________________________________________________________________________ | w w w |\ | || || | || |\ | o_,_7 _|| . _o_7 _|| 4_|_|| o_w_, |\ | ( : / (_) / ( . |\ | |\ | || || | || |T | | || | |\ | . _, _8 |_D_|| . _,_,_,_D_|| 4_|| q ]_o_7_o _|_c 4_|_|| _|,_p q |\ | (_): / (_): . : / (_S (_S / |\ | |\ | In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the All-Merciful |\ | Greeting of Allah be upon Muhammad and the pure members of his House |\ |_______________________________________________________________________|\ Salamun Alaykum, The following question was kindly answered by Shaykh Hasnain Kassamali. Regards Abbas Jaffer Acting Moderator - 'Aalim Network ==================================================================== Question In a recent answer, "Al-Saheefa al-Sajjadiyyah" was listed as one of the sources of Shi'a tradition, and later it was stated that "...none of our books is considered by our scholars as sahih (authentic) in its entirety." As far as my meagre knowledge goes, this statement is not true for Al-Saheefa al-Sajjadiyyah, as this books "is" considered sahih by Shia scholars. I would be grateful if this point can be clarified by the learned 'Aalim. Answer In His name, the Beneficent, the Merciful The authenticity of a hadith is usually established by throroughly verifying all its chain of narrators (sanad) and the text (matn). As far as my reading goes there is no study/ies which has established the veracity of the entire contents of Al-Saheefa al-Sajjadiyya as well as the truthfulness and reliability of the narrators going back to Imam al-Sajjad (a). However, it should be noted that our scholars believe that Al-Saheefa al-Sajjadiyyah is "mutwatir", i.e. so many people have narrated the contents that the large number of reports on Al-Saheefa are enough to convince us of its genuineness. Furthermore, the Saheefa has also been authenticated through a "special" way. Those interested may refer to the dream of `Allmah Muhammad Taqi Majlisi (d.1070 AH) mentioned in the "Introducton" of The Psalms of Islam (1988) by William Chittick. God knows the best. Hasnain Kassamali Humble servant of the Ahlul Bayt (a).