Prophetic-narrations: Numbers and Authenticity

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Allah says in his book:

{Certainly did Allah confer [great] favor upon the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from themselves, reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom, although they had been before in manifest error.} [3:164]

And Allah says:

{Just as We have sent among you a messenger from yourselves reciting to you Our verses and purifying you and teaching you the Book and wisdom and teaching you that which you did not know.} [2:151]

And Allah says:

{And those who believe and do righteous deeds and believe in what has been sent down upon Muhammad – and it is the truth from their Lord – He will remove from them their misdeeds and amend their condition.} [47:2]

As a new Muslim, I find plenty of Qur’anic verses telling me to accept the teachings and guidance of the Prophet (saw), I find that Muhammad peace be upon him is the source of all divine knowledge, Allah sent him to us so we can learn from him and follow his example and way.

Thus I must follow everything the Prophet (saw) says, everything he does, and everything he accepts and allows from the actions of those believers surrounding him.

The man whom Allah chose is the source of all knowledge, so from where should I take his orders, his instructions and explanations? From the books of Ahlul-Sunnah? Or the books of the Twelver Imamis?

1- SAHIH AL-BUKHARI: Orders, sayings and instructions taken from the source of knowledge Muhammad (saw).

We observe the following about this book:

-Bukhari has 7,593 narrations in his book with repetitions, plus 1,341 Mu`allaqat.

-It is rare to find a non-prophetic narration in al-Bukhari, the vast majority of its narrations are prophetic sayings or orders or actions or description of his (saw) physical look or his interpretation of Qur’anic verses or decisions in military or economic matters or descriptions of his society and the location in which he lived (saw). A quick browse in the book by anyone easily shows that it is hard to find non-prophetic narrations in it.

-After its chains of transmission have been analysed and scrutinized, the scholars of Ahlul-Sunnah have a consensus that the narrations in this book are all reliable and authentic except for maybe five or seven reports in which there is disagreement.

2- KAFI AL-KULAYNI: Orders, sayings and instructions taken from the source of knowledge Muhammad (saw).

Regarding this book, there is a lot to talk about, a quick browse through al-Kafi unveils some important matters:

-First thing we notice, is that there is barely any mention of the Prophet (saw) in this giant book. The vast majority of its contents appear to be opinions and sayings of Ja`far bin Muhammad and his father.

Someone may say that Shia believe that whatever Ja`far narrates is taken from the Prophet (saw), well this isn’t correct even according to their own scholars who claim Imams can gain knowledge from three sources:

1- (The Prophet), He (saw) would teach and prepare the man who will succeed him by bestowing upon him secret knowledge and religious rulings that no one else knows.

2- (Voice in the heart and whispers in the ear), meaning if the Imam wishes to know a matter, Allah would make him know it, the information would be thrown into his heart or whispered into his ear.

3- (The holy spirit), He (saw) had a special angel who always accompanied him, other than Jibreel and more superior, he guides him and informs him of the news of the heavens, after he (saw) died, this angel was then transferred to his successor and then he accompanied each Imam.

Yet we do not even need to deal with it simply because the research is done from an unbiased point of view; the unbiased observer knows that Allah ordered us in the Qur’an to follow the guidance and commands of the Prophet Muhammad (saw), there was no mention of any guidance that needs to be taken from Ja`far al-Sadiq or Muhammad al-Jawad or any of the children of Husayn bin `Ali.

We are looking for narrations explicitly stating: The Prophet (saw) said this, or the Prophet (saw) did that etc…

-Other times we do find prophetic narrations, such as: “Abu Ja`far said: The Prophet (saw) said: etc…” What is apparent here is a disconnection, abu Ja`far never actually met the Prophet (saw) so that he may narrate from him, which is enough to render the report weak. However, in the Shia standards of Hadith it is considered connected since they claim that each Imam learned the Prophetic narrations from his father up until the Prophet (saw). We will rule on the narrations based on Shia standards and accept all such reports as connected.

-Another matter is, what Shia consider as authentic, they grade some narrations as “Sahih”, some as “Hasan” and some as “Muwathaq” are these all accepted as authentic in Shia standards?

Renowned Shia scholar of Hadith, Ayatullah al-`Allamah `Abdullah al-Mamaqani al-Najafi says in his book of Hadith sciences “Miqbas-ul-Hidaya” vol.1 pg.198:

إن ثاني الشهيدين بعد نقله عن الأكثر عدم العمل بالحسن و الموثق لاشتراطهم في قبول الخبر: الإيمان, و العدالة, كما قطع به جماعة قال: و العجيب أن الشيخ (الطوسي) اشترط ذلك أيضا في كتبه الأصولية, و وقع له في الحديث و كتب الفروع الغرائب, فتارة يعمل بالخبر الضعيف مطلقا حتى أنه يخصص به أخبار كثيرة صحيحة حيث تعارضه باطلاقها, و تارة يصرح برد الحديث لضعفه, و أخرى يرد الصحيح معللا بأنه خبر واحد لا يوجب علما و لا عملا

In summary he says that al-Shaheed al-Thani (Zayn-ul-Deen bin `Ali al-`Amili) narrated the opinion of the vast majority of the Shia scholars that one cannot use or work with the Hasan or Muwathaq narrations since the Shia placed two conditions to accept a narration:

1-Iman (Faith of the narrator).
2-`Adalah (Reliability of his narrations).

