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'Abd Allah b. ja'far al-Himyari

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'Abd Allah b. ja'far al-Himyari
Full Name 'Abd Allah b. ja'far al-Himyari
Place(s) of Residence Qom, Kufa
Professors Harun b. Muslim, Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Khalid al-Barqi, ...
Students 'Ali b. al-Husayn b. Babawayh, Ibn al-Junayd al-Iskafi, Abu Ghalib al-Zurari, ...
Works Qurb al-isnad

ʿAbd Allāh b. Jaʿfar al-Ḥimyarī (Arabic:عَبدالله بن جَعفَر الحِمیَری), Shi'a scholar and scholar of Hadith of the 3rd/9th and 4th/10th centuries, the author of the well-known book, Qurb al-isnad. He was alive during the imamate of Imam al-Hadi (a) and Imam al-Hasan al-'Askari, and during the Minor Occultation.

Life

The date of birth or demise of al-Himyari is not known, but he was certainly alive during the imamate of Imam al-Hadi (a) and of Imam al-Hasan al-'Askari, and during the Minor Occultation.

Al-Himyari was a prominent figure in Qom, who travelled to Kufa in the late 3rd/9th century; And the hadith scholars of Kufa heard many hadiths from him.

Al-Himyari had four children: Muhammad (a well-known figure who authored several works), Ahmad, Ja'far, and Husayn, all of whom had correspondences with the Twelfth Imam (a).

As a Hadith Transmitter

Al-Himyari had an important role in the transmission of written hadith collection of the hadith scholars of Qom. His name appears in the chains of transmission of the hadiths quoted by Shi'a hadith scholars from Kufa and other areas.

Some of the people from whom al-Himyari quoted hadith were the following:

And the following hadith scholars quoted hadith from al-Himyari:

Works

Al-Himyari produced several works, including collections of the answers of the Imams (a) to the questions of their companions on jurisprudential and theological issues.

His book, Masa'l al-rijal wa mukatabatihim Aba l-Hasan al-Thalith (a), for instance, is a collection of correspondences between Imam al-Hadi (a) and his companions, mostly on jurisprudential issues. A similar book is Masa'il Abi Muhammad al-Hasan (a) 'ala yad Muhammad b. 'Uthman al-'Amri is a collection of questions and answers from Imam al-'Askari through al-'Amri.

Other works of al-Himyari include al-Dala'il on imamate, al-Ghayba on the occultation, and al-'Azamah wa l-tawhid on theology.

The only extant work of al-Himyari is Qurb al-isnad, which was a common title that the hadith scholars used for the collections of hadiths with short chains of transmission.

In his Qurb al-isnad, al-Himyari has used early sources such as al-Masa'l Ali b. Ja'far. Ibn Idris al-Hilli has narrated some hadiths form al-Himyari's Qurb al-isnad, but has mistakenly attributed the book to al-Himyari's son.

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