Al Kaafi Series Introduction
Many of the popular present day Shia beliefs are based on the narrations of Al Kaafi, even though most of these narrations do not hold water when scrutinized based on their chains of narrators and when compared with the Quran. Therefore we set out on a project to compile small booklets analyzing the narrations of each such chapter separately. (PDF files can be downloaded from “PDF Download Files” Section)
A big problem in the Shia seminaries is that all the training they get in the sciences of narrations (Ilm al Hadith) goes into the narrations pertaining to the issues of Jurisprudence (Fiqh) and not into the narrations about Beliefs (Aqaid). This is so, because the course in the seminary aims at producing “Jurisprudents” (Fuqaha) and not Theologians or experts in Quran, which should actually be the basic qualification for a scholar.
Another problem in the Shia seminary education system is that there is no formal course that even teaches the Quran from cover to cover, therefore most Shia scholars come out of the seminary not knowing how to compare narrations with the Quran. Concerns have been raised about this issue by some grand scholars like Ayatullah Syed Ali Khamenei, Ayatullah Syed Kamal al Haidary etc.
(Those who can understand Arabic can refer to these videos where Ayatullah Syed Kamal al Haydari raises these issues
3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lFkHgB9GWQ )
When a scholar like Ayatullah Bahboodi did analyze all the narrations of Al Kaafi (about 75% of which came out to be weak), he was vehemently criticized for doing so, and his book (Sahih al Kaafi) was banned in Iran. This is quite understandable, since all the weak and fabricated narrations on which many of the present day Shia beliefs stand were exposed.
In this book we analyze the narrations which claim that the deeds of all people are regularly presented before the Prophet (saww) and Imams (as).