And that al-Tusi also placed this as a condition but he didn’t stick to it etc…

In short, what the author is saying is that the Hasan Hadith has gathered the condition of Iman but lost that of `Adalah, while the Muwathaq has gathered the condition of `Adalah but lost that of Iman, and I add that the Hasan is superior to the Muwathaq in Shia Hadith since they care more about the religion of the man than his reliability as narrator.

Now that all of this is out of the way, we begin by collecting all prophetic narrations from al-Kafi to see what exactly is their amount, we collected:

1-Any narration that has a saying from the Prophet (SAWS) and they are extremely rare.
2-Any narration that tells us about any action that the Prophet (SAWS) did from Salat or Zakat ect…
3-Any narration that describes the Prophet (SAWS) personality, physique, character, clothing ect…
4-Any narration that informs us about a virtue or honor or blessing that Allah bestowed upon the Prophet (SAWS).

Below is the raw data and it can be read as follows according to the numbering of the “Dar-ul-Kutub al-Islamiyyah” print of al-Kafi:

VOLUME —1—


Number of pages: 548.

Prophetic narrations:

-Terms:
s=Sahih, h=Hasan, m=Muwathaq, d=Da`eef or Majhool or Mursal or any form of weakness, ?=Majlisi never graded clearly.

-Format:
Page# Hadith#grading.

-Raw data:


12/9d 11d
23/15d
25/25d
26/28d
30/1d 5d
32/1d
33/7d
34/1h
39/3d 4d
40/5d 6h
41/8d
43/9d
44/3d 1d
46/1d 5d
48/3s 4d
53/14d
54/2d 4d 5s
56/12d 13m
58/21d
59/2d
60/5d 7d
62/1d
65/3h
67/10m
69/1d 5d
70/9d
91/1s
94/9d
95/1d
98/8s
100/3d
132/7d
141/7d
143/3d
148/14d
158/6d
164/4h
166/3h
168/2d
171/4d
176/3s
177/4d
180/3s
181/6d
183/7d
188/15d
190/1d 2d 3d
191/4h 2h 4d
193/4d
196/1d
197/2d 3d
198/1d
206/1d
207/2d 3d
208/ 3d  4d
209/5d 6d
210/1d 2d
211/4s
213/2d
215/1s
217/4d
218/3d 5?
219/ 1d 3h
220/6s
222/6d
223/1h
224/2d
225/4s 5d
226/7d
229/6h
230/2d
232/1d
234/2d 3s 4d 5s
235/7h 8s
236/9d
238/1s
240/2d
241/6d
242/1d
247/2d
248/4d
249/5d 6d
250/7d
251/8d
252/9d
254/2d 3d
255/3s 4d
256/1s 2d
259/3d
260/6h 1d
261/4s
263/1d 2h 3m
264/2d
265/1s 2d
266/3s 4h
267/5m 6d 7d
268/9d 10d
269/3s
270/7d
272/3d
273/1s 2d 3s 4h
275/1d 3h
277/2d
279/4d 1d
280/2d
281/3s 4d
283/5d
286/1s
288/3d
289/4h
290/6d
291/7d
292/1d
293/3d
296/4d 5h 6m 7d
297/8d 9d 1h
298/2d 5d
300/1d 2d
302/3d
304/4d
313/14d
322/14d
341/21d
343/1d
348/5h 6d
355/15d
358/17d
371/2d
376/1d 2d
377/3s
378/2h
382/1d
385/1d
389/3d
400/6d
401/1d 2d
403/1m 2d
404/3s
406/4d 6d
407/7d 8d 1h
409/6d 7d
413/3d
416/21d 23d 24d
417/25d 27d
418/33d
420/42d 43d
421/44d
422/47d
423/57d 58d
424/61d
426/73d 74s
431/90d
432/91d
437/6d 9h
440/1d 2s 4d
441/5d 6d 8d
442/10d 11d 12h 13d
443/14d 15d
444/16d 17s
445/18d 19d
446/20d 21d
447/24d
448/26h 27d
449/30h 31h
450/34d 35d 36d
451/37h 38d 39d
452/1d
453/2d
454/3d 4d
457/8s
460/6d 7d 8d
461/1d
464/3d 4d
469/2s
470/3h
478/4d
481/5d
488/7s
490/8h
515/3d
527/3d
529/4d
531/8d
532/10d
533/12d 13d 14d
534/17d 18d 19d
539/1d 2d 3h 4d
543/5d
544/7s 9h


Results:
Sahih=33
Hasan=32
Muwathaq=6
Weak=214
Not graded=1

TOTAL=286


VOLUME —2—


Number of pages: 673.

