Al-Kāfi - Volume 2

Author: Shaykh Muḥammad b. Yaʿqūb b. Isḥāq al-Kulaynī (d. 329 AH)
Translator: Shaykh Muhammad Sarwar

The Book of Belief and Disbelief

1. The Clay from Which the Believers and Unbelievers Are Made

2. The Clay from Which the Believers and Unbelievers Are Made (additional)

3. The Clay from which the Believers and Unbelievers are made (additional)

4. The Messenger of Allah, recipient of divine supreme covenant, Was the First to Respond to the Call of Allah, the Majestic, the Glorious, and Testify That He Is the Lord

5. How They Answered While They Were as Small Particles

6. Creation of the Creatures with Belief in Oneness of Allah in Their Nature

7. Believers as Offspring of Unbelievers

8. When Allah, the Majestic, the Glorious, Wills to Create a Believer

9. The Coloring (referred to in the Holy Quran) Is Islam

10. Serenity Is Belief

11. Purely Sincere

12. On the Shari’ a (System of Laws)

13. The Fundamentals of Islam

14. Islam Is to Spare Lives (and to Keep the Trust) But Reward Comes From Belief

15. Belief Is Inclusive of Islam but Islam Is Not Inclusive of Belief

16. Another Chapter on the Same Issue That Islam Is Before Belief

17. No name

18. Belief Spreads In all Parts of the Body

19. Advancement in Belief

20. Degrees of Belief

21. Degrees of Belief (Additional)

22. Description of Islam

23. Qualities of a Believer

24. No name

25. Description of Belief

26. Superiority of Belief over Islam and Certainty over Belief

27. The Essence of Belief and Certainty

28. Contemplation (Thinking)

29. The Noble Qualities (of Man)

30. Excellence of Certainty

31. To Agree With the Decision (of Allah)

32. Leaving It to Allah to Be the Person in Charge of Affairs, and Having Trust in Him

33. Fear and Hope

34. Hopefulness Toward Allah, the Most Majestic, the Most Holy

35. To Profess One ’s Shortcomings

36. Obedience and Piety

37. Restraint from Worldly Matters (Sins)

38. Chastity

39. Abstaining From Unlawful Matters

40. Fulfilling Obligations

41. Balanced and Continuous Good Deeds

42. The Worship

43. The Intention

44. Part of Previous Chapter

45. Moderation in Worship

46. One Who Has Learned to Receive Rewards from His Lord for a Certain Deed

47. Patience

48. Gratitude and Thankfulness

49. Excellence in Moral Behaviors

50. Delightful Appearance

51. Truthfulness and Trust

52. Bashfulness

53. Forgiveness

54. Suppressing one ’s Anger

55. Forbearance

56. Silence and Controlling the Tongue

57. Gentleness in Dealings

58. Friendliness

59. Humbleness

60. Love for the Sake of Allah and Hate for the Sake of Allah

61. Condemnation of Worldly Matters and Abstaining Thereby

62. Additional Ahadith on the Above Subject

63. Contentment

64. Adequacy

65. Promptness in Good Deeds

66. Fairness and Justice

67. Independence from People

68. Good Relation with Relatives

69. Kindness to Parents

70. Concern for the Affairs of the Muslims, Giving Them Good Advice and to Benefit Them

71. High Regards for the Elderly

72. The Believer’s Mutual Brotherhood

73. The Rights of One Who Accepts the Belief and Then Severs Away

74. Brotherhood in Belief is not Due to Religion it only is a Way of Recognition

75. The Rights of a Believer on his Brother (in belief) and his duty to observe Such Rights

76. Compassion and Leniency

77. Visiting Brothers (in belief)

78. Greeting with Handshake

79. Holding in One ’s Arm

80. Kissing

81. Speak of and Remember the Brothers (in belief)

82. To Please the Believers

83. Assisting a Believer in his Needs

84. Endeavor to help a Believer

85. Relief for the Suffering of a Believer

86. Providing Food for a Believer

87. Providing Clothes for a Believer

88. To Show Kindness to and Honor a Believer

