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Nader Zaveri

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  1. Salam, Per Ibn Kathir's al-Bidayah wa al-Nihayah, he has estimated that around 10,000 people died (on both sides). Ibn Kathir is most likely using al-Tabari's Tarikh, vol.4, pg. 529 in which he quotes "10,000 people were killed; half of them from Imam `Ali (i.e. 5,000), and the other half from `A'ishah (i.e. 5,000)" (كَانَ قتلى الجمل حول الجمل عشرة آلاف، نصفهم من أَصْحَاب علي، ونصفهم من أَصْحَاب عَائِشَة)
  2. Here are a few narrations from our books that I was able to find that discuss the washing of the hearts, the black spot being removed, etc. علي بن إبراهيم ، عن أبيه ، عن ابن أسباط ومحمد بن أحمد ، عن موسى بن القاسم البجلي ، عن علي بن أسباط قال قلت لأبي الحسن الرضا عليه‌السلام جعلت فداك ما ترى آخذ برا أو بحرا فإن طريقنا مخوف شديد الخطر فقال اخرج برا ولا عليك أن تأتي مسجد رسول الله صلى‌الله‌عليه‌وآله وتصلي ركعتين في غير وقت فريضة ثم لتستخير الله مائة مرة ومرة ثم تنظر فإن عزم الله لك على البحر فقل الذي قال الله عز وجل «وَقالَ ارْكَبُوا فِيها بِسْمِ اللهِ مَجْراها وَمُرْساها إِنَّ رَبِّي لَغَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ» فإن اضطرب بك البحر فاتك على جانبك الأيمن وقل بسم الله اسكن بسكينة الله وقر بوقار الله واهدأ بإذن الله ولا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله قلنا أصلحك الله ما السكينة ريح تخرج من الجنة لها صورة كصورة الإنسان ـ ورائحة طيبة وهي التي نزلت على إبراهيم فأقبلت تدور حول أركان البيت وهو يضع الأساطين قيل له هي من التي قال الله عز وجل : «فِيهِ سَكِينَةٌ مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ وَبَقِيَّةٌ مِمَّا تَرَكَ آلُ مُوسى وَآلُ هارُونَ» قال تلك السكينة في التابوت وكانت فيه طشت تغسل فيها قلوب الأنبياء وكان التابوت يدور في بني إسرائيل مع الأنبياء ثم أقبل علينا فقال ما تابوتكم قلنا السلاح قال صدقتم هو تابوتكم وإن خرجت برا فقل الذي قال الله عز وجل «سُبْحانَ الَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنا هذا وَما كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ. وَإِنَّا إِلى رَبِّنا لَمُنْقَلِبُونَ» فإنه ليس من عبد يقولها عند ركوبه فيقع من بعير أو دابة فيصيبه شيء بإذن الله ثم قال فإذا خرجت من منزلك فقل بسم الله آمنت بالله توكلت على الله لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله ـ فإن الملائكة تضرب وجوه الشياطين ويقولون قد سمى الله وآمن بالله وتوكل على الله وقال لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله 5. Ali b. Ibrahim from his father (Ibrahim b. Hashim) from Ibn Asbat AND Muhammad b. Ahmad from Musa b. al-Qasim al-Bajali from Ali b. Asbat who said: I said to Abi al-Hasan al-Ridha عليه السلام: may I be made your ransom - should I go by way of land or sea - for our journey is fearful and very dangerous? So he said: go out by way of land - and there is nothing upon you (no harm upon you) that you go to the Masjid of the messenger of Allah and pray a two unit prayer in other than the time of the obligatory prayer, then you supplicate to Allah for the best option a hundred and one times, then you observe - so if Allah decides the sea for you (by casting this decision into your heart) then say what Allah the Mighty and Majestic said: “And say: embark upon it - in the name of Allah be its sailing and anchoring - verily my Lord is most forgiving the merciful” (11:41), so if the sea is tumultuous then take support (lean) on your right side and say: “in the name of Allah - be tranquil by the tranquility of Allah and be calm by the calmness of Allah and be aright (quiet down) by the will of Allah - and there is no strength nor power save by Allah”. We said: may Allah grant you prosperity - what is the Sakina? He said: a wind that comes from paradise - it has a face like the face of a man and good fragrance, and it is the one which descended upon Ibrahim so it began revolving around the pillars of the House (Ka’ba) while he was setting up the beams . It was said to him: is it the one about which Allah the Mighty and Majestic said: “In it - a Sakina - from your lord and remnants [relics] from that which