The Book of Sulaym ibn Qays

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The Book of Sulaym ibn Qays
AuthorSulaym ibn Qays
Original titleKitab Sulaym ibn Qays
GenreHadith collection

The Book of Sulaym ibn Qays (Arabic: كتاب سُليم بن قيس الهلالي‎) is the oldest known Shia Hadith collection by Sulaym ibn Qays, who entrusted it to Aban ibn abi-Ayyash.

According to the Shi'a, the book "has received endorsement from five Infallible Imams." The author researched and verified events before he penned them so that their authenticity is incontrovertible. The book was entrusted to only one person, Aban ibni abi Ayyash who was held to a solemn oath not to talk of the book during Sulaym’s lifetime and that after his death he would give the book only to trustworthy Shi'a.[1]

Some Shia scholars consider the authenticity of the book to be valid[citation needed], whilst others like Al-Shaykh Al-Mufid question its authenticity "This book (Kitab Sulaym) is not reliable, and it is not permissible to act upon most of it, and confusion and tadlees has occurred in it, so the pious should not act upon everything that is in it (at all), and not rely on what is written in it or imitate its narrations."[2][non-primary source needed]

The author is also regarded as a trustworthy narrator to some such as Ibn al-Nadim, the famous 10th century (C.E.) book publisher, said that the book was among the well known books of the Shi'a.[3][non-primary source needed] Mohammad-Baqer Majlesi has mentioned the book and the author in his book, Al-Ghaibah. In fact, the book is known among some Shi'a books of hadith and rijal (commentary on the life and trustworthiness of the hadith narrators) have regarded both the book and its author with high esteem.[citation needed]

Currently, several variant manuscripts of this book exist, and it has been suggested that content was added to it and altered in it over time.[4] Hossein Modarressi writes that the oldest, preserved and intact version of the Kitab Sulaym ibn Qays comes from the final years of Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik’s reign.[5]


  1. ^ Shi'a review of a translation Archived July 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Tasheeh al-I'tiqaadaat al Imamiyyah,. p. 149.
  3. ^ Al-Fihrist, p. 275 in chapter titled, "Al-Fan Al-Khamis Min Al-Maqalaht Al-Saadesah".
  4. ^ "Ths Shi'i Imams, Wilayah and aspects of Imamology". Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2007-09-25.
  5. ^ Modarressi, Hossein (2003). Tradition and survival: a bibliographical survey of early Shī'ite literature. Oxford, England: Oneworld Publications. p. 83. ISBN 1-85168-331-3.

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