Chapter 14

باب ابطال إمامة إسماعيل بن جعفر


The invalidation of the Imamate of Ismāʿīl b. Jaʿfar


59 - أحمد بن إدريس ومحمد بن يحيى: عن محمد بن عبدالجبار، عن ابن أبي نجران، عن الحسين بن المختار، عن الوليد بن صبيح، قال: جاء‌ني رجل فقال: تعال، حتى أريك أين الرجل، قال: فذهبت معهقال: فجاء بي إلى قوم يشربون، فيهم إسماعيل بن جعفرقال: فخرجت مغموما، فجئت إلى الحجر، فاذا إسماعيل بن جعفر متعلق بالبيت، يبكي، قد بل أستار الكعبة بدموعهقال: فرجعت، وأسندت فاذا إسماعيل جالس مع القوم، فرجعت، فاذا هو آخذ بأستار الكعبة قد بلها بدموعهقال: فذكرت ذلك لابي عبدالله عليه السلام، فقال: لقد ابتلي ابني بشيطان يتمثل في صورته.


59 – Aḥmad b. Idrīs and Muḥammad b. Yaḥyā from Muḥammad b. ʿAbd al-Jabbār from Ibn Abī Najrān from al-Ḥusayn b. al-Mukhtār from al-Walīd b. Ṣabīḥ.

He said: A man came to me, and he said: Come, until I show you where the man is.  

He said: So I went with him.

He said: He brought me to a group who were drinking, amongst them was Ismāʿīl b. Jaʿfar.

He said: I went out distressed, and I came to the Ḥajar.  And there was Ismāʿīl b. Jaʿfar clinging onto the House, crying, having wet the covers of the Kaʿba by his tears.

He said: I returned, and I leaned (?, aggravated in al-ʿIlal), and there was Ismāʿīl sitting with the group.  I returned, and there he was holding onto the covers of the Kaʿba, having wet it with his tears.

He said: So I mentioned that to Abū ʿAbdillāh عليه السلام.  

He said: Indeed my son is being tried through the Shayṭān who is presenting himself in his form.


Translator's note: The explanation of this narration is that Shayṭān is unable to assume the form of a prophet or the waṣī of a prophet. Therefore, since he was able to do so in regards to his feigning to be Ismāʿīl in the event above (i.e. as the one who was drinking in the group), the latter could not therefore be an Imam.