Translators Foreword

In the Name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful. Praise to Allah, the Mighty and Sublime and benedic­tions on His Chosen Messenger, Muhammad al-Mustafa (S) and his Progeny, the Ahlul Bayt – who were created from the same Noor as that of the Messenger of Allah (S).

Praise be to Allah and a million thanks to Him for the strength and endurance that He bestowed on this lowly servant to enable him to complete the task of translating the second volume of Hayat al-Qulub by Allamah Majlisi (r.a.).

Most people are unaware that the previous translation of this volume by Rev. James Merrick was in an abridged form. The actual book contains sixty-five chapters but they were condensed into twenty-two chapters; according to some, the language is also disrespectful.

So when Jafari Propagation Centre decided to republish the complete set of Hayat al-Qulub, I suggested them to have this volume translated anew. This suggestion was accepted and the book in your hands is a fresh translation of the second volume of Hayat al-Qulub by Allamah Majlisi (r.a.).
My special thanks to Janab Syed Fayyaz Husain Abedi who made it a point to assure that the transla­tion work is done with regularity and punctuality.

It is also worth noting that the translation of a book on the biography of the Messenger of Allah (S) was completed on 17th Rabiul Awwal; which is the birthday of our Holy Prophet (S).
May Allah give us the Taufeeq to strive on the path of Ahlul Bayt (a.s.) and under the guidance of the last successor of Prophet Muhammad (S).

17th Rabiul Awwal 1431 A.H./4th March 2010

Syed Athar Husain S. H. Rizvi
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