Chapter 143
Chapter 144
Chapter 145
Chapter 146
Chapter 147
Chapter 148
Chapter 149
Chapter 150
Chapter 151
Chapter 152
Chapter 153
Chapter 154
Chapter 155
Chapter 156
Chapter 157
Chapter 158
Chapter 159
Chapter 160
Chapter 161
Chapter 162
Chapter 163
Chapter 164
Chapter 165
Chapter 166
Chapter 167
Chapter 168
Chapter 169
Chapter 170
Chapter 171
Chapter 172
Chapter 173
Chapter 174
Chapter 175
Chapter 176
Chapter 177
Chapter 178
Chapter 179
Chapter 180
Chapter 181
Chapter 182
Chapter 183
Chapter 184
Chapter 185
Chapter 186
Chapter 187
Chapter 188
Chapter 189
Chapter 190
Chapter 191
Chapter 192
Chapter 193
Chapter 194
Chapter 195
Chapter 196
Chapter 197
Chapter 198
Chapter 199
Chapter 200
Chapter 201
Chapter 202
Chapter 203
Chapter 204
Chapter 205
Chapter 206
Chapter 207
Chapter 208
Chapter 209
Chapter 210
Chapter 211
Chapter 212
Chapter 213
Chapter 214
Chapter 215
Chapter 216
Chapter 217
Chapter 218
Chapter 219
Chapter 220
Chapter 221
Chapter 222
Chapter 223
Chapter 224
Chapter 225
Chapter 226
Chapter 227
Chapter 228
Chapter 229
Chapter 230
Chapter 231
Chapter 232
Chapter 233
Chapter 234
Chapter 235
Chapter 236
Chapter 237
Chapter 238
Chapter 239
Chapter 240
Chapter 241
Chapter 242
Chapter 243
Chapter 244
Chapter 245
Chapter 246
Chapter 247
Chapter 248
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Chapter 1
Lineage of al Radi and his Life

In the galaxy of the outstanding Shia Scholars two brothers from an eminent
family of the descendants of the Prophet (saw) outshone all the others due
to their extraordinary brilliance in their time. They were al Sharif al-
Murtada, who occupied the chair of his teacher as his successor to the
marji'iyyah of the Shi'ah world of scholarship, and his younger brother al-
Sharif al-Radi, acclaimed to be a great genius of versatile talents, still
unprecedented in the history of Islamic scholarship and Arabic literature.
Al-Radi (359-406/970-1015) died young, much earlier than his elder brother,
but left his mark on the history of Muslim thought and poetry, which in no
way can be described as less significant than that of any other Imamiyyah
scholar who lived much longer than him. He shone on the bright horizon of
the fourth century Hijri, regarded as the most extraordinary period of all
round intellectual and cultural renaissance in the history of Islam, lived
for a short period of forty-seven years but generated enough light to
lead human quest for excellence for centuries.

Al-Rad'i's parents' lineage came directly from the Imams (as) of the Prophet's
Family. From his father's side he descended from al-Imam Musa al-Kazim (as)
ibn Ja'far al-Sadiq (as) ibn Muhammad al-Baqir (as) ibn 'Ali Zayn al-'Abidin
(as) ibn al-Husayn (as) ibn 'Ali (as) in the following order: Abu Ahmad Husayn
Tahir al-'Awhad Dhu al-Manaqib ibn Musa ibn Muhammad ibn Musa ibn Ibrahim
al Mujab ibn Musa al-Kazim (as). All his forefathers were eminent in their
own right. From his mothers side he descended from the famous al-Nasir al-
Kabir also known as Nasir al-Haqq (225 or 230-304/840 or 844-916) who
descended from the second son of al-'Imam 'Ali ibn al-Husayn (as) ibn Ali (as).
Al-Sayyid al-Murtada, in Nasiriyyat, a commentary upon al-Nasir al-Kabir's
book Mi'at mas'alah, writes that:

My mother Fatimah [was] the daughter of Abu Muhammad al-
Husayn al-Nasir (al-Saghir) ibn Abi al-Husayn Ahmad ibn


