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Report about the Tablet and the Names of the Infallible Imams (A.S.)

When Imam al-Bāqir (A.S.) was in his sickbed, he summoned his son, Imam al-Sadiq (A.S.) to appoint him as his successor. Imam al-Bāqir’s brother, Zayd b. ‘Alī said, “It would not be unwarranted if you treated me like al-Hasan and al-Husayn(meaning made me your successor).” His holiness answered: “Trusts are not tied to examples and caliphates are not run by customs; rather, they are matters already predetermined concerning the proofs

#7716;ujja) of the Almighty and Glorious Allāh.”
Then, his holiness called in Jābir b. ‘Abd Allāh Anṣārī and told him: “O Jābir! Tell the story of that Sahīfa (scroll) that you saw.” Jābir said, “Yes, I went to my lady Fāṭima (A.S.), daughter of the Apostle of Allāh (S.A.W.), to congratulate her for the birth of al-Husayn(A.S.). I saw a scroll radiating in her hand; I asked: “O Chief of the ladies! What is in your hand?” She said, “There are the names of the leaders and Imams from among my children in it.” (In another ḥadīth, she is quoted as saying: “This is a tablet that the Almighty and Glorious Allāh gave to His Messenger, and there are in it the names of my father, my husband, two sons, and the names of the successors from among my children. My father gave it to me to make me delighted.)
Jābir went on to say: “I asked her to give it to me to see. She said, “I would give it to you, if it were not forbidden, but nobody except the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.), or his successor, or his Ahl al-Bayt would not touch it. However, you may take a glance inside it.” Jābir said, “I took a look and saw there was written: Abū al-Qāsim Muhammad b. ‘Abd Allāh al-Muṣṭafā, whose mother is Āmina; Abū al-Ḥasan ‘Alī b. Abī Ṭālib al-Murtaḍā, whose mother is Fāṭima bint Asad b. Hāshim b. ‘Abd Manāf; Abū Muhammad al-Ḥasan b. ‘Alī al-Birr, Abū ‘Abd Allāh al-Husayn b. ‘Alī al-Taqī, whose mothers are Fāṭima daughter of Muhammad(S.A.W.); Abū Muhammad‘Alī b. al-Husayn al-‘Adl, whose mother is Shahrbānū daughter of Yazdgerd ; Abū Ja‘far Muhammad b. ‘Alī al-Bāqir, whose mother is Umm ‘Abd Allāh daughter of Hasan b. ‘Alī b. Abī Tālib; Abū ‘Abd Allāh Ja‘far b. Muhammad al-Sadiq, whose mother is Umm Farwah daughter of Qāsim b. Muhammad b. Abī Bakr; Abū Ibrāhīm Mūsā b. Ja‘far, whose mother is a female slave (jāriya) named Ḥamīda; Abū al-Ḥasan ‘Alī b. Mūsā al-Riḍā, whose mother is a female slave named Najma; Abū Ja‘far Muhammad b. ‘Alī al-Zakī, whose mother is a female slave named Khayzurān; Abū al-Hasan ‘Alī b. Muhammad al-Amīn, whose mother is a female slave named Susan; Abū Muhammad Hasan b. ‘Alī al-Rafīq, whose mother is a female slave named Samāna whose patronymic is Umm al-Ḥasan; Abū al-Qāsim Muhammad b. al-Hasan, who is the Authority of Allāh (Hujjat Allāh), the Upriser (Qā’im), whose mother is a female slave named Narjis – may Allāh’s peace and blessings be upon them all.”
The author says: the account of the above writing is related in numerous traditions and some Shī‘a dignitaries such as Shaykh al-Sadūq (ra), Shaykh al-Tūsī, Shaykh al-Mufīd, Shaykh al-Tabarsī (Tabrisī) al-Nu‘mānī, al-Kulaynī, and others have reported its content with slight differences in their own books.
Reference:
Story of the Sun
A Look at Imam al-Reza's Life
Author: Sayyid Muhammad Najafi Yazdi
Translated by: Ahmad Rezwani
Published by: Islamic Research Foundation, Astan Quds Razavi, Mashhad - I.R. Iran

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