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Sources of Nu’mani’s al-Ghaybah – Part 3

Sources of Nu’mani’s al-Ghaybah – Part 3

We previously mentioned that al-Ghaybah of Nu’mani was written before the month of Dhi al-Hijjah 342 Hijri, which was the date Nu’mani dictated the book to his student. Furthermore, taking into consideration that he deemed the age of the Imam (s) at the time to be around eighty-years while writing the book, the book cannot have been written earlier than 336 Hijri. Therefore, we previously concluded that the book must have been written between the years 336 and 342 Hijri.

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Sources of Nu’mani’s al-Ghaybah – Part 1

Sources of Nu’mani’s al-Ghaybah – Part 1 The Ghaybah (Occultation) of the 12th Imam is one of the most fundamental theological beliefs of the Twelver Imami Shi’as.  Three primary books of traditions dedicated to this topic, which have come down to us today, are in chronological order Kitab al-Ghaybah of Nu’mani (d. 360), Kamal al-Din wa Tamam al-Ni’mah of Shaykh Saduq (d. 381), and Kitab al-Ghaybah of Shaykh Tusi (d. 460). While all three books have their own specific methodology and framework and are different from one another, there are some common points as well. One common point is that the majority of sources employed by these authors are not available to us today, which makes these books our sole access to them.

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Sources of Nu’mani’s al-Ghaybah – Part 2

Sources of Nu’mani’s al-Ghaybah – Part 2 Before we begin our discussion [1] , it is important to mention that what we mean by the term teachers or Mashaykh in this discussion (or other discussions that pertain to Hadith and Rijal), is really extant. Essentially anyone who Nu’mani took ahadith from, albeit one hadith, is considered a teacher. Likewise, individuals for whom a narrator had a reliable chain to their hadith – even if they never met, and are only narrating due to the permission granted to them – are also considered teachers and Mashaykh.

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The Question of Inheritance

The Question of Inheritance The old world either gave absolutely no inheritance to women or when it was given the woman was treated as a minor which meant that she was not given independence and the status of a person having rights. Under the old laws of the world if inheritance was occasionally given to daughters it was never given to the daughter’s children while a son could inherit himself and his children could grow up as the successor to their father’s property as well. In some other laws of the world which gave an equal inheritance to women and men alike but not in the shape of a specified share it was what the Qur’an mentions as (i.e. a fixed share to which she was entitled) but it took this form: a person was entitled if he so liked to make a will in favour of his daughter as well.

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Hadith Recording during the Imamate of Imams Baqir and Sadiq (A.S.)

Hadith Recording during the Imamate of Imams Baqir and Sadiq (A.S.) The age of Imam Muhammad al-B?qir and Imam Ja`far al-S?diq is considered the golden age as regards the spread of the rulings of the School of Recordation. During that age, Almighty Allah prepared certain political circumstances—that resulted in the collapse of a state (i.e. the Umayyad) and the emergence of another (i.e. the `Abb?sid)—in which the ruling authorities were engaged. This matter opened wide the door for the followers of the School of Recordation to write down, report, and present all that which they had without any fear.

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Shi'ite Books on 'Dirayatul Hadith'

Shi'ite Books on 'Dirayatul Hadith' The first person to begin in this field was Hakim Abu Abdullah Neishabouri who is known as Ibn-ul-Bai'a. We wrote a book titled Ma'rifat-u-Ulumil-Hadith. According to Kashfuz-Zunun, «the first person to initiate in this field was Hakim Abu Abdullah Neishabouri. He wrote Ma'rifat-u-'Ulum-il-Hadith which is in five volumes and contains fifty types of Traditions. He was followed by Ibn-us-Salah who has mentioned 65 types of Traditions.» The suthor of Kashfuz Zunun then writing about the Studies on Traditions (Ulum-ul-Hadith) mentions a book by Abi 'Amr Uthman bin Abdur Rahman known as Ibn-us-Salah Shahrzuri al-Hafiz Shafi'i Dimishqi who died in 643 A.H.

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The Ahlul Bayt and Hadith

The Ahlul Bayt and Hadith It has been uninterruptedly narrated that the Ahl al - Bayt allowed the recordation of the Hadith. Imam `Ali ibn Abi - Talib recorded the seventy - cubit book of al - Jami`ah, which included the dictations of the Holy Prophet and has been reported in the narrations of the Holy Imams. In a book entitled The Book of `Ali ibn Abi - Talib as reported from the Messenger of Allah; A Muslim Jurisprudential Documentative Thesis, Dr. Rif`at Fawziy `Abd al - Muttalib has collected all the narrations of that al - Jami`ah that are dispersed in the jurisprudential reference books.

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