The Author’s Foreword
Al-Sahib al-Jalil Isma’il ibn Abbad - May God be pleased with him - has respectfully expressed greetings for Al-Ridha’ (a.s.) and said,
O you who intend to go and visit Toos,
land of purity and sanctification,
Recite my greetings to Al-Ridha’ and stop by
the most honorable grave of the best buried one.
By God! By God! This is an oath, which is issued
from a sincere one who is clinging to friendship!
Verily, if I possessed my own need,
I would reside at Toos, the inhabited.
Verily, it is the place of the martyr wrapped in
righteousness, famous for exaltedness and praise.
O son of the Prophet through whom God broke
the backs of the arrogant tyrants!
O son of the Testamentary Trustee1 who was the most
meritorious of powerful men, attained perfect pride and
naturally accompanied glory!
In another short poem he has also said,
O visitor who got up early, ran,
and walked like lightning when it flashes,
Recite my greetings to my master Al-Ridha’,
Who is at Toos,
The grandson of the chosen Prophet,
son of al-Murtadha, the Testamentary Trustee,
Who attained firm exaltedness and built white glory!
Say to him: (These greetings) are from a loyal one
who regards friendship as obligatory!
- 1. Or ‘Wasi in Arabic; the one who will superintend my affairs.