Prophetic narrations:

-Terms:
s=Sahih, h=Hasan, m=Muwathaq, d=Da`eef or Majhool or Mursal or any form of weakness, ?=Majlisi never graded clearly.

-Format:
Page# Hadith#grading.

-Raw data:


7/3h
8/1d 2h
10/1d
11/2d
12/3d 4h
15/2d
17/1d 2m
18/5s
19/6s
21/9s
22/11d
28/1d
33/1d
46/2d 3h
48/4s
52/1d
53/2m
54/3s
57/7h
60/4s
63/13d
70/9d
71/1s 2s
74/2m
79/5d 6?
81/6d
82/4d
83/3d
84/6d 2d
85/1d
86/1d
87/6d
88/3d
91/12s 15d
92/21s
94/1d 2d
95/6m
97/19d
98/23d 24m
99/29h 2d
100/5s 6d
101/10s
102/15d 16h
103/1d 3h 6m
104/5d
106/6d
107/7d 1h 2d
108/5d 9m
110/9d
112/5d 8d
113/5h
114/7d 9d
115/14d 15d 16d
116/17d 19d 1d 2d
117/4s 5d
119/4s 6h 7d
120/12d 13d 15d
121/1d
122/3h 5m
125/3d 6d
126/7d
128/2d
129/7d 8d 9h
131/12h
134/19d
137/1d
138/2d
139/7d 8d
140/1d 2d 3d 4d
141/6s
142/4h
144/1d
145/7d
146/10d
147/16d 17d
150/2m
151/5d
152/11h 15d 16d
155/21d
156/29d
158/2d 5d
159/8s 9h
160/10d
161/12d
162/17d 18d
163/20d 1d 2d
164/5d 6d 7d 8d
165/1h
167/10d
172/9s
174/16d
176/3h 6s
181/10d 11d 12d
182/15d 16h
183/19d
188/1s
189/4d
191/11s
195/10d
199/2d
200/3s
201/7d
205/3s
206/4d 5d
207/1d
208/4d 5d
219/10d
224/10s
225/11d
232/5d
235/16d 19d
237/25d
238/27d
239/29d 30d
240/31d 32d 35d
241/39d
245/2d
246/6d
249/2s
252/2s
253/8d
256/20d 21m
257/25h
258/26d
260/3d
261/8d
262/11d
263/13d 14d
270/9d
272/19d
280/11m
281/16d
284/17s 21d
285/22d 24s
288/3d
289/2d 3d 4d
290/6d 7h 8d
291/9d
292/11d 12d 13h
293/14d
294/6s 7d
296/14d 15s
299/1s
300/2d
301/5h 6s 9h
302/10d 11h 1d
303/4d 5d
304/11d
305/14d
307/4d 6s
308/2h 3d 5d
309/2h
310/9d
311/14d
314/8d
315/5s
316/6d
321/2d 2d
323/2h 3d
324/6h
325/8m 11d 12d
326/1m 2d
327/4d 1d
328/2d
329/5d 6?
332/8d 10h 11s
334/20d 21d
335/23d 2d
337/2d 3d 5d
338/2d
343/22d
344/2h
345/5d
346/1h
347/6d
348/2h 4d
349/6d
351/3d 6d
352/7d 8s
353/10s
354/11d 2m
355/4s 5h
356/2h 1d
357/4d
359/1d 2m
360/3s
362/1d
364/2h
368/1d
369/1s
372/1d 2d
373/5d 1d
374/2s
375/3s 4s
388/17d
396/5m 6d
402/2d
410/1d
411/2h
412/5d
413/1h 2d
414/1d
423/1d
425/3h 4s 5d
428/2d
429/4s
438/4d
440/2d 4d
444/3d
445/7d
446/10s
449/1m
450/2h
460/2s
461/1s 2d
462/1d
463/2d
468/1d 3d
470/6h
474/5h
475/6d
477/6d
485/6s 7d
487/1d
491/3s
492/5d 7d 8h
493/11d 12h 13h
494/15h
495/19d 20d
497/5d
498/1d
499/3s
502/2d
503/3d 4h
504/1d 4d 5h
505/6d 1h
506/4s 5d
507/5d
509/3d
510/6d 7d 8d
517/2d 1d
518/2d
522/3d
524/10d
536/4d
539/16d
540/18d
547/6d
551/3h
552/6d 7s
554/2d
555/3d
556/2d
561/17d
567/16d 17d
569/3d
571/8d
573/14d
576/1d
577/2d
581/16d
584/19s
587/25h
596/1d
598/2d
600/4d 7d 8d
601/10d
603/1d 3s
604/5d
605/7d
606/9d 11d
610/1d
612/5d
613/7d
614/3d
615/4d 7d 8d 9d
619/1d
620/4d
621/5d
622/12d 13d
623/14d
628/5d 6d
632/19d
634/28m
636/5s
638/3d
641/8s
642/10? 1s
643/3d 4d
644/1d 3m
648/1h 1h
649/5d
651/1m
653/2d
655/12d 13d
656/19d
657/24d 25d 26d
658/2d 3d
659/1? 2? 3? 1d
660/2h 3d
661/1d 4d
662/6d 8d1d 2d 3m
663/1s 3d
666/1d 2d
667/6d 10s
668/13h 14d
669/16d 1d 3d
670/4? 5?
671/1s 3d 4d