89. In the Sen’ice of Believing People

90. Giving Good Advice to the Believers

91. Improving Good Relations Among People

92. To Revive the Believer

93. Inviting one ’s Own People to Belief

94. Not to Invite People to Belief

95. Allah Grants Religion only to Whomever He Loves

96. Sound Religion

97. Al-Taqiyyah, Guarding and Cautiousness

98. Silence and Restraint against Publicity

99. A Believer’s Signs and Qualities

100. The Rarity of Believers

101. Accepting the Gift of Belief and to Exercise Patience in all Matters Thereafter

102. A Believer Finds Comfort With Another Believer

103. Things That Allah Removes Through a Believer

104. Believing People are of Two Kinds

105. The Matters in Which Allah Has Made a Covenant With Believing People in Exchange for Their Exercising Patience in Their Suffering

106. The Severity of the Trial of a Believer

107. The Excellence of the Poor Muslims

108. No name

109. The Heart has Two Ears in which Angel and Satan Blow

110. The Spirit through Whom a Believer Is Supported

111. The Sins

112. The Major Sins

113. Belittling Sins

114. Persistence in Sins

115. Roots of Disbelief

116. Showing off

117. Seeking Leadership

118. Abuse of Religion for Worldly Matters

119. Preaching Justice without Practice

120. Disputation, Quarrels and Animosity to Men

121. Anger

122. Envy

123. Racism

124. Arrogance

125. Feeling of Self-importance

126. Love of and Greed for Worldly Things

127. Greed

128. Harshness (of Manners)

129. Evil Behavior

130. Dimwittedness

131. Abusiveness

132. Those Whose Evil Is Feared

133. Tyrannical Transgression

134. Pride and Arrogance

135. Hardheartedness

136. Injustice, Oppression

137. Following Desires

138. Evil Plans, Treachery and Deceit

139. Lies and Forgery

140. Duplicity

141. Abandonment and Desertion

142. Failing to Maintain Good Relations with Relatives

143. Causing Suffering and Disappointment to Parents (al-‘Uquq)

144. Disowning Lineage

145. One Who Causes Suffering to Muslims and Belittles Them

146. Those Who Seek to Find Mistakes and (expose) Privacies of the Believers

147. Rebuking People

148. Backbiting and Accusations

149. Narration Against a Believer

150. Rejoicing at Others Troubles

151. Revilement

152. Accusation and Evil Guessing

153. Insincerity Toward One’s Brother (in Belief)

154. Breach of Promise

155. Obstructing One’s Brother (In Belief)

156. Refusing to Help a Brother (in Belief)

157. Refusing a Believer a Thing of One’s Own or Others

158. Frightening a Believer

159. Gossip Mongering

160. Publicity of Confidentialities

161. Obeying the Creature in Disobedience to the Creator

162. Immediate Punishment of Sins

163. Association with Sinful People

164. Kinds of People

165. Disbelief

166. The Aspects of Disbelief

167. Pillars and Branches of Disbelief

168. Description of Hypocrisy and Hypocrites

169. Paganism Considering Things as Partners of Allah

170. Doubt

171. Straying

172. The Feeble-minded People

173. People in Postponement for the Command of Allah

174. People of al- A’raf

175. Kinds of People Opposed to Shi’a, al-Qadria, al-Khawarij, al-Murji’ah and People of Towns (Names of People of Certain Beliefs)

176. People with Inclined Hearts

177. Hypocrites, Straying and Satan Addressed by the call to Islam

178. About the Words of Allah, the Most High, Certain people worship Allah with deviance

179. The Minimum of what Establishes Belief, Disbelief or Straying

180. No name

181. Establishment of Belief and its Abolishment by Allah

182. The Transients

183. Signs of Transience

184. Confusion of the Heart

185. About the Darkness of the Heart of the Hypocrite Even Though He Has a Tongue and the Light of the Heart of the Believer Even Though His Tongue May Fall Short

