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Selections from Al-Kafi
Subject:  Traditions
The Original Language:  Arabic
Author:  as-Shaykh al-Kulayni
Translated By:  WOFIS
Publisher: WOFIS
Compiled by:  WOFIS
Size:  21 x 14.5
Book volumes:

In the Name of Allãh,
 the Beneficent, the Merciful


The reputable book of al-Kã is one of the most important and great treasures of Traditions (ahãdīth) on the Holy Prophet and the twelve Imãms of his House (Ahlu 'l-Bayt), peace be upon him and his progeny, whom the Holy Qur'ãn mentioned them as pure and sinless.[1] The love for Ahlu 'l-Bayt (‛a) was a reward for the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.a.h.p.) for his services.[2] The Holy Prophet introduced and ranged his Ahlu 'l bayt (‛a) with the Holy Qur'ãn as his second inheritance for the ummah, to prevent them from going astray.[3] Moreover, he (p.b.u.h.a.h.p.) recommended the ummah to pronounce benediction (salawãt) for them (Ahlu 'l-Bayt) along with the benediction pronounced for him (p.b.u.h.a.h.p.)[4]. Then, he (p.b.u.h.a.h.p.) specified the number of the successors (aimmah) after him – who were all from his offspring – as being twelve persons.[5]

Anyway, we can never express our thanks for such great blessing that we have achieved, to start the English translation of al-Kã. The necessary care in the text of the Traditions and that their translation are in conformity with the original text in correctness and fluency as well as the elimination of other problems of the work, required continuous efforts and much time.

For publishing the translation of al-Kã we did not keep the esteemed researchers and those interested in the learnings of the Ahlu 'l-Bayt (‛a), waiting for the completion of the work but we started printing whatever was ready of the translation in a form of fascicles.

The publication of these fascicles, soon captured the attention of the readers throughout the globe, and when the demand gradually increased, unfortunately, the printing expenses and their dispatch charges has become a heavy burden on our weak shoulders. At last, we thought to prepare a pamphlet from every published fascicle that it may prove useful to the public not like those complete fascicles special for researchers.

So, our aim was to throw light on the face of the interested readers, and now we seize this opportunity to place these small pamphlets in series at your disposal by the Grace and Help of Allãh – All Praise belong to Him only.


World Organization for Islamic Services,


[1] The Holy Qur'ãn (33:33): Refer to table Ahlu l-Bayt (p.b.u.t.)

[2] The Holy Qur'ãn says: Say: "I do not ask you any reward for it except love of (my) relative." (42:23).

[3] Refer to table Benediction upon the Prophet (p.b.u.h.a.h)

[4] Refer to table Ath-Thaqalayn

[5] Refer to table Al-Khulafa

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