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)

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)