Kitāb al-Zuhd

The Book of Asceticism

By: Ḥusayn b. Saʿīd al-Ahwāzī

Translator: Shaykh Tahir Ridha Jaffer

Kitāb al-Zuhd, is penned by the reputable 3rd century Shīʿī scholar and narrator, al-Ḥusayn b. Saʿīd al-Ahwāzī. It is a beautiful work in Islamic literature that examines ethics and character within the context of spiritual self-discipline and asceticism (Zuhd). Focusing on the teachings of the Ahl al-Bayt (as), the book underscores the significance of good character and etiquette as fundamental to the life of a devout Muslim. Comprising nearly three hundred narrations, this text furnishes practical advice to believers aiming to elevate their moral and ethical conduct. The narrations provide insights that transcend temporal bounds, retaining their relevance and applicability to the modern world, and serve as a guide to enhancing a believer's life in both the worldly and spiritual realms. Kitab al-Zuhd offers a valuable wellspring of ethical teachings, guiding believers towards higher stations of moral and spiritual excellence as inspired by the teachings of the Ahl al-Bayt (as).