4. The master of Arabs

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4 - قال: أخبرني أبو بكر محمد بن عمر بن سالم قال: حدثني علي بن إسماعيل أبو الحسن الأطروش قال: حدثنا محمد بن خلف المقري قال: حدثنا حسين الأشقر قال: حدثنا قيس بن الربيع، عن أبيه، عن عبد الرحمن بن أبي ليلى، عن الحسين بن علي بن أبي طالب عليهما السلام قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم: يا أنس ادع لي سيد العرب، فقال: يا رسول الله ألست سيد العرب؟ قال: أنا سيد ولد آدم وعلي سيد العرب ، فدعا عليا فلما جاء علي عليه السلام، قال: يا أنس ادع لي الأنصار، فجاؤوا فقال النبي صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم: يا معشر الأنصار هذا علي سيد العرب فأحبوه لحبي وأكرموه لكرامتي، فإن جبرئيل عليه السلام أخبرني عن الله عز وجل ما أقول لكم.


4. He said: Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Umar ibn Salim reported to me from ‘Ali ibn Ismail Abul Hasan al-Atrush, who reported from Muhammad ibn Khalaf al-Muqri, who reported from Husayn al-Ashqar, who reported from Qais ibn al-Rabi’, who reported from his father, from Abdul Rehman ibn Abi Layla, from al-Husayn ibn ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (as), that: The Prophet, peace be upon him and his progeny, (once) said: "O Anas! Send for the master of Arabs to come to me." He said: "O messenger of Allah, are you not the master of Arabs?" He said: "I am the master of all children of Adam, and ‘Ali is the master of Arabs." So, he sent for ‘Ali (as) and when he arrived, the Prophet said: "Ask the Ansar (the helpers) to assemble." When they arrived, the Prophet, peace be upon him and his progeny, said: "O people of Ansar, this is ‘Ali, the master of Arabs, love him for the sake of my love, and honour him for the sake of my honour. Surely, what I tell you is exactly what Jibraeel has revealed to me from Allah, Most High."