was left by the family of Musa and the family of Harun” (2:248)? He said: that is the Sakina of the ark (of the covenant), and in it (i.e. the ark) was a basin in which was washed the hearts of the prophets, and the ark used to move around in Bani Israil only among the prophets. Then he turned to us and said: what is your ark? We said: the weapons (of the messenger of Allah) He said: you have spoken the truth - it is your ark. And if you go by way of land [on the back of an animal] then say that which was said by Allah the Mighty and Majestic: “Praised be the one who has made this submissive to us and we could not have otherwise subdued it and to our lord are we to return” (43:13) for there is not a slave who says it whence he climbs on (and begins a journey) and then goes on to fall off his camel or animal and gets hurt - by the will of Allah. Then he said: and when you leave your house say: “In the name of Allah, I have believed in Allah, I have depended on Allah, there is no strength nor power save by Allah” for the angels beat the faces of the devils and they say: he (the man) has named Allah, and believed in Allah, and depended upon Allah, and said: there is no strength nor power save by Allah. (Muwathaq - Translated by Islamic Salvation) Source: al-Kulayni, al-Kafi, vol. 3, pg. 471-472, hadith # 5 ثُمَّ إِنَّ جَبْرَائِيلَ ع أَلْقَى رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ص عَلَى قَفَاهُ وَ رَفَعَ أَثْوَابَهُ فَقَالَ لَهُ النَّبِيُّ ص مَا تُرِيدُ تَصْنَعُ يَا أَخِي جَبْرَائِيلُ فَقَالَ جَبْرَائِيلُ لَا بَأْسَ عَلَيْكَ فَأَخْرَجَ جَنَاحَهُ‏ «3» وَ شَقَّ بَطْنَ النَّبِيِّ ص وَ أَدْخَلَ جَنَاحَهُ فِي بَطْنِهِ وَ خَرَقَ قَلْبَهُ‏ وَ شَقَّ المقلبة وَ أَظْهَرَ نُكْتَةً سَوْدَاءَ فَأَخَذَهَا جَبْرَائِيلُ ع فَغَسَلَهَا وَ مِيكَائِيلُ يَصُبُّ الْمَاءَ عَلَيْهِ فَنَادَى مُنَادٍ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ يَقُولُ يَا جَبْرَائِيلُ لَا تَقْشِرْ قَلْبَ‏ مُحَمَّدٍ ص فَتُوجِعَهُ وَ لَكِنِ اغْسِلْهُ بِزَغَبِكَ وَ الزَّغَبُ هُوَ الرِّيشُ الَّذِي تَحْتَ الْجَنَاحِ فَأَخَذَ جَبْرَئِيلُ زَغَبَةً وَ غَسَلَ بِهَا قَلْبَ‏ مُحَمَّدٍ ص ثُمَّ رَدَّ المقلبة إِلَى الْقَلْبِ‏ وَ الْقَلْبَ‏ إِلَى الصَّدْرِ Then Jibra'eel met the Messenger of Allah, and he stoped himand lifted his (pbuh) shirt. The Prophet (pbuh) said to him (Jibra'eel), 'What are you intending to do, O my brother Jibra'eel?' Jibra'eel said: 'There is no problem upon you, and he took his win and split the chest of the Prophet, and he (Jibra'eel) entered his wing in his (pbuh) chest, and penetrating his (pbuh) heart, split it and turned it (?) and it revealed a black spot, so he (Jibra'eel) took it and washed it, and Mika'eel was pouring water on it, then a call from a caller in the heavens says: 'O Jibra'eel, do not peel the heart of Muhammad (pbuh), for it pains him,but wash it with your fluffy (feathers), the fluffy (feathers) is the feather which is under the wing. So Jibra'eel took the fluffy (feathers) and he washed with it the heart of Muhammad, then returned turn (?) to the heart and the earth to the chest Source: Ibn Shaadhaan al-Qummi, Fadaa'il (Qum: Radi Publications, 1405), pg. 34 al-Majlisi, Bihaar al-Anwar, vol. 15, ch. 4, hadith # 13, pg. 356 وَ مَعَهُ طَسْتٌ مِنْ ذَهَبٍ مَضْرُوبٍ مِنْ زُمُرُّدٍ وَ مُشْطٌ مِنْ ذَهَبٍ فَشَقَّ بَطْنَهُ شَقّاً ثُمَّ أَخْرَجَ قَلْبَهُ فَشَقَّهُ فَأَخْرَجَ مِنْهُ نُكْتَةً سَوْدَاءَ فَرَمَى بِهَا And with him (Jibra’eel) was a tray of gold and it was studded with emeralds, and (he had) a comb of gold. So he (Jibra’eel) split his chest, then he took his heart and split it and took out from it a black spot, and he casted it out Source: al-Saduq, al-Amali, majlis #45, pg. 264, hadith # 2 al-Saduq, Kamal al-Deen, vol. 1, ch. 12, pg. 176, hadith # 33
  3. I think I should mention that we have hadith in our books that are considered authentic by our Hadith Science standards that talk about a box coming down and in the box is a basin which the hearts of the Prophets are washed, then it came to the A'immah [to be washed].