Results:
Sahih=60
Hasan=56
Muwathaq=21
Weak=324
Not graded=8

TOTAL=469



VOLUME —3—


Number of pages: 569.

Prophetic narrations:

-Terms:
s=Sahih, h=Hasan, m=Muwathaq, d=Da`eef or Majhool or Mursal or any form of weakness, ?=Majlisi never graded clearly.

-Format:
Page# Hadith#grading.

-Raw data:


1/1d
10/2d
15/5d 1d 4d
16/6d
17/5d
18/12s 13h
22/5s 1d
23/3s
24/1s 2h 3s
25/4h 5h
28/3d
30/4d
62/4s
68/4d
69/2d 3d
71/7s
83/1d
89/3d
98/2h 3d
99/4s
104/3h
111/4d
112/5d 7d
113/1s 2d 3h
115/1d
121/10d
124/9h 10d
125/1h
127/1d
128/1d
129/2d
131/4d
132/5d
133/6h 8d
134/10d 13d
136/2d 3d
137/1d
138/2d
143/2d
144/5h
146/16d
147/4d
148/2d 3d
150/1d 2h
151/4d
152/2d
161/6d
166/2d 3h 4d
167/3d
169/3d
170/1h 2d
171/2d
176/3d
181/2h 3d 4d
186/1d 3d
188/1h
192/2d 2h
193/5d 3d 5d
194/7d
198/2d 4h
199/5m 1d
200/3d 4h 7d
201/2d
202/4d
205/1d 2d
207/7s
208/7d
210/1d
211/2h
212/5h
216/3d
217/1h 4d
218/2d 4d
219/7d
220/3d
221/4h 5d 6d
222/8d
224/4d
226/2d
227/4d
228/3h
231/1d
233/2d
236/6d 7d
238/10d
239/12d
241/18?
245/6d
246/5d
248/1h
249/3s 4h
251/8d
253/10d
254/11d 16s
255/17d
256/25s
257/26d 27d
261/39d
262/45d
265/5d
266/8s 9d 13d
268/6h
269/7h 8d
270/16d
271/1s
272/2s 3s
273/7h 1h
274/5h
275/1d
279/6d
280/8s
281/13d
286/12h 1m 2d
294/8m 9s
295/1h
296/1s 2d
299/6d
300/2d 6h
302/1h 2h
307/29d 31d
309/4d
324/11d12d
354/1h
355/1m
356/3d
357/6s
358/4d
365/8d
366/1m
369/5d 7d 8s
371/2d 3d
376/5d
393/26d 27d
397/1h 3d
398/6s
404/35d
413/3s
414/5d
421/3m
424/9d
425/4h
428/2d
431/3h
432/3d
433/4h
440/5d
443/3h 5m
445/13h
446/14m 15d
448/24d
451/2s
453/9h
454/16d
456/2d
460/3s 4d6d
461/7d 11d
462/2h
463/3d 1d
465/1h
467/7d
469/7d
473/2d
480/1d
482/1h
487/2d
488/11d
489/14s
490/1d
497/2s
503/2d 4d
504/8h
505/17s
506/20d
507/2d
509/1h 2d
510/2s 3s
512/2s
514/5s
516/6s
536/1h
550/5d
554/8h
562/12s
566/1h
567/4d
569/1d 4d


Results:
Sahih=35
Hasan=52
Muwathaq=8
Weak=158
Not graded=1

TOTAL=254




VOLUME —4—


Number of pages: 589.

Prophetic narrations:

-Terms:
s=Sahih, h=Hasan, m=Muwathaq, d=Da`eef or Majhool or Mursal or any form of weakness, ?=Majlisi never graded clearly.

-Format:
Page# Hadith#grading.

