Al-Hizb al-A’zam wa ‘l-Wird al-Afkham (Compact Edition)
Author: Mulla 'Ali ibn Sultan Muhammad al-Qari / Edited and designed by Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera
Publisher: White Thread press
a new compact sized black text edition of the highly acclaimed and popular Arabic litany and du’a collection of Mulla ‘Ali al-Qari’s Al-Hizb al-A’zam wa ’l-Wird al-Afkham (The Supreme Daily Remembrance).
This is the full text with all the supplications and not the summarized edition. It is only compact in size to make it convenient to carry around.
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.
The openings of the introduction and first section are adorned by headpieces, 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 and names of the days in Arabic and English 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 front and back covers include the book title in gold foil along with a centre-medallion and author’s name.
A ribbon is included to bookmark a page.
Allah has commanded us to worship and obey Him with sincerity, reverence, love, and gratitude. He says in the Qur’an: “And they are ordered only to serve Allah, keeping religion pure for Him, to remain upright, and to establish worship and to pay the poor due. That is true religion” (98:5). This worship is not possible without knowledge. This short work outlines the absolute essentials of this knowledge. It is based on the methodology of traditional Sunni Islam, according to the Shafi’i school of Islamic law, and its purpose is to make one’s worship valid, sound, and proper in a short amount of time.
“A welcome addition to the growing list of Shafi’i legal texts in English. Its brevity, simplicity, and focus on practical needs make it a perfect choice for short courses or individual reading.”
—Shaykh Musa Furber, Research Fellow, Tabah Institute
“A summarized work discussing the basics of prayer and fasting according to the Shafi’i Madhhab. With lucid presentation and relevant content, it is a good read for any Muslim looking to learn the basics of these important rituals.”
—Mawlana Yaqub Abdurrahman, Teacher, Shafiifiqh.com
“Essential knowledge grounded in traditional Shafi’i scholarship, and presented in a clear contemporary idiom. Every Muslim must learn the contents of this book.”
—Shaykh Hamza Karamali, Research Fellow, Kalam Institute
“This book is a much appreciated effort that helps to make the religion of Allah understandable to all Muslims and implement in their lives.”
—Shaykh Omar Qureshi, Teacher, Seeker’s Guidance
“An excellent guide essential for anyone who studies Shafi’i Fiqh or any other branch of Islamic sacred knowledge.”
—Abu Malik Adam Davidson, Teacher, Shafiifiqh.com