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AL-MAHDI INSTITUTE

LAMENTATIONS
(PART TWO)

THE TRAGEDY OF
THE LORD OF THE MARTYRS
Written by
Hujjat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin al-Shaykh
Mohammad Ishtihardi

translated by
Hujjat al-Islam al-Shaykh
Arif Abdulhussain

and edited by
Dr. I. K. A. Howard
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Foreword

This is the first of many books that it is hoped al-Mahdi Institute will publish. The aim of al-Mahdi Publications is threefold. The first of these is to make popular works on Islamic themes written in Arabic, Persian and Urdu accessible in English. In this way it is hoped to provide a development of the Spiritual literature available to English-speaking Muslims and non-Muslims. The second aim is to provide the Muslim community and others with English renderings of important du'a's (ad'iyah) and ziyarahs (ziyarat) in pamphlets. The third aim is to publish fully annotated translations of major works by the scholars of the Shi'ah and monographs on Islamic subjects.

This book comes under the first category. It is a work of spiritual literature commemorating the tragedy of Imam al-Husayn at Karbala. It is hoped that the two other works in this series by this outstanding Iranian scholar will be published in the future.

UPDATE

Preface to the Journal Edition

This electronic edition of this work, that has become so cherished by the scholars of the Al-Mahdi Institute, is being reproduced here at the request of senior and learned brothers in the city of Qum.  They felt that this work should be distributed as widely and as rapidly as possible so that its clear English account of those tragic events would bring them closer to the hearts of English speaking people throughout the World.

To have this work acclaimed by learned scholars is a great honour but a far greater honour for all those who assisted in the production of the finished work was the tears that were shed for the love of Imam al-Husayn.

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