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Title – The Message   Preface   Arabian Peninsula the Cradle of Islamic Culture   Arabia before Islam   Conditions of Roman and Iranian Empires   Ancestors of the Prophet   Birth of the Prophet   Childhood of the Prophet   Rejoining the Family   Period of Youth   From Shepherd to Merchant   From Marriage up to Prophethood   The First Manifestation of Reality   The First Revelation   Who were the First Persons to Embrace Islam?   Cessation of revelation   General Invitation   Judgement of Quraysh about the Holy Qur’an   The First Migration   Rusty Weapons   The Fiction of Gharaniq   Economic Blockade   Death of Abu Talib   Me’raj – The Heavenly Ascension   Journey to Ta’if   The Agreement of Aqabah   The Event of Migration   The Events of the First Year of Migration   Some Events of the First and Second years of Migration   The Events of the Second Year of Migration   Change of Qiblah   The Battle of Badr   Dangerous Designs of the Jews   The Events of the Third Year of Migration   The Events of the Third and Fourth years of Migration   The Jews Quit the Zone of Islam   The Events of the Fourth Year of Migration   The Events of the Fifth Year Of Migration   The Battle of Ahzab   The Last Stage of Mischief   The Events of the Fifth and Sixth years of Migration   The events of the Sixth Year of Migration   A Religious and Political Journey   The Events of the Seventh Year of Migration   Fort of Khayber the Centre of Danger   The Story of Fadak   The Lapsed ‘Umrah   The Events of the Eighth Year of Migration   The Battle of Zatus Salasil   The Conquest of Makkah   The Battle of Hunayn   The Battle of Ta’if   The Famous Panegyric of Ka’b Bin Zuhayr   The Events of the Ninth Year of Migration   The Battle of Tabuk   The Deputation of Thaqif goes to Madina   The Prophet Mourning for his Son   Eradication of Idol-Worship in Arabia   Representatives of Najran in Madina   The Events of the Tenth Year of Migration   The Farewell Hajj   Islam is completed by the Appointment of Successor   The Events of the Eleventh Year of Migration   A Will which was not written   The Last Hours of the Prophet  

Bibliography

Sources of the Selections

Part I:

From Muhammad Baqir Majlisi, Bihar al-anwar, 110 vols., Tehran, 1380/1960-1 – 1390/1970-1.

A. The Prophet

1. Profession of Faith: vol. 4, pp. 287-8.

2. God’s Attributes: vol. 3, pp. 303-4.

B. ‘Ali

1. The Transcendent Lord: vol. 4, pp. 221-3.

2. Via negativa: vol. 4, pp.247-8.

3. Firm Rooting in Knowledge: vol. 4, pp. 274-8.

4. The Fairest of Creators: vol. 4, pp. 313-5.

5. Oneness: vol. 3, pp.206-7.

6. Discernment: vol. 4, p.253.

7. The Vision of the Heart: vol. 4, pp.304-6.

C. al-Baqir:

The Incomparable Lord: vol. 4, pp. 299-300.

D. Ja’far

1. Seeing God: vol. 4, pp.44-5.

2. The name that can be named . . .: vol. 4, pp. 160-1.

E. Musa:

The Mighty and Majestic: vol. 4, p. 298.

F. Ali al-Rida

1. Profession of Unity: vol. 4, pp. 228-30.

2. The Veil: vol. 3, pp.36-8.

Part II:

From Nahj al-balaghah, ed. by Muhyi al-Din Muhammad ‘Abd al-Hamid, with the commentary of Muhammad ‘Abduh, 3 parts, Cairo, n.d., part 3, pp. 92-122.

Part III: The Spiritual Life

A. al-Husayn, Prayer for the Day of ‘Arafah: From ‘Abbas Qummi, Mafatih al-jinan, Muhammad Hasan ‘Ilmi edition, Tehran, 1381/1961, pp. 531-53; also Islamiyyah edition, ed. by Muhammad Baqir Kamarai’, Tehran, 1379/1959-60, pp.350-65.

B. ‘Ali Zayn al-‘Abidin: the first and sixth prayers from al-Sahifat al-sajjadiyyah (Sahifa-yi kamila-yi sajjadiyyah); with Persian translation by M. A. Sha’rani, Islamiyyah edition, Tehran, n.d., pp. 15-20, 32-6; with Persian translation by A. Fayd al-Islam, Tehran, 1375/1955-6, pp. 28-41, 68-75; with Persian translation by J. Fadil, Tehran, 1348/1969, pp. 47-50, 93-5.

C. The Twelfth Imam: Prayer for the Month of Rajab: Mafatih al-jinan, pp. 279-81/184-6.

Other sources

· ‘Abduh, Muhammad, Sharh nahj al-balaghah, printed with the edition of the Nahj al-balaghah mentioned in the sources of the selections above (Part II).

· al-Fakiki, al-Ra’i wa-l-ra’iyyah, Najaf, 1940.

· al-Hashimi, Mirza Habiballah, Minhaj al-bara’ah fi sharh nahj al-balaghah, vol. 20, Tehran, 1389/1969-70.

· Ibn Abi-l-Hadid, Sharh nahj al-balaghah, Beirut.

· Ibn Maytham, Sharh nahj al-balaghah, Tehran lithographed edition, 1276/1859-60.

· al-Kulayni, al-Usul min al-kafi, ed. by Muhammad Baqir Kamara’i, Tehran, 1388/1968-9.

· al-Saduq, al-Tawhid, ed. by Hashim al-Husayni al-Tahrani, Tehran, 1387/1967-8.

· al-Shirazi, al-Sayyid ‘Alikhan, Talkhis al-riyad, vol. I, Tehran, 1381/1961-2.

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