The supplication that is the subject of this work is known to Muslims as Du'a' al-Nudbah.
The supplication that is the subject of this work is known to Muslims as Du’a’ al-Nudbah. Its name is an allusion to one of its phrases, “wa iyyahum fa-l-yandub al-nadibun,” meaning, “For them let all who can, compose their elegies.” The word ‘nudbah’ literally means, “to mourn a person’s death and extol his virtues.” Thus, Al-Nudbah is a mournful tribute to God’s prophets in general and to his final prophet in particular. It is a devotee’s lamentation for his beloved imam from whom circumstances have forced a long and hard separation. It is also a comprehensive affirmation of Islam’s fundamental beliefs.