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AuthorThiqat al-Islam al-Kulayni
Original titleالکافي
Series15 Vols.
SubjectBeliefs, ethics, jurisprudence, ...
PublishedQom, 1387 SH.
PublisherDar al-Hadith
English translation
En. titleAl-Kafi
TranslatorMuhammad Sarwar
En. publisherThe Islamic Seminary Inc.

Al-Kāfī (Arabic: الکافي, the Sufficient) is one of hadith collections of Twelver Shi'a. It is the most important and authentic collection among the Four Books. It was compiled by thiqat al-Islamal-Kulayni (d. 329/941) in the period of Minor Occultation. Al-Kafi consists of three parts: Usul (principles), Furu' (branches), and Rawda (miscellaneous issues); Usul is the most important part. Al-Kulayni tries to collect hadiths in such a way that they agree with the consensus and there is no incompatibility between them and the Qur'an.


Al-Kafi may have been entitled as such due to al-Kulayni's own statement in the chapter on Tahara, which reads, 'This book is 'Kafi' (i.e. sufficient) for all religious sciences'[1].

It also could have been named Al-Kafi due to a report that when it was presented to Imam al-Mahdi (a), he said, 'Al-Kafi is Kafi (i.e. sufficient) for our Shi'a.' [2] However, there is no such a report and it is just a claim.

In the Words of Great Scholars

Al-Shaykh al-Mufid says, 'This book is among the best Shi'a books and enjoys a lot of benefits.'[3]

Most Important Hadith Books
(The Four Books)
(The Authentic Six)

Al-Shahid al-Awwal introduces it as a book of hadith similar to which has not been written by any Shi'a scholar.[4]

Muhammad Taqi al-Majlisi writes, 'Al-Kafi is the most accurate and most comprehensive of all primary hadith sources, and it is the greatest and best book ever written by the Imamiyyah.'[5]

Agha Buzurg Tihrani says, 'Al-Kafi is a book of hadiths reported from Ahl al-Bayt (a) to which no similar book has been authored.'[6]

Al-Astarabadi quotes from his teachers that, 'no book has ever been written similar or close to it in rank'.[7]

Ayatollah Khoei mentions that his teacher, Muhammad Husayn Na'ini, would call doubting the sources of al-Kafi, 'the business of the incompetent'.[8]

Purpose of Writing

According to the introduction to al-Kafi, al-Kulayni has written this book in response to a person he calls, 'a brother in religion':

O brother! You asked why people have to be ignorant and blindly religious; because they are religious due to habit and imitation of their fathers…
You reminded that you have difficulty in some matters and do not understand the truth in them due to incompatibility of hadith… and that you do not have access to any trustworthy scholar about which you can speak about. You said that you want to have a book addressing all religious sciences to suffice the learner and be the reference for the seeker [of truth]… You said that you hope God Almighty assists our fellows in this school of religion and takes them to their leaders.
Praise be to God who made writing of the requested book possible and I hope it would be as that you requested.'[9]

Writing Approach

Al-Kulayni states in his introduction that he has collected hadith in such a way that they agree with the consensus and there is no incompatibility between them and the Qur'an. Furthermore, when he saw no preference between two incompatible hadiths, he chose the one he deemed more correct and authentic.[10]

Features and Advantages

At the time of writing al-Kafi, al-Kulayni used 'The four hundred hadith booklets' written by the companions of the Ahl al-Bayt (a), known as Usul arba'a mi'a. He met with those companions of the Ahl al-Bayt (a) - or those who had seen them - to collect the hadith which had the shortest chain of transmission. Being contemporary with the Four Deputies paved the way for him to best verify these hadiths. However, about the last part of this statement it should be said that it was not common to present hadith books to Ahl al-Bayt (a) and the number of books presented is very small compared to the number of books which has not been presented. Furthermore, al-Kulayni had no special connection with the Four Deputies.

An important feature of al-Kafi is its order and comprehensiveness.[11]Al-Kafi is also known for its large number of hadiths, clear classification of hadith, completeness in chains of transmitters, and coverage of various topics in theology, jurisprudence, ethics, etc.

