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    source of Ahadith/Sunnah in Shia sect

    assalamu alaikum all,

    I don't have much knowledge of Shiism. I had ask Shia bros/sis earlier about their books, but didn't get an answer.
    Can any shia bro/sis tell me which hadith/sunnah books are considered "sahih/authentic" in their fiqh/sect?
    any names of books?
    availability on internet??

    I'd appreciate any useful information.

    Assalam Alaikum,

    As far as my poor knowledge goes, Shia dont claim any of their hadith books to be "100% authentic". Only the Kaalaam of Allah, the glorious Quran carries this feature.

    The best book that Shia aalims recommend is "Bahar-ul-Anwaar" by Allama Majlisi.
    I have no idea where you could access that ONLINE.

    If you wish to know more than refer to the following comprehensive website:

    That is all i know.
    "And those who oppress shall see what kind of outcome overturns them." [26:227] Al-Quran


      That is very strange. Shia people keep ignoring / saying "sihah sitta" as collection of "weak ahadith" and they themselves do not have any collection of hadith??

      not 100% of hadith quoted in "sihah sitta" are 100% authentic. the ones which are received from more than one sources, or common in the "sihah sitta" are 'more authentic'. there are more criterias (i think) than what i have mentioned here of regarding a hadith 'strong' or 'weak'.

      its been two 2 days when this thread was opened... and I don't see a response from Shia brother telling me the books of ahadith/sunnah they refer to or they think are more authentic.
      from where do they learn about life of Prophet PBUH?
      I have seen Shia bros responding on different threads, but keep ignoring this question. is it part of "takiyya"???

      We oughta be Changez like, don't we?

      [This message has been edited by Changez_like (edited July 12, 2001).]


        and yet another day has passed and no one other than Bro Pagluu to respond. wow, so does that mean that Shias don't have any collection of ahadith?

        We oughta be Changez like, don't we?


          So Praise be to Allah, someone has answered you


          It was during the Khilaafah of Abu Bakr and early Khilaafah of Omar that Imam Ali (a.s.) set to the task of registering the Hadiths. Imam Ali was incomparably strict about Islam, and could foresee the need to register the Hadith to be the source for future generations. Ali was fanatic about the accuracy of his writing, and in an agonizingly methodical manner he accomplished the following:

          During Abu Bakr's Khilaafah: Ali rendered in writing the following:

          Holy Quran: Chronological order of the Quran's revelations.

          Tafseer of the Holy Quran, 3 volumes: called Mus'haf Fatima.

          During Omar's Khilaafah: Ali rendered the following:

          Hadith of the Prophet (pbuh): Voluminous writing, called Saheefa of Ali.

          Fiqh: Al-Ah'kaam and Mu'aamalat, the Halal and Haram.

          During Uthman's Khilaafah: Ali rendered the following:

          History of the various Prophets as he learned from Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), called: The White Al-Jafr.

          Islamic rules and directives of Wars, called The Red Al-Jafr.
          The books Ali rendered were called Al-Jaami'a (the Encyclopedia) and they were left with the Imams of Ahlul Bayt, each new Imam receiving them from the dying predecessor Imam. The Imams referred to these Hadiths and books over a period of about three centuries. Notable among them is Imam Ja'far Al-Saadiq, who was the teacher of Imam Abu Hanifah and Al-Maliki, and as many as 4000 scholars who graduated from his school. As many as 400 religious books were written by his students, referred to as the 400 Usool.

          Because of the source and chain of narration of the Hadith, the Shi'a (Ja'fari) rely only on the Hadiths as narrated by Ahlul Bayt or those Hadiths in the Al-Sihaah Al-Sittah (Bukhari, Muslim and others) that are similar to what Ahlul Bayt had quoted.


          The Holy Quran in chronological order.

          The Tafseer of the Holy Quran consisting of three large volumes, called Mus'haf Fatima.

          The books of Hadith as Imam Ali had recorded them, called Saheefa of Ali.

          The books about Al-Ah'kaam, detailing the rule and regulations of the Shari'ah.

          The books of Jafr:

          The White Jafr about knowledge of the Prophets, life happenings, and other special (mystic) matters.

          The Red Jafr comprised of rules and matters about and involving wars.


            Thank you bro Alizadeh and Pagluu... The next thing I seek is where I can get these books... probably a momin center close to me will do it. By any chance, any of these works is available on web?

            Thanks anyways.

            We oughta be Changez like, don't we?