Kitab-e- Sulaym Ibn Qays Al-Hilali
The greatness and esteemed value of this book can be gauged by the hadith of Imam Ja’far Al-Sadiq a.s that whoever does not possess this book does not have anything from The Ahlul Bayt AS. This is a book that has received endorsement from five Infallible Imams. This is the first book of the Shi’a containing knowledge of Traditions, History, Theology and Commentary. The author was born in Kufa and came to Madinah but was not able to see The Prophet SAWW. However, he was a trustworthy companion to Five A’immah AS. Many a renowned Sunni traditionalists have quoted ahadith from Sulaym and this is a sure endorsement of his authenticity. Sulaym’s book comprises 91 ahadith, which are illuminating, revealing and heart-rending for the oppression heaped upon Ahlul Bayt a.s after the demise of The Prophet SAWW cannot but move the reader. One of the Ahadith shows how Umar punished all his Governors who had betrayed trust and squandered public funds. Yet one Governor, Qunfuz, was rewarded despite his misdeed. When Sulaym asked Imam Ali a.s why this was so, he Imam a.s replied that Qunfuz was not held accountable because he had helped Umar whip Seyyida Fatimatu Zzahraa a.s when Umar came with a posse to attack and burn down the house of the only daughter of The Prophet s.a.w.a on the second day after The Prophet s.a.w.a’s demise. Sulaym researched and verified events before he penned them so that their authenticity is incontrovertible. Indeed, Sulaym’s sources are impeccable. Sulaym’s 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 of Ali ibni Abi Talib a.s. This explains why Imam Al-Sadiq a.s has said this book contains the secrets of ( The Progeny of the Holy Prophet s.a.w.a)Aale Muhammad a.s. The translator has illustrated the translation with original Arabic text and given an extensive index for easy reference and research. A must-have book.