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Lantern of the Path


Author(s): Imam Jafar al-Sadiq

Publisher(s): Ansariyan Publications - Qum

Category: The 12 Imams Hadith Collections Ethics General Spirituality

Featured Category: Spirituality


A collection of Hadith by the 6th Imam on knowledge, behavior, remembrance, prayer, and fear of God.

Publisher’s Note

Though there can be no doubt as to the truth and authenticity of the teachings contained in this book, it should be mentioned that there is some controversy whether the book was penned by the Imam (‘a) himself. Both Allamah al-Majlisi and Allamah Hurr al-Amili felt that the book’s division into ninety-nine chapters and its emphasis on inner meaning is a style more suited to Gnostic or Sufi scholars. Other scholars, however affirm that this was the work of the Imam (‘a) himself, among them al-Sayyid Ali Ibn at-Tawus, Shaykh al-Kaf’ami, and ash-Shahid Ath-Thani.

In absence of unanimity, we can only say that “The Lantern of the Path” is generally attributed to Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (‘a).

Translator’s Note and Acknowledgements

This small and simple book was most difficult and complex to translate. The translation was begun four years ago by my father, Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri ,when he translated “The Lantern of the Path” during some discourses. Though the task then fell to me to coordinate and execute the final translation, it was not without the considerable help of several scholars that the final version was achieved.

A formal translation was first done by Aisha Abdar-Rahman al-Tarjumana. Both hers and Sheikh Fadlallah’s versions were used in translating it anew, throughout which Muhsim

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