- I told to Imam Baqir (A.S): “What is the meaning of “truly, Ibrahim was awwah and patient”? He replied: “Awwah means (the one who is) praying (to) and wailing (for God) a lot.””
- “Two people, who have acted alike, enter the heaven, but one of them sees the other one in a higher place. Then, he says: O’ Lord! How come has he a superior place in comparison to me while we acted alike? God the Almighty replies: “because he asked Me (whatever he needed) and you did not do that”.
- “The most knowledgeable person to God is the one who asks more from Him”
- “Whoever prays a lot, the angels say: this voice is familiar (to us) and this is the prayer which is accepted and this is the need which is provided”
- “There is no servant who goes to a land and opens their hands and praises God and prays, unless God fills the land with his rewards, whether it is vast or tiny”
- If you knew god the way you should’ve known, Mountains definitely will be moved by your prayers.
- Crying out of fear of god is the key to his mercy, it’s a sign for his acceptance and it’s a door to answering (your prayers)
- Pray to god and believe in his answeres. But understand that god wont accept prays from an unwitting oblivious heart.
Ahmad b. Mahdi Naraqi
Name: Ahmad b. Mahdi Naraqi
Date and Place of Birth: 1771, Naraq, central Iran
Date of Death: 9281
Naraqi grew up in a family of eruditeness, knowledge, and letters. He received his early and (most of his) further education in his hometown under his knowledgeable father, Mullah Mahdi Naraqi (d. 5971) who was considered as the greatest scholar of that territory.
To complete his education he traveled to Najaf and Karbala, Iraq.
When his father died in 4971, Mullah Ahmad came back to his hometown and undertook the responsibility of the religious authority of the Shiite community.
He died in 9281 but his corpse was transferred to Najaf and was buried in the vicinity of Imam Ali's holy shrine.
Naraqi studied, in addition to his father, under Sayyid Mahdi Bahr al`Uloum (d. 8971), Shaykh Ja`far Kashif al-Ghita' (d. 3181) in Najaf; and Sayyid Mirza Mahdi Shahrestani (d. 1081) and Aqa Muhammad Baqir Wahid Behbahani (d. 3971) in Karbala.
Students: Naraqi had many students; the most outstanding of them was Shaykh Murtada Ansari (d. 4681)
Naraqi has compiled more than twenty books in various subjects such as Islamic jurisprudence and its principles, ethics, astronomy, mathematics, theology and preaching. He was also interested in composing Farsi poems and used Safayee as his nickname. The following are some of his writings:
- Awa'id al-Ayyam (on Islamic jurisprudence)
- Miftah al-Ahkam (on the principles of jurisprudence)
- Mi`raj al-Sa`adah (on ethics)
- Sharh Kitab al-Hisab (on arithmetic)
- Mathnawi Taqdis (a Farsi poem)