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Chapter 2

باب صفة العلم وفضله وفضل العلماء


Chapter on the attribute of knowledge and its virtue, and the virtue of the learned


9 - الحسين بن محمد، عن أحمد بن اسحاق، عن سعدان بن مسلم، عن معاوية ابن عمار قالقلت لابي عبدالله (عليه السلام): رجل راوية لحديثكم يبث ذلك في الناس ويشدده في قلوبهم وقلوب شيعتكم ولعل عابدا من شيعتكم ليست له هذه الرواية أيهما أفضل؟ قالالرواية لحديثنا يشد به قلوب شيعتنا أفضل من ألف عابد.


9 – al-Husayn b. Muhammad from Ahmad b. Ishaq from Sa`dan b. Muslim from Mu`awiya b. `Ammar.  He said: I said to Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام: A man who is a narrator of your hadith, spreading that amongst the people and strengthening it in the hearts of your Shi`a, and perhaps a worshipper from your Shi`a who does not have this narration, which of them is better?  He said: The narrator of our hadith strengthening the hearts of our Shi`a by it is better than a thousand worshipers.