Kitab Al-Kafi 8
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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 8 of 8

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Part I
The Book Garden (of Flowers)

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Muhammad Ibn Yaqub Al-Kulayni has narrated that, ‘Narrated to me Ali Ibn Ibrahim from his father from Ibn FaddAI-from Hafs al-Mu’Adhdhin from Abu Abdullah as well as Muhammad Ibn ‘Ismail Ibn Bazi’ from Muhammad Ibn Sinan from ‘Ismail Ibn Jabir that

‘Abu Abdullah, wrote this letter to his companions and commanded them to study it, ponder over it, and make a pact by it, and act in accordance with. They used to keep it in their places of Prayer in their homes. So when they were free from their Prayers, they would look into it.’

He said, ‘Narrated to me A-Hassan Ibn Muhammad, from Ja’far Ibn Muhammad Ibn Malik al-Kufiy from al-Qasim Ibn Al-Rabi’ Al-Sahhaf from ‘Ismail Ibn Mukhallad Al-Sarraj from Abu Abd Allah.

He said that, ‘I brought out this letter of Abu Abdullah to his companions

‘In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Having said that, I ask your Lord to grant you all good health. It is for you all to have tenderness, dignity and tranquility, and it is for you to be bashful and keep yourselves clear, just as the righteous people before you have done. It is for you to be courteous with the people of falsehood. You will bear injustices from them, and beware of disputing with them in what is between you and them. When you sit with them, and are alone with them and argue your differences with them, there is no way out for you but to sit with them and be alone with them, and argue with them by the dissimulation which Allah has Ordered you for, that you should take to it regarding what is between you and them.

So if you are tested with that from them, that they wish to harm you and you can recognise abhorrence in their faces, and if Allah, the High does not Dispel them away from you, they would rob you. And what is in their chests of enmity and hatred is much more than what they display to you. Your gatherings and their gatherings are one and the same, but your spirits and their spirits are different. You will not reconcile with them and you will never lover them, ever, and they will never love you as well. Surely Allah the High has Honoured you all with the truth and Made you to visualise it, and did not Make them to be deserving of it.

Be courteous to them and be patient with them, for they have no courtesy to you nor do they have patience over anything, and some of them are obsessed with tricking the others, for the enemies of Allah have the ability to keep you from the truth. Allah Protects you from that, so fear Allah and hold back your tongues except from the good, and beware of letting your tongues to slip into speaking that which is false, and the slanderous, and the sinful, and the violation. So if you were to hold back your tongues from what is disliked by Allah, from what He has Forbidden you from, it would be better for you with your Lord than letting your tongues slip into what is disliked by Him and what He has Prohibited you from.

There is destruction for the servant, with Allah, and Repugnance from Allah, and there will be deafness, and blindness, and muteness which Allah will Make him to inherit on the Day of Judgement. So they will become just as Allah has said: “[2:18] Deaf, dumb (and) blind, so they will not turn back,” it means that they will not be speaking and will not have the Permission to present their excuses. And beware from what Allah has Prohibited you from doing, and it is for you to remain silent except with regards to what Allah has Benefited you by from the matters of your Hereafter and be Rewarded by Him.

And be frequent in Extolling His Holiness, and Glorification, and the Praising to Allah, and the desires for what is with Him from the Good which cannot be estimated, nor can anyone reach it (imagine), so occupy your tongues with that in order to avoid the false speech which would lead its owners to an eternity in the Fire for the one who dies upon it and does not repent to Allah, and does not keep away from it.

And it is for you to supplicate, for the Muslims cannot be successful in the fulfilment of their wishes with their Lord by any means higher than supplication and desiring from Him, and appealing to Allah, and the asking from Him. So be desirous in what you request to Allah so that He would Answer you to what you have supplicated to Him in order to be successful and be saved from the Punishment of Allah.

And beware of being greedy for yourselves to something from what Allah has Prohibited to you. For the one who violates what Allah has Prohibited to him here in the world, Allah would Place a block between him and the Paradise, and its Bounties, and its enjoyments, and its Prestige which will stand for all eternity for the inhabitants of the Paradise, for ever and ever.

And know that it is an evil misfortune for the one who takes the risk of endangering the obedience to Allah the Blessed, and to be disobedient to Him. So the choosing to violate what Allah has Prohibited from the pleasures of the world would cut its people off from the eternal-Bliss in the Paradise, and its pleasures, and the prestige of its inhabitants.

Woe be unto those! What a frustration they will face when they lose, and evil would be their condition with their Lord on the Day of Judgement. Seek Refuge with Allah that He would Protect you from being in a situation similar to theirs forever, and be in afflictions like their afflictions.