  4. I believe one should not engage in debates with the opposite sect unless he has these characteristics: 1.) He must come with a sincere intention when looking at what happened in Islamic history 2.) He must know Arabic really well. Nahw, Sarf, Balaaghah 3.) He must know the Sunni hadith and their historical corpus really well. 4.) He must know the Sunni hadith science very well and is well acquainted with the books of Jarh wa Ta`deel. And must know the rulings of scholars for a particular hadith. 5.) He must know our Shia hadith corpus very well. (If the debater is assuming it is going to be another al-Muraja'at or Peshawar Nights, he is sadly mistaken, the Sunnis have gone on the offensive now) 6.) He must know the Shi`a Hadith science very well, and can look at the chain of a hadith and determine its authenticity on the spot (if he was not expecting that source to be taken out). This includes knowing the Rijal books, and being fully aware of the latest debates on narrators. I have not seen anyone who is a known Shi`a English or Arabic speaker who meets all these characteristics, especially, characteristics # 1, 4, 5, and 6. If these are not all met, it will be long day for whoever is debating, regardless of the subject of the debate. Wallaahu A`lim
  5. There's been some debate regarding the origin of this word, here is what is in Ibn Mandhur's Lisaan al-`Arab: وقال الجوهري: عِيسى اسم عِبْرانيّ أَو سُرياني، والجمع العِيسَوْن، بفتح السين، وقال غيره: العِيسُون، بضم السين، لأَن الياء زائدة. al-Jawhari said: `Eesa is either a Hebrew or Syriac name, its plural is: al-`Eesawn, with a Fat-ha (َ) on the Seen (س). And other said: al-`Eesoon, with a Dammah (ُ) on the Seen(س), because the "ي" is added.
  6. Salamun `Alaykum, Many major Sunni hadith scholars such as Ahmad b. Hanbal, al-Bazzaz, al-Albaani, Ibn Hazm, Ibn Qayyum, al-Shawkani, and others, have declared the hadith "My companions are like the stars..." to be a fabrication (mawdoo`) hadith.
  7. I am not quite sure you understand Kali Linux. Kali Linux is just an OS, like Windows, it is GUI-based and the programs that come preloaded in Kali Linux is what makes it special. It has hundreds of programs for hacking. Get to know Linux OS structure, a good easy Linux to start off is Ubuntu. Definitely get a lab going with Kali Linux. Upload the metasploitable labs on there and get to cracking. It's really fun your first time. Shoot me a PM and we can exchange contact info. I live in the US.
  8. Salam, In reality, focus your efforts on only these certifications. CISSP CEH SANS has a nice course on Penetration Testing (that course has a special subject just on Python scripting for penetration testing) After youve done done those three, I don't see a need for anything else. If you want to be solely a penetration tester. Maybe a few networking certifications, but that's it.
  9. Salam, Regarding the languages C++ is always great to master or get acquainted with, but most cyber security things are written in Python or Ruby. I would start C++ to get accustomed to programming, but mainly focus your efforts on those two languages for this field. Brother, if you haven't touched Kali Linux at all, then no one will take you seriously in the industry. You need to create yourself a lab with Kali Linux, as soon as you can. I have an excellent book called Penetration Testing with Kali Linux. That book is an excellent starter for anyone. All my clients either are using or starting to use Kali Linux for their own security department. I am good with Cisco, but not an expert. That is my brother who is the expert. He is CCNA, CCNP, CCDA, CCDP. So if it is networking you want to get into then Cisco is the route. But I'll let you know, Cybersecurity is becoming so big, major companies are creating separate Cybersecurity departments and the networking team is being swallowed into that department.
