About this book,
Sheikh at-Tehrani says: “The book titled Sifat ush-Shia is compiled by Sheikh as-Saduq Abu Jafar Mohammed bin Ali bin al-Hussein bin Musa bin Babawayh al- Qummi. Ad-Damat us-Sakiba, Al-Majlisis Bihar ul-Anwar, Al-Hurr Al- Aamilis Wassail ush-Shia, and Al-Mustadrak—all these reference books quoted from Sifat ush-Shia. In Tehran, there is a copy of this book, which is handwritten with an old and big script, is found with the Doctor. Other copies are found with Mr. Al-Urdubadi in Najaf and the Library of At- Tehrani in Samarra that is written by our Sheikh an-Nuri and, now, kept by his grandson Mirza Ali Behzadi in Tehran. The book titled Fadhaail ush-Shia is within this copy. In the revision of this book, two copies are depended: The first copy is documentary and stored in Fayziyya School within Group: 1764 No. 4. It is a clear copy, which is ended with the following paragraph: “This is the end of the book titled Sifat ush-Shia and compiled by Sheikh as-Saduq Mohammed bin Ali bin Babawayh al-Qummi; the resident in Ray. All praise is due to Allah primarily, finally, openly, and secretly. The poor servant Hussein bin Mohammed Taqi an-Nuri at- Tabirsi wrote it himself in Najaf… on the seventh of Shawal, 1271 A.H.” The second is the copy that is found in the Library of At-Tehrani of Samarra to which it was referred in the book title Ath-Thareea. This copy was printed in Najaf by Allama Najmuddin ash-Sharif al-Askari in 1380 A.H. –1958 A.D.- and was attached to his book titled Ali wash-Shia. In the end of this book, he writes down: “This book was copied by ash-Sharif al-Askari Najmuddin, the son of the late scholar Sheikh Mirza Mohammed ash-Sharif al-Askari (of Tehran) in Samarra at the night of Saturday, the twenty-first of Thul- Qada. Allah may bless Mohammed and his immaculate family The other printed copy of the book, which is attached to the book titled Fadhaail ush-Shia was carefully printed in Tehran: Kanune Intisharate Aabdi.
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