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Wasa'il ash-Shi`a

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The following is a wide selection of sections and chapters from the primary collection of Twelver Imami hadiths, Wasa’il ash-Shi`a ila Tahsil Masa’il ash-Shari`a by the Safawid era Akhbari scholar, Muhammad bin al-Hasan b. Ali b. al-Husayn al-ʿAmili al-Mashghari, commonly known as al-Hurr al-`Amili (d. 1104 AH).   

This collection is a compendium of the various narrations found in the Twelver source books of hadith, such as the Four Books (al-kutub al-arba`a), i.e. al-Kafi of Muhammad b. Ya`qub (Shaykh al-Kulayni), Man La Yahdaruhu ‘l-Faqih Muhammad b. `Ali b. Babuwayh (Shaykh as-Saduq), and al-Istibsar and at-Tahdhib of Muhammad b. al-Hasan (Shaykh Tusi), as well as numerous other sources such as Qurb al-Isnad of al-Himyari, and other books of as-Saduq such as `Ilal ash-Shara`i, Ma`ani al-Akhbar, and so on.   al-`Amili has taken the contents of said books in extracting their narrations and reorganizing them into chapters and sections dealing with the various topics of the Law, as interpreted by the Ithna `Ashari Imamiyya.

Depending on the published edition, the work is in total twenty or thirty volumes long, with a total of 35868 narrations, including repetitions.  Generally, where the source text for a hadith and Wasa'il's quotation of it differ, we have preferred the original source and corrected the Arabic to reflect that.  Previously, chapter titles had been changed to neutralize their content, however now we are in the process of reversing said change to keep the work as its compiler wrote it.  This is an in progress work, therefore its contents are subject to revision.