Thursday, July 19, 2012

1000 Doors of Knowledge

One of the commonly known things of both the Shī`ahs and Sunnīs is the great knowledge of Imām `Alī (عليه السلام). Even Sunnīs acknowledge that Imām `Alī (عليه السلام) was one of the most knowledgeable, if not the most knowledgeable companion of the Prophet Muḥammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم).

            This article will analyze one of the most famous aḥādīth that shows the reason for the vast knowledge of Imām `Alī (عليه السلام). The narration I am talking about is before the death of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), he (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) brought Imām `Alī (عليه السلام) close and Imām `Alī (عليه السلام) says that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) taught him a door (of knowledge), and that door opens a 1000 more doors, which in turn opened up a 1000 more doors. This is seen in both the Shī`ah and Sunnī books.

            The focus of this article is to analyze the narrations that are found in al-Ṣadūq’s al-Khiṣāl, all of these narrations are from his al-Khiṣāl. We have analyzed the chains of narrators in depth, and have placed them into three categories.


  1. Jazaka Allah brother, great work, but is the first Hasan Hadith really Hasan or is it Sahih?

    The chain is Ibn al-Walid > as-Saffar > Yaqub b. Yazid AND Ibrahim b. Hashim > Muhammad b. abi Umayr > Mansur b. Hazim > Abu Hamza (Thabit b. Dinar) ath-Thumaliy > Ali b. al-Husayn.

    Or is Abu Hamzah just Mamduh, but you say in the footnote Thiqah.

    1. Assalaamu `Alaykum,

      Thank you brother! The hadeeth is actually SaHeeH, since there is an "and" in between Ya`qoob b. Yazeed and Ibraaheem b. Haashim, making the hadeeth SaHeeH. I have fixed the error, and I have re-uploaded the document with the corrects.

      I was working on this for 6 hours straight, I knew I had made a mistake somewhere, but was too tired to figure it out. Thank you again.

      Wa `Alaykum Assalaam

  2. What about sunni hadiths? Is there any sahih one?

    I found something in

    What is written there?

    1. Assalāmu `Alaykum,

      The topic in the forums just discusses one Hadith and how al-Dhahabī has analyzed it in three of his books (Tārīkh al-Islām, Mīzān al-`Itidāl and Siyar). There are two questions regarding the Sanad from Ibn Hibbān's book. It is Ibn Lahī`aj and Kāmil b. Talhah.