186. The Changing Conditions of the Heart

187. Temptation and Soul’s Tale Telling

188. Confessing Sins and Regret for it

189. Concealing Sins

190. Intending to Perform a Good or an Evil Deed

191. Repentance

192. Pleading for Forgiveness

193. Things that Allah, the Most Majestic, the Most Holy, gave Adam at the Time of Repentance

194. Sins Committed From Time to Time (al-Lamam)

195. Sins Are of Three Kinds

196. Quickness of Punishment for Sins

197. Interpretation of Sins

198. A Rare Hadith

199. Other Rare Ahadith

200. Allah Defends With Those Who Do Good Deeds From Those Who Do Not Do Good Deeds

201. Avoiding Sin Is Easier Than Pleading For Forgiveness

202. Gradual Progress

203. Evaluation of Deeds

204. Those who Find Fault in People

205. A Muslim is not Field Responsible for His Acts of the Time of Ignorance (Pre-Islamic Paganism)

206. Disbelief Followed By Repentance Does Not Invalidate Deeds

207. People Protected from Misfortune

208. Nation ’s Exemption From Certain Issues

209. Belief is not affected by Evil Deeds and Disbelief Does not Benefit from Good Deeds

The Book of Supplication

1. The Excellence of Prayers and Strong Recommendation about it

2. Pleading Before Allah for Help Is a Believing Person’s Weapon

3. Prayer Diverts Misfortune and Allah ’s Decision

4. Prayer and Pleading before Allah for Help Is Cure to all Disease

5. Whoever Prays, it is Answered

6. When One is Inspired to Pray

7. Prayer before the fall of Misfortune

8. Certainty in (the Effectiveness of) Prayer

9. Praying Attentively

10. Insistence in Prayer and Waiting for Answers

11. Describing One’s Needs

12. Secrecy in Prayer

13. The Times and Conditions in which there is Hope for Acceptance

14. Al-Raghbah (Fondness), al-Rahbah (Anxiety), al-Tadarru’ (Imploration), al-Tabattul (Sincerity), al-‘Ibtihal (Appealing), al-Isti’adha (Begging for refuge), al-Mas’alah (Requesting)

15. Weeping

16. Praising Allah Before Praying and Pleading for Help

17. Praying Collectively

18. Inclusiveness in Prayer

19. Delay in the Acceptance of Prayer

20. Asking Favors from Allah for the Holy Prophet, Muhammad and his Family, recipient of divine supreme covenant

21. The Necessary Mention of Allah, the Most Majestic, the Most Holy, in Every Gathering

22. Speaking of Allah, the Most Majestic, the Most Holy, Very Often

23. Lightning Does Not Affect One Who Speaks of Allah

24. Busy in Speaking of Allah, the Majestic, the Glorious

25. Speaking of Allah, the Majestic, the Glorious, Secretly

26. Speaking of Allah, the Most Majestic, the Most Holy Among Indifferent People

27. Praise and Glorification

28. Plea for Forgiveness

29. Al-Tasbih, saying, ‘Glory belongs to Allah,’ Al-Tahlil, saying, ‘No one deserves to be worshipped except Allah,’ Al-Takbir, saying, ‘Allah is greater than can be described’

30. Praying for Brothers (in Belief) in Their Absence

31. The One Whose Prayer is Accepted

32. One Whose Prayer is not Accepted

33. Prayer Against the Enemy

34. Al-Mubahalah (Pleading Before Allah for Help Against the Enemy)

35. The Expressions with Which the Lord, the Most Blessed, the Most High, Has Glorified Himself

36. One’s Saying, No One Deserves to be Worshipped Except Allah

37. One’s Saying: No One Deserves to be Worshipped Except Allah, Allah is Greater than Every ones Description

38. One’s Saying: ‘No One Deserves to be Worshipped Except Allah, Allah Alone, Allah Alone, Allah Alone

39. One’s Saying: ‘No One Deserves to be Worshipped Except Allah, Alone, No One is His Partner; Ten Times

40. One’s Saying: I Testify That No One Deserves to be Worshipped Except Allah Alone Who Has No Partner and I Testify That Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger

