Sulaym ibn Qays
collection by Sulaym ibn Qays,
who entrusted it to Aban ibn abi-Ayyash.
According to the Shi'a, the book "has received endorsement from five
Infallible Imams." The author researched and verified events before he
penned them so that their authenticity is incontrovertible. The 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
Some Shia scholars consider the authenticity of the book to be
valid, whilst others like al-Mufid question it's
This book (Kitab Sulaym) is not reliable, and it is not permissible to
act upon most of it, and confusion and tadlees has occurred in it, so
the pious should not act upon everything that that is in it (at all),
and not rely on what is written in it or imitate its narrations."
The author is also regarded as a trustworthy narrator to some[citation
needed].. Ibn Al-Nadim, the famous 10th century (C.E.) book publisher,
said that the book was among the well known books of the Shi'a.
No'mani has mentioned the book and the author in his book, Al-Ghaibah.
In fact, the book is known among some Shi'a books of hadith and rijal
(commentary on the life and trustworthiness of the hadith narrators)
have regarded both the book and its author with high esteem.[citation
Currently, several variant manuscripts of this book exist, and it has
been suggested that content was added to it and altered in it over
time. Furthermore, the oldest known copy, on which the majority of
modern manuscripts are based, was written in 1676 C.E. This is
problematic as it may also suggest that the true appearance date for
the current form of the book, if indeed it existed prior to the rise
of the Safavid empire, was from around the 10th century C.E. as it was
only at this point in time that mention of it became commonly
attributed to imams and scholars.
^ Shi'a review of a translation Archived July 6, 2010, at the Wayback
^ Tasheeh al-I'tiqaadaat al Imamiyyah,. p. 149.
^ Al-Fihrist, p.275 in chapter titled, "Al-Fan Al-Khamis Min
^ a b Ths Shi'i Imams, Wilayah and aspects of Imamology
English Translation of Kitab al-Sul