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'Ubayd Allah al- Halabi

'Ubayd Allah b. 'Ali b. Abu Shu'ba al- Cufi al- Halabi was the first companion of the companions of Abu Abid Allah, peace be on him, to write books. When he wrote his known book on jurisprudence, he showed it to Abu Abid Allah, peace be on him. Abu Abid Allah approved the book and corrected it. When he read the book, he said: "Do you think that they (the companions) will like this (book)?" The great reliable narrators reported the book. May Allah reward them the best reward.

The family of Abu Shu'ba were famous Shi'tes in Kufa. They traded in goods from Aleppo- a city in Lebanon. So, they were attributed to it. Their grandfather Abu Shu'ba reported traditions on the authority of al- Hasan and al- Husayn, peace be on them. They were all reliable narrators. 'Ubayd Allah was the eldest and the most prominent, it sometimes means 'Ubayd Allah and sometimes means his brother Mohammed.

Adapted from: "Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.)"