Al-Kulayni has tried to bring the most detailed, authentic and clear hadith at the beginning of each section, and the more concise and ambiguous ones later.[12]

Comparison with Other Collections of Hadiths

Important Shi'i hadith collectionsAuthorDeathNumber of hadithsdescriptions
al-MahasinAhmad b. Muhammad al-Barqi274/887-8about 2604Hadiths regarding different topics such as fiqh and ethics
al-KafiMuhammad b. Ya'qub al-Kulayni329/940-1about 16000Variety of hadiths regarding the principles of beliefs, ethics, conducts, and fiqh
Man la yahduruh al-faqihal-Shaykh al-Saduq381/991-2about 5500Hadiths regarding fiqh
Tahdhib al-ahkamal-Shaykh al-Tusi460/1067about 13600Hadiths regarding fiqh
Al-Istibsaral-Shaykh al-Tusi460/1067about 5500Hadiths regarding fiqh
al-Wafial-Fayd al-Kashani1091/1680-1about 50,000Collection of hadiths in the Four Books with eliminating repeated hadiths and explaining some hadiths
Wasa'il al-shi'aal-Shaykh al-Hurr al-'Amili1104/169335850Hadiths regarding fiqh in the Four Books and over 70 other collections of hadiths
Bihar al-anwaral-'Allama al-Majlisi1110/1699about 85,000Hadiths from most of the Infallibles (a) regarding various issues
Mustadrak al-wasa'ilMirza Husayn Nuri1320/190223,514Supplementation of hadiths regarding fiqh in Wasa'il al-shi'a
Safinat al-biharShaykh 'Abbas Qummi1359/194110 volumesan alphabetically ordered index for Bihar al-anwar
Mustadrak safinat al-biharShaykh 'Ali Namazi1405/198510 volumesSupplementation of Safinat al-bihar
Jami' ahadith al-Shi'aAyatollah Burujirdi1380/196148,342Including all Shiite hadiths regarding fiqh
Mizan al-hikmaMuhammad Muhammadi Reyshahricontemporary23,030564 non-jurisprudential (not regarding fiqh) topics
al-HayatMuhammad Rida Hakimicontemporary12 volumes40 chapters regarding theoretical and practical issues


Al-Kafi consists of three main sections: usul al-kafi, which contains hadiths regarding beliefs, furu' al-kafi which contains fiqhi hadiths and rawda which is about history. Usul al-kafi contains a few books in itself including Kitab al-Hujja.

Usul al-Kafi contains hadiths regarding beliefs and is comprised of eight chapters (i.e. books):

  1. Kitab al-'aql wa l-jahl (The Book of Intellect and Ignorance)
  2. Kitab fadl al-'ilm (The Book of the Merits of Knowledge)
  3. Kitab al-tawhid (The Book of Divine Unity)
  4. Kitab al-hujja (The Book of the Proof)
  5. Kitab al-iman wa l-kufr (The Book of Belief and Disbelief)
  6. Kitab al-du'a' (The Book of Supplication)
  7. Kitab fadl al-Qur'an (The Book of the Merits of the Qur'an)
  8. Kitab al-'ishra (The Book of Social Ethics)

Furu' al-Kafi contains hadiths regarding jurisprudential rulings and is comprised of 26 chapters:

