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Ghurar al-akhbar wa durar al-athar (book)

Ghurar al-akhbar wa durar al-athar
Author Al-Hasan b. Abu l-Hasan al-Daylami
Original title غُرَرُ الأخبار و دُرَر الآثار فى مَناقب أبى الائمة الاطهار عَلی أمیرالمؤمنین
Language Arabic
Subject Excellences of Ahl al-Bayt (a)
Published 1427/2006
Publisher Qom: Dalil-i Ma

Ghurar al-akhbār wa durar al-āthār fī manāqib abī l-aʾimma al-aṭhār ʿAlī Amīr al-muʾminīn (a) (Arabic: غُرَرُ الأخبار و دُرَر الآثار في مَناقب أبي الائمة الاطهار عَلي أميرالمؤمنين) is written by al-Hasan b. Abu l-Hasan al-Daylami one of Twelver Shi'a scholars of 8/14 century. Although the name of the book suggests that the book is only about the virtues of Amir al-Mu'minin (Imam 'Ali (a)), but its content is more general than just the virtues of Imam 'Ali (a); the book is a collection of narrations about virtues of Ahl al-Bayt (a) and vices of their enemies, signs of the Imam, etc.

This book is one of sources of some other Shi'a books such as 'Udda al-da'i and Bihar al-anwar.



Al-Hasan b. Abu l-Hasan b. Muhammad al-Daylami is one of the scholars of 8th/14th century. He is one of the greatest Twelver Shi'a scholars in several sciences especially in fiqh, hadith, and 'irfan.

Ibn Fahd al-Hilli and al-'Allama al-Majlisi narrated from him in their books.

His most famous books are Irshad al-qulub and A'lam al-din.

Motivation for Writing

In the introduction of the book al-Daylami expresses his motive for writing this book:

"As the virtues of Imam 'Ali (a) are infinite, I collected some of them for getting closer to God and so that they bring me salvation before God and to do a service for the Prophet (s) and Imam 'Ali (a) and on the day when their servants will be selected, I become one of them."[1]


The book has 50 chapters. The first two chapters are about the merit of science, scholars, teaching and studying. But what is published has 35 chapters and the names of chapters are not as mentioned in the introduction. Generally the book has no specific arrangement.

Al-Daylami writes: "I didn't bring the chain of narration for hadiths because these hadiths are famous among scholars."[2]


Here are some chapters of the book:


Ibn Fahd al-Hilli 841/1438, contemporary with al-Daylami, narrated from Ghurar al-akhbar in his book 'Udda al-Da'i. The book is one of the sources of al-'Allama al-Majlisi's Bihar al-anwar.


"Dalil-i Ma" publications, published this book edited by "Isma'il al-Daygham al-Hamadani" under supervision of "Library of al-'Allama al-Majlisi" in 1427/2006.


  1. Al-Daylami, Ghurar al-akhbar, p. 37
  2. Al-Daylami, Ghurar al-akhbar, p. 38