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Muhammad b. Ya'qub al-Kulayni

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Entrance of the tomb of al-Kulayni.jpg
Enterance of his tomb in Baghdad
Personal Information
Teknonym Abu Ja'far
Epithet Thiqat al-Islam
Well-Known As Al-Shaykh al-Kulayni
Religious Affiliation Twelver Shi'a
Place of Birth Kulayn
Residence Rey, Qom, Baghdad
Death 329/940-1
Burial Place Baghdad
Scholarly Information
Professors 'Ali b. Ibrahim al-Qummi, Ibn Babawayh, ...
Students Harun b. Musa al-Talla'ukbari, Ibn Qulawayh, Abu Ghalib al-Zurari, ..
Works Al-Kafi, Rasa'il al-A'imma, ...

Abū Jaʿfar, Muḥammad b. Yaʿqūb b. Isḥāq al-Kulaynī Al-Rāzī (Arabic: ابوجعفر، محمّد بن یعقوب بن اسحاق الرازی) (c. 255/869 - 329/940-1) was among the greatest Shi'a hadith scholars and the author of al-Kafi, the most authentic Shi'a hadith collection and one the Four Books. He was born after the martyrdom of Imam al-'Askari (a), at the time of Imam al-Mahdi (a) and met some hadith transmitters who directly had heard hadiths from Imam al-Hadi (a) and Imam al-'Askari (a). It is said that al-Kulayni was very accurate in transmitting hadiths. Ibn Qulawayh, Muhammad b. Ali Majilawayh al-Qummi, Ahmad b. Muhammad al-Zurari were among his students.