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Al-Jawshan al-Kabir Supplication

This article is an introduction to the al-Jawshan al-Kabir Supplication; to read its text see text:al-Jawshan al-Kabir Supplication.

Al-Jawshan al-Kabīr (Arabic:الجوشن الکبیر) is a supplication cited from the Prophet (s). The supplication includes 100 sections containing 1001 names and attributes of God. The supplication was revealed to the Prophet (s) by Jabra'il (Gabriel). Today in Iran, this supplication is an essential part of Laylat al-Qadr rituals for Shiites. Some people write the supplication on their shrouds, as recommended by some hadiths.


Revealation to the Prophet (s)

Imam al-Sajjad (a) cited his father, Imam al-Husayn (a) who cited his father, Imam 'Ali (a) who cited the Prophet (s) as saying that in one battle, the Prophet (s) was wearing a heavy armor (jawshan) and it was bothering him. Jabra'il appeared for the Prophet (s) and saluted him, and then told him: "take off the armor and, instead, recite this supplication which brings safety for you and your people".[1] Hence, this is the reason for its appellation, "al-Jawshan al-Kabir" (the great armor).

Al-Kaf'ami has cited the "al-Jawshan al-Kabir supplication" in his al-Misbah[2] and al-Balad al-amin.[3]


The supplication has 100 section, each containing 10 of divine names and attributes, except for the 55th section that contains 1