Intro

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


By the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful


1- حمدويه بن نصير الكشي، قال حدثنا محمد بن الحسين بن أبي الخطاب، عن محمد بن سنان، عن حذيفة بن منصور، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلامقال : اعرفوا منازل الرجال منا على قدر رواياتهم عنا.


1 – Hamdawayh b. Nusayr al-Kashshi said: Muhammad b. al-Husayn b. Abi ‘l-Khattab narrated to us from Muhammad b. Sinan from Hudhayfa b. Mansur from Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام.  He said: Recognize the ranks of the rijal from us by the amount of their narrations from us.


2- محمد بن سعد الكشي بن مزيد و أبو جعفر محمد بن أبي عوف البخاري، قالا حدثنا أبو علي محمد بن أحمد بن حماد المروزي المحمودي، رفعه، قال : قال الصادق (عليه السلاماعرفوا منازل شيعتنا بقدر ما يحسنون من رواياتهم عنا، فإنا لا نعد الفقيه منهم فقيها حتى يكون محدثا.

فقيل له أ و يكون المؤمن محدثا قال يكون مفهما و المفهم محدث.


2 – Muhammad b. Sa`d al-Kashshi b. Mazid and Abu Ja`far Muhammad b. Abi `Awf al-Bukhari said: Abu `Ali Muhammad b. Ahmad b. Hammad al-Maruszi al-Mahmudi narrated to us going up to him.  He said: as-Sadiq عليه السلام said: Recognize the ranks of our Shi`a by the amount of what they excel in their narrations from us, for verily we do not count the faqih from them to be a faqih until he is a muhaddith.

So it was said to him: And is the believer a muhaddith?  He said: He is a mufahhim (one who understands) and the mufahhim is a muhaddith.


3- إبراهيم بن محمد بن العباس الختلي، قال حدثنا أحمد بن إدريس القمي المعلم، قال حدثني أحمد بن محمد بن يحيى بن عمران، قال حدثني سليمان الخطابي، قال حدثني محمد بن محمد، عن بعض رجاله، عن محمد بن حمران العجلي، عن علي بن حنظلة، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلامقال : اعرفوا منازل الناس منا على قدر رواياتهم عنا.


3 – Ibrahim b. Muhammad b. al-`Abbas al-Khatli (?) said: Ahmad b. Idris al-Qummi the teacher narrated to us.  He said: Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Yahya b. `Imran narrated to us.  He said: Sulayman al-Khattabi narrated to me.  He said: Muhammad b. Muhammad narrated to me from one of his rijal from Muhammad b. Hamran al-`Ijli from `Ali b. Hanzhala from Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام.  He said: Recognize the ranks of the people upon the amount of their narrations from us.


4- حمدويه و إبراهيم ابنا نصير، قالا حدثنا محمد بن إسماعيل الرازي،قال حدثني علي حبيب المدايني، عن علي بن سويد السائي، قال : كتب إلي أبو الحسن الأول و هو في السجن، و أما ما ذكرت يا علي ممن تأخذ معالم دينك لا تأخذن معالم دينك عن غير شيعتنا فإنك إن تعديتهم أخذت دينك عن الخائنين الذين خانوا الله و رسوله و خانوا أماناتهم، إنهم اؤتمنوا على كتاب الله جل و علا فحرفوه و بدلوه فعليهم لعنة الله و لعنة رسوله و لعنة ملائكته و لعنة آبائي الكرام البررة و لعنتي و لعنة شيعتي إلى يوم القيامة في كتاب طويل.


4 – Hamdawayh and Ibrahim the sons of Nusayr said: Muhammad b. Isma`il ar-Razi narrated to us.  He said:   `Ali Habib al-Mada’ini narrated to me from `Ali b. Suwayd as-Sa’ee.  He said: Abu ‘l-Hasan the First wrote to me while he was in prison: And as to what you have mentioned, O `Ali, regarding from whom you are to take the guideposts of your religion, do not take the guideposts of your religion from other than our Shi`a, for verily if you have gone beyond them, you will have taken your religion from the betrayers who betrayed Allah and His Messenger and who betrayed their trusts.  Verily they were entrusted with the book of Allah جل و علا and they distorted it and changed it. So upon them is the curse of Allah and the curse of His Messenger and the curse of His angels and the curse of my noble righteous fathers and my curse and the curse of my Shi`a until the day of the resurrection – in a  long writing.


5- محمد بن مسعود بن محمد، قال حدثني علي بن محمد بن فيروزان القمي، قال حدثنا أحمد بن محمد بن خالد البرقي، قال حدثنا أحمد بن محمد بن أبي نصر، عن إسماعيل بن جابر، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلامقال، : قال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلميحمل هذا الدين في كل قرن عدول ينفون عنه تأويل المبطلين و تحريف الغالين و انتحال الجاهلين كما ينفي الكير خبث الحديد.


5 – Muhammad b. Mas`ud b. Muhammad said: `Ali b. Muhammad b. Firuzan al-Qummi narrated to me.  He said: Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Khalid al-Barqi narrated to us.  He said: Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Abi Nasr narrated to us from Isma`il b. Jabir from Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام. He said: The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله said: In every age, upright people will bear this religion negating from it the interpretation of the liars and the distortion of the extremists and the plagiarism of the ignorant as the bellows negates the dross of the iron.


6- محمد بن مسعود، قال حدثني علي بن محمد، قال حدثني أحمد بن محمد البرقي، عن أبيه، عمن ذكره، عن زيد الشحام، عن أبي جعفر (عليه السلامفي قوله تعالى فَلْيَنْظُرِ الْإِنْسانُ إِلى طَعامِهِ قال : إلى علمه الذي يأخذه عمن يأخذه.


