Authenticity Of Nahj Al-Balaghah And Musnad Of Ahmad

What is the status and authenticity of Nahj al-balaaghah and Musnad Ahmad. I have read on couple of places that these books were actually written by others and then ascribed to the Ali [rta] and Imam Ahmad b. Hanbal. Kindly educate me with the truth and the share the names of those who actually wrote these books.

Answer:

As for Nahj al-Balagha, the famous view is that it was compiled by Sayyed Radhi (d. 406 H). There are some who believe there were other authors involved as well. The sermons, letters and statements that are narrated in Nahj al-Balagha do not have any chains of narrators in the book itself. However it is possible to find the chain of narrators of most of them in other sources. It is therefore not possible to…

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