Salwaat Zarrab Isfahani recited on Friday afternoons
This salwat is ascribed to Abu’l-Hasan al-Zarrab al-Isfahani.
Shaykh al-Tusi and Sayyid Ibn Tawus have included this famous invocation with the recommended rites of Friday afternoons.
Confirming its significance and writing down the series of its reporters, Sayyid Ibn Tawus adds, “This invocation is reported from our master Imam al-Mahdi, peace be upon him." As for Shaykh al-Tusi, he says, “This invocation is reported from the Patron of the Age, Imam al-Mahdi, peace be upon him.
It was shown to Abu’l-Hasan al-Zarrab in Makkah.”
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
bismillahi alrrahmani alrrahimi
In the Name of Allah, the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.
allahumma jaddid bihi ma imtaha min dinika
O Allah, renew, through him, the features of Your religion that have been eradicated,
أَحْيِ بِهِ مَا بُدِّلَ مِنْ كِتَابِكَ
wa ahyi bihi ma buddila min kitabika
revive, through him, the instructions of Your Books that have been altered,
وَأَظْهِرْ بِهِ مَا غُيِّرَ مِنْ حُكْمِكَ
wa azhir bihi ma ghuyyira min hukmika
and manifest, through him, the laws of Your code that have been distorted
حَتَّىٰ يَعُودَ دِينُكَ بِهِ وَعَلَىٰ يَدَيْهِ
hatta ya`uda dinuka bihi wa `ala yadayhi
so that Your religion, through him and at his hands, will again become
لاَ شَكَّ فِيهِ وَلاَ شُبْهَةَ مَعَهُ
la shakka fihi wa la shubhata ma`ahu
free from any doubt or any spurious matter,
وَلاَ بَاطِلَ عِنْدَهُ وَلاَ بِدْعَةَ لَدَيْهِ
wa la batila `indahu wa la bid`ata ladayhi
and lacking any accompanying wrong or heresy.
اَللَّهُمَّ نَوِّرْ بِنُورِهِ كُلَّ ظُلْمَةٍ
allahumma nawwir binurihi kulla zulmatin
O Allah, through his light, light up all darkness,
وَهُدَّ بِرُكْنِهِ كُلَّ بِدْعَةٍ
wa hudda biruknihi kulla bid`atin
through his power, demolish all heresies,
وَٱهْدِمْ بِعِزِّهِ كُلَّ ضَلاَلَةٍ
wahdim bi`izzihi kulla dalalatin
through his might, destroy all items of deviation,
وَٱقْصِمْ بِهِ كُلَّ جَبَّارٍ
waqsim bihi kulla jabbarin
through him, annihilate all tyrants,
وَأَخْمِدْ بِسَيْفِهِ كُلَّ نَارٍ
wa akhmid bisayfihi kulla narin
though his sword, extinguish all fires [of sedition],
وَأَهْلِكْ بِعَدْلِهِ جَوْرَ كُلِّ جَائِرٍ
wa ahlik bi`adlihi jawra kulli ja'irin
through his justice, terminate the prejudice of all unjust ones,
وَأَجْرِ حُكْمَهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ حُكْمٍ
wa ajri hukmahu `ala kulli hukmin
make his rule prevail on all systems of rule,
وَأَذِلَّ بِسُلْطَانِهِ كُلَّ سُلْطَانٍ
wa adhilla bisultanihi kulla sultanin
and through his authority, humiliate all other authorities.
اَللَّهُمَّ أَذِلَّ كُلَّ مَنْ نَاوَاهُ
allahumma adhilla kulla man nawahu
O Allah, (please) put down all those who antagonize him,
وَأَهْلِكْ كُلَّ مَنْ عَادَاهُ
wa ahlik kulla man `adahu
wipe out all those who incur the hostility of him,
وَٱمْكُرْ بِمَنْ كَادَهُ
wamkur biman kadahu
exterminate the plots of all those who conspire against him,
وَٱسْتَأْصِلْ مَنْ جَحَدَهُ حَقَّهُ
wasta'sil man jahadahu haqqhu
and obliterate all those who deny his right,
belittle his mission,
وَسَعَىٰ فِي إِطْفَاءِ نُورِهِ
wa sa`a fi itfa'i nurihi
work on extinguishing his light,
وَأَرَادَ إِخْمَادَ ذِكْرِهِ
wa arada ikhmada dhikrihi
and intend to turn off his reputation.
اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ ٱلْمُصْطَفَىٰ
allahumma salli `ala muhammadin almustafa
O Allah, (please) send blessings to Muhammad, the Chosen Prophet,
wa `aliyyin almurtada
`Ali, the Well-pleased,
wa fatimata alzzahra'i
Fatimah, the Luminous,
al-Hasan, the amicable,
al-Husayn, the purified,
وَجَميعِ ٱلأَوْصِيَاءِ مَصَابيحِ ٱلدُّجَىٰ
wa jami`i al-awsya'i masabihi aldduja
and all the Successors, the lanterns of darkness,
wa a`lami alhuda
the signs of true guidance,
wa manari alttuqa
the lamps of piety,
the firmest handle,
the resolved rope [between Allah and His creatures],
and the straight path.
وَصَلِّ عَلَىٰ وَلِيِّكَ وَوُلاَةِ عَهْدِكَ
wa salli `ala waliyyika wa wulati `ahdika
And (please) send blessings to Your Friend and the trustees of Your affairs
وَٱلأَئِمَّةِ مِنْ وُلْدِهِ
wal-a'immati min wuldihi
and the Imams from his descendants,
وَمُدَّ فِي أَعْمَارِهِمْ
wa mudda fi a`marihim
extend their lifetimes,
وَزِدْ فِي آجَالِهِمْ
wa zid fi ajalihim
increase their periods of life,
وَبَلِّغْهُمْ أَقْصَىٰ آمَالِهِمْ
wa balligh-hum aqsa amalihim
and make them attain the utmost of their expectations
دِيناً وَدُنْياً وَآخِرَةً
dinan wa dunyan wa akhiratan
in the religion, the world, and the Hereafter.
إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَديرٌ
innaka `ala kulli shay'in qadirun
Verily, You have power over all things.
Background :Narrated through a chain by Sayed Ibn Tawoos and Shiekh Tosi may Allah’s mercy be upon them through a chain going to Yaqob ibn Yosif AlZarrab AlGassani that in 281 AH on his Haj pilgrimage to MECA from Asfahan along with a group of opposers and some went ahead and rented a room to stay in what was referred to as Dar-e-Khadija also called Dar-e-Rizza (AS). In it was a dark-skinned old lady to whom I had asked who are you? And why is this placed called Dar-Rizza?
I’m a one of their followers and Al Hassan ibn Ali (AS) arranged for me to live in it! As I was his servant!
I was very pleased to hear this and stayed in the place along with my opposing mates and stayed in one room whilst shutting the door using a heavy stone. As we were there, we used to see a glowing man entering the place without the door or stone moving from its place and he used to enter another room to which the old lady did not allow us to go to.
After seeing this I requested the old lady to meet me as I wanted to enquire about the person. She replied by saying that the man advices you to be careful with whom you are dealing with as they mean you harm. I was surprised as indeed I had a quarrel in relation to a debt with my companions. I further enquired and asked the lady about her relationship to Imam Rizza (AS). She explained that she was Imam Hassan’s servant and the Imam had told her that she would serve the last Imam AJT.
Someone not so fluent in Arabic had requested me to carry out Hajj on his behalf and paying for my expenses and handing me a letter.
I had brought 30 Dinars with me with the intention of placing them in Maqam Ibrahim (AS) but as I was taking to my self-thinking that it’s better to hand it to a son of bibi Fatima ( the man with the glowing face came to my mind) and handed the amount to the old lady. She came back after a while saying
He says, we have no right over these, do keep them in the place you had intended to do so, yet in return take something in return for this Rizvi lady!
I letter I had with me had the last Imam’s signature and was from Al Qasim ibn Alaa from Azerbaijan and I requested the old lady to confirm that its indeed the master’s signature. She went and came back confirm so and giving me good tidings through this Salawat through another letter!Only this time it was from the man with the glowing face with his signature ….the Hujjat (AJT) stating that this is the way Salawat should be recited!
Sayed ibn Tawoos states that this salawat should not be left out for a reason shown to us by Allah’ (subhan hoo)…