Through a valid chain of authority, it has been narrated that Shaykh Abu-`Amr, the first Emissary (safir) of Imam al-Mahdi (`ajtfs)dictated the following prayer to Abu-Muhammad ibn Hammam and ordered him to say it [frequently]. This supplication has been also recorded by Sayyid Ibn Tawus in his book of Jamal al-Usbu` following a number of other supplications to be said after the `Asr Prayers on Fridays and after the major prayer. He added the following: I personally have recognized the great merit of it through a grace of Almighty Allah that He has bestowed upon me exclusively; therefore, you may rely upon this supplication,
Supplication of Recognition through Another Tradition
Sayyed Ibn Taawoos (r.a.), in his ‘Jamaal al-Usboo’ has mentioned Friday, after the Asr prayers, as the time for supplication of recognition and exhorted for it.
It is appropriate that you recite this supplication even when you are unable to perform other recommended acts of Friday. Thus, never neglect this supplication because we have learnt this due to the special grace of Allah; Mighty be His Majesty, upon us. We rely on Him.
(The author of ‘Mikyaal al-Makaarem’ writes, ‘The above statement establishes the fact that this supplication has emanated from our master Saheb al-Zamaan (a.t.f.s.). It is not improbable considering the elevated status that Sayyed Ibn Taawoos (r.a.) enjoyed near him (a.t.f.s.).)
Shaykh Sadooq (a.r.) in ‘Kamaal al-Deen wa Tamaam al-Ne’mah’ narrates from Abu Muhammad al-Hasan Ibn Ahmad al-Maktab, who says that Abu Ali Muhammad Ibn Hammaam (r.a.) has narrated to me this supplication on the authority of Shaykh Amri (r.a.), who dictated it to him and ordered him to recite it. This supplication is to be recited during the occultation of the Qaem (a.t.f.s.). Sayyed Ali Ibn Taawoos (a.r.) has also mentioned it in ‘Jamaal al-Usboo’ through his chain, on the authority of Shaykh Tusi (a.r.), who in turn narrates from a group, from Abu Muhammad Haroon Ibn Moosa al-Tal’akbari, who records, ‘Abu Ali Muhammad Ibn Hammaam has narrated this supplication for me and he received it from Shaykh Abu Amr al-Amri (r.a.), the first special deputy of Saheb al-Zamaan (a.t.f.s.). Abu Amr dictated it to him and ordered him to recite it.’ This supplication is to be recited during the occultation of the Qaem of Aal-e-Muhammad (a.t.f.s.).
In this supplication, we seek from Allah, the High, that He introduces unto us Himself, His Messenger and His proofs, the guided Imams (a.s.). For, if we do not recognize them, we will be deviated in this world as well as the Hereafter and die the death of ignorance. Moreover, it is not possible for us to recognize Allah, the High, and His proofs (a.s.) except through Him and through His eloquent proofs. There is no other way. Benefiting from their sayings through the recognition of their numerous traditions and supplications is the sole approach to true knowledge. In this invocation, we seek the reappearance of our master Saheb al-Zamaan (a.t.f.s.), the grace to tread on his path and that he makes us from his helpers and assistance.
Through a valid chain of authority, it has been narrated that Shaykh Abu-`Amr, the first Emissary (safir) of Imam al-Mahdi (`a) dictated the following supplicatory prayer to Abu-Muhammad ibn Hammam and ordered him to say it [frequently]. This supplication has been also recorded by Sayyid Ibn Tawus in his book of Jamal al-Usbu` following a number of other supplications to be said after the `Asr Prayers on Fridays.
اَللَّهُمَّ عَرِّفْنِي نَفْسَكَ
allahumma `arrifni nafsaka
O Allah, make me recognize You,
فَإنَّكَ إنْ لَمْ تُعَرِّفْنِي نَفْسَكَ
fa'innaka in lam tu`arrifni nafsaka
because if You do not make me recognize You,
لَمْ اعْرِفْ رَسُولَكَ
lam a`rif rasulaka
I will not recognize Your Messenger.
اَللَّهُمَّ عَرِّفْنِي رَسُولَكَ
allahumma `arrifni rasulaka
O Allah, make me recognize Your Messenger,
فَإِنَّكَ إنْ لَمْ تُعَرِّفْنِي رَسُولَكَ
fa'innaka in lam tu`arrifni rasulaka
because if You do not make me recognize Your Messenger,
لَمْ اعْرِفْ حُجَّتَكَ
lam a`rif hujjataka
I will not recognize Your Argument.
اَللَّهُمَّ عَرِّفْنِي حُجَّتَكَ
allahumma `arrifni hujjataka
O Allah, make me recognize Your Argument,
فَإنَّكَ إنْ لَمْ تُعَرِّفْنِي حُجَّتَكَ
fa'innaka in lam tu`arrifni hujjataka
because if You do not make me recognize Your Argument,
ضَلَلْتُ عَنْ دِينِي
dalaltu `an dini
I will stray off the path to my religion.
اَللَّهُمَّ لاَ تُمِتْنِي مِيتَةً جَاهِلِيَّةً
allahumma la tumitni mitatan jahiliyyaatan
O Allah, do not make me die like the death of those who have not recognized Islam
وَلاَ تُزِغْ قَلْبِي بَعْدَ إذْ هَدَيْتَنِي
wa la tuzigh qalbi ba`da idh hadaytani
and do not cause my heart to stray off after You have guided me.
Allahumma a'rrifni hujjatak fa innaka in lam to a'rifni hujjatak, zalal to an deeni.
O Allah make me recognize Your Proof (Imam) - For, if you do not make me recognize Your Proof , I will deviate from my religion
Other 2 Dua Arrifni
This is from the supplications recorded by Sayyed Ibn Taawoos
(a.r.) in ‘Mohijj al-Dawaat’ in a tradition Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 95, p. 332.regarding the occultation
of Hazrat Mahdi (a.t.f.s.)through the chain of Muhammad bn Ahmad bn Ibrahim Al-Ja'afi popularly known as Saaban. Narrator asked, ‘And what should your Shias do (during occultation)?’
Imam (a.s.) replied, ‘It is necessary for you to pray and wait for the reappearance.’
The tradition continues till the narrator asked, ‘Then how should we pray?’
Imam (a.s.) replied,‘Say’.
O' Allah! Guide me to the guardianship of those you have make incumbent for me to follow.
- Manhaju Dda'wah: 395. | Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 95, p. 336.
Another version- Sahifa Mahdi
Sheikh Kulaini has narrated it from Imam Sadiq (peace be on him) how excellent the expression.
It is incumbent for the man to be in occultation, I said for what? He said pointing to his stomach, he is scared, that is the awaiting one. He who people shall be in doubt of his birth day, some people shall say he is not pregnant, some shall say his father died without leaving behind a successor while some shall say he was born two years before the advent of his father.
Zurarah said: I said to Imam; what will you command me to do if I reach that time? He (peace be on him) said: recite the following supplication: