Masudi was a Shia, famous Shia scholars accept

Shaikh Abbas Qummi says in his famous book, Kitab al Kunu wal Alqaab

شيخ المؤرخين وعمادهم أبو الحسن علي بن الحسين بن علي المسعودي الهذلي العالم الجليل

The Shaikh of historians, Abul Hasan Ali bin Husain bin Ali al Masaudi, a great scholar.

Kuna wal alqab, Vol. 3, p. 184-185

http://www.yasoob.com/books/htm1/m025/29/no2926.html

Mulla Baqir Majlisi says

والمسعودي عده النجاشي في فهرسته من رواة الشيعة

Najashi counted him as a Shia narrator in his fehrest

Bihar ul Anwar Vol. 1, p. 36

http://www.al-shia.org/html/ara/books/lib-hadis/behar01/a2.html

Below is from gift2shias.com

Other shia scholar Saeed Bahrul Ulum in his “Fawaid ar-rijaliya” (4/150) said:

ومنهم الشيخ الفاضل الشيعي على بن الحسين ابن علي المسعودي مصنف كتاب مروج الذهب

“and from them alFadl shia Ali ibn al-Hussain ibn Ali al-Masoode, author of the book “Muruj az-zahab”.

Shahrode in “Mustadrakat ilmul rijal al-hadith” (5/352) said:

9929 – علي بن الحسين بن علي المسعودي أبو الحسن الهذلي : من أجلاء علمائنا الإمامية صاحب كتاب مروج الذهب ورسالة إثبات الوصية لعلي بن أبي طالب ع وغيرهما

Ali ibn al-Hussain al-Masoode Abul Hasan al-Huzale: from our imami scholars, author of book “Muruj az-zahab” and risalat “Ithbat al-wasiya li Ali ibn Abu Talib (alaihi salam) and others.

In Q/A section of known shia site, you can read:

وأما المؤرخون الثلاثة ـ ابن أعثم الكوفي صاحب كتاب ( فتوح الاسلام ) والمسعودي صاحب كتاب (مروج الذهب) واليعقوبي صاحب كتاب (تاريخ اليعقوبي) ـ الذين سألت عنهم. فقد ينسبون كلّهم أو بعضهم الى التشيّع.

As for 3 historians – ibn Athm al-Koofe author of book (Futuh al-Islami), and Masoode author of book (Muruj az-zahab) and Yaqoobe author of the book (Tareeh al-Yaqoobe), that you questioned about. All of them or some of them attributed to at-tashayu”.

http://www.aqaed.com/faq/541/

Moreover, lets quote two Sunni scholars here also:

Ibn Khaldun says about Waqidi and Masudi’s books
وإن كان في كتب المسعودي والواقدي من المطعن والمغمز ما هو معروف ومشهور بين الحفظة الثقات
In the books of Masudi and Waqidi are such wrong narrations, which are famous (for their wrong in nature) amongst the thiqat.
Muqaddima, Ibn Khaldun, p. 9

Shaikh ul Islam, Ibn Taymiyah says:
وفي تاريخ المسعودي من الأكاذيب ما لا يحصيه إلا الله تعالى
In the Tarikh Masudi are so many lies which can be counted only by Allah
Minhaj al sunnah, 4/84

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