Al-Hizb al-A'zam wa al-Wird al-Afkham [Illuminated Edition

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Al-Hizb al-A'zam wa al-Wird al-Afkham - [Illuminated Edition]

Al-Hizb al-A’zam is a beautifully organized and comprehensive collection of invocations drawn from the Qur’an and Prophetic Sunna. Its wide range leaves uncovered hardly any area of worldly and otherworldly concern, and a complete reading might well put before Allah just about everything one would need in both this life and the next.

This work’s acceptance is plainly visible in the multitudes of devotees who recite it regularly around the world. A lot of attention has been paid to it, from commentaries and translations to abridgements and rearrangements.

Though a number of illuminated copies exist in manuscript, no illuminated edition to our knowledge has yet become available in print. For an important book of prayers such as this, illumination provides an aesthetic touch that pleases the eye and enhances the reader’s spiritual engagement with the text.

No effort has been spared in preparing this edition to bring about immense joy and pleasure for its readers.

  • The typeface used (with minor modifications) was prepared from the original naskh script of the internationally acclaimed Syrian calligrapher ‘Uthman Taha, who is renowned for his beautiful, clear, and easy-to-read hand and who prepared the Madina Mushaf that is printed and read around the world today.
  • Each page is set in twelve lines of text, enclosed with a decorative gold and red frame.
  • The inner pages have been printed using five colours and varnished on coated stock.
  • They pages have been sewn for strength and durability and bound so that the book, when opened, lies flat without help of the hands, to facilitate easier reading.
  • The openings of the introduction and first section are adorned by illuminated headpieces in gold and other colours, while the remaining section titles are enclosed in embellished borders.
  • The ninety-nine name of Allah are elegantly featured across a two-page spread.
  • While the basic design emulates the classical Arabic manuscript style, a few modern typographical touches have been added to this edition. In addition to page numbers at the bottom, marginal heads are included to guide the reader. These heads include the number of the section (using numerals) to facilitate easy navigation for non-Arabic speakers. Since the author advises to complete the litany over several days if doing so is not possible each day, each of the seven sections also include halfway markers to break it down further.
  • To facilitate pauses during recitation, punctuation marks have been added within the text. Ornaments are used for verse endings in Qur’anic invocations and for where larger entries can be divided into separate invocations. Commas suggest pauses that fit with the length, rhyme, rhythm, and meaning of each invocation.
  • The text of this edition is primarily based on that of the Indian editions, and has been compared (and emended where deemed necessary) with several manuscripts from around the world
  • To achieve a more balanced division of the seven sections of the book, the Saturday to Tuesday sections follow those found in the majority of manuscripts, while the remaining sections follow the Indian editions.
  • The invocations are fully referenced in an appendix along with a bibliography of the print and manuscript copies used.
  • A traditional license of transmission (ijaza) to the author is included.
  • The end sheets carry a printed design in pantone gold and varnish.
  • The front and back covers include the book title in gold foil along with a centre-medallion and author’s name. A debossed frame encloses this, while a debossed arabesque pattern sets of the gold title on the spine.
  • A ribbon marker matching the colour of each cover is added.

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About The Author

Mulla ‘Ali ibn Sultan Muhammad al-Qari

Mulla ‘Ali ibn Sultan Muhammad al-Qari, more popularly known as Mulla ‘Ali al-Qari, was an ascetic, hadith scholar, jurist, theologian, exegete, heresiographer, calligrapher, hajj specialist, philologist, logician and author of what has been hailed as the most comprehensive Arabic commentary on the Mishkat al-Masabih, entitled Mirqat al-Mafatih.

He is also famous for his commentary on Al-Fiqh al-Akbar, called Minah al-Rawd al-Azhar (Gifts of the Blooming Gardens). Qari was born in Herat, Afghanistan, where he received his primary years of Islamic education. Thereafter, he moved to Makka, where he studied under numerous scholars, including Shaykh Ahmad ibn Hajar al-Haytami al-Makki and Qutb al-Din al-Hanafi. He was called Al-Qari, “The Reciter,” because of his mastery of the science of Qur’anic recitation. Mulla ‘Ali al-Qari remained in Makka, where he taught until his death in 1014/1606. His written works include a two-volume commentary on Qadi ‘Iyad’s Al-Shifa’ (The Cure); and a two-volume commentary on Imam Ghazali’s abridgment of the Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Din (The Revival of the Religious Sciences), entitled ‘Ayn al-’Ilm wa Zayn al-Hilm (The Spring of Knowledge and the Adornment of Understanding).

Dr. Shaykh Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera

Dr. Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera has been studying the traditional Islamic sciences and writing scholarly works for most of his life. He completed the bulk of his studies at Darul Uloom Bury, North England, where he memorized the Qur’an by age fifteen and thereafter went on to complete a rigorous, six-year Shari‘a program. He graduated from this program with authentic certifications (ijaza) in numerous Islamic disciplines, including Arabic, Islamic jurisprudence, and hadith (with particular emphasis on the six authentic books of hadith (Sihah Sitta) and the Muwattas of Imam Malik and Imam Muhammad). His teachers at Darul Uloom Bury included Shaykh Yusuf Motala and other students of Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlawi (may Allah have mercy on them all).

