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how authentic is jawshan e kabir?


we recite it every laylatul qadr and as the nights are short this year, my family and i are debating whether to recite this (fairly lenghty dua) or do some other amaal at home that may be of more benefit?



Reference: This dua, for the first time, was recorded by Ibrahim b Ali al-Amili, al Kafami (905 AH/ 1499 AD) in his one of the most celebrated book al Balad al amin. The dua is narrated by Imam Sajjad (as) from his grandfather, the prophet of Islam (pbuh).

The dua was revealed to the prophet (pbuh) by Jibrail (as) during one of the battles he participated in.

Story: It was in one of the wars that the Prophet (pbuh) had taken part in which he had a very heavy and expensive coat of armour on to protect himself. The coat was so heavy that it was hurting the body of the Prophet (pbuh). Jibrail (as) came to the Prophet (pbuh) and said: “O’ Muhammad! Your Lord conveys his salams to you and has said to take this coat of armour (Jawshan) and to recite it as this is a protection for you and your Ummah

Hadith: Although there are many narrations on the benefits of reciting this dua in the holy month of Ramadan, there is no hadith which recommends to recite this dua specifically in the nights of Qadr except what  Allama Majlisi has mentioned in Zad al Maad that it has been mentioned in some narrations. 

Conclusion: To sum up, aulama do appreciate this dua a lot and have written commentaries on it. Since the nights of Qadr are meant to remember the Lord and seek forgiveness from Him, this dua should be in the priority list of a Mumin. 

Kumail Rajani