Allah Almighty has placed His trust in Aali Muhammad (Ahlul Bayt).
They are the citadel where His Commandments receive protection,
and from which the Directives are defined and interpreted. Aali
- The fountainheads of knowledge created by Allah,
- The shelters for Allah's teachings,
- The haven for the Heavenly Books, and
- The mighty bastion to defend Allah's religion.
Islam in its beginning was weak and helpless, but Aali Muhammad
(pbuh) came to its service, support, and defense. Islam was jittery
of the infidels around it, but Aali Muhammad (pbuh) made it strong
About 30 years later, Ali's grandson, Al-Sajjad invoked a Du'aa
on behalf of Ahlul Bayt:
"Oh Lord! Bless Thy Ahlul Bayt, whom Thou chose to execute Thine
works, and have made them the reservoir for Thy knowledge, the
guardians for Thy religion, deputies of Thine on earth, and the
path toward Thy Paradise."
The original books of Hadith as written by Imam Ali are not available,
but the sources of Hadith of Ahlul Bayt were best registered by:
- Al-Kulaini (d.329 A.H.=940 A.D.) in the book of Al-Kaafi which
registers 16,199 Hadiths.
- Life: Great scholar, taught in Baghdad, wrote many books.
- Hadith Works: Al-Kaafi took 20 years to write, 34 sections with
326 chapters. Registered 16,199 Hadith or sayings through Ahlul
Bayt, 2577 Sahih, 1118 Moothaq, 302 Qawiy, 144 Hasan, and 9380
- Al-Siddooq in the book of Man La Yah'dharhu al-Faqeeh.
- Life: Scholar of exceptional caliber, from Qum. Wrote numerous
books and resided in Baghdad, teaching for a while.
- Hadith Works: Mun Laa Yah'dharhu Al-Faqeeh, 5,973 Hadiths in 446
- Toosi in the book of Al-Tah'dheeb, and the book of Istibsaar.
- Life: Leader and scholar of great repute; taught in Baghdad both
Shi'a and Sunni. During disturbance between Shi'a and Sunni which
the government enticed, Al-Toosi's library was burned, his house
attacked, and he left Baghdad to Najaf establishing the Howza
- Hadith Works:
- Tah'dheeb Al-Ah'kaam, 12,590 Hadiths, in 390 sections.
- Al-Istibsaar 5,521 Hadiths.