-Raw data:




2/1d 4d
3/6d 8s
4/11d
5/2d 3d
6/5d 9d
7/1d
8/3d 2d
9/2d
10/1d 2d 3d
12/6d 7d 9d 12d
15/1d 5d 6d
19/2d
20/3d 4h
21/5h
22/1h
23/3d
24/4d
26/1d 2h
27/4d 10h
28/11d
29/2d 1d 3d
33/3d
35/2d 4d
39/3d 5d
40/7d 8d
43/3d 6d
44/3d
45/5d 6d
46/8d 2d 3d
47/8d
48/9d 11d
50/3d
51/9d 10m
52/11d
53/5h
54/12d
55/7d
57/5d
58/1s 2h
59/6d
60/8d 9d
62/1h 2d
64/9d 11d
66/4h
67/5d 6d
70/1d
83/1d
87/2d 3d
88/5d
89/11d 1d
90/2h 3d 4h 5m
91/6s 7m
92/4m 5d
93/8d
94/11s 3d
95/1d 1d
98/1d 3s 4s
102/2h
119/7d
127/2s 3m 4d 5s 6h
128/1h
136/6s
146/2m
148/1d
149/2d 3d
151/2d 3d
152/4s 5d 1d 4d
153/5d 6d
154/2s
155/3m 6d
159/10d
168/3d
170/5d
175/1h 2h 3d
180/2d
184/3d
213/4h
217/3s 4d
218/5h
223/2m
225/3h
226/4h
244/1m 2d
245/3m 4h
248/5s 6s
249/7s
250/8d 9h
251/10h 11d 12d
252/13m 14m 2d
253/4d 7h
254/8d
255/12d
257/24h
258/25h
259/28d
261/37h
262/39d
277/13d
283/1d
286/5d
287/2h
291/1h 3h 6d
300/5s
302/9s
318/1h
319/2h 3s
322/5d
323/2s
324/3h
332/4h
334/12d 13m
335/3s
336/5d
337/8d
339/1d 2h
350/1d
352/15d
358/2d
363/2h
368/1d
369/2s 3h
372/2s
379/7d
396/1h
404/2h
406/9d
408/8m 9s 10s
409/17d
410/19d
412/3d
413/1d
424/7h
428/5d
429/16d
430/1h
431/1h
435/8d
444/2s
449/2h
452/1h 2d
456/4h 5s
462/2h
463/2d 3h 4h
464/5m
466/10d
467/2h
470/3h
473/2d
474/5s 7s
475/8h
480/6s
481/6d
486/4d
491/10d 12d 14h
495/1h
499/1h
501/10m 1h 2d
502/3d
504/1h 2d
518/3h
521/8s
524/1d
528/3h 4h
529/8s
535/1d
546/32d
548/3d 4d 5d
553/1h
554/3h 5d
555/8s
556/10d
557/1m
560/1h 2d
561/3s 6s 7d
563/1s 2d
564/3d 4s 5s
565/6h 1h
566/2s
567/3d 3d
579/2d

Results:
Sahih=38
Hasan=64
Muwathaq=17
Weak=156

TOTAL=275



VOLUME —5—


Number of pages: 572.

Prophetic narrations:

-Terms:
s=Sahih, h=Hasan, m=Muwathaq, d=Da`eef or Majhool or Mursal or any form of weakness, ?=Majlisi never graded clearly.

-Format:
Page# Hadith#grading.

-Raw data:



