7. The servant who stays in the Fire for seventy lifetimes

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24-9 حدثنا أبي رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا محمد بن يحيى العطار قال: حدثنا محمد بن أحمد بن يحيى، عن الحسن بن علي الكوفي، عن العباس بن عامر، عن أحمد ابن رزق، عن يحيى بن أبي العلاء، عن جابر، عن أبي جعفر عليه السلام قال: إن عبدا مكث في النار سبعين خريفا والخريف سبعون سنة ثم إنه سأل الله عز وجل بحق محمد وأهل بيته إلا رحمتني، فأوحى الله عز وجل إلى جبرئيل عليه السلام أن اهبط إلى عبدي فأخرجه، قال: يا رب وكيف لي بالهبوط في النار؟ قال: إن قد أمرتها أن تكون عليك بردا وسلاما، قال: يا رب فما علمي بموضعه؟ قال: إنه في جب من سجين، قال: فهبط في النار وهو معقول على وجهه فأخرجه فقال عز وجل: يا عبدي كم لبثت تناشدني في النار؟ فقال: ما أحصي يا رب، فقال: أما وعزتي لولا ما سألتني به لاطلت هوانك في النار، ولكنه حتم على نفسي أن لا يسألني عبد بحق محمد وأهل بيته إلا غفرت له ما كان بيني وبينه، وقد غفرت لك اليوم


24-9 (The compiler of the book narrated) that his father - may God be pleased with him - narrated that Muhammad ibn Yahya al-Attar quoted Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Yahya, on the authority of Al-Hassan ibn Ali al-Kufy, on the authority of Al-Abbas ibn Amer, on the authority of Ahmad ibn Rezq, on the authority of Yahya ibn Abil-Ala’, on the authority of Jabir that Abi Ja’far al-Baqir (MGB) said, “A servant of God will stay in the Fire for seventy lifetimes - each lifetime being seventy years. Then he will call out to the Honorable the Exalted God by Muhammad and his Holy Household to have mercy upon Him. Then the Honorable the Exalted God would reveal to Gabriel to go to His servant and take him out (of Hell). Then Gabriel would ask, ‘O my Lord! How can I descend into Hell?’ God would say, ‘I shall make the fire cool and (a means of) safety for you.’ Gabriel would ask, ‘O my Lord! I do not know where he is?’ God would say, ‘He is imprisoned in a pit.’ Gabriel would cover up his face, descend into Hell and pull him out.Then the Honorable the Exalted God would say, ‘O My servant! For how long did you stay in the stay in the Fire and call out to me?’ The servant would say, ‘O my Lord! You know best.’ God would say, ‘I swear by My Majesty that I would forgive all the sins of my servants who call me by Muhammad and his Holy Household to have mercy upon them - all that only they themselves and I know about. And I forgive your sins today.’