IBNA- On the occasion of the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Ali (AS), one of the most ancient and precious manuscripts of Nahj al-Balagha (Peak of Eloquence) was unveiled in Mashhad on May 28.
According to IBNA correspondent, the ceremony which was from the series of programs titled “Cultural Tuesdays” took place in Khorasan province of Iran at Quran Museum in the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS).
A researcher of Nahj al-Balagha Hujjat ol-Eslam Qais Attar stressed at the program on the necessity for authoring books and the relation between Imam Ali (AS) nights of Ghadr and Nahj al-Balagha.
“There are about 1000 versions of Nahj al-Balagha which should be indexed in a single book. Moreover, annotations and commentaries written on the versions should be carefully considered as well,” he said.
The researcher elaborated on the history of producing manuscripts and printed versions of Nahj al-Balagha saying that the most credible versions of the seminal Shi’a book have been created in the Iranian cities such as Nishabur and Sabzevar.
Following the session Fazel Hashemi, a manuscript expert of the Organisation for Libraries, Museum and Documents Center of Astan-e Qods Razavi described the Nahj al-Balagha version which was unveiled and said that in terms of the variety of subjects, the number of sermons and inscription of seals by Imam Ali, it is distinguished from the other versions.
Nahj al-Balagha by Imam Ali (AS) was first compiled by Sayyed Sharif Razi who had collected the speeches, precepts, prayers, epistles and aphorisms of Imam Ali, Sayyed Razi was a Shi'a scholar living in the 10th century (4th century AH). The Persian translations of Nahj al-Balagha dates back to some centuries ago.
The book is Known for its eloquent content, and is considered a masterpiece of literature in Shi'a Islam.