Wasā’il al-Shīʿa

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The following is a wide selection of sections and chapters from the primary collection of Twelver Imami hadiths, Wasā’il al-Shīʿa ilā Taḥṣīl Masā’il al-Sharīʿa by the Safawid era Akhbari scholar, Muḥammad b. al-Ḥasan b. ʿAlī b. al-Ḥusayn al-ʿĀmilī al-Mashgharī, commonly known as al-Ḥurr al-ʿĀmilī (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-arbaʿa), i.e. al-Kāfī of Muḥammad b. Yaʿqūb (Shaykh al-Kulaynī), Man La Yaḥḍaruhu al-Faqīh of Muḥammad b. ʿAli b. Bābuwayh (Shaykh al-Ṣādūq), and al-Istibṣār and al-Tahdhīb of Muḥammad b. al-Ḥasan (Shaykh al-Ṭūsī), as well as numerous other sources such as Qurb al-Isnād of al-Ḥimyarī, al-Maḥāsin of al-Barqī, and other books of al-Ṣādūq such as ʿIlal al-Sharāʿī, Maʿānī al-Akhbār, and so on.   al-ʿĀmilī 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 ʿAsharī Imāmiyya.

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 Wasā’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.