Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Khalid al-Barqi
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- His son, 'Abd Allah b. Ahmad al-Barqi
- His uncles, Hasan b. Khalid and Fadl b. Khalid
- His grandsons, Ahmad b. 'Abd Allah b. Ahmad and 'Ali b. Muhammad b. Majilawayh
- His son-in-law, Muhammad b Abu l-Qasim Majilawayh
- His cousing, 'Ali b. 'Ala' b. Fadl b. Khalid
- His great grandson, 'Ali b. Ahmad b. 'Abd Allah b. Ahmad al-Barqi
Scholars of rijal regard al-Barqi as one of the disciples of Imam al-Jawad (a) and Imam al-Hadi (a), but there is no mention of these two Imams (a) in al-Barqi's narrations. It just mentioned in a hadith that in a travel to Samarra, a Courier came from "the Man" and according to evidences, "the man" was Imam al-hadi(a).
All the major shi'a scholars like al-Najashi, al-Shaykh al-Tusi and al-'Allama al-Hilli have adored al-Barqi and consider him as a reliable narrator. Al-Barqi also has a special position among the sunnis.
Narrating from unreliables and being banished from Qom
The fact that al-Barqi used to narrate from unreliable narrators and take mursal hadiths as reliable hadiths caused that Ahmad b. Muhammad b. 'isa al-Ash'ari the head of traditionalists of Qom, banish al-Barqi from Qom but after a while al-Ash'ari returned al-Barqi to Qom and apologized to him. Al-Ash'ri participated in al-Barqi's funiral bareheaded (without 'imama) and shoeless to show his sorrow and compensate his previous action.
A response to the criticism of narrating from unreliables
Wahid Bihbahani writes: Al-Barqi is certainly reliable and what the critics say is not proved and even if he trusted in unreliables, we can just say that his approach in narrating hadith is not right . Ibn al-ghada'iri also says: the criticism of Qummi traditionalists were about those who al-Barqi narrated from, not al-Barqi himself.
Professors and Mashayikhs
Al-Barqi has narrated approximately from 200 persons and mentioned about 100 books in the field. Ayatollah Khoei has discussed about them several times in his book.
- Abu ‘Ali Ash'ari
- Ahmad b. Idris
- Ahmad b. ‘Abdallah
- Ahmad b. Muhammad b. ‘Abdallah
- Hasan b. Matil daqqaq
- Husayn b. Sa'id
- Sa'd b. ‘Aballah al-Ash'ari
- 'Abdallah b. Ja'far al-Himyari
- 'Ali b. Ibrahim Qummi
- 'Ali b. Husayin Sa'dabadi
- 'Ali b. Muhammad Bandar
- 'Ali b. Muhammad b. ‘Abdallah Qummi
- 'Ali Majilawiyh
- Muhammad b. abi al-Qasim
- Muhammad b. Ahmad b. Yahya
- Muhammad Hasan Furukh Saffar
- Muhammad b. ‘Isa
- Muhammad b. Yahya
- Mu'ala b. Muhmmad
- Al-Mahasin which is his most important work
- Kitab al-buldan
- Ikhtilaf al-hadith
- Akhbar al-umam
- Al-Tarajim wa al-ta'atuf
- Adab al-nafs
- Adab al-mu'ashira
- Kitab al-makasib
- Kitab al-rifahiya
- Kitab al-rijal
Al-Najashi claims that al-Barqi passed away in 274/887 but 'Ali b. Muhammad Majilawiyh, his Grandson and his student says that he passed away in 280/893. In his funeral Ahmad b. Muhammad b. ‘isa al-Ash'ari who banished him from Qom, participated shoeless as a sing of regret for what he has done.
- al-Fawa'id al-rijaliya:43
- Ibn al-Qada'ri, Ahmad b. Husayn, Al-Rijal, Qom, Dar al-Hadith, 1422/2002
- The material for this article is mainly taken from احمد بن محمد بن خالد برقی in Farsi Wikishia.