The Virtues of the Ahl al-Bayt in the al-Tabarani’s Three Mujams

Hadi Qubaysi Amili

The collection of hadiths, related through Sunnite transmitters, on the virtues of the Ahl al-Bayt has since been looked up to by both Sunnite and Shiite ulema and hadith reporters. The late contemporary scholar and bibliographer Sayyid Abd al-Aziz Tabatabaie attempted to collect all the sources necessary for such scholarship, but he did not live long enough to see the extracts and results of such hadiths. The writer of the present paper has stepped forward in this way to collect the Prophetic hadiths on the virtues of the Ahl al-Bayt, and those on the rejection of their opponents and foes from three major Sunnite hadith sources: viz. Al-Mujam al-Kabir, Al-Mujam al-Awsat, and Al-Mujam al-Saghir, all by Sulayman b. Ahmad al-Tabarani (d. 360/970). They are classified thematically. Since the relevant hadiths are scattered here and there in these books, this paper serves as a guide for those who refer to al-Tabarani’s three Mujams.

Key Words: Ahl al-Bayt, Virtues, Al-Mujam al-Kabir, Al-Mujam al-Awsat, Al-Mujam al-Saghir, al-Tabarani.

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