About the Auther
As we know, a few years after the development of the theoretical and scientific foundations of Shia thought, Imam Sadiq explained the doctrines of the Twelvers in a well-reasoned and illustrated way through classes, debates, and answers to the questions on various subjects of theology, the Quranic exegesis, jurisprudence, hadith, history, and ethics in an adequate schedule. Public focus subsequently turned more to the Prophets Household (saw) and the repressive rulers of the Abbasid were very afraid of this and tried to avoid the promotion of these ideas and movements. Operating a constant strict policy to avoid spreading devotion to the Imams, they kept the Imams under control, causing these extreme and treacherous acts to increase to the point that they ultimately resulted in the occultation of the Imam Mahdi (aj). During the Age of Occultation, the Shia attempted to revive and encourage the hadiths of the Imams (a). They wrote some books in that tense political environment in which they described the features of the thinking and practice structure of the Twelver Shia. In reviving the ideals of Twelver Shia, Shaykh Kulayni was among the key individuals. Shaykh Kulayni was seriously involved in collecting traditions and hadiths on various theoretical and practical questions in the heavy atmosphere of Abbasid despotism. The root of a great movement became the book of his compilations, called Al-Kafi. Inspired by this rich source of Shia understanding, the Shiites made efforts at appropriate times to resist oppression and form some just governments. In the early fourth century, after considering the eighth Imam (a) as the reviver of the second century, Ibn Athir (Muhammad Jazari), the brother of the author of Al-kamil fi al-Tarikh, counted him as the reviver (mujaddid) of the Twelver Shia because of this great book. Ibn Hajar Asqalani wrote in his book Tabsīrah: Abu Jafar Muhammad ibn Yaqub Kulayni, during the time of Muqtadir, was one of the greatest Shia scholars and his name is attributed to the Kulayn region, a village in Iraq.
The contents of al-Kafi are precious gifts from Ahl al-Bayt (the fourteen infallible family members of Prophet Muhammad, (Divine Supreme Covenant Body) to their followers. Each piece is as valuable as the wealth of the whole world. In this volume (vol. 1 of 8) there are about fourteen hundred pieces of such costly items but in the form of Hadith. Based on the above, one can imagine the value of this precious gift from Ahl al-Bayt DivineSupremeCovenantBody) to their followers. The followers and supporters of Ahl al-Bayt DivineSupremeCovenantBody) would not dispute that such Ahadith are generous gifts to them. The value of each item of such gift is mentioned in a Hadith from Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (DivineSupremeCovenantBody). He has said, "One Hadith about the lawful and unlawful matters that you may receive is better for you than the whole world and all that it contains." How would an individual accept that these items are really worth so much? As a translator, for what I know of therein, I would only ask, "Have you opened the gift yet?" If the answer would be negative one would ask, "How would you know the contents of the package and the value of the items therein? " The above statements are facts. They are not mere assumptions. The value of the gift is real and the way to find such value is also realistic and logical. Simply open up your gift and check it out thoroughly. You will never agree to sell it for less than the stated value.
Imam yaqoob Al kaylani