6 – Muhammad b. Mas`ud said: `Ali b. Muhammad narrated to me.  He said: Ahmad b. Muhammad al-Barqi narrated to me from his father from the one whom he mentioned from Zayd ash-Shahham from Abu Ja`far عليه السلام regarding His تعالى saying “So let man look to his food”. He said: To his knowledge which he take it from whom he takes it.


7- أبو محمد جبريل بن محمد الفاريابي، قال حدثني موسى بن جعفر بن وهب، قال حدثني أبو الحسن أحمد بن حاتم بن ماهويه، قال : كتبت إليه يعني أبا الحسن الثالث (عليه السلامأسأله عمن آخذ معالم ديني و كتب أخوه أيضا بذلك فكتب إليهما فهمت ما ذكرتما فاصمدا في دينكما على مسن في حبنا و كل كبير التقدم في أمرنا، فإنهم كافوكما إن شاء الله تعالى.


7 – Abu Muhammad Jibra’il b. Muhammad al-Fariyabi said: Musa b. Ja`far b. Wahb narrated to me.  He said: Abu ‘l-Hasan Ahmad b. Hatim b. Mahuwayh narrated to me.  He said: I wrote to him, meaning Abu ‘l-Hasan the Third عليه السلام, asking him about from whom I should take the guideposts of my religion.  And his brother also wrote about that.  So he wrote to them both: I have understood what you mentioned, so betake in your religion to an elder in our love and every old (or, eminent, great) one of precedence in our affair, for verily they are sufficient for you, إن شاء الله تعالى


8- نصر بن الصباح البلخي، قال حدثنا أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى، عن الحسين بن سعيد، عن إسماعيل بن بزيع، عن أبي الجارود، قال : قلت للأصبغ بن نباتة ما كان منزلة هذا الرجل فيكم قال ما أدري ما تقول إلا أن سيوفنا كانت على عواتقنا فمن أومى إليه ضربناه بها، و كان يقول لنا تشرطوا فو الله ما اشتراطكم لذهب و لا لفضة و ما اشتراطكم إلا للموت، إن قوما من قبلكم من بني إسرائيل تشارطوا بينهم فما مات أحد منهم حتى كان نبي قومه أو نبي قريته أو نبي نفسه، و إنكم لبمنزلتهم غير أنكم لستم بأنبياء.


8 – Nasr b. as-Sabah al-Balkhi said: Ahmad b. Muhammad b. `Isa narrated to us from al-Husayn b. Sa`id from Isma`il b. Bazi` from Abu ‘l-Jarud.  He said: I said to al-Asbagh b. Nabatah: What was the status of this man amongst you.  He said: I do not know what you are saying except that our swords were upon our shoulders, so whoever he gestured to we struck him with it. And he would say to us: You mark yourselves, for by Allah, your marking is not for gold and not for silver and your marking is not but for death.  Verily a group before you from the children of Israel marked themselves amongst them, and not one of them died until he was the prophet of his people or the prophet of his village or the prophet of himself.  And verily you are of their statuses except that you are not prophets.


9- محمد بن مسعود العياشي، و أبو عمرو بن عبد العزيز، قالا حدثنا محمد بن نصير، قال حدثنا محمد بن عيسى، عن أبي الحسن الغزلي عن غياث الهمداني عن بشر بن عمرو الهمداني قال : مر بنا أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلامفقال اكتتبوا في هذه الشرطة فو الله لا غنى بعدهم إلا شرطة النار إلا من عمل بمثل أعمالهم.


9 – Muhammad b. Mas`ud al-`Ayyashi and Abu `Amr b. `Abd al-`Aziz said: Muhammad b. Nusayr narrated to us.  He said: Muhammad b. `Isa narrated to us from Abu ‘l-Hasan al-Ghazli from Ghiyath al-Hamdani from Bishr b. `Amr al-Hamdani.  He said: Amir al-Mu’mineen عليه السلام passed by us and he said: Write regarding this shurta (the choice men of the army, who mark themselves for victory or death), for by Allah there is no wealth after them but a shurta of the Fire except for whoever does the likes of their acts.


10- و روى عن أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلامأنه قال لعبد الله بن يحيى الحضرمي يوم الجمل : أبشر يا ابن يحيى فأنت و أبوك من شرطة الخميس حقا، لقد أخبرني رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمباسمك و اسم أبيك في شرطة الخميس و الله سماكم شرطة الخميس على لسان نبيه (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) .

و ذكر أن شرطة الخميس كانوا ستة آلاف رجل أو خمسة آلاف.


10 – And it is narrated from Amir al-Mu’mineen عليه السلام that he said to `Abdullah b. Yahya al-Hadrami on the day of the camel: Glad tidings, O son of Yahya, for you and your father are truly from the shurtat al-khamis.  The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله had informed me of your name and the name of your father in the shurtat al-khamis.  By Allah, you were named the shurtat al-khamis upon the tongue of His Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله.

And it is mentioned that the shurtat al-khamis were six thousand men or five thousand.


11- و ذكر هشام، عن أبي خالد الكابلي، عن أبي جعفر (عليه السلامقال : كان علي بن أبي طالب (عليه السلامعندكم بالعراق يقاتل عدوه و معه أصحابه و ما كان فيهم خمسون رجلا يعرفونه حق معرفته، و حق معرفة إمامته


11 – And Hisham mentioned from Abu Khalid al-Kabuli from Abu Ja`far عليه السلام.  He said: `Ali b. Abi Talib عليه السلام was with you in `Iraq fighting his enemy, and with him were his companions.  And there was not amongst them fifty men who recognized him with the right (or, truth) of his recognition.  And the right of his recognition is his Imamate.