Kitab Al-Kafi 1
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Al-Kafi (Arabic: ٱلْكَافِي‎, al-Kāfī, literally "The Sufficient") is a Twelver Shia hadith collection compiled by Muhammad ibn Ya'qub al-Kulayni. It is divided into three sections: Usūl al-Kāfī, dealing with epistemology, theology, history, ethics, supplication, and the Qurʾān, Furūʿ al-Kāfī, which is concerned with practical and legal issues, and Rawdat (or Rauda) al-Kāfī, which includes miscellaneous traditions, many of which are lengthy letters and speeches transmitted from the Imāms. In total, al-Kāfī comprises 16,199 narrations.
Kitab Al-Kafi
Volume 1 of 8

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Part One
The Book of Intelligence and Ignorance Chapter One
Chapter One

Hadith 1, Chapter 1, hadith 1

(The Bearers of this Hadith in consecutive order):

Abu Ja’far Muhammad ibn Ya’qub has narrated from a number of our people of whom one is Muhammad ibn Yahya al-‘Attar who narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from Hassan ibn Mahbub from ‘Ala’ ibn Razin from Muhammad ibn Muslim from abu Ja’far, recipient of divine supreme covenant, who has said the following:

(The Text of this Hadith):

“When Allah created Intelligence He induced it to speak and said, ‘Come forward.’ Intelligence then did come forward. He then said, ‘Go back.’ Intelligence then did go back. Thereupon Allah said, ‘I swear by My Honor and Glory that I have not created any creature more beloved to Me than you. I will not perfect you in anyone except those whom I love. I, however, will command only you to do (certain) things and prohibit only you from committing certain others. I will grant blessings (rewards) to you only and will hold only you responsible for the consequences (of your acts).’”

H 2, Ch. 1, h 2

Ali ibn Muhammad has narrated from Sahl ibn Ziyad, from ‘Amr ibn ‘Uthman, from Mufaddal Ali ibn Salih from Sa‘d ibn Tarif from Asbagh ibn Nubatah, from (Imam) Ali, recipient of divine supreme covenant, who has said the following:

“Once Jibril (Gabriel) came to Adam, recipient of divine supreme covenant, and said, ‘I am ordered to offer you three choices. You may choose one and leave the other two.’ Adam then asked, ‘What are those three things?’ Gabriel replied, ‘They are Intelligence, Bashfulness and Religion.’

Adam then said, ‘I choose Intelligence.’ Jibril(Gabriel) then asked Bashfulness and Religion to return and leave Intelligence with Adam. They said to Jibril, ‘O Jibril, we are commanded to be with Intelligence wherever it may exist. Jibril then said, ‘It then is up to you.’ He then ascended to heaven.”

H 3, Ch. 1, h 3

Ahmad ibn ‘Idris has narrated from Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Jabbar, from certain persons of our people in a marfu’ manner, who have ascribed it to abu ‘Abd Allah, recipient of divine supreme covenant, who has said the following:

“When I asked abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘what is Intelligence,’ He replied, ‘It is a fact with whose help one worships Allah, the Merciful, and attains paradise.’ I then asked, ‘What was the thing with Mu’awiya?’ ‘It was shrewdness. It was mischief which is similar to Intelligence but is not Intelligence,’ the Imam replied.”

H 4, Ch. 1, h 4