Ithbat al-wasiyya li-l-Imam 'Ali b. Abi Talib (by al-Mas'udi)
- This article is about the book written by al-Mas'udi. For the book written by al-'Allama al-Hilli, see Ithbat al-wasiyya li-l-Imam 'Ali b. Abi Talib (by al-Hilli).
|Ithbat al-wasiyya li-l-Imam 'Ali b. Abi Talib (a)|
|Author||Ali b. Husayn al-Mas'udi|
|Original title||اِثباتُ الوَصیةِ للإمام علی بن ابی طالب|
|Subject||life history of and proofs for succession of Imams (a)|
Ithbāt al-waṣīyya li-l-Imām ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib (Arabic: اِثباتُ الوَصیةِ للإمام علی بن ابی طالب) is an Arabic book written by Ali b. al-Husayn al-Mas'udi (280/893 -345 or 346/956-7) concerning proofs for the succession of Shiite Imams (a) for Prophet Muhammad (s). After pointing to some hadiths emphasizing on the necessity of imamate, the author gives a brief biography of prophets who succeeded one another. After giving an account of the life of the Prophet (s), he gives an account of his successors, that is, the Twelve Imams (a), citing hadiths regarding the imamate and virtues of the Imams (a). The book gives a historical account of the lives of prophets, Imams (a), kings, and their contemporary caliphs.
The book is written in the style of other Shiite collections of hadiths, and its contents show its author's tendency to Shiism.