|Full Name||Husayn b. Sa'id al-Ahwazi|
|Companion of||Imam al-Rida (a), Imam al-Jawad (a), and Imam al-Hadi (a)|
|Place of Birth||Kufa|
|Place(s) of Residence||Kufa, Ahwaz, Qom|
|Works||Al-Wudu, Al-Salat, Al-Zakat, ...|
Ḥusayn b. Saʿīd al-Ahwāzī (Arabic: حُسَين بن سَعيد الأهوازي), jurist and hadith scholar of the first half of the third/ninth century, who, together with his brother Hasan, composed important jurisprudential and hadith works. His name appears in more than five thousand Shi'a hadiths.
Birth and Genealogy
Husayn b. Sa'id was born in Kufa, but the year of his birth is not known. As to his father, the sources only mention that his epithet was Dandan, regarded by Ibn Dawud al-Hilli as an unknown transmitter of hadith.
It is reported that his ancestors were from the mawali of Imam al-Sajjad (a). His two uncles, Ali b. Yahya b. Hasan and Ja'far b. Yahya b. Sa'd al-Ahwal, who were from companions of Imam al-Rida (a), and Imam al-Jawad (a) respectively, are regarded as trustworthy in rijal sources.
Husayn was a companion of Imam al-Rida (a), Imam al-Jawad (a), and Imam al-Hadi (a) and transmitted their hadiths directly. He transmitted the hadiths of the previous Imams (a) through Ibn Abi 'Umayr, Ali b. al-Nu'man, Hasan b. Mahbub, and Muhammad b. Sanan.
Among his prominent students and those who transmitted hadith from him are Ahmad b. Muhammad b. 'Isa al-Ash'ari, Ahmad b. Idris (d. 306/918-9), Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Khalid al-Barqi (d. 280/893-4), and Ahmad b. Muhammad al-Dinawari (d. 282/895-6). Before his death, Husayn gave all his books to Husayn b. al-Hasan b. Aban, the son of his host in Qom, who transmitted all of Husayn's books.
From the Viewpoint of Shi'a Scholars
The Scholars of rijal, such as al-Barqi and al-Tusi, regard Husayn as reliable. The fact that his name appears in more than five thousand chains of hadith transmitters indicates his high status in jurisprudence and hadith.
Jurists and biographers have also praised him; for instance, al-Muhaqqiq al-Hilli counts him as a prominent jurist and Ibn al-Nadim regards Husayn and his brother as the most knowledgeable of their time with regard to Shi'a jurisprudence and literature.
Al-Najashi mentions the following books for Husayn b. Sa'id:
- Al-'Itq wa l-tadbir wa l-mukataba
- Al-Iman wa l-nudhur
- Al-Tijarat wa l-Ijarat
- Al-Sayd wa l-dhaba'ih
- Al-Radd 'ala l-ghulat
- Huquq al-mu'minin wa fadluhum
- Tafsir al-Qur'an
Moreover, a recent research has shown that a book called al-Nawadir —or at least, most of it— that has been published and attributed to Ahmad b. Muhammad b. 'Isa was in fact composed by Husayn b. Sa'id, because in the chains of transmission of the hadiths in this book, we see the names of people like Muhammad b. Fudayl, Nadr b. Suwayd, and Fadala b. Ayyub, who were not of the teachers of Ahmad b. Muhammad and the latter did not transmit any hadiths from them. They were only the teachers of Husayn b. Sa'id.
Most of Husayn's works are jurisprudential, but he also has two moral works which are available now: al-Mu'min and al-Zuhd. He also has a theological work entitled al-Radd 'ala l-ghulat and also an exegetical work. The titles of the chapters of al-Zuhd include the following:
- The virtue of silence and abstaining from the material world
- Good manners
- Toleration and anger
- Doing good to parents and family members
- Humbleness and pride
- Descriptions of Paradise and hell
Al-Zuhd was summarized by Ali b. Hatam al-Qazwini.
Husayn b. Sa'id and his brother al-Hasan moved from Kufa to Ahwaz. Some time later, Husayn moved to Qom and resided there. His host in Qom was al-Hasan b. Aban al-Qummi. Husayn passed away in Qom, but we don't know the exact year of his demise, though some have mentioned that he was alive up to 254/868.
- Kashshī, Rijāl al-Kashshī, p. 551; Ḥillī, Khulāṣat al-aqwāl fī maʿrifat al-rijāl, p. 99.
- Ibn Dāwūd al-Ḥillī, Kitāb al-rijāl, p. 553.
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