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)

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)