Supererogatory Acts Performed by Ayatullah Zanjani

This post has been translated from a book titled: A Drop[1] from the Sea which is a collection of papers and discourses on Shi’ite personalities and their bibliographies, written by Ayatullah Sayyid Musa Shobeyri Zanjani himself. His works, notes and annotations to some of the readings he used to do, have all been compiled in this book and has recently been published in 2 volumes. The following passage has been translated from page 610 of the book.

Question: What supererogatory acts do you perform after your prayers?

Answer: One of the supererogation that I am bind myself upon is as follow:

1) Ayat ul-Kursi till (وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ)

2) Tasbeeh of Hadhrat Fatima al-Zahra (sa)

3) 3 times Surah Tawheed

4) 3 times Salawat

5) 3 times[2]

وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مَخْرَجًا وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَالِغُ أَمْرِهِ قَدْ جَعَلَ اللَّهُ لِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدْرًا

6) While prostrating, reciting يا واسع يا وهاب fourteen times in one breath, and if one is not able to do it in one breath then just recite يا وهاب fourteen times.

I do not know any narration for this, but those who are considered the people of invocations and remembrance and are recognized as such in the eyes of those with knowledge, have recommended this recitation for materialistic and similar hardships.

Haaj Aqa Reza Sadr used to say: I had many material hardships that would not get resolved. Ayatullah Syed Abul Hasan Murtaza[3] – a scholar from Tehran who the people of knowledge were devoted to and accepted – gave this formula to me. I heard from Aqa Reza that he acted upon these instructions and his problems had found a solution. Haaj Aqa Reza gave me permission for it as well.

(Thursday, September 24th, 2008)


[1] This is how the publishers have translated it; a more literal translation could have been: A Sip from the Sea

[2] Surah Talaq, verse 2 and 3

[3] Deceased Hujjatul Islam Syed Abul Hasan Murtazvi is buried in the Baagh e Behesht graveyard in Qum. His son Ayatullah Syed Muhammad Kadhim Murtazvi Karvani Isfahani (d. 1987) is buried in a location across Pull-e-Ahanchi in Qom. | Jam’ Parishaan, vol 1, pg 270

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