Author: al Kulayni Publisher: W. Tahrike Tarsile Quran P. A Phone: Fax: A brief introduction of 6 pages beginning with the praise of God and the description of the attributes of His beauty and power, deals with the purpose of creation, particularly of man; after the mission of God's messengers ending with the last Prophet S and the significance of the Quran and Amir al muminin A is discussed and the need for a continuous chain of infallible Imams A is substantiated with the support of the traditions.
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It is the most important and authentic collection among the Four Books. It was compiled by thiqat al-Islam al-Kulayni d. Al-Kafi consists of three parts: Usul principles , Furu' branches , and Rawda miscellaneous issues ; Usul is the most important part. Al-Kulayni tries to collect hadiths in such a way that they agree with the consensus and there is no incompatibility between them and the Qur'an.
Al-Kafi may have been entitled as such due to al-Kulayni's own statement in the chapter on Tahara , which reads, "This book is "Kafi" i. Al-Shaykh al-Mufid says, "This book is among the best Shi'a books and enjoys a lot of benefits.
Al-Shahid al-Awwal introduces it as a book of hadith similar to which has not been written by any Shi'a scholar. Muhammad Taqi al-Majlisi writes, " Al-Kafi is the most accurate and most comprehensive of all primary hadith sources, and it is the greatest and best book ever written by the Imamiyyah.
Agha Buzurg Tihrani says, " Al-Kafi is a book of hadiths reported from Ahl al-Bayt a to which no similar book has been authored. Al-Astarabadi quotes from his teachers that, "no book has ever been written similar or close to it in rank". Ayatollah Khoei mentions that his teacher, Muhammad Husayn Na'ini , would call doubting the sources of al-Kafi , "the business of the incompetent".
According to the introduction to al-Kafi , al-Kulayni has written this book in response to a person he calls, "a brother in religion":.
Al-Kulayni states in his introduction that he has collected hadith in such a way that they agree with the consensus and there is no incompatibility between them and the Qur'an.
Furthermore, when he saw no preference between two incompatible hadiths, he chose the one he deemed more correct and authentic. At the time of writing al-Kafi , al-Kulayni used 'The four hundred hadith booklets' written by the companions of the Ahl al-Bayt a , known as Usul arba'a mi'a. He met with those companions of the Ahl al-Bayt a - or those who had seen them - to collect the hadith which had the shortest chain of transmission.
Being contemporary with the Four Deputies paved the way for him to best verify these hadiths. However, about the last part of this statement it should be said that it was not common to present hadith books to Ahl al-Bayt a and the number of books presented is very small compared to the number of books which has not been presented.
Furthermore, al-Kulayni had no special connection with the Four Deputies. An important feature of al-Kafi is its order and comprehensiveness. Al-Kulayni has tried to bring the most detailed, authentic and clear hadith at the beginning of each section, and the more concise and ambiguous ones later. Al-Kafi consists of three main sections: usul al-kafi, which contains hadiths regarding beliefs, furu' al-kafi which contains fiqhi hadiths and rawda which is about history.
Usul al-kafi contains a few books in itself including Kitab al-Hujja. Usul al-Kafi contains hadiths regarding beliefs and is comprised of eight chapters i. Furu' al-Kafi contains hadiths regarding jurisprudential rulings and is comprised of 26 chapters:. Rawda al-Kafi consists of miscellaneous hadiths that are in no particular order.
Although some do not consider it to be a part of al-Kafi ,  both al-Najashi and al-Shaykh al-Tusi have asserted that Rawda is al-Kafi's last chapter. Yusuf al-Bahrani , in Lu'lu' al-bahrayn , counts the number of hadiths in al-Kafi to be 16,, Dr. Husayn 'Ali Mahfuz, in the preface to al-Kafi , counts 15,, al-Allama al-Majlisi counts 16, and some contemporary scholars such as al-Shaykh 'Abd al-Rassul al-Ghaffar consider them to be 15, The reason for this variance in number is due to different methods of counting.
For example, some scholars count a hadith transmitted from two different chains as two hadiths, while others count it as one. Also, some have included Mursal hadiths those hadith which do not have a complete chain of transmitters , while others have not. There are also rare cases where some hadiths are not mentioned in certain manuscripts, and therefore may or may not have been counted. Since al-Kafi has always been a topic of discussion among scholars of hadith, many researches have been carried out on it.
In al-Dhari'a , Agha Buzurg Tihrani has listed 27 commentaries on Usul al-kafi or the whole of al-Kafi , and 10 marginal notes on al-Kafi. The first three chapters of al-Kafi are now available. Jump to: navigation , search. Interpretation of some verses of the Qur'an Advices of the Ahl al-Bayt a Dreams and their types Health problems and cures Creation of the universe and some phenomena The history of some prophets a The merit of Shi'a and their duties Some historical issues of early Islam and the time of Imam 'Ali 's a government Imam al-Mahdi aj , his attributes, companions and the attributes of his time The biographies of some companions and other individuals.
Tashih al-i'tiqadat al-imamiyya. Mir'at al-uqul. Al-Fawa'id al-madaniyyah. Mu'jam rijal al-hadith. Tawus, 'Ali b. Kashf al-Mahajja.
Tarjuma usul al-kafi. Riyad al-'ulama. Rijal al-Najashi. Agha Buzurg Tihrani. Al-Dhari'ah ila tasanif al-Shi'a. Beirut: Dar al-Adwa', AH. Afandi, Abdullah b. Astarabadi, Muhammad Amin, Al-Fawa'id al-madaniyyah. Sayyid b. Tusi, Muhammad b. Kulayni, Muhammad b. Ya'qub al-, Al-Kafi , Dar al-kutub al-Islamiyyah, Majlisi, Muhammad Baqir al-, Mir'at al-'uqul fi sharh akhbar al al-rasul , Dar al-kutub al-Islamiyyah, Mufid, Muhammad b. Najashi, Ahmad b. Musakkin al-fu'ad. Kanz al-daqa'iq. Ikhtiyar ma'rifat al-rijal.
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Thiqat al-Islam al-Kulayni. Script error: No such module "lang". Beliefs , ethics , jurisprudence , Most Important Hadith Books. Shia The Four Books. Sunni The Authentic Six. Ahmad b. Muhammad al-Barqi. Hadiths regarding different topics such as fiqh and ethics. Muhammad b. Ya'qub al-Kulayni. Man la yahduruh al-faqih. Tahdhib al-ahkam. Collection of hadiths in the Four Books with eliminating repeated hadiths and explaining some hadiths. Wasa'il al-shi'a. Hadiths from most of the Infallibles a regarding various issues.
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Most Shia scholars do not make any assumptions about the authenticity of a hadith book. Most believe that there are no "sahih" hadith books that are completely reliable. Hadith books are compiled by fallible people, and thus realistically, they inevitably have a mixture of strong and weak hadiths. Kulayni himself stated in his preface that he only collected hadiths he thought were important and sufficient for Muslims to know, and he left the verification of these hadiths up to later scholars.
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