His father, Ibrahim b. Hashim, was one of the famous Shi'a hadith transmitters, who moved from Kufa to Qom. It is said that he was the first person who disseminated the hadiths of the Kufans in Qom. He also met with Imam al-Rida (a).
Shi'a hadith and rijal sources mentioned his name among the companions of Imam al-Hadi (a). In addition to Imam al-Hadi (a), he lived during Imam al-Hasan al-'Askari (a)'s life and also during Minor Occultation.
Many books on Shia jurisprudence and exegesis have quoted his narrations from Imams. A lot of reliable and famous Shi'a narrators have quoted his narrations. Scholars in rijal believed that he was a reliable narrator. In al-Kafi, the most authentic hadith source of Shi'a, al-Kulayni has narrated more than 7 thousand hadiths from him.
He authored many books, the most important of which is his hadith-based exegesis of the Holy Qur'an known as Tafsir al-Qummi. In this book, he just compiled exegetical hadiths from Ahl al-Bayt (a) and did not add any other explanation from himself or other people. He narrated most of the hadiths in this book from his father. This book is one of the earliest available Shi'a exegesis and one of the most important sources for Shi'a exegetes. Read more...