Shi'ite Books On 'Forty Traditions'
Both the Sunni as well as the Shi'ite scholars have reported on the basis of authentic reports originating with the Prophet that he said, «Anyone who reports forty Traditions of mine to my followers will be brought to life again on the Day of Judgment as a scholar and a Jurist.» It is for this reason that many Muslim scholars compiled 'books of Forty Traditions.' They collected in every such book forty Traditions of the Prophet according to their own basis of selection and appended explanations and commentaries to them, in the hope that they might be among those persons who are mentioned in the Tradition quoted above. The Shi'ite scholars too followed suit and did not lag behind. They composed a large number books in the explanation of the Forty Traditions, compiled by As'ad bin Ibrahim bin Hasan al-Irbali.
Other such books are:
i) Forty Traditions by Shahid Muhammad bin Makki al'Aamili al-Jizzini who was martyred in 786 A.H.
ii) Forty Traditions by the Student of Ash-Shahid whose name was Miqdad bin Abdullah Sayyuri al-Hilli al-Asadi;
iii) A Commentary on Forty Traditions by Shaikh Husain bin Abdus Samad (father of Al-Baha'i) who died in 984 A.H.
iv) A Commentary on Forty Traditions by Shaikh Baha'i, Muhammad bin Husain al-'Aamili who died in 1031 A.H.;
v) A Commentary on Forty Traditions by Muhammad Baqir bin Muhammad Taqi al-Majlisi Isfahani who died in 1070 A.H.
Hasan al-Amin,Shorter Shi'ite Encyclopaedia