Risālat al-Ḥuqūq

Treatise of Rights

By: attributed to Imam Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn (a.s)

Translator: William C. Chittick

The famed "Treatise of Rights" (Risālat al-Ḥuqūq) by Imam Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn (as) is an important work in regards to how man should conduct himself. As its name suggests, the book focuses on the rights that is incumbent upon man to fulfill, which includes his rights to his Lord, his society, his family and his own body. It has been transmitted by the great trustworthy companion, Abū Ḥamza al-Thumālī, Thābit ibn Dīnār. The sources of this treatise can be found in al-Khiṣāl & al-Amālī by al-Saduq. He also records 2 more distinct chains of the treatise in his Man lā Yaḥḍuruhu al-Faqīh. Shaykh al-Kulaynī also had recorded this tradition in his Rasāʾil al- ʾAʾimmah, which despite being a lost work today, it has been mentioned in Ibn Shu'ba al-Harrani's Tuḥaf al-ʿuqūl, as well as in Ibn Ṭāwūs' Falāh al-Sa'īl.