Mohammed Bin Muslim
Mohammed b. Muslim al- Thaqafi al- Kufi reported traditions on the authority of the truthful Imams, peace be on them. He lived during the time of al- Kazim, peace be on him. He was among the matchless figures of whom the time does not bring but by chance. He was a prototype in righteousness. He obeyed the orders of his Imams and followed their behavior. He was trustworthy. Even those who disagree with his beliefs know his outstanding merits and righteous. They defamed him because he adopted al- Rafd (refusal) which he and the people of his method regarded as a good quality and a laudable act. They may refer to him when they face difficulties in their beliefs.
He was regarded as the jurist of his time when there were many jurist and a lot of jurisprudence. So, Abd al- Raman b. al- Hajjaj and Mohammed b. 'Uthman said: "No one of the Shi'a was more knowledgeable than Mohammed b. Muslim." He got such a degree in jurisprudence because he heard thirty thousand traditions from Abu Ja'far, peace be on him, and sixteen thousand traditions from Abu Abd Allah, peace be on him. Whoever studies the books of traditions knows that he reported many traditions.
His Imams lauded him very much. See Barid al- 'Ajali. He was among the six reliable companions of Abu Ja'far, peace be on him.
He died at the age of 70, in the year 150 (A.H.). So, he lived for two years during the time of Abu al- Hasan, peace be on him. We ask Allah to be pleased with him.
Adapted from: "Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.)"
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