Dua al-Nudbah - Arabic Recitation Print
This Dua’, is one of the most important and famous Dua’ from the Infalliable Imams. The word Nudbah means “lamentation” and in this Dua’, we are mourning and wailing due to the Ghaybat of our Imam (May Allah hasten his reappearance).

Sadir Seirafi, a distinguished companion of Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (peace be upon him) says that along with three other companions, they visited the Imam (peace be upon him). They saw him in a very sad and sorrowful condition, sitting on the ground. He was crying and moaning just like a mother who had lost her dear son, and was saying:
“My Master, your occultation has snatched away sleep from my eyes, has taken away my concentration, and has deprived me of tranquility of the heart.

My Master, your occultation has surrounded me with a tragic suffering due to which I can never find sympathy and consolation. Due to the loss of friends, one after the other, our gathering is breaking.

Calamities, hardships, difficulties and disasters have so much pained my heart that I do not feel the tears of my eyes and the yellings and cryings of my heart. Yet other severe and unbearable sufferings are imagined that one more difficult and fragile than the previous ones.”

Sadir says, “Calamity stuck us and our hears became full of sadness and sorrows for the Imam (peace be upon him). We presumed that an unpleasant event had made the Imam – this mountain of patience and forbearance – in such a lamenting and mournful condition.” We said, “O Son of the best of Mankind! May Allah not make you cry. For what reason are you weeping in such a manner?”

His holiness heaved a sad sigh from his afflicted heart and said, “This morning, I was looking at the “Book of Jafr”, the book of knowledge of the various events that will occur until the day of Qiyamat which has been assigned and made exclusive to Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) and his successors. It contains information on the birth, occultation, delay in reappearance and the longevity of al-Mahdi (peace be upon him). It also contains news on the sufferings of the believers during his occultation and the various doubts and uncertainties which will arise in their hearts due to the prolongation of the occultation and even mentions that a majority of them will leave aside Islam and our Wilayah and will not care about religion. Due to thinking of these things, grief and sadness have overpowered me...”

This Dua’ is to be recited on the Four ‘Eid days, which are ‘Eid al-Adha, ‘Eid al-Fitr, ‘Eid al-Ghadir and the Day of Jumu’ah. During this Dua’, by concentration, asking for forgiveness and reciting Salawat, we wash away our sins and remove the obstacles which are stopping the granting of our Dua. Then, with full attention, in a weeping state, we call upon our Imam in the same way as our sixth Holy Imam used to do, when he taught us this Dua’. We cry and recite Nudbah on the Ghaybat and being far away from our Imam. We request Allah to hasten his reappearance and thus end the corruption and injustice in this world. May the Almighty Allah have mercy upon all of us in this time of grief and sorrow.