  10. Salam, I currently work as a Cyber Security Consultant, and I do Penetration testing and vulnerability analysis for my clients. As well as implementations of other security programs In the Cyber Security Industry, CompTIA Security is not taken seriously. Neither is CEH, but it holds a lot more weight. Your fellow peers won't take CEH seriously, but clients love that certification a lot. I would try to go for Offensive Security Penetration Testing. I would get acquainted with Kali Linux very well. If you haven't done the metasploitable labs, then I would suggest you try that. Also, the best security certification you can obtain right now is CISSP. It isn't a technical certifications. It is 8 domains (used to be 10) of Security, but it covers all facets. This is the number one certifications clients look for. Plus, if you ever want to get into management, this looks great on your resume. Because you have a decent understanding of all domains of security. Also, I would not suggest for you to go the solo route. Be with a major consulting firm, do not be a penetration tester in the industry. If you work for a security department in the industry, you aren't touching enough technologies, and getting as much training. I used to be in the industry, then I switch to the consulting firm I am currently working for. In consulting firms, they send you to a bunch of trainings and certification courses. I would build your resume and maybe in the future when you're much older then go for the solo route. Right now, you are way too young and green for companies to hand over their keys to you. You need a reputable company behind you in order for them to do that. Regarding the languages C++ is always great to master or get acquainted with, but most cyber security things are written in Python or Ruby. I would start C++ to get accustomed to programming, but mainly focus your efforts on those two languages for this field. I can type a lot more brother, I mentor a bunch of people getting into this industry, so I would love to help you (at no charge). Shoot me a PM If you are interested.
  11. Assalām wa `Alaykum This is a bid`ah, there is no hadīth or sunnah. It is purely imported from Sikhism, it is called the "Kara", it is part of the Five Ks of Sikhism. This has been a vital part of being initiated into Sikhism since the 17th century. The Shias of Pakistan and India just took it from them, because it looks cool and then put a "Shia twist" to it, claiming it is to remember Imam Zayn al-Abideen and the captives of Karbala. There is a reason why this practice is only found in Pakistan and India, and not in other Muslim lands. Some people add Qur'ān and other Arabic to the bracelet to make it more "shia-fied", but that doesn't the the origin of the practice. We have so many authentic traditions and sunnahs that are neglected by our Shias, why cling to things that have no foundations in our books? Wa `Alaykum Assalām
  12. (salam) (bismillah) When it comes to teaching Tajweed/Tarteel of the Qur'an in English, there is none better than Wisam Sharieff. Here are his videos breaking down Surah al-Fatihah. He exaggerates the lip movements and sounds on purpose for you to learn better. You should definitely look up all of his videos. (salam)
  13. (salam) (bismillah) This practice can be found in al-Tusi's* al-Amali, pg. 292 - 293, Majlis # 14, hadith # 567. The sanad is full of Da`eef (weak) and Majhul (unknown) narrators in the chain. 567- 14- أبو محمد الفحام**، قال حدثني أبو الحسن محمد بن أحمد الهاشمي المنصوري بسرمن‏رأى، قال حدثنا أبو السرى سهل بن يعقوب بن إسحاق مؤذن المسجد المعلق بصف شنيف بسرمن‏رأى سنة ثمان و تسعين و مائتين، قال حدثنا الحسن بن عبد الله بن مطهر، عن محمد بن سليمان الديلمي، عن أبيه، قال جاء رجل إلى سيدنا الصادق (عليه السلام)، فقال له يا سيدي، أشكو إليك دينا ركبني و سلطانا غشمني، و أريد أن تعلمني دعاء أغتنم به غنيمة أقضي بها ديني و أكفي بها ظلم سلطاني. فقال إذا جنك الليل، فصل ركعتين، اقرأ في الأولى منهما الحمد و آية الكرسي، و في الركعة الثانية الحمد و آخر الحشر «لَوْ أَنْزَلْنا هذَا الْقُرْآنَ عَلى‏ جَبَلٍ» إلى خاتمة السورة، ثم خذ المصحف فدعه على رأسك و قل بهذا القرآن‏و بحق من أرسلته به، و بحق كل مؤمن مدحته فيه، و بحقك عليهم، فلا أحد أعرف بحقك منك بك يا الله عشر مرات، ثم تقول يا محمد عشر مرات يا علي عشر مرات يا فاطمة عشر مرات يا حسن عشر مرات يا حسين عشر مرات يا علي بن الحسين عشر مرات يا محمد بن علي عشر مرات يا جعفر بن محمد عشر مرات يا موسى بن جعفر عشر مرات يا علي بن موسى عشر مرات يا محمد بن علي عشر مرات يا علي بن محمد عشر مرات يا حسن بن علي عشر مرات يا حجة عشر مرات. ثم تسأل الله (تعالى) حاجتك. قال فمضى الرجل و عاد إليه بعد مدة، قد قضى دينه، و صلح له سلطانه، و عظم يساره. * Some scholars even doubt the authenticity of al-Tusi's al-Amali to al-Tusi himself.** Abu Muhammad al-Fahhaam is only authenticated by some scholars because he is the shuyookh of al-Najashi, while other scholars do not deem that being a Shuyookh of al-Najashi is enough to authenticate the individual. (salam)