2/1s 2d
3/3d
7/7s
8/8d 9d 10d 12d 13d 14d
9/1d
10/2d
12/3d
13/1d
23/1h
27/1d
28/2d 3m 4d 6d
28/7d 8d
30/9s 1d
31/5d
33/3d
34/2d
36/2d 1d
43/1d
44/4d
45/8m 2d 3d
47/2d
48/2s 5d
49/7h 8d 12d
50/13d 16d
52/1s 2s 3h
53/2d 3d
54/5d
55/2d 3d
58/9d 10d
59/13d 14d 15d 16d
62/1h 1d
63/2d 3d
65/1d
71/1d 3d
72/7d 12d
73/13d
74/2d
75/7d 8d 10d
76/14h
78/6d
80/1s 3d
83/11d
84/5d
86/2d
89/2d
92/7d
93/2s
97/9d
100/1d
101/4d 5d
114/4m 5d
115/2d
116/3d
117/2s
118/1s
119/2d 3d 4d
122/2d
123/4d
124/1d
128/8d
133/7d
135/3d 5d
136/6d
140/12h
141/1d 2d
142/3h
143/7d 8d 9d
144/13d 14d
145/5h
146/9d
147/2d
150/2d
151/4d 5h
152/7d 11d 12d
153/18d
160/2s 5d
161/7d
162/1d
164/2d
165/4s 6d
167/1m 2d
168/1m 1d
169/4d
170/4h 5s
174/2s 1s
175/2h 4d
177/12d 14m 15d
178/17d
215/12d
218/1h
227/7d
230/2h
240/10h
254/5m
256/3h
260/6d
262/1d
266/1h
267/2s
268/2s
275/5m 9d
277/5d 2m
278/3d 4m 5d 6d
279/3h 4h 5h
280/6d 4d
282/11d
284/2h
286/1d 2d
292/2m
293/6d
294/8d
295/1d 2d 4d
296/8d
300/3d
304/2d
307/11h
308/20d
309/24d
311/31d
312/35d 37d 38s
314/41d
317/53d 54d
318/58d 59d
320/4d
321/6h 7d 9d
322/1d 1d
323/3d
324/1s 3d 4d
325/7d 1s (*)
326/2d 3d 1h 2d 3m
327/1d 2m  4d 5h
328/1s 2d
329/3d 5d 6d
330/2s 3d 4d 5d
332/2d 3d 4d 1d
333/1s 2s
334/4d 1h
335/4d 6d
336/1d
337/2d
339/1s
343/2d
344/1d 2d
345/6d
347/2s 3s
348/2h 3d
350/12m
361/2d 3d
367/1d
368/2h 4s
374/9d
375/1d
376/2s 3d 4m 5h 7d
377/2m 3s 4d
378/6d 7d
379/2s
380/5s
382/13h 15d 17d
384/1s 2d 3d 4d
387/1s 2d
389/3d 4d
390/5d
391/6h 7d 8m
395/3d
398/4d
404/8m
420/1s 2d
421/3d
437/4d 5h
442/9s
443/5h
445/11s
446/16d
449/4h 5d
474/1d 2d
479/7d
485/1h
487/5d 2d
490/1d
491/2h 3s
494/1d 2d 1d
495/2d 3m
496/4d 5d 6d
497/2d
498/1h
499/3d 5d
500/2d
505/3d
506/1s 2s 1s
507/6s
508/7d 8d 1s 2d
509/1s 1d
510/2d
511/2d
512/6s
513/1m 1d 2d
514/3s 5d 1d
515/4m 5d
516/1d 3d 2s
517/3d 4d
518/11d 12d  1m 2d
519/4d 6d
520/2d 4d
521/5d
523/3d
524/1d
526/1d 2d
527/4d 5m
528/1d 5d
534/2d 1d
535/3h 4h
536/4d
537/1h
541/5d 4s
542/9h
544/2h 5d
548/8d 10d
549/1d
550/4d
552/4d
554/4d 6d 2d
559/13d 14d
561/23d
563/29d
564/36d 38d
565/41s
567/48d 50d
568/52d 53h 54d
569/56d 57d 59d

Results:
Sahih=49
Hasan=42
Muwathaq=23
Weak=278

TOTAL=392.



VOLUME —6—


Number of pages: 554.

Prophetic narrations:

-Terms:
s=Sahih, h=Hasan, m=Muwathaq, d=Da`eef or Majhool or Mursal or any form of weakness, ?=Majlisi never graded clearly.

-Format:
Page# Hadith#grading.

-Raw data:



2/1d 3d
3/6d 10d 11d 12d
4/1d
5/2h 5d 6d
6/7d 9d 10h
12/4d
18/2d
19/6d 9d 10d
20/14d
21/15d
22/4d
23/6d
24/5d 6h
32/1d
33/3s 5d 6d
34/1d
35/2d
38/5d 6?
39/3m
40/3d
43/8h 9d
47/4d
48/1d 3d 4h 5d 6d
49/1d 3d
50/6s 7d
52/5s
54/1d
55/5d
58/7h
59/9s
60/15h
61/16s 18h
68/7h
96/2d
112/5d
117/10m 13h
128/5s
136/1m 2m
137/3m 1m
138/2d 3d 4m
139/5m 6m
152/1h
155/9m
159/27d
163/4h
179/1h 2d
180/2h 3d
189/2d
190/1s
197/1h
198/3m 4s
206/20d
216/2d 3d
223/1d 2d
224/3d
231/4d
236/1d
243/1d
245/3h 10h
246/11d 13s
247/1h
259/7d 1d
266/8d
268/1s 2d 1d
269/3d 5d 6d
270/1d
271/2d 3s 5d 6d 7d
272/8d 9h
273/1d 2d 1m 2d
274/1d 4d
275/1d 1d
278/2d
281/1d 3d
282/4d 1d 2d
283/1d 2d 1d
284/1d 3d
285/1d 2d 3d 1d 2m
286/4s
287/6d
290/5d
292/1d
293/8d
294/10d 15d
296/25d
297/3d 4d 6d 7d
299/17d 18d 19d 20d
300/5d 6d
302/2d
303/5d 6d 7d 8s
304/13d
308/2d 3d 5d
309/7h 9d 3d
312/3d
313/1h
315/1d 2m 3d
316/5d
317/2d 3d
318/8d
319/1d 2d
320/3d
321/3d 1d
322/2d 4m
323/2d
325/1m
326/2h
327/9h 10s
328/3d 6d
329/1d 3d 6d
331/1d
332/6d 3h 4d
336/1d 3d 5d
337/3m
342/2h
343/3d
345/2d 3h 4d 6d
348/17s
352/3s
357/2d 4s
360/6d
361/2d 3d 4d 5d
363/10d
364/1d
365/5d
366/1d
367/2h
370/2d 2d 3m
371/6d 7d
373/1d
374/5d 1h
376/1h 2d 3s 4d 5d
377/9d 10d 11d
380/4d
381/1d
383/6d
384/2d
385/1d 7d
386/8d 9h
387/5d 1d
389/1d
392/1h 3d
396/1d 2d 4h
397/5h 9d
398/10m
399/15d
400/19h
401/8m 10m
402/12d 3d
404/2d 5d
405/8m 1s
407/1h
408/2d 3d 4s 5d 6h 7s
409/8m 9h 10d 11h
410/12h
411/16d
415/1m
416/3d
417/6h 7d
418/1s 2d 3d
429/4d
430/6d
432/7d
437/14s 17d
439/5d 6d
441/2d 3d
442/8d
445/1m 2d
446/4d
447/4d
448/9d
449/1d
450/2d
453/2d
456/4d 5h
458/2d
460/2s
461/4d 5d 1d
462/2h 3d
468/1h 2d 4d 5m 6d
469/10h 11d
470/3d 4d
471/8d 2d
472/2d
473/1s
474/7d 8d
475/4d 6d
476/9d
479/10d
480/2d
481/4d 5h 7h 8s
482/12d
483/4d
485/2d 3d
486/4d 5m
487/6d 11d
488/12d
489/6d
490/1d
491/15d
492/17d
493/1d
495/12s 3d
496/8h 9d 10d
497/3h 8h
501/25h
503/36d
505/7d
506/11d
507/14d 1d
509/1d
510/3d 6d
511/10d 12d 13d 14d
512/17d 18d
513/4d
514/2d
515/3s 7d
522/7d
523/1d
524/1h 2d 1d
526/7d 8d 1d 2d
528/11d 12d 13d 14d
530/1h 2s 6h
531/9d
532/11d 14d
533/2s
534/6d
535/3d
536/8d
537/2d
538/4d 5d 7d
539/8d 12d
540/17d
541/19? 4m
542/6d 3m
543/6d 9d
544/2s 3s
545/7d 8d
546/6d
548/16d
549/1d
553/9d 11d

