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Chapter 70

Tacit and Explicit Testimony as proof of abu ‘Abdallah Ja‘far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq’s (a.s.) Divine Authority over the people after Muhammad ibn Ali ibn al-Husayn (a.s.)

H 790, Ch. 70, h 1

Al-Husayn ibn Muhammad has narrated from Mu‘alla ibn Muhammad from al-Washsha’ from Aban ibn ‘Uthman from abu al-Sabbah al-Kinani who has said the following. "Abu Ja‘far (a.s.) looked at abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) who was walking. The Imam (a.s.) said, ‘Do you see this (person)? This is of those about whom Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, has said, "However, We have decided to grant a favor to the suppressed ones by appointing them leaders and heirs of the land," (28:5):

H 791, Ch. 70, h 2

Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from ibn abu ‘Umayr from Hisham ibn Salim from abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) who has said the following. "When myfather was about to leave this world he said, "O Ja‘far, I recommend you to be good to my companions." I then said, "May Allah take my soul in service for your cause, by Allah, I will educated them as such that in any city where any of them would live he would not need to ask others for knowledge (of religion)."

H 792, Ch. 70, h 3

Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from ibn abu ‘Umayr from Hisham ibn al-Muthanna from Sadir al-Sayrafi who has said that he heard abu Ja‘far (a.s.) say the following. "It is part of the success of a man to have a child who is similar to his father physically, ethically and in good characters. I do not know anyone more similar to me physically, ethically and in good characters than this son of mine, (meaning thereby abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.).

H 793, Ch. 70, h 4

A number of our people has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from Ali ibn al-Hakam from Tahir who has said the following. "Once I was in the presence of abu Ja‘far (a.s.) when Ja‘far (a.s.) came. Abu Ja‘far (a.s.) said, "This (Ja‘far ) is the best of the people or the best of best among them."

H 794, Ch. 70, h 5

Ahmad ibn Muhammad has narrated from Muhammad ibn Khalid from some of our people from Yunus ibn Ya‘qub from Tahir who has said the following. "Once I was in the presence of abu Ja‘far (a.s.) when Ja‘far (a.s.) came. Abu Ja‘far (a.s.) said, "This (Ja‘far ) is the best of the people."

H 795, Ch. 70, h 6

Ahmad ibn Mihran has narrated from Muhammad ibn Ali from Fudayl ibn ‘Uthman from who has said the following. "Once I was in the presence of abu Ja‘far (a.s.) that Ja‘far (a.s.) came. Abu Ja‘far (a.s.) said, "This (Ja‘far) is the best of the people."

H 796, Ch. 70, h 7

Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from ibn Mahbub from Hisham ibn Salim from Jabur ibn Yazid al-Ju‘fiy who has said the following. "A question was asked (from abu Ja‘far (a.s.) about al-Qa’im (the twelfth Imam (a.s.). He (abu Ja‘far) tapped (at the shoulder of) abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) and said, "This, by Allah, is the Qa’im (one who will establish the kingdom of Allah) of the family of Muhammad (s.a.)." ‘Anbasa has said, "when abu Ja‘far passed away, went to see abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) and told him of what I had heard (from Jabur). The Imam (a.s.) said, "Jabur has spoken the truth." He then said, "You perhaps think that the every succeeding Imam after a preceding Imam is not al-Qa’im (also meaning the one who obeys and serves Allah)."

H 797, Ch. 70, h 8

Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from Muhammad ibn ‘Isa from Yunus ibn ‘Abd al-Rahman from ‘Abd al-A‘la from abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) who has said the following. "My father entrusted me with all that is there (the sacred objects inherited from the prophets such as directive wills etc.). When he was about to leave this world, he asked me to call for him a few people to bear testimony. I then called for him four people from Quraysh among them was Nafi‘ Mawla ‘Abdallah ibn ‘Umar. He then said, "Write down: This is (like) what was the directive will of Jacob to his sons, "My sons, God has chosen this religion for you. You must not leave this world unless you are a Muslim (submitted to the will of the Lord of the Universe)." (2:132). Muhammad ibn Ali has recommended Ja‘far ibn Muhammad in his directive will and commands him to shroud him with his gown with which he would [erform his prayers on Fridays and prepare a turban for him out of his own turban. That he should shape his grave squirely and raise it four inches from the ground and open the knots of from all ends of his shroud when it is to bury him. Then he said to the testimony bearers, "You may go now, may Allah bless you." I then asked him after they had left, "O father, you did not need to make a will for such matters." He said, "My son, I did not like when you will be over come they would say, "No directive will was made in his favor." I just wanted to establish a defence authority in your favor."

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