After graduating, the author traveled to South Africa, where he attended Madrasah Zakariyyah part-time to gain specialized training in answering legal questions (ifta’) under Mufti Rada al-Haq. While in South Africa, he also completed a B.A. with honors in Islamic studies at Rand Afrikaans University (now, University of Johannesburg) under Professor Abdur-Rahman Doi.

He then traveled to Syria, where he received a second certification in Qur’anic recitation and memorization, this time from Shaykh ‘Abd al-Razzaq al-Halabi, who possessed a short, unbroken chain of transmission (sanad) to the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) in this subject. He also received a certification from Shaykh Adib Kallas after reading Mulla ‘Ali al-Qari’s Sharh al-Fiqh al-Akbar and attending lectures on other classical texts of Islamic creed (‘aqida).

He spent the following year in Mazahir Uloom, Saharanpur, India, where he received formal authorization to issue fatwa (legal responses), which required a close study of part or all of a number of classical jurisprudential texts, including, among others, Ibn Nujaym’s Al-Ashbah wa ’l-Naza’ir and ‘Allama Haskafi’s Al-Durr al-Mukhtar (along with its commentary, Radd al-Muhtar, by ‘Allama Ibn ‘Abidin al-Shami). During this time, Mufti Abdur-Rahman also attended classes on the principles of hadith (usul al-hadith), studying ‘Allama Lakhnawi’s Al-Raf‘ wa ’l-Takmil fi ’l-Jarh wa ’l-Ta’dil and parts of Imam Suyuti’s Tadrib al-Rawi.

He then spent eight years as imam of the mosque in Santa Barbara California and then returned to the UK and spent over five years as imam in London.

The author acquired additional certifications in hadith from such great scholars as Shaykh Muhaddith Habib al-Rahman al-A‘zami (through his student Shaykh Mufti Zayn al-‘Abidin), Shaykh Abu ’l-Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi, Shaykh Muhammad al-‘Awwama, and Shaykh Yunus Jawnpuri. May Allah continue to bless those of his teachers who are still alive and have mercy on those who have passed on to the next life.

The Shaykh has been selected for inclusion in The Muslim 500: The Most Influential Muslims in the World since its 2017 edition. The Muslim 500 is an annual compilation published by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Institute and is affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought headquartered in Amman, Jordan.

He is honoured to teach parts of Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim at Imam Zakariyya Academy in London, along with books of the Ifta Specialisation Program at Whitethread Institute, while he continues to work on scholarly publications through White Thread Press. Some of his fatwas and lectures can be found at www.zamzamacademy.com.

To date, Mufti Abdur-Rahman has written

  1. Fiqh al-Imam: Key Proofs in Hanafi Fiqh (1996),
  2. Provisions for the Seekers (2005), a translation and commentary of the Arabic work Zad al-Talibin, a small collection of short hadiths compiled by Mawlana ‘Ashiq Ilahi from ‘Allama Tabrizi’s Mishkat al-Masabih,
  3. Prayers for Forgiveness: Seeking Spiritual Enlightenment through Sincere Supplication (2004), a translation of Al-Istighfarat al-Munqidha min al-Nar, a collection of seventy prayers for forgiveness transmitted from Hasan al-Basri,
  4. Imam Abu Hanifa’s Al-Fiqh al-Akbar Explained (2007), a translation of Al-Fiqh al-Akbar along with Abu ’l-Muntaha al-Maghnisawi’s commentary and selections from ‘Ali al-Qari’s commentary, including Abu Hanifa’s Kitab al-Wasiyya,
  5. Salat & Salam: In Praise of Allah’s Most Beloved (2007), a manual of blessings and peace upon the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace),
  6. Co-authored Reflections of Pearls (2005),
  7. Revised, edited and annotated the trasnlation of Imam Ghazali’s Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al-Hidaya) (2010),
  8. Revised and edited Shaykh Abu’l-Hasan Ali al-Nadwi’s Saviours of Islamic Spirit (Vol. 1) (2015),
  9. Edited and illuminated Mulla ‘Ali al-Qari’s collection of prophetic prayers Al-Hizb al-A’zam (The Supreme Daily Remembrance) (2015),
  10. Handbook of a Healthy Muslim Marriage: Unlocking the Secrets to Ultimate Bliss (2019).

Additional Product Information

  • ISBN 1: 978–1–933764–12–2
  • ISBN: 2: 9781933764122
  • SKU: 9781933764122
  • Publisher: Turath Publishers
  • Imprint: Turath Publishers
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Format: Paperback
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Mulla ‘Ali ibn Sultan Muhammad al-Qari / Dr. Shaykh Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera
  • Dimensions Inches: 4.5" x 5.5" Aprox
  • Dimensions Cm: 5" x 7.5"cm Aprox
  • Pages: 174
  • Publication Year: August December 2015
  • Weight: 400g

 

 

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