After offering the first two unit (rakats) salutation prayer of the Holy Mosque,
another two units with the intention (niyat) of “the prayer of Wali al-Asr (May
Allah hasten his honorable revelation)” should be recited in the following
In each unit (rakat), whilst reciting Surah al-Hamd, when you reach at the
verse: “iyyaka na 'budu wa iyyaka nasta'in” (You alone we worship and You
alone we ask for help), repeat it one hundred times (you can count using
a rosary) and then finish the rest of Surah al-Hamd. Then recite Surah al-Ikhlas
only one time, but during the genuflection (rukoo) and the prostration (sujud),
the invocation (dhikr) should be recited seven times (like the Prayer of the
Salutation of Mosque).
After completing the prayer, the words “la ilaha illalah” (there is no god
but Allah) should be recited once. Later on recite the Tasbih of Sayyida
Zahraa (a.s.) (the daughter of the Holy Prophet (pbuh&hh) which is as follows:
Allahu Akbar (Allah is Great): 34 times
Alhamdu lillah (All praise to Allah): 33 times
Subhanallah (Glory be to Allah): 33 times
Finally, prostrate and recite one hundred times: “Allahumma salli 'ala Mohammad
wa aali Mohammad” (Oh Allah! bless Mohammad and his progeny).
After prescribing the above acts of worship to Hasan b. Mathleh (see History of
the Mosque), Imam al-Mahdi (May Allah hasten his honorable revelation) said:
“O Hasan! Anyone who has offered these prayers in this Holy Mosque is tantamount
to having offered prayers in the Holy Kaba.”
Hasan b. Mathleh says: “As soon as I started to convey this message and having
taken only a few steps, again I was commanded by the Lord of the Age (Wali al-Asr
(May Allah hasten his honorable revelation)) as follows:
“O Hasan! There is a goat in the herd of the shepherd Jaffer Kashani - a goat
partly colored and hairy, having seven black and white spots altogether, three
being on the right side, and the remaining four on the left side - you must
purchase this goat with your own personal money, and with the help of other
people bring this goat to this place the next night for sacrifice. After
sacrificing the goat distribute the meat of sacrifice on Wednesday the 18th day
of the blessed month of Ramadan among the sick people. God Almighty will cure
them through this meat of sacrifice (insha Allah).”
Hasan says: “After receiving these signs I returned home, and remained restless
thinking about this episode throughout the night, and after offering the morning
prayer I started off to complete my assignment.”
Because, our aim is to present only a brief summary of the above story,
therefore it would not be appropriate to continue the remaining story as
narrated by Hasan-bin-Mathleh, but in summary:
Hasan b. Mathleh described the previous night's episode to one of his close
friends Ali b. Mandar, and together they went to visit the sacred place, which
was shown to Hasan by the Imam (May Allah hasten his honorable revelation). As
promised, they encountered the signs in the form of nails and chains marking the
boundaries of the Holy Mosque; immediately they returned to Qum to see Sayyid
Abul Hasan, who was eagerly awaiting for their arrival, because of his having
seen the same whole episode in a dream the previous night.
Together, they started towards Jamkaran and encountered the herd of Jaffer
Kashani. As soon as Hasan b. Mathleh approached this flock he saw a goat with
the exact signs as described by Imam (May Allah hasten his honorable revelation)
coming behind the herd towards him. He approached the shepherd Jaffer Kashani
for the payment of the goat, who in turn was completely surprised and swore that
he had never before noticed this particular goat in his flock.
Finally, they brought the said animal towards the sacred place as directed by
the Imam (May Allah hasten his honorable revelation) for sacrifice and
distributed the meat among the sick people who were cured. Then they started
laying the foundation of the Holy Mosque of Jamkaran, and with the earnings of
the real estates of Ardhaal, completed the roof of the mosque. The nails and
chains left by the Imam (May Allah hasten his honorable revelation) were taken
by Sayyid Abul Hasan to his house and every time sick people, with sincerity and
belief, neared themselves to these things, they became cured.
After Sayyid Abul Hasan's demise, one of his children became sick and seeking to
get cured, he opened the box containing these chains and nails, only to find
them missing; his search for finding these missing items produced no positive
result. The story of Hasan b. Mathleh Jamkarani and his being assigned by the
Imam (May Allah hasten his honorable revelation) for the building of the Holy
Jamkaran Mosque has been narrated in the following books:
1. Bihar-ul- Anwar, Vol. 53, p. 230.
2. Ambaqari al-Ahsan Vol. 2, p. 143.
3. Najam ath-Thaqib, p.294.
4. Alzam an-Nasib, Vol.2, p.55.
* History of
Masjid Jamkaran. Translated by: Sayyid Hussein Alamdar