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Hamza ibn Ali

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  1. If only the opponents of Ahlulbayt (asws) would actually read what our scholars say there would be no confusion on their part, but I suppose for that to happen Shias ourselves should first read what our scholars say haha. Unfortunately in talking to some Shias, you see that they refuse to read but act like they know everything. Some humility is good for us.
  2. I think the author of this website (http://www.revivingalislam.com/2010/09/hadeeth-17000-verses-in-quraan-saheeh.html?m=1) gives an interesting argument for why the hadith is Daeef. And no, Al-Kulayni doesn't hide narrators to deceive people but to not be repetitive and he is also prone to error. This isn't an attack against Shaykh al-Kulayni, may Allah be pleased with him. Whether the 17,000 verses hadith is reliable or not doesn't bother me at all. I know there are other explanations for it by our great scholars. I simply think the argument that it may be Daeef is convincing enough to accept or at the very least consider.
  3. Shaykh Asif Muhseni and Shaykh Bahbudi are two contemporary hadith scholars who have books grading hadiths (Muhseni has Mu‘tabar min Bihar al-Anwar and Mu‘jam al-Ahadith al-Mu‘tabara and Bahbudi has Sahih al-Kafi). If you want to see only reliable hadiths I recommend Mu‘jam al-Ahadith al-Mu‘tabara by Shaykh Asif Muhseni. He compiles many hadiths (only reliable ones) from different books into one nice book. He also does this for Bihar al-Anwar (as mentioned earlier, his book Mu‘tabar min Bihar al-Anwar is only the reliable ahadith from Bihar). And Allāmah al-Majlisi's Mir’at al-‘Uqool is one of the most valuable pieces of hadith scholarship ever. Again thaqalayn.net is a great resource.
  4. Al-Kulayni would sometimes shorten chains in hadiths that have similar chains to the one previous. The chain for the "17,000 verses in the Quran" hadith has been shortened. It should include Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Sayyar who is Daeef and is a Ghali (extremist).
  5. Salam, I assume what you're asking is for a website which presents a hadith and then gives you the grading based on the opinions of our scholars. The website thaqalayn.net has all 8 volumes of Al-Kafi translated (although sometimes the translation is poor) with hadith gradings provided at the bottom from Allāmah Majlisi's Mir’at al-‘Uqool. Please note that you will come across hadiths you don't understand or seem bizarre as with any hadith collection. These hadiths have been explained by our scholars in their books. Also note that any hadith which contradicts the Quran must be rejected. Sometimes Allāmah al-Majlisi gets a grading wrong (for example there's a hadith that says the Quran was revealed with 17,000 verses and he grades it as Sahih but after a careful study of the chain it is actually Daeef) and sometimes the website itself misses a hadith entirely or attributes a grading to the wrong hadith. This is why it's good to have a copy or scan of Mir’at al-‘Uqool open next to you just to check that the gradings are correct and to read Al-Majlisi's enlightening commentary. If you don't already know Arabic, I'd really recommend spending time learning Arabic rather than waiting for translations of Shi'i texts. P.S. Bihar al-Anwar only has some 4000 (according to Asif Muhseni) reliable hadiths and it is filled with nonsensical hadiths so please do not just pull a hadith from there and say “Well it's in Bihar so it must have some merit.” Allāmah al-Majlisi's goal in collecting Bihar al-Anwar was to collect ANY hadith he could for the purpose of preserving as many as he could for later scholars to analyze. He was NOT collecting hadiths he thought were reliable. He even includes hadiths narrated by Nasibis (Ahlulbayt haters). So again Bihar is hardly valuable for laymen and you probably shouldn't use it as a source. But if you know Arabic and want to read only the reliable hadiths in Bihar, Asif Muhseni has a book called Al-Mu‘tabar min Bihar al-Anwar which includes every mu‘tabar (reliable) hadith from Bihar. Wassalam.
  6. Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) said, “The poor, believing servant says, ‘O Lord, bestow upon me such and such so that I can do so and so good deeds.’ If Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), the Most Holy, finds that his intention is true, He will write down for him a reward equal to the degree of good deeds (he would have done) if his intention came to pass. Allah is vastly generous.” [Kitab al-Kafi, Vol. 2, Book 1, Chapter 39, Hadith 3; Al-Majlisi said it is Sahih (authentic)] Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) said, “A believer may intend to perform a good deed but does not do it. Still, one good deed will be written for him and if he actually completes it, ten good deeds will be written in his favour. A believer may intend to commit an evil deed but if he does not do it, nothing will be written against him.” [Kitab al-Kafi, Vol. 2, Book 2, Chapter 184, Hadith 2; Al-Majlisi said it is Muwathaq (reliable)] My advice to you is not to worry about dying before completing them but also do not become complacent. Set up a schedule daily for completing missed prayers so you don't keep adding onto them over time. My friends and I all tell eachother how many missed prayers we have and have all agreed that if one of us were to die, the remaining people in the group would take over and pray their missed prayers for them. I'd advise you to do the same with your friends or better yet a family member (if they're not judgemental about that sort of thing). If you don't have friends or family you can count on, then just do your best to catch up yourself and inshAllah you will complete them all. May Allah lengthen your life.
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