Yunus b. Abd al-Rahman: The Salman al-Farsi of his Times (I)

سمعت الرضا عليه السلام يقول: يونس بن عبد الرحمن في زمانه كسلمان الفارسي في زمانه  Yunus b. Abd al-Rahman in his times is like Salman al-Farsi was in his times [Imam al-Ridha]   Prologue: A Day in the Life كان ليونس بن عبد الرحمن أربعون أخا يدور عليهم في كل يوم مسلما، ثم يرجع إلى … Continue reading Yunus b. Abd al-Rahman: The Salman al-Farsi of his Times (I)

Hisham b. al-Hakam: The Murder of al-Kadhim (V)

Hisham Culpable There exist narrations in our sources which hold Hisham responsible (directly or indirectly) for the murder of al-Kadhim عليه السلام by the Abbasid authorities. He stands accused of continuing to engage in public debate despite an explicit order from the Imam for him to refrain from doing that. He went on making waves in Baghdad such that the … Continue reading Hisham b. al-Hakam: The Murder of al-Kadhim (V)

Hisham b. al-Hakam: God is a Body Unlike Other Bodies? (IV)

كان من غلمان أبي شاكر الزنديق، وهو جسمي ردي He was a student of Abi Shakir the Zindiq and a wretched corporealist [Sa’d b. Abdallah al-Qummi (d. 301) was not a fan of Hisham]   A Body Unlike Other bodies Would not considering God to be a body be likening Him to his creatures (who happen to be … Continue reading Hisham b. al-Hakam: God is a Body Unlike Other Bodies? (IV)

Hisham b. al-Hakam: God is a Body? (III)

وأول من عرف في الإسلام أنه قال إن الله جسم هو هشام بن الحكم The First person in Islam known to have said ‘Allah is a Body’ is Hisham b. al-Hakam [Ibn Taymiyya] اليهود أكثرهم مشبّهة وكان بدء ظهور التّشبيه في الإسلام من الرّوافض مثل هشام بن الحكم The Jews are mostly anthropomorphists. The beginning … Continue reading Hisham b. al-Hakam: God is a Body? (III)

Hisham b. al-Hakam: Founder of a Theological School (II)

دعا له الصادق عليه السلام فقال: أقول لك ما قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم لحسان: لا تزال مؤيدا بروح القدس ما نصرتنا بلسانك I say to you what the Messenger of Allah said to Hassan b. Thabit: You will never stop being aided by the Holy Spirit so long as you keep … Continue reading Hisham b. al-Hakam: Founder of a Theological School (II)

Hisham b. al-Hakam: Defender of the Madhhab (I)

ورفعه الصادق عليه السلام في الشيوخ وهو غلام. وقال: هذا ناصرنا بقلبه ولسانه ويده al-Sadiq عليه السلام elevated him to be at par with the elders while he was still a youth. He said: This is our defender by his heart, tongue and hand [Manaqib of Ibn Shahr Ashub]   Biographical Details al-Fadhl b. Shadhan (d. 260) … Continue reading Hisham b. al-Hakam: Defender of the Madhhab (I)