  1. Kitab al-tahara (The Book of Purity)
  2. Kitab al-hayd (The Book of Menstruation)
  3. Kitab al-jana'iz (The Book of Corpses)
  4. Kitab al-salat (The Book of Prayer)
  5. Kitab al-zakat wa l-sadaqah (The Book of Zakat and Charity)
  6. Kitab al-siyam (The Book of Fasting)
  7. Kitab al-hajj (The Book of Hajj)
  8. Kitab al-jihad (The Book of Jihad)
  9. Kitab al-ma'isha (The Book of Living)
  10. Kitab al-nikah (The Book of Marriage)
  11. Kitab al-'aqiqa (The Book of Sacrifice for the New Born)
  12. Kitab al-talaq (The Book of Divorce)
  13. Kitab al-'itq wa l-tadbir wa l-mukataba (The Book of Emancipation, Management and Writing)
  14. Kitab al-sayd (The Book of Hunting)
  15. Kitab al-dhaba'ih (The Book of Slaughtering)
  16. Kitab al-at'ima (The Book of Foods)
  17. Kitab al-ashriba (The Book of Drinks)
  18. Kitab al-zi wa l-tajammul wa l-muruwwa (The Book of Garment and Beautification and Ettiquete)
  19. Kitab al-dawajin (The Book of Livestock)
  20. Kitab al-wasaya (The Book of Wills)
  21. Kitab al-mawarith (The Book of Inheritance)
  22. Kitab al-hudud (The Book of Punishments)
  23. Kitab al-diyat (The Book of Atonements)
  24. Kitab al-shahadat (The Book of Witnesses)
  25. Kitab al-Qada' wa l-ahkam (The Book of Judgment and Rulings)
  26. Kitab al-ayman wa l-nudhur wa l-kaffarat (The Book of Oaths and Nadhrs and Atonements/Reparation)

Rawda al-Kafi consists of miscellaneous hadiths that are in no particular order. Although some do not consider it to be a part of al-Kafi,[13] both al-Najashi and al-Shaykh al-Tusi have asserted that Rawda is al-Kafi's last chapter.[14] It includes hadiths pertaining to the following topics:

  1. Interpretation of some verses of the Qur'an
  2. Advices of the Ahl al-Bayt (a)
  3. Dreams and their types
  4. Health problems and cures
  5. Creation of the universe and some phenomena
  6. The history of some prophets (a)
  7. The merit of Shi'a and their duties
  8. Some historical issues of early Islam and the time of Imam 'Ali's (a) government
  9. Imam al-Mahdi (aj), his attributes, companions and the attributes of his time
  10. The biographies of some companions and other individuals

Number of Hadiths

Yusuf al-Bahrani, in Lu'lu' al-bahrayn, counts the number of hadiths in al-Kafi to be 16,199, Dr. Husayn 'Ali Mahfuz, in the preface to al-Kafi, counts 15,176, al-Allama al-Majlisi counts 16,121 and some contemporary scholars such as al-Shaykh 'Abd al-Rassul al-Ghaffar consider them to be 15,503.

The reason for this variance in number is due to different methods of counting. For example, some scholars count a hadith transmitted from two different chains as two hadiths, while others count it as one. Also, some have included Mursal hadiths (those hadith which do not have a complete chain of transmitters), while others have not. There are also rare cases where some hadiths are not mentioned in certain manuscripts, and therefore may or may not have been counted.[15]

Researches Carried Out on al-Kafi

Since al-Kafi has always been a topic of discussion among scholars of hadith, many researches have been carried out on it. In al-Dhari'a, Agha Buzurg Tihrani has listed 27 commentaries on Usul al-kafi or the whole of al-Kafi, and 10 marginal notes on al-Kafi.[16]

Some Commentaries

  • Mulla Sadra's commentary
  • Fayd al-Kashani's al-Wafi
  • Al-Allama al-Majlisi's Mir'at al-'uqul
  • Mulla Salih Mazandarani's commentary
  • Mulla Khalil Qazwini's Persian commentary called Safi, and an Arabic commentary called Shafi
  • Sayyid Muhammad Baqir Muhaqqiq Damad's al-Rawashih al-samawiyyah fi sharh al-Kafi
  • Amir Isma'il Khatunabadi's commentary

