Prayer of the Lord of the Age(a)

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After offering the first two unit (raka'at) salutation prayer of the Holy Mosque, another two units with the intention of "the prayer of Wali al-'Asr(a)" should be recited in the following manner:

In each unit (raka'a), whilst reciting Sūrah Fātiḥa, when you reach at the verse: "iyyaaka na'budu wa iyyaaka nasta'een"1, repeat it one hundred times (you can count using a rosary) and then finish the rest of Sūrah Fātiḥa.

Then recite Sūrah Ikhlāṣ once, but during the ruku' and the sujud, recite the invocation (dhikr) seven times (like the Prayer of the Salutation of Mosque).

After completing the prayer, recite "Lā 'ilāha 'illa Allāh"2 once. Then perform the Tasbīḥ of Lady Fāṭīma(a)3.

Finally, prostrate and recite one hundred times: "Allāhumma Ṣallī 'Alā mu¦ammadin Wa 'ālī Muḥammad"4.

Following his prescription of the aforementioned acts of worship to Ḥasan b. Mathleh, Imām Mahdī(a) declared, "O Ḥasan! Anyone who has offered these prayers within this Holy Mosque will have achieved the equivalent merit of offering prayers in the Holy Kaʿba."

Ḥasan b. Mathleh recalls, "As I embarked on delivering this message and had only taken a few steps, Imām Mahdī(a) issued me another command:

"O Ḥasan! There is a unique goat amidst the flock of the shepherd, Jaʿfar Kāshānī. A partially coloured, hairy creature with a total of seven black and white spots, three on its right side and the remaining four on its left. Purchase this goat with your own money, and with the aid of others, bring it to this location tomorrow night to be sacrificed. Distribute the sacrificial meat on Wednesday, the 18th day of the blessed month of Ramaḍān among those who are ill. They will find healing through this meat, by Allah Almighty's grace."

Given that our intent is to provide only a concise recapitulation of the above tale, we will refrain from detailing the remainder of Ḥasan b. Mathleh's account. However, to summarise:

Ḥasan b. Mathleh confided in his close friend, ʿAlī b. Mandar, about the preceding night's events. Together, they visited the sacred site, indicated to Ḥasan by the Imām(a). As foretold, they discovered the signs -- nails and chains -- delineating the boundaries of the Holy Mosque. They promptly returned to Qom to consult with Sayyid Abūl Ḥasan, who, having dreamt of the entire sequence the previous night, was anticipating their arrival.

United, they travelled to Jamkarān where they encountered Jaʿfar Kāshānī's herd. As Ḥasan b. Mathleh neared the herd, he spotted a goat matching the Imām's description trailing behind. The shepherd, Jaʿfar Kāshānī, was taken aback upon being offered payment for this particular goat, swearing he'd never noticed it amongst his flock before.

Finally, they escorted the animal to the sacred site as instructed by the Imām(a) for the sacrifice. The meat was distributed amongst the sick, who subsequently experienced healing. They then began constructing the Holy Mosque of Jamkarān, financing the roof with funds from the real estate of Ardhaal. The nails and chains the Imām(a) had left were taken by Sayyid Abū Ḥasan to his home, where their mere presence healed the ailing who approached with faith and sincerity.

Following the passing of Sayyid Abū Ḥasan, one of his children fell ill. In hopes of finding a cure, he opened the box containing these chains and nails, only to discover them gone. His attempts to locate these missing items were fruitless.5


  1. Arabic: إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ, You alone we worship and You alone we ask for help

  2. Arabic: لا اله الا الله, there is no god but Allāh

  3. Tasbīḥ of Lady Fāṭīma(a) (Arabic: تسبيح الزهراء عليها السلام) is a special dhikr consisted of 34 times Allāhu Akbar (Arabic: الله أكبر lit: God is the greatest), 33 times al-Ḥamdulillāh (Arabic: الحمدلله, lit. Praise be to God) and 33 times Subhan Allah (Arabic: سبحان الله, lit. Glory be to God).

  4. Arabic: اللهم صل علی محمد و آل محمد, O Allāh, May you grant peace and honour on Muḥammad and his family

  5. The story of Ḥasan b. Mathleh Jamkarānī being appointed by the Imām(a) to construct the Holy Jamkarān Mosque is reported in the following books: Biḥār al-ʾAnwār, vol. 53, p. 230, Al-Najm al-Thāqib, p.294 and Ilzām al-Nāṣib, vol.2, p.55.