Imam al-Rida’s Esoteric Traditions


‘Allamah Hasan Mustafawi, “Imam al-Rida’s (‘a) Esoteric Traditions: An Exposition of Selected Traditions from ‘Uyun Akhbar al-Rida,” trans. Mansoor Limba (, 2020) 202 pages, published and available now!

In this treatise, ‘Allamah Hasan Mustafawi has selected 30 subjects (along with their supplementary topics) in relation to esoteric, intricate, and allegorical traditions (ahadith) from ‘Uyun Akhbar al-Rida by the great traditionist (muhaddith) Shaykh al-Saduq and explained their meanings in his signature lucid and concise manner.

This exposition includes a wide range of mystical and philosophical subjects such as:

  • The Grip (hujzah), Face (wajh), and Visitation (ziyarah) of Allah; the Primordial Existence and His essential attributes; alleged forgetfulness of God; Allah’s knowledge of Himself, His Power and Names; the Throne (‘arsh), Pillar (‘amud), and Whale (hut);
  • “He is indeed Subtle, All-hearing, and All-seeing;” “He is with you wherever you are;” “Your Lord came;” “Allah has set a seal on their hearts;” His descent to the earthly heaven; “Allah[’s Command] should come to them;” the meaning of tasmiyyah (saying bismillah);
  • Limitation and poverty; the essence of will; predestination and freewill; the reality of being veiled and to be left in darkness; letters of the alphabet; paradise and hell as being created; ordinance (mashiyyah) and fate (al-qada wa’l-qadar); predestination (jabr), ordinance (mashiyyah), and action (‘amal); creation (khalq), ordainment (taqdir), and actions (af‘al); predestination (jabr) and delegation (tafwid); tranquility (sakinah) and paradise (jannah); and is the Qur’an pre-eternal or corporeal?


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