Al-Kafi Book I: Intellect & Foolishness

Al-Kafi Book I: Intellect & Foolishness

Written in the 10th century, al-Kafi is the earliest and most important compilation of traditions from Prophet Muhammad and his successors.

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Written in the 10th century, al-Kafi is the earliest and most important compilation of traditions from Prophet Muhammad and his successors. Al-Kafi Book I: Intellect & Foolishness is the first in the series of thirty-five books. This English translation also features detailed, original commentary that makes a challenging text accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Whether you are a Muslim looking to deepen your understanding of your faith or an academic interested in studying the world s fastest growing religion, al-Kafi is a must-read. Shaykh Abu Ja far Muhammad ibn Ya qub al-Kulayni (d.940 or 941 CE) was among the foremost Muslim scholars of his age. He has been praised by his contemporaries as the most reliable of our scholars of traditions, an expert on traditions, and of the highest status, a scholar of traditions. Another has claimed there is a consensus on his reliability and trustworthiness. Through his compilation of al-Kafi, al-Kulayni has had a profound influence on Islamic scholarship, making him one of the most significant and celebrated scholars of all time.

Tags: Intellect, Narrations
Publisher: Taqwa Media
Publication Year: March 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
Length: 280 pages
ASIN: 1939420008
ISBN: 9781939420008

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About the Author
Sheikh Rizwan Arastu

Shaykh Rizwan was born in 1976 in the UK and moved soon afterward to the US. He completed all of his schooling in South Carolina and graduated from Irmo High School in 1994. He completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University where, in 1998, he received his bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology along with minors in near eastern studies and education. He is also certified in high school and elementary education.

He began his Arabic studies at the renowned Middlebury College Intensive Arabic Program while still a sophomore in university. It was in 2000 that his interest in Islamic studies reached fruition when he headed to Qum, Iran to study at the hawzah (Islamic seminary). He devoted himself to his studies, and had soon completed all the major texts taught in the hawzah in the disciplines of Arabic morphology, syntax, literature, formal logic, jurisprudence, principles of jurisprudence, theology, and philosophy.

Shaykh Rizwan then turned his full attention toward the study of the Qur’an and traditions of Prophet Muhammad and the Imams. [su_pullquote]He memorized much of the Qur’an and began studying the famous Sunni exegesis Anwār al-tanzīl [/su_pullquote](Tafsīr al-Bayḍāwī) privately with Shaykh Hameed Ha’iri. This class prepared him to attend the lectures in exegesis of Ayatullah Jawadi Amoli, which he did with great interest. He also began a unique study of Wasāʾil al-shīʿah and Kitāb al-kāfi with Shaykh Dawud Gha’ibi and Shaykh Muhsin Ahmadi, two accomplished students of the late Grand Ayatullah Jawad Tabrizi. In 2006, in conjunction with several of his teachers, Shaykh Rizwan founded the Islamic Texts Institute. He brings to ITI a unique mixture of a strong western and eastern education. His leadership skills, his intensive study of the Arabic language, and his experience with the exegesis of the Qur’an and traditions under the tutelage of accomplished teachers make him a vital asset to the work of ITI, if God wills.

In early 2014, Shaykh Rizwan founded, a web-based educational platform that aims to raise the bar on Muslims’ knowledge and practice so all Muslims become Islamically literate.

He is also a faculty at the Ahl al-Bayt Islamic Seminary in Streamwood, IL. He lives with his wife and five children in Elgin, IL.