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.