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Hadith of Silsilat al-Dhahab

When Imam al-Reza(A.S.) was leaving Nayshābūr, a group of scholars of ḥadīth, including Muhammad b. al-Rāfi‘, Ahmad b. al-Hārith, Yahyā b. al-Yahyā, and Ishāq b. al-Rahuwayh held the bridle of Imam al-Reza (A.S.) camel and said, “We swear you to your purified forefathers to narrate a ḥadīth from your father to us.” It is also related in a ḥadīth that Abū Zar‘a and Muhammad b. Aslam, both memorizers of Holy Prophetic traditions, said to his holiness: “O noble son of the noble! O Imam Son of the Imams! O pure and praiseworthy summation of the Holy Prophets! We swear you to your purified forefathers and your noble ancestors to show us your blessed face and recite a ḥadīth from your forefathers to us as a keepsake from you.”
At this time, the Imam’s camel halted, the curtain [of the camel litter] was pulled away and the Muslims’ eyes glistened at the sight of his blessed radiant face. The hair hanging from both sides of the Imam’s head was like those of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.); some of the (excited) people who were standing there were crying and weeping and tearing their clothes and prostrating on the ground. Some were kissing the bridle of his camel and others were stretching their necks to better see the face of his holiness. The people waited there until noon, as tears were rolling down their eyes like little brooks. The dignitaries and judges shouted: ‘O people! Listen and surrender your hearts; do not disturb the Holy Prophet (S.AW.) concerning his household. Then, while 24 thousand pens were ready to write down, Imam al-Reza(A.S.) said, “I have heard my father – that competent servant of God – Mūsā b. Ja‘far (A.S.) saying that he heard from his father Ja‘far b. Muhammad al-Sadiq (A.S.) saying that he heard his father Muhammad b. ‘Alī (A.S.) saying that he heard from his father ‘Alī b. al-Husayn(A.S.) saying that he heard from his father al-Husayn b. ‘Alī (A.S.) saying that he heard from his father ‘Alī b. ‘Abī Ṭālib (A.S.) saying that he heard from the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) saying that he heard from Gabriel saying that Allāh told him: ‘I am God. There is no god but Me. Worship Me then. The phrase Lā ilāha illā Allāh is My fortress, whoever sincerely utters it, may enter My fortress, and whoever enters My fortress shall be secure from My punishment’. When they moved on, the Imam (A.S.) said out loud: ‘There are certain conditions to this (the entrance to the fortress) and I am one of its conditions.”
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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