The al-ism al-a`zam in Select Sunni and Shi`i Devotional Literatures
The Ramadan Dawn Prayer attributed to Imam Muhammad al-Baqir :
Various of the twelver Imams have it that the al-ism al-a`zam is contained within the Shi`i Dawn Prayer for the month of Ramadan' (see other links on this website and the PDf. translation below). For Baha'is these traditions have it that the al-ism al-a`zam is the words Baha' which occurs in various forms in its opening line (see above) while for other alternative identification are made :
For details see the section on this Dawn Prayer on this website and on the various Baha'i related links or webpages :
al Kulaynī = Abū Ja`far Muhammad ibn Ya`qūb al Kulaynī [Kulīnī] (d. c. 329/941)
- al Uṣul min al Kāfī (vols. 1-2). ed. `Ali Akbar al-Ghaffārī. Beirut: Dār al Aḍwā, 1405/1985.
- al Furū` min al Kāfī (vols. 3-7). ed. `Ali Akbar al-Ghaffārī. Beirut: Dār al Aḍwā, 1405/1961
- Kitāb al-du‘ā’ in al-Kāfī of al-Kulaynī. vol. X ADD
al-Ṭabaranī = Abū'l-Qasim Sulayman ibn `Ayyub ibn Muṭayyir Lakhmī (260-360 AH = 873-971 CE).
Syrian born Sunni Hadith collector and commentator. See EI2 X: ADD.
- Kitāb al-Du`ā. ed. & introd. Mustafa `Abd al-Qadir `Ata. Beirut: Dar al-Kutub al-`Ilmiyya, 1421/2000. (624pp.).
Nasā'ī, Aḥmad ibn Shu`ayb, (c. 830-915 CE).
- كتاب النعوت ، الأسماء والصفات
- Kitāb al-Nuʻūt : al-asmā' wa-al-ṣifāt ed.`Abd al-`Azīz ibn Ibrāhīm al-Shahwān. al-Riyāḍ : Maktabat al-`Ubaykān, 1419 /1998.
Abu al-Qāsim al-Qushayrī (d. 465/1072)
- Sharḥ al-asmā' Allah al-husnā (Commentary upon the Most Beautiful Names and the Attributes).
al-Ṭurṭūshī = Abū Bakr Muhammad ibn Walid al-Ṭurṭūshī al-Andalusī (451-520 = 1059-1126).
Orthodox Maliki Sunni writer. See EI2 X:738.
- al-Du`ā al-māthūr wa ādābah... 2nd ed. Beirut: Dar al-Fikr, 1423.2003 ISBN 1-57547-742-4. (344pp.).*
This orthodox Malikī Sunnī scholar wrote an over 300 page devotional compilation entitled al-Du`ā al-māthūr wa ādābah... (2nd ed. Beirut: Dar al-Fikr, 1423/2003). Within it he included a fifteen page sixth chapter entitled Fī ma`rifat ism Allāh al-a`ẓam... ("On the Gnosis of the Mightiest Name of God") adding that "when the supplicant has supplicated thereby he will assuredly be answered and when he requests something it will indeed be granted". (p.85). No supplication is more powerful in Islam than that in which the Mightiest Name of God is contained.
Ibn Tāwūs = Raḍī al-Dīn 'Alī ibn. Mūsā ibn Ṭāwūs al-Hasanī al-Ḥillī (d. 664/1226)/ Raḍī al-Dīn ibn Ṭāwūs (1193-1266 CE).
- Muhaj al-du'awāt wa Manhaj al-`Abadāt, Tehran, 1416
- Muhaj al-da'awāt wa Manhaj al-`Abadāt, ed. Shaykh Ḥusayn al-A`lami, Beirut: Mu`assasat al-A`lamī, 1414/1993 (480pp.)
The Lifeblood of the Supplications.. (Muhaj al-da`wāt..) is a compilation of prayers attributed to the Prophet Muhammad and the Twelver Imāms compiled by Raḍī al-Dīn ibn Ṭāwūs (1193-1266 CE).