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Faddala b. Ayyub

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Companion of Imam (a)
Faddala b. Ayyub
Full Name Faddala b. Ayyub al-Azdi al-Ahwazi
Companion of Imam al-Kazim (a) and Imam al-Rida (a)
Religious Affiliation Shi'a
Lineage Azd tribe
Birth 2nd/8th century
Place of Birth Kufa
Place(s) of Residence Kufa, Ahwaz
Works Kitab al-salat and Kitab al-nawadir

Faḍḍāla b. Ayyūb al-ʾAzdī al-Ahwāzī (Arabic: فَضّالَة بن أیوب الأزدی الأهوازی) was a companion of Imam al-Kazim (a) and Imam al-Rida (a) and a reliable Shiite narrator of hadiths. Some scholars of 'ilm al-rijal considered him as one of the People of Consensus and a prominent scholar of fiqh. He wrote works such as Kitab al-salat and Kitab al-nawadir.

Birth and Lineage

Faddala b. Ayyub al-Azdi al-Ahwazi was from the Azd tribe—a tribe that had its origins in Yemen. There is no information about when he was born exactly, but given some evidence, it has been speculated that he was born in the middle of the 2nd/8th century.

Since he was from the Azd tribe, he was called "al-Azdi", and since he was born in Kufa, he was known as "al-Kufi", and since he lived the last years of his life in Ahwaz, he was known as "al-Ahwazi".

Views of the Scholars of 'Ilm al-Rijal

Some scholars of 'ilm al-rijal take him to be one of the People of Consensus (or Ashab al-Ijma'). Having mentioned the unanimity of scholars over the reliability of hadiths narrated by the People of Consensus, al-Kashshi points out that some rijal scholars have enumerated Hasan b. 'Ali b. Faddal and Faddala b. Ayyub as members of this group instead of Hasan b. Mahbub.

In his al-Rijal, al-Shaykh al-Tusi mentioned Faddala as a companion of Imam al-Kazim (a) and Imam al-Rida (a) and emphasized on his reliability. Other scholars, such as al-Najashi and al-'Allama al-Hilli, referred to his reliability, knowledge, and religiosity as well.

Tendency in the Narration of Hadiths

Faddala’s tendency in the narration of hadiths has three features:

  • Most of the hadiths narrated by him are concerned with the rulings of fiqh.
  • And some of his hadiths are concerned with moral virtues and vices.

In the View of Scholars

Al-Najashi said about Faddala b. Ayyub al-Azdi that he “was from an authentic Arabian race in Kufa who lived in Ahwaz for a while. He was a well-reputed Shiite narrator of hadiths and was straightforward in his religiosity”.

Ja'far Subhani referred to him as a great scholar of hadiths and a well-known scholar of fiqh in the history of hadith sciences who narrated 1307 hadiths.

Masters and Narrators

In addition to direct narrations of hadiths from Imam al-Kazim (a) and Imam al-Rida (a), Faddala narrated hadiths from other narrators as well.

And many narrators narrated hadiths from Faddala.


According to scholars of 'ilm al-rijal, Faddala wrote two books called al-Salat (the prayer) and al-Nawadir.