RNA – A ceremony to unveil the translated books and a commentary of Nahj al-Balaghah [The Peak of Eloquence] entitled “The Religion of Wisdom and Mysticism” and the book “Cognition and Intuition,” a translation and commentary on Sahifah al-Sajjadiyyah [The Scripture of Sajjad] which were written by Ayatollah Hasan Mamdouhi, a teacher of ethics and a member of the Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom, was held with the attendance of researchers and media representatives at Rasa News Agency.
At the ceremony, which was held in the presence of Ayatollah Mamdouhi and Hujjat al-Islam Mohammad-Mahdi Mohaqeqqi, the director of the Rasa News Agency, the latest works of this outstanding teacher in the Islamic Seminary of Qom were unveiled.
Ayatollah Mamdouhi, after revealing the commentaries on Nahj al-Balaghah and Sahifah Sajjadiyyah, referred to the background of the writing of his commentary of Nahj al-Balaghah and said, “In the past few years, some people have come up to me and said that they need to have a commentary on Nahj al-Balaghah in regard to which the quality of the content is good as well as being written in plain language.”
The teacher of ethics in the Islamic Seminary of Qom continued, “I told one of these individuals to bring me a copy of Nahj al-Balaghah of which one side of the page has writing on it and the other side is blank. After several weeks, such a book was brought to me but there was no longer any news of this person and we looked for him for several years but no institution or individual knew of him. Therefore, I decided to start this project personally and today, now that the translation and commentary of Nahj al-Balaghah has been completed, the name and location of that individual isn’t known but it made me write this book.”
In regard to the features of translation and commentary on Nahj al-Balaghah, Ayatollah Mamdouhi said, “In the writing of this book, no other book or person has been imitated. In other words, writing of this book wasn’t taken to merely increase the number of pages but all the topics are deep and if someone was quoted, that person is related to the teachers.”
His Eminence continued, “The translation and commentary on Nahj al-Balaghah is such that if you refer to any page, you will find a new subject and content and no subject and no repeated content will be found. Also, we have tried to use the sayings of Imam Ali which have important points and we have passed over ordinary sayings.”
He also referred to the duration of the writing of commentary on Sahifah al-Sajjadiyyah and said, “Before the Islamic Revolution, I delivered a commentary on Sahifah al-Sajjadiyyah on the radio which was suspended after the Revolution but I decided to collect the subjects and contents that I didn’t deliver in a notebook and this content filled thirteen notebooks.”
Ayatollah Mamdouhi added, “In the commentary on Sahifah al-Sajjadiyyah, as well as in the translation and commentary on Nahj al-Balaghah, I sometimes spent an hour searching in regard to the translation [of a word] in order to translate it in accordance with the intention and aim of the Imam such that more than three thousand words have been translated [into Persian from Arabic] in the commentary on Sahifah al-Sajjadiyyah, which is also one of the favours of Imam Ali al-Sajjad.”
Regarding the news of the writing of a exegesis on the Holy Quran, he announced, “In this exegesis all rational, theological and philosophical principles are given.”
Rasa News Agency