Results:
Sahih=32
Hasan=53
Muwathaq=29
Weak=306
Not graded=2

TOTAL=422.



VOLUME —7—


Number of pages: 464.

Prophetic narrations:

-Terms:
s=Sahih, h=Hasan, m=Muwathaq, d=Da`eef or Majhool or Mursal or any form of weakness, ?=Majlisi never graded clearly.

-Format:
Page# Hadith#grading.

-Raw data:




2/1d
3/5s
4/6d
5/7d
8/10d
10/1h
35/28d
41/2h
47/1s
48/2h 3d
49/7s
54/9s
86/1h 2d
93/1s
94/3s
98/3s
104/10d
113/3h 5s
114/10d 11h 12h 13m 14d
120/9d
141/5s
142/1h
163/1h 3d
168/1d
169/1h 2m
170/3s 6d 1d
174/3d 4s
175/8d
176/12s
177/5m
185/5d 6m 1d
201/1h
204/3d
213/2d
214/5d 2s 5h
218/1s 3s
222/4h
223/5d
230/2d 3d
231/7d
233/7d 8d 10d
243/1d
244/4m
245/1m
249/4d
251/2h
252/3h
254/1d 2d 4d
255/1d
260/1d 2d 3d
263/18m
267/33h
268/37d 39d
271/2d
272/4h 5d 8h
273/12h
274/1d 2h 3d 4d 5m
275/6s 7h
280/1s
286/2d
287/3s
291/5d
292/8m 11h
293/12d
296/2d
299/6h
300/9s
314/19d
326/1d
327/6d
343/3h
344/7d
349/4d
350/8d
352/6d 7d 8d
360/2s
361/4h 5h
362/7m 8d
368/5m 6m 8d
370/5d
375/15d 16d
377/20d
380/1d
383/4d 3d
385/2h 3m 4s 5h
386/7h 8s
388/1s
390/2h
396/13m
400/1s 2d
408/3d 5d
412/1d
413/2d 4d
414/1d
415/1h
423/6d
429/13d
434/2d
435/2d 3d
436/5d
438/1h 1h
440/4s 6h
442/15s
444/3s 5h
449/7d
450/4d
452/4h
459/25h
463/20d


Results:
Sahih=27
Hasan=37
Muwathaq=14
Weak=83

TOTAL=161.



VOLUME —8—


Number of pages: 396.

Prophetic narrations:

-Terms:
s=Sahih, h=Hasan, m=Muwathaq, d=Da`eef or Majhool or Mursal or any form of weakness, ?=Majlisi never graded clearly.

-Format:
Hadith#grading.

-Raw data:




1d
4d
5d
10?
11d
18d
20s
21d
27d
31d
33s
34d
35d
39d
47d
59s
60d
65d
69d
75d
77d
78d
80m
82s
85h
88d
89d
90d
92d
93d
96h
97h
98d
99h
100d
101d
102d
107d
115h
123d
124d
127d
129d
130d
131d
132d
135d
136d
143d
144h
154d
168d
171h
173d
175s
178d
182d
189d
190d
202m
203d
205d
213h
229d
234d
236d
239d
242s
243h
244h
246m
259d
264d
266d
270d
272s
273d
278d
280d
283h
311h
323d
324d
326d
342h
361h
371d
373d
374d
375d
376m
377d
378h
387s
388d
391d
392d
393d
394d
397s
403d
414d
418s
420d
421d
457d
458h
459h
460d
464d
465d
467d
475d
476d
478d
479d
481m
482d
486d
489d
502h
503h
504h
510m
511d
512m
515m
518d
528m
529h
530d
531d
534d
536d
540d
541d
542d
543d
544d
554d
555h
557d
565m
567d
572d
574d
577d
578s
579d

Results:
Sahih=11
Hasan=22
Muwathaq=10
Weak=105
Not graded=1

TOTAL=149.


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FINAL RESULTS

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Total number of narrations in al-Kafi is taken from al-Shaheed al-Awwal as written in al-Ijtihad wal-Taqleed by al-Khu’i and is 16,199 narrations.

I have used the authentication of al-Majlisi in “Mir’at al-`Uqoul” since his gradings are the most popular, the most accepted and the most balanced:

-TOTAL SAHIH: 285. / Percentage out of total in al-Kafi = 1.75%
-TOTAL HASAN: 358. / Percentage out of total in al-Kafi = 2.21%
-TOTAL MUWATHAQ: 128. / Percentage out of total in al-Kafi = 0.79%
-TOTAL WEAK: 1,624. / Percentage out of total in al-Kafi = 10%
-TOTAL UNGRADED: 13. / Percentage out of total in al-Kafi = 0.08%

> TOTAL NUMBER OF NARRATIONS: 2,408 out of 16,199 / Percentage out of total in al-Kafi = 14.86% with repetition.

FURTHER OBSERVATIONS:

-All “Sahih” narrations listed above are not connected to the messenger (saw), the chain usually stops at Ja`far al-Sadiq who was born 70 years after the death of the source of knowledge Muhammad (saw).

-Only about one or two narrations in this entire book are actually connected to Prophet Muhammad (saw) such as the one from Jabir bin `Abdullah in volume 5, page 325, chapter “Worst of women.”

-Almost every narration listed as “Hasan” above, comes through the path of one narrator and he is Ibrahim bin Hashim al-Qummi, whose reliability was not documented but is assumed to be “honest”.

CONCLUSION:

Based on the above, the average unbiased Muslim who wishes to follow the teachings and example of Prophet Muhammad ibn `Abdullah (saw) sees in front of him a giant Shia book containing more than 16,000 narrations but Shia scholars only guarantee the authenticity of around 300 reports, while on the other hand from a big Sunni book containing more than 7,000 narrations their scholars guarantee him the authenticity of almost the entire book.

What interests me as an unbiased objective researcher is not the size of a book, as a person who reads the Qur’an I know for a fact that I need to hold on to the sayings of the Prophet (saw), his instructions and his orders. Bukhari’s book which is smaller seems to concentrate so much more than al-Kafi on prophetic life and narrations, I feel as if I know so much more about the Prophet’s (saw) life and his ways and even about the people around him, this to me is more admirable and appealing. On top of that Bukhari’s book has almost three times more prophetic narrations than Kulayni’s book.

The unbiased researcher who follows Allah’s instructions will naturally lean towards the book with the biggest number of authentic and connected prophetic narrations as the Qur’an has planted in our hearts the love of Muhammad (saw) and our eagerness to learn more about his noble life will drive us towards the best religious source.

Peace be upon our Prophet (saw) and his family and followers.

1 Comment

  1. religion for Iranian is not an act of worship it is an act of identity and nationalism. you can give them all the reason and evidence still they don’t believe you and they will curse the companions more and more and curse Aisha (ra). and those who follow them . after living six years in Tehran i found out that if someone asked about my religion just smile and not get sucked into there pitiful arguments. because they curse the companions and ahhle sunnah . corruption is in all time high in iran . and most of the people know about economical corruption and still choose to not rise their vice because they’re indoctrinated by a religion that teaches hate and therefore the people are isolated from Muslims and teaching of our prophet(peace be upon him )and the whole world. Iranian society has never been so divided. some who receive monthly salary from iranian government always show up for demonstration and mischief and betrayal . and use their false religion to justify their wrong doings . most of shias in iran do not believe in islam but when we talk about islam they assume we talk about arab superiority and because im not an arab they call me ISIS or vahabi or terrorist .
    i want to thank you anyway for spreading the knowledge . one day when i see someone whose really interested in islam not shiaism i will use your arguments to guide him . thank you so much for your beautiful website may allah reward you .

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