16. God took four looks at the world

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4-25 حدثنا أبوالحسن محمد بن علي بن الشاه قال: حدثنا أبوحامد قال: حدثنا أبويزيد أحمد بن خالد الخالدي قال: حدثنا محمد بن أحمد بن صالح التميمي، عن أبيه قال: حدثنا محمد بن حاتم القطان، عن حماد بن عمرو، عن جعفر بن محمد، عن أبيه عن جده، عن علي بن أبي طالب عليهم السلام عن النبي صلى الله عليه وآله أنه قال في وصيته له: يا علي إن الله عز وجل أشرف على الدنيا فاختارني منها على رجال العالمين، ثم اطلع الثانية فاختارك على رجال العالمين بعدي، ثم اطلع الثالثة فاختار الائمة من ولدك على رجال العالمين بعدك، ثم اطلع الرابعة فاختار فاطمة على نساء العالمين


4-25 Abul Hassan Muhammad ibn Ali ibn ash-Shah narrated that Abu Hamid quoted Abu Yazid Ahmad ibn Khalid al-Khalidy, on the authority of Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Salih al-Tamimy, on the authority of his father, on the authority of Muhammad ibn Hatam al-Qat’tan, on the authority of Hammad ibn Amr, on the authority of Ja’far ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq (MGB), on the authority of his father (MGB), on the authority of his grandfather (MGB), on the authority of Ali ibn Abi Talib (MGB) that in his will to Ali (MGB) God’s Prophet (MGB) said, “O Ali! The Honorable the Exalted God took a look at the world and selected me from among all the men in the world. Then He took a second look and selected you from among the men of this world. Then He took a third look and selected the Immaculate Divine Leaders who are your descendants from among the men of this world. Then He took a fourth look and selected Fatimah from among the women of this world.”