Publisher's Word

Too many are the Qur'anic verses and traditions that emphasize on the necessity of referring to Almighty God, the Creator, on all occasions and under all circumstances so that the relation between the All-merciful God and His servants will be firmer. One of such relations, if not the most important, is the supplication, which is familiarly known as Du'a.

In the Holy Qur'an, Almighty God has guaranteed responding to the pure, well-intended prayers of His servants and, moreover, has encouraged on making Du'a a daily activity that connects the needy servant to the Perfect Lord to Whom everything is returned. Hence, a believer must never dispense with Du'a and must always direct all his feelings towards the Creator asking for help and guidance.

In point of fact, Du'a, like any other item of connection with the All-beneficent God, is conditional upon a set of matters and spiritual and material preparations so that it will achieve its aims and purposes as completely as expected.

In this book, Du'a is presented with thorough details so that its conditions, circumstances and effects will be exposed for the gentle readers hoping they will act upon such affairs so as to achieve the best connection with God.

The book is in fact a translation of the preface of the famous Persian-origin book entitled 'Shuhoud wa Shenakht' (Witnesses and Knowledge), which is of several volumes explaining in details the innumerable points contained by the famous al-Sahifah al-Sajjadiyyah of Imam Ali ibn al-Husayn Zayn al-Abidin. This famous epistle is called 'the Psalms of Islam' for it comprises the most subtle points of the worldly and hereafter lives that each mortal will pass by.

The Ansariyan Publications is pleased to present this book to the dear readers for it believes in the necessity of shedding more light on the reality and significance of Du'a.