41. One’s Saying ten Times Everyday: I Testify That No One Deserves to be Worshipped Except Allah Alone Who Has No Partner, One Lord, the Only Self- Sufficient, Who Has Not Taken any Companion and Nor any Children

42. One’s Saying: O Allah, O Allah Ten Times

43. One’s Saying: No One Deserves to be Worshipped Except Allah Indeed and in Truth

44. One’s Saying: “O Lord, O Lord”

45. One’s Sincerely Saying: ‘‘No one Deserves to be Worshipped Except Allah”

46. One’s Saying: “As Allah Wills, There are No Means And No Power Without the Help of Allah”

47. One’s Saying: I Plead Before Allah for Forgiveness, No One Deserves to be Worshipped Except Allah, the Living, the Guardian, the Possessor of Glory and Honor and to Him I Return

48. The Word in the Morning and Evening

49. Prayer Before Sleeping and After Waking Up

50. Prayer When Leaving One ’s Home

51. Supplications before Prayer (Daily Prayers)

52. Supplications After the Prayer (Daily Prayers)

53. Supplications for Sustenance

54. Supplications for Debts

55. Supplication for Pain, Worries, Sadness and Fear

56. Supplications for Healing Ailments and Diseases

57. (Supplication for) Fortification and Protection

58. Supplication Before the Recitation of the Holy Quran

59. Supplication for Memorizing the Holy Quran

60. Concise Supplications for Worldly Needs and the Hereafter

The Book of the Excellence of the Holy Quran

1. No name

2. The Excellence of the Carriers of the Holy Quran

3. Those Who Learn the Holy Quran with Difficulties

4. One Who Memorizes the Holy Quran Then Forgets

5. Reciting the Holy Quran

6. The Houses Wherein the Holy Quran is Read

7. The Reward for Reading the Holy Quran

8. Reading the Holy Quran from a Copy

9. Reading the Holy Quran with Elocution and Attractive Tone of Voice

10. People Fainting (Reading the Holy Quran)

11. Within What Period of Time the Holy Quran Should be Read and Completed?

12. The Holy Quran will be Raised as it Was Sent Down

13. The Excellence of the Holy Quran

14. The Rare Ahadith

The Book of Social Manners

1. The Necessary Part of Social Manners

2. Proper Social Relations

3. People Whose Friendship and Association is Necessary

4. Those Whose Association and Friendship Is Undesirable

5. Finding Love and Affection among People

6. One’s Telling His Brother of His Love

7. Offering the Greeting of Peace

8. The One Who Must Offer the Greeting of Peace

9. Offer or Answer of Greetings of Peace by one Person From a Group Is Sufficient

10. Offering Greeting of Peace to Women

11. Greeting of Peace and Non-Muslims

12. Correspondence with Non-Muslim Taxpayers

13. Overlooking

14. Rare AHadith

15. Response to Sneezing

16. The Necessity to Honor an Old Muslim

17. Honoring the Honorable

18. The Right of a Newcomer

19. Safe Guarding the Trust of a Meeting

20. Private Conversations

21. Manner of Sitting

22. Sitting in a Leaning or Folded Posture in the Mosque

23. Funny Stories and Laughing

24. Rights of Neighbors

25. Boundaries of Neighborhood

26. Good Companionship and the Rights of a Travel Mate

27. Correspondence

28. The Rare Ahadith

29. No name

30. Prohibition of Burning Papers With Writings on Them