Who was the Greatest Companion of them All?

Introduction Who was the greatest companion of the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt?[1] Different answers can be given depending on a multitude of considerations. However, if we are speaking about the companions of the two Imams who, for historical reasons, did the most to lay the foundations of the Madhhab and clarify its teachings, I mean … Continue reading Who was the Greatest Companion of them All?

Some Notes on the Status of Salman in Early Shi’ism (Pt. 2)

Introduction Occasionally, historical figures transcend the limited planes of their earthly life to become symbols around whom communities polarize and legends grow. One such figure from early Islam is Salman the Persian. Those with an esoteric persuasion (deemed Ghulat or ‘extremists’ by their opponents) were prone to exaggerate his status, seeing in him an archetype … Continue reading Some Notes on the Status of Salman in Early Shi’ism (Pt. 2)

Some Notes on the Status of Salman in Early Shi’ism (Pt. 1)

أدرك سلمان العلم الاول والعلم الاخر، وهو بحر لا ينزح، وهو منّا أهل البيت Salman attained the knowledge of the First and the Last, and he is a sea which does not drain, and he is from us the People of the House - Attributed to Imam al-Sadiq عليه السلام   Introduction Occasionally, historical figures transcend … Continue reading Some Notes on the Status of Salman in Early Shi’ism (Pt. 1)

Muhammad b. Abi Umayr: The Trial of Faith

كان واحد أهل زمانه في الأشياء كلّها He (Ibn Abi Umayr) was the Unique One of his Age in all things - The Basran polymath al-Jahiz   Introduction The name Muhammad b. Abi Umayr should not be foreign to those who peruse Shi’i books of Hadith. This is because his appearance in the chains is … Continue reading Muhammad b. Abi Umayr: The Trial of Faith

Muhammad b. Sinan: A Controversial Narrator (II)

Was he Praised by the Imam? There exist narrations in which Muhammad b. Sinan is being praised by Imam al-Jawad عليه السلام عن أبي طالب عبد الله بن الصلت القمي قال: دخلت على أبي جعفر الثاني عليه السلام في آخر عمره فسمعته يقول: جزى الله صفوان بن يحيى و محمد بن سنان و زكريا بن … Continue reading Muhammad b. Sinan: A Controversial Narrator (II)

Muhammad b. Sinan: A Controversial Narrator (I)

Introduction Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. Sinan (d. 220) was a descendant of Zahir the Mawla (client) of Amr b. al-Hamiq al-Khuzai, a close companion of Ali who was murdered by Mu’awiya. His grandson, Abu Isa Muhammad b. Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Sinan explains that his actual name was Muhammad b. al-Hasan b. Sinan but his … Continue reading Muhammad b. Sinan: A Controversial Narrator (I)