Shia Scholar Ibn Tawoos al-Helli the theif


By Hani (aka TripolySunni)
Posted by 13S2010

al-Salamu `Aleykum,

Another interesting topic I found, it appears that the Shia scholar ibn Tawoos al-Helli (died 664.AH) who was described by Sheikh al-Islam ibn Tayymiyah (rah) as: “From the narrators of lies”, stole the book “I`lam al-Wara” written by the Shia scholar al-Tabrasi (died 548.AH), then he changed the title to “Rabi` al-Shia”.

This fact has shocked and confused many shia scholars, we list the following:

المجلسي:
وتركنا منها ـ أي من كتب ابن طاووس ـ كتاب ربيع الشيعة لموافقته لكتاب إعلام الورى في جميع الاَبواب والترتيب ، وهذا ممّا يقضي منه العجب .بحار الاَنوار 1: 31

al-Majlisi in BIhar al-Anwar 1/31:

[And we left from them -meaning from the books of ibn Tawoos- the book “Rabi` al-Shia” because it appears like the book “I`lam al-Wara” in all of its chapters and in its order, this is a matter that causes one to wonder.]

عبد النبي الكاظمي:
وقد وقفت على إعلام الورى للطبرسي ، وربيع الشيعة لابن طاووس ، وتتبعتهما من أولهما الى آخرهما ، فوجدتهما واحداً من غير زيادة ونقصان ، ولا تقديم ولا تأخير أبداً ، إلاّ الخطبة. تكملة الرجال 1: 11

`Abdul-Nabi al-Kazimi in Takmilat al-Rijal 1/11:
[And I had come across “I`lam al-Wara” by Tabrasi, and “Rabi` al-Shia” by ibn Tawoos, and I compared them from their beginning to their end, and I found that they are one and the same without additions or subtractions, except for the Sermon.]

آقا بزرگ الطهراني :
الممارس لبيانات السيد ابن طاووس لا يرتاب في أنّ «ربيع الشيعة» ليس له والمراجع له لا يشكّ في اتّحاده مع «إعلام الورى» للطبرسي.الذريعة:2/241 برقم 957.

Aqa Buzruq al-Tehrani in al-Tharee`ah 2/241 #957:
[One who follows the writings of ibn Tawoos shall have no doubt that “Rabi` al-Shia” is not his, and he who revises the book will not doubt that it is one and the same with “I`lam al-Wara” by al-Tabrasi.]

جعفر السبحاني:
من غريب الأمر انّ كتاباً واحداً سُمّي باسمين ونسب إلى شخصين، وما هذا إلاّ كتاب «إعلام الورى» الذي هو من مؤلفات الطبرسي، فقد نسب إلى السيد ابن طاووس وسمّي باسم «ربيع الشيعة»، فالكتابان يختلفان اسماً ويتحدان من البداية إلى النهاية.تذكرة الأعيان / ج 2 ص 95-96

Ja`far al-Subhani in Tathkirat al-A`yan 2/95-96:
[It is a strange matter that one book was given two names and attributed to two persons, it is none other than “I`lam al-Wara” which is from the works of al-Tabrasi, then it was attributed to al-Sayyed ibn Tawoos and called “Rabi` al-Shia”, because the two books differ in their titles but agree in their content from beginning to end.]

محقق اعلام الورى للطبرسي:
والخلاصة: ان ما يذكر من وجود كتاب للسيد علي بن طاووس يعرف بربيع الشيعة محض وهم واشتباه لا يؤبه به ، وان الاصل في ذلك هو كتاب إعلام الورى للشيخ أبي علي الفضل بن الحسن الطبرسي فحسب ، وعلى ذلك توافق الدارسون والباحثون.مقدمة اعلام الورى للطبرسي ص 26

The Muhaqqiq(researcher) of the book “I`lam al-Wara” by al-Tabrasi, in the intro page 26:
[In conclusion: what is mentioned about al-Sayyed `Ali ibn Tawoos having a book called “Rabi` al-Shia” is nothing but an illusion that must not be paid any attention, the origin of this is only the book “I`lam al-Wara” by al-Sheikh abu `Ali al-Fadl bin al-Hassan al-Tabrasi, this is what the researchers agreed on.]

What ibn Tawoos al-Helli did was simply change the title of the book and the name of the author, and replaced them with another title and his own name, but the Shia scholars don’t want to accuse their Rabbi and Idol ibn Tawoos of being a thief so they made some excuses:

1- Ibn Tawoos did not know who the author of the book was, so after reading it this is why he described it as “Rabi` al-Shia”, so the one who found his handwriting on it thought it was his book. This excuse was transmitted by al-Noori al-Tabrasi the author of “Fasl al-Khitab” from his scholars and it is found in “al-Tharee`ah ila Tasanif al-Shia” 2/242.

2- Muhasin al-Ameen al-`Amili says in the intro of “Tafseer Majma` al-Bayan” of Tabrasi 1/13:

ومن الغرائب ان السيد رضي الدين بن طاووس ألف كتاب (ربيع الشيعة) على نهج أعلام الورى، وقد وافقه في جميع الأبواب والفصول والمطالب وبالجملة لا تفاوت بينهما أصلا”. مقدمة تفسير مجمع البيان للطبرسي ج1 ص 13

[And from the strange matters is that al-Sayyed Radi al-Deen ibn Tawoos authored a book using the same method as the book “I`lam al-Wara”, and it agreed with it in all of its chapters and sections and issues, in general there is no difference between them.]

3 – It was a copyist error.
source: al-Tharee`ah 2/241.

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