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al-manthur, vol.6, p.l8; al-Ist`ab, vol.3, p.1117; Usd al-ghabah, vol.4
pp.32,33; Tarikh Baghdad, vol.8, p.340; vol.13, pp.186,187; at-Tarikh,
Ibn `Asakir, vol. 5, p. 41; at-Tarikh, Ibn Kathir, vol.7,
pp.304,305,306; Majma` az-zawa'id, vol.7, p.238; vol.9,
p.235; Sharh al-mawahib, vol.3, pp.316-317; Kanz al-`ummal, vol. 6,
pp.72,82,88,155,319,391,392; vol. 8, p.215)

(2). After the Holy Prophet no one save Amir al-mu'minin could utter
the challenge "Ask whatever you want to." Ibn `Abd al-Barr in Jami` bay-
an al-`ilm wa fadlihi, vol.1 p.58 and in al-Isti`ab, vol.3, p.l103; Ibn al-Athir
in Usd al-ghabah, vol.4, p.22; Ibn Abi'l-Hadid in Sharh Nahj al-balaghah,
vol.7, p.46; as-Suyuti in Tarikh al-Khulafa', p.171 and Ibn Hajar al-
Haytami in as-Sawa`iq al-muhriqah, p.76 have written that "None among
the companions of the Holy Prophet ever said 'Ask me whatever you
want to' except `Ali ibn Abi Talib." However, among other than the com-
panions a few names do appear in history who did utter such a chal-
lenge, such as Ibrahim ibn Hisham al-Makhzumi, Muqatil ibn Sulayman,
Qatadah ibn Di`amah, `Abd ar-Rahman (Ibn al-Jawzi) and Muhammad
ibn Idris ash-Shafi`i etc. but everyone of them had to face disgrace and
was forced to take back his challenge. This challenge can be urged only
by him who knows the realities of the Universe and is aware of the hap-
penings of the future. Amir al-mu'minin, the opener of the door of the
Prophet's knowledge, as he was, was the only person who was never
seen being unable to answer any question on any occasion, so much so
that even Caliph `Umar had to say that "I seek Allah's protection from
the difficulty for the solution of which `Ali would not be available." Sim-
ilarly, the prophecies of Amir al-mu'minin made about the future proved
true word by word and served as an index to his vast knowledge, wheth-
er they be about the devastation of Banu Ummayyah or the rising of the
Kharijites, the wars and destruction by the Tartars or the attacks of the
English, the floods of Basrah of the ruination of Kufah. In short, when
these events are historical realities there is no reason why this challenge
of Amir al-mu'minin should be wondered at.


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Chapter 101

Allah's praise and eulogy of the prophets
Exalted is Allah Whom heights of daring cannot approach and fine-

ness of intelligence cannot find. He is such First that there is no extremity
for Him so that He be contained within it, nor is there an end for Him
where would cease.

A part of the same sermon about the Prophet
Allah kept the Prophets in deposit in the best place of deposit and

made them stay in the best place of stay. He moved them in succession
from distinguished fore-fathers to chaste wombs. Whenever a prede-
cessor from among them died the follower stood up for the cause of the
religion of Allah.

About the Holy Prophet and his Descendants (`Itrah)
Until this distinction of Allah, the Glorified, reached Muhammad -

peace and blessing of Allah be upon him and his descendants. Allah
brought him out from the most distinguished sources of origin and the
most honourable places of planting, namely from the same (lineal) tree
from which He brought forth other Prophets and from which He selec-
ted His trustees. Muhammad's descendants are the best descendants, his
kinsmen the best of kin and his lineal tree the best of trees. It grew in es-
teem and rose in distinction. It has tall branches and unapproachable

He is the leader (Imam) of all who exercise fear (of Allah) and a light
for those who seek guidance. He is a lamp whose flame is burning, a
meteor whose light is shining and a flint whose spark is bright. His con-
duct is upright, his behaviour is guiding, his speech is decisive and his
decision is just. Allah sent him after an interval from the previous Proph-
ets when people had fallen into errors of action and ignorance. Allah
may have mercy on you.


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"Wisdom is the lost property of the Believer,

let him claim it wherever he finds it"

Imam Ali (as)

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