Marginal Notes and Glosses

  • Al-Ta'liqat 'ala kitab al-Kafi written by Muhammad Baqir Hussayni, known as Mirdamad (d. 1041/1632)
  • Jami' al-ahadith wa l-aqwal written by al-Shaykh Qasim b. Muhammad b. Jawad b. al-Wandi (d. 1100/1689)
  • Al-Durr al-manzum min kalam al-ma'sum written by al-Shaykh 'Ali b. Hasan b. Zayn al-Din al-Shahid al-Thani (d. 1104/1693)
  • Al-Hashiyat ala usul al-Kafi written by Rafi' al-Din Muhammad b. Haydar al-Na'ini
  • Marginal notes written by Abu l-Hasan Sharif Futuni 'Amili
  • Marginal notes written by Sayyid Mir Abu Talib b. Mirza Bayk Findiriski
  • Marginal notes written by al-Shaykh Zayn al-Din Abu l-Hasan 'Ali b. Shaykh Hasan, the author of Ma'alim
  • Marginal notes written by al-Shaykh Muhammad b. Hasan b. Zayn al-Din al-Shahid al-Thani, known as al-Shaykh Muhammad Sibt 'Amili (d. 1030/)

English Translation

Translation of al-Kafi to English, by Muhammad Sarwar

Muhammad Sarwar has translated al-Kafi to English published in eight volumes by Islamic Seminary Incorporated.[17]

Al Kafi In Urdu

Taqwa Media has published a translation and commentary by Islamic Texts Institute under direction of Rizwan Arastu. The first three chapters of al-Kafi are now available.[18]


  1. al-Kafi. vol. 1, p. 14 (Introduction)
  2. Ghaffar, Abd allah wa l-kafi. p. 392.
  3. Al-Shaykh al-Mufid.Tashih al-i'tiqadat al-imamiyya. p. 70.
  4. Al-Kulayni, Muhmmad b. Ya' vol. 1. p. 27.
  5. Al-Majlisi, Muhammad Baqir. Mir'at al-uqul. vol. 1. p. 3.
  6. Tihrani, Agha Buzurg. Al-Dhari'a. vol. 17, p. 245.
  7. Astarabadi, Muhammad Amin. Al-Fawa'id al-madaniyyah. p. 520.
  8. Al-Khoei, Abu l-Qasim. Mu'jam rijal al-hadith. vol. 1. p. 99.
  9. Al-Kafi, vol. 1, p. 5.
  10. Al-Kafi, vol. 1, pp. 8 - 9.
  11. Sayyid b. Tawus, 'Ali b. Musa. Kashf al-Mahajja. p. 159.
  12. Mustafawi, Javad. Tarjuma usul al-kafi. vol. 1. p. 10.
  13. Afandi, 'Abd Allah b. 'Isa. Riyad al-'ulama. vol. 2. p. 261.
  14. Al-Najashi, Ahmad b. 'Ali. Rijal al-Najashi. p. 377; al-Shaykh al-Tusi. Al-Fihrist. p. 210.
  15. Ghaffar, Abd allah al-rasul. al-Kulayni wa l-kafi. p. 401-402.
  16. Agha Buzuer, Tihrani .al-Dhari'ah. vol. 13. p. 95-99.
  17. AL-KAFI, volumes 1 through 8 OF 8 – now available, The Islamic Seminary
  18. Al-Kafi Series, Taqwa Media


