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[IMPORTANT] What exactly do the Shia' scholars say about Al-Kafi?

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Abu Jasim Al-Salafi

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This topic is very important for the brothers who engage in discussions and debates with the Shi'a and especially when they talk about the most important Shi'i hadith book, Al-Kafi.

Al-Kafi according to Shi'i website www.al-islam.org is a collection of the traditions taught by the Prophet and the Imams and handed down to the Muslim Community by the disciples of the Imams. The name al-Kafi means “that which is sufficient” that is, the book was intended to be a comprehensive collection of Imami-Shi'i traditions. This is explained by al-Kulaini in his introduction to the work:

“...You wanted to have a book which would be sufficient (for your religious needs) (kafin), which would include all kinds of knowledge ('ilm) of religion, which would be adequate for the student, and to which the teacher might refer. Thus it could be used by anyone who wanted knowledge of religion and of legal practice ('amal) according to sound traditions (athar) from the truthful ones (the Imams) ...”

It is claimed that it took al-Kulaini twenty years to complete al-Kafi. It is indeed a very full and comprehensive work, divided into three sections, al-usul, al-furu and al-rawda.

Source:

http://www.al-islam.org/al-serat/vol-2-1976/great-shii-works-al-kafi-al-kulayni/great-shii-works-al-kafi-al-kulayni

Now when a Shi'i says that it is not a very important book, not everything is true in it, what do you say? You simply provide him with sayings of the Shi'a scholars about Al-Kafi, and what exactly do the Shia' scholars say about Al-Kafi?

Here is what they have to say about Al-Kafi:

[1] Al-Hur Al'amily said " The authors of the Four Books of shia (Alkafi , AlIstibsaar , AlTahzeeb , Mun La YahDuruHu Alfaqeeh) have testified that the hadiths of their books are accurate (saheeh), firm, and well conducted from the roots that all Shi'a agreed on, and if you consider those scholars (the authors of the four books) are reliable, then you must accept their sayings and their narrations." [Alwasa'el, volume 20, page 104]

[2] Sharaf'Deen AbdulHussain Mosawy said : "Alkafi, AlIsTibSaar, AlTahzeeb and Mun La YahduRuHu Alfaqeeh are MutawaTirah and agreed on the accuracy of its contents (the Hadiths), and Alkafi is the oldest, greatest, best and the most accurate one of them". [The book of AlMuraja'aat , Muraj'ah number 110] ..... MutawaTirah = accurate 100% because it was narrated by many narrators.

[3] Muhammad Sadiq Al-SaDr said : " Although The Shia are on the unanimity of that the four books (Alkafi , AlIsTibSaar , AlTahzeeb and Mun La YahduRuHu Alfaqeeh) are accepted and ALL the narrations in them are accurate (Saheeh), but they did not call them by the name (Sihaah) like Ahl-Sunnah did ." . [The Book of shia "Kitab alshia" page 127]

[4] Al-TabRassy said : "Alkafi among the four shia books (AlTahzeeb , Alkafi , AlIsTibSar , mun la YahDuruhu Alfaqeeh) is like the sun among the stars, and who looked fairly would not need to notice the position of the men in the chain of hadiths in this Book , and if you looked fairly you would feel satisfied and sure that the hadiths are firm and accurate. " [MusTaDrak AlWasa'el, volume 3, page 532]

[5] Al-Khomeini said : "Do you think it is enough for our religious life to have its laws summed up in Al-Kafi and then placed upon a shelf?" [Al-Hukumah Al-Islamiyyah page 72]

Insha'Allah this helps.
May Allah guide the Shi'a to the truth. Ameen.

Student of Comparative Religion - Refuter of allegations made against Islam by Christians and Atheists.


Abu Jasim Al-Salafi

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Re: [IMPORTANT] What exactly do the Shia' scholars say about Al-Kafi?
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2016, 12:40:26 PM »
Assalam,

This will help too : https://web.archive.org/web/20130823043541/http://www.sunnidefense.com/exp/content/11-sh%C4%AB%C4%AB-scholars-and-authenticity-their-texts

Jazakallah khair brother, I will work on copying what's in the link and pasting it here in the forums.

Thank you.
May Allah guide the Shi'a to the truth. Ameen.

Student of Comparative Religion - Refuter of allegations made against Islam by Christians and Atheists.

al-kulayni

Re: [IMPORTANT] What exactly do the Shia' scholars say about Al-Kafi?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2016, 08:27:26 PM »
wa anta min ahl al-jaza.  :)

 

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