Al-Khisal, A Numeric Classification of Traditions on Characteristics
Translation of Al-Khisal. A first book of its kind, Al-Khisal is a collection of religious and moral precepts from reliable works on the subject compiled by Sheikh Sadooq. The present work demonstrates the importance of numbers in the traditions. This has led to a valuable collection of traditions that is very interesting to study. Each part of this book contains several traditions on various issues. His main theme in this book in on ethics, manners and good characteristics. This book covers numbered characteristics starting with one and ends at one million. The traditions are presented with a complete record of transmission. As Sheikh Sadooq mentions himself that the reason for the compilation of such a book was when he saw that none has been written on numbers and good and bad characteristics. Al-Khisal is a great encyclopedia on Islamic knowledge, the forbidden and the allowed acts, historical topics, interpretations on the Holy Quran, philosophical points and political issues. It is one of the most valuable sources of traditions from the Ahlul Bayt (PBUT). It is an authentic source and many authoritative works on Shiite traditions like Bihar Al-Anwar have cited it as a reference. The translators have tried to enrich it with many footnotes which explain the concepts and words presented in the text to benefit the interested readers.