  • Agha Buzurg Tihrani. Al-Dhari'ah ila tasanif al-Shi'a. Beirut: Dar al-Adwa', 1403 AH.
  • Afandi, Abdullah b. 'Isa, Riyad al-'ulama wa hiyad al-fudala'. qom: Matba'at al-Kayyam.
  • Astarabadi, Muhammad Amin, Al-Fawa'id al-madaniyyah. Qom: Mu'assisat al-Nashr al-Islamiyyah, 1424 AH.
  • Khoei, Abu l-Qasim al-, Mu'jam al-rijal al-hadith wa tafsil tabaqat al-ruwat, Markaz Nashr al-Thaqafat al-Islamiyyah, Qom, 1994.
  • Sayyid b. Tawus, 'Ali b. Musa al-, Kashf al-mahajjah li thamarat al-mahjah, Al-Matba'at al-Haydariyyah, Najaf, 1370 SH.
  • Tusi, Muhammad b. Hasan al-, Al-Fihrist, researched by Javad Qayyumi, Nashr al-Fiqahah, 1417 AH.
  • Ghaffar, Abd Allah al-Rasul, Al-Kulayni wa l-kafi, Mu'assisah Nashr al-Islami, 1416 AH.
  • Kulayni, Muhammad b. Ya'qub al-, Al-Kafi, Dar al-kutub al-Islamiyyah, 1983.
  • Majlisi, Muhammad Baqir al-, Mir'at al-'uqul fi sharh akhbar al al-rasul, Dar al-kutub al-Islamiyyah, 1983.
  • Mustafawi, Javad, Tarjumah usul al-kafi, Kitabfurushi 'Ilmiyyah al-Islamiyyah, 1989.
  • Mufid, Muhammad b. Nu'man al-, Tashih I'tiqadat al-Imamiyyah, Dar al-Mufid, Beirut, 1414 AH.
  • Najashi, Ahmad b. 'Ali al-, Rijal al-Najashi, Mu'assisah Nashr al-Islami, Qom, 1416 AH.

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Usul al kafi is asoo book in which all the basic ingredients of Twelver shi’i theory may be found. Most Shia scholars do not make any assumptions about the authenticity of a hadith book.

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Most believe kfi there are no “sahih” hadith books that are completely reliable. Hadith books are compiled by fallible people, and thus realistically, they inevitably have a mixture of strong and weak hadiths. Kulayni himself stated in his preface that he only collected hadiths he thought were important and sufficient for Muslims to know, and he left the verification of these hadiths up to later scholars.

And whatever contradicts it, reject it” [ citation needed ]. God—to whom belongs all praise—has facilitated the compilation of what you requested. I hope it is as you desired. The general idea behind this metaphor is that Khomeini objected to the laziness of many ignorant people of his day who simply kept al-Kafi on their shelf, and ignored or violated it in their daily lives, assuming that they would somehow be saved from Hell just by possessing the book.

Khomeini argued that Islamic law should be an kagi part of everyday life for the believer, not just a stale manuscript to be placed on a shelf and forgotten.

The scholars have made these remarks, to remind the people that one cannot simply pick the book up, and take whatever they like from it as truthful. Rather, an exhaustive process of authentication must be applied, which leaves azool understanding of the book in the hands of the learned.

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From the Shia point of view, any book other than the Qur’an, as well as individual hadiths or hadith narrators can be objectively questioned and scrutinized as to their reliability, and none – not even the Sahaba – are exempt from this.

The main criticism of al-Kafi as the basis for Shia fiqh, comes from prominent Sunni writers who argue that finding some hadiths in al-Kafi proves that the entire Shi’ite school is wrong. Shi’ites in reality do not rest the basis of their entire faith on the complete authenticity of this book ‘Al Kafi’ means “the sufficient”.

They believe that anything that goes against previously held ideas must not be authentic. They also do not automatically accept some hadiths from al-Kafi that have strong historical proofs. The Qur’an is far more important to Islamic belief than any hadith book, and Shia scholars have long pointed this out.

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Shia Muslims do not make any assumptions about the authenticity lafi a hadith book; Shias believe aaool there are no “sahih” hadith books that are completely reliable according to most Shia.

Kulayni himself stated in his preface that he only collected hadiths he thought were important and sufficient for Muslims to know at a time when many Muslims were illiterate and ignorant of the true beliefs of Islam, and heretical Sufi and gnostic sects were gaining popularityand he left the verification of these hadiths up to later scholars. Kulayni also states, in reference to hadiths: And whatever contradicts it, reject it”. The author of al-Kafi never intended for it to be politicized as “infallible”, he only compiled it to give sincere advice based on authentic Islamic law regardless of the soundess of any one particular hadithand to preserve rare hadiths and religious knowledge in an easily accessible collection for future generations to study.

It has kaafi held in the highest esteem by generation after generation of Muslim scholars. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Part of a series on Hadith Hadith studies. Terminology Types categories Biographical evaluation Musannaf Isra’iliyyat. ssool

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