  14. (salam) (bismillah) There are many issues with his lecture. I will address just a few. 1.) He says it is only mentioned by al-Kulayni in al-Kafi. And he attempts to cast aspersions on the narration based off of that, stating that al-Tusi and al-Saduq never narrated this hadith. (20:35 - 22:00) Throughout my years of researching hadith and reading books on hadith science, never once have I came across a scholar saying "well this was only mentioned by al-Kulayni in al-Kafi". This is not a principle in the science of hadith. I would've respected his statement more if he would've said the narration is a khabar al-waahid, therefore this should cast doubt on the narration, instead of playing the "it's only found in al-Kafi" card. What is the difference? Because there could be a narration with 5 different chains found just in al-Kafi, and no other book, and based off of this made-up principle he created, he should cast doubt on the narration, due to other scholars not narrating this. As you can tell, this supposed principle he concocted doesn't make sense and is not a real principle. 2.) He admits that all these scholars have said this hadith is Saheeh, but then goes on with the lecture trying to prove its weakness. What he slickly does is make a false claim that the scholars who authenticate this hadith, state the "isnad is Saheeh" (See: 20:15 - 20:20). This is incorrect, scholars who label a hadith Saheeh mean that the narration is Saheeh by both isnad and matn. If the chain of narrators is authentic, but the matn is problematic, the scholars would make a distinction. 3.) He incorrectly states that a scholar accepts a hadith that he feels "certain" it is from the Ahl al-Bayt. (22:05 - 22:45) This is incorrect. When it comes to hadith, if the ihtimal of the its sihha is above the ihtimal of its ghayr-sihha due to some qarina (i.e. sanad), then it is considered mu`tabar and is used as hujjah. It does not need to be qat` (certain), because having itmin'an in the sihha is considered mu`tabar dhann. There are many other issues with this lecture that I could address. (salam)
  15. (salam) (bismillah) I haven't fully heard the whole lecture, so I don't have a formal list of points. There are many things you and I would disagree with for sure. I could tell from hearing it, that he used the list of scholars who authenticated it from my site. He was not only reading down the list of names and their books, but also reading in the same order. The YH guys did the same thing years back. (salam)
  16. (salam) (bismillah) Yet, `Ikramah narrated Khutbah al-Shiqshiqiyyah, and many Shia scholars have attempted to authenticate this Khutbah. (salam)
  17. (salam) (bismillah) al-Suyuti has written a risaalah called Masaalik al-Hunafaa' fee Walidayy al-Mustafa. In this Risaalah, he attempts to weaken the hadith that are found in Sunni books stating that those hadith which indicate that the Prophet's father is in the fire are actually weak. These hadith can be found in Sahih Muslim. Some people have reinterpreted those hadith saying that the word "Ab" (father) in those hadith is refering to Abu Talib, the Prophet (pbuh) paternal uncle. This isn't the first time Hamza Yusuf has done the biography of the Prophet (pbuh). He has another series of 40 lectures going through the seerah of the Prophet. Here is the link to that playlist. Click here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF39DB20D7EB8FC44 (salam)
  18. (salam) (bismillah) One of the things the Prophet (pbuh) taught Imam `Ali (as) before he (pbuh) passed away was how to respond to someone who has praised you in front of your face. This is not authentic, but this is a great Du`a that we must all implement, because once you start getting praised, then Shaytan starts to get into your head to try to make you think that you are someone and that is how you can fall into his trap. This same du`a can be found in Sunni books as well. يَا عَلِيُّ إِذَا أُثْنِيَ عَلَيْكَ فِي وَجْهِكَ فَقُلِ "O `Ali, if praise is made upon you in your face, then say: اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْنِي خَيْراً مِمَّا يَظُنُّونَ وَ اغْفِرْ لِي مَا لَا يَعْلَمُونَ وَ لَا تُؤَاخِذْنِي بِمَا يَقُولُونَ 'O Allah, Make me better than what they think (of me), forgive me for what they do not know (about me), and do not take me (to account) for what they have said" Source:Tuhaf al-`Uqool, pg. 10
