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Risala or risalah or risalat, also spelled resala/resalah/resalat, plural rasa'il, is an Arabic word (رِسالة) meaning "letter", "epistle", "treatise", or "message". It may refer to:

Literary genre[edit]

  • Risalah (fiqh), a summary of religious prescriptions in Islamic jurisprudence
  • Risalah Ramadaniyya, treatise composed during the month of Ramadan by the Da'i al-Mutlaq (spiritual leader) in Tayyibi Isma'ilism


  • Risalat al-Huquq or Treatise of Rights, a work attributed to the Shi'ite Imam Ali ibn al-Husayn Zayn al-Abidin (c. 659 – c. 713)
  • Al-Risalah al-Dhahabiah or The Golden Treatise, a work on medicine attributed to the Shi'ite Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Rida (765–818)
  • Al-Risala (al-Shafiʽi book), a seminal work on fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) by Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi'i (d. 820)
  • Risala, a travelogue by Ahmad ibn Fadlan (10th century)
  • Al-Risalah (Ibn Abi Zayd), a book on Maliki fiqh by Ibn Abi Zayd (10th century)
  • Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa or the Epistles of the Brethren of Purity, an encyclopedic collection of philosophical treatises (10th century)
  • Risalat al-Ghufran or The Epistle of Forgiveness, a satirical work of Arabic poetry written by Abu al-ʿAlaʾ al-Maʿarri around 1033
  • Al-Risala al-Qushayriyya, a Sufi text by al-Qushayri (11th century)
  • Rasa'il al-Hikma or the Epistles of Wisdom, a corpus of sacred texts and pastoral letters in Druze tradition (11th century)
  • Risālat Fādil ibn Nātiq ("The Treatise of Fādil ibn Nātiq"), better known as Theologus Autodidactus, a theological novel written by Ibn al-Nafis between 1268 and 1277
  • Resaleh-ye haqiqat-nameh ("Treatise on Revealing the Truth"), an 1823 Persian-language work by Alexander Kasimovich Kazembek, part of wider 19th-century eastern missionary activity
  • Risale-i Nur, a tafsir (exegesis of the Quran) by Said Nursî written between the 1910s and the 1950s




See also[edit]

  • The "message" of Allah to mankind revealed via "messengers"; see rasūl
  • Risala, Mughal-era term for a cavalry unit commanded by a Risaldar in the Indian and Pakistan armies