Home / Muslim Scholars / Biographies / Commemoration Day of Sheikh Koleyni
Islamic Library

Commemoration Day of Sheikh Koleyni

Abu Ja’far Muhammad ibn Ya’qub ibn Ishaq al-Kulayni al-Razi (871-939).

Al-Kulayni was born in Kulayn, a village  near Rey, in North of Iran. His father was Ya’qub al-Kulayni, who is buried at Rey.

Theqat-ul Islam Kulayni received his early religious education in his native town and went to Rey for further education. He is among a special class of muhaddithin those who traveled in order to collect ahadith and met the persons considered to be the authority on hadith and even met the people who met Imam Mahdi (A.S.) directly.

He traveled to Baghdad for this reason and lived there for twenty years, engaged in teaching and pursuing academic work, until he died in 939. He is considered the foremost Shia compiler of hadith and was the author of Kitab al-Kafi.

Kitab al-Kafi

Most of the Muslim Scholars – Shia and Sunni – consider him as a trustworthy Muhaddith.

Although Shaykh al-Kulaynī is most famous for al-Kāfī, this opus was not his only accomplishment. The following is a list of his known works:

  • Kitab al-Kafi
  • Rasāʾil al-aʿimmah
  • Kitāb al-rijāl
  • Kitāb al-radd ʿalā al-qarāmiṭah
  • Kitāb mā qīla fī al-aʾimmah min al-shiʿr
  • Kitāb taʿbīr al-ruʾyā

Sadly, of these, only al-Kāfī has survived in its entirety.


Related Post

Check Also

Three Reasons why the Islamic Revolution of Iran Was a Miracle

For 25 years, millions of Iranians were held hostage by the United States. That’s right: from August 19, 1953 to February 1, 1979—9,037 days in all—over 17 million Iranians were essentially hostages of the ṭaghut (evil, corrupt and deviant) government of the United States. That these hostages managed to free themselves from U.S. oppression due to the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran is indeed a miracle...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Google Analytics Alternative