  19. (Salam) (Bismillah) Brother, read my post again and read the chain carefully. I also wanted to use a hadith from the Prophet (pbuh), not a hadith from the A'immah. (Salam)
  20. (salam) (bismillah) Abu Rumaysah, I do not believe a Shee`ah scholar has done the undertaking of finding the shortest and most authentic chain from a compiler to the Prophet (pbuh). In reality, I do not believe this was something that the Shee`ahs cared for that much, this seems to be a Sunni thing. To the Sunnis, the shorter your chain to the Prophet the more prestigious you were and the more reliable your books became. The shortest authentic chain I have seen, without containing any of the A'immah, that goes from a reliable book (i.e. al-Kafi) to the Prophet (pbuh) has 6 narrators. I will say that al-Kulayni (d. 329) did live a hundred years after Ibn Hanbal as well. Here is the chain that comes to my mind. The chain is authentic and the connection is good. This can be found in al-Kulayni's al-Kafi, vol. 5, pg. 324: عدة من أصحابنا، عن سهل بن زياد؛ ومحمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن عيسى؛ وعلي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، جميعاً عن الحسن بن محبوب، عن علي بن رئاب، عن أبي حمزة، قال: سمعت جابر بن عبد الله يقول: كنا عند النبي (صلى الله عليه وآله) فقال There are three chains, but all merge at Ibn Mahboob. Two of the three are authentic and contain six narrators. علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن الحسن بن محبوب، عن علي بن رئاب، عن أبي حمزة، قال: سمعت جابر بن عبد الله يقول: كنا عند النبي (صلى الله عليه وآله) فقال ومحمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن عيسى؛ عن الحسن بن محبوب، عن علي بن رئاب، عن أبي حمزة، قال: سمعت جابر بن عبد الله يقول: كنا عند النبي (صلى الله عليه وآله) فقال I am not claiming this to be the shortest authentic chain that we have, this is just a chain that has came to my mind that is authentic to the Prophet, that does not contain any A'immah, and that is pretty short. I would like to mention, if we had al-Hasan b. Mahbub's (d. 224) book in our possession today and it was authentically attributed to him, he would also have three narrators from himself to the Prophet (Ibn Ri'aab --> al-Thumali --> Jaabir). I think that is a good comparison between Ibn Hanbal who died 241, and Ibn Mahboob who died 224. We do have books called Qurb al-Isnaad which contains hadith with really short chains to the A'immah (as). So the Shee`ahs did pay attention to it, but not to the extent like the Sunnis have. Brother, he was not asking for a Sahih Prophetic hadith in our books. He is asking for the shortest chain. (salam)
  21. (salam) (bismillah) If you are asking the reliability of the book being that of al-Majlisi, then it is reliably attributed to him. I would like to point out and say that this book was originally written in Persian and then translated from Persian to English. This means the hadith were originally said in Arabic, then translated by al-Majlisi into Persian and now it is in English, so the English version has a lot of additions/subtractions to the texts written in the book. Regarding the reliabliblity of al-Majlisi's gradings of the hadith in Hayat al-Quloob, then it cannot be taken. It is very well known that al-Majlisi's gradings of hadith outside of Milaadh al-Akhyaar and Mir'aat al-`Uqool are not taken. There are a ton of weak hadith in the book, as well as a lot of Isra'iliyyat hadith, so always be cautious when reading this book. (salam)
  22. (salam) (bismillah) Not that awkward or ironic. There are many Pro-Imam `Ali hadith narrated by people who are considered "haters" of Imam `Ali, so it is not that uncommon. It could be the narrator himself or those who came after the narrator(s) making up such a hadith or adding the ghali's name in order to quell the vitriol that is being spewed against the ghali. (salam)
  23. (Salam) (Bismillah) It is no surprise that al-Majlisi I said this or even quoted this hadith. It is documented that he was a Sufi, his son al-Majlisi II tried his very hardest to try to deny his Father's Sufi ways. This hadith has no chain and it mainly known around the Mystical circles. Therefore, this hadith would mostly likely be graded as a fabrication or at the very minimum da`eef (weak). (Salam)
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