Kitab Sulaym


Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 year ago

The attack on the house of Fatima Zahra (AS) has been admitted by leading Sunni leaders including Abu Bakr himself who openly said when he was about to die that I wish that I did not attack the house of Fatima even if it was a center  of war against me. This is narrated by eminent Sunni scholars like:

1. Al-Tabarani in al-Mo'jam al-Kabeer , 

2. al-Dhahabi  in Meesan al-E'tidaal,

3. Ibn Qutaiba and quoted by Ibn A'bd Rabbih in his book al-E'qd al-Fareed.

4. al-Mas'oodi in amorous al-Dhahab.

5. Ibn Asaakir in Tareekh Dimishq.

6. al-Haithami in Majma' al-Zawaa'id.

7. al-Soyouti in Musnad Fatimah 

8. al-Muttaqi al-Hindi in Kanz al-Ummaal.

Beside this, we have hundreds of Sunni books who narrated about the attack and fire to burn the house or door of Fatimah e.g.

1. Tareekh al-Tabari , V.2, P. 443.

2. Mussannaf Abi Shaibah, V. 8, P. 572.

3. al-E'qd al-Fareed , V.2, P. 73.

4. Ibn Abd al-Barr in al-Estee'aab, V. 1, P. 298.

5. al-Waafi bil Wafayaat by al-Safari, V.2, P.227.

6. Kanzul Ummah , V.5, P.651.

7. Abul-Fidaa' in al-Mukhtasar Fi aakhbaar al- Bashar, V.1, P.107.

8. Ibn Taymiyyah (the staunch enemy of Ahlul Bayt) in his book Minhajul Sunnah, V.8, P. 291.

9.Ibn Hajar al-A'sqalani in Lisaan al-Mizan, V.1, P.111.

10. al-Dhahbi in Milan al-E'tidaal, V.1, P. 139 and in Siyar A'laam al-Nubalaa', V. 15, P. 578.

11. Al-Tabarani in al-Mo'jam al-Kabeer , V.1, P. 17.

12, Al-Haithami on Mo'jam al-Zawaa'id, V.2, P. 353.

and many other Sunni sources.



This possibility exists for almost any book that has come to us from the time before mass printing. In the days when manuscripts were hand copied, there was a lot of room for error, although there were various safeguards that classical Islamic scholars used to try to reduce the possibility of intentional or unintentional error. 

Regarding Kitab Sulaym, it is possible that some of it is correctly ascribed to the transmitter who called himself Sulaym ibn Qays and some comes from other people. (This is also true for any other work.) However, in any case, the content of Kitab Sulaym seems to be mostly traceable to an early era of Islam so it most likely reflects what was going on in that time regardless of exactly where every bit came from. 

However, proving tampering also requires some proof or at least proof of motivation, and I don't think we have any evidence to suggest that specifically Aban ibn Abi Ayyash tampered with it. If there are interpolations, they probably came in later copies. 

The only real exception to this rule is the Qur'an, because it was transmitted and memorized by so many people, that it would have been very hard to add things to it without causing mass objections.