9. "My brothers are those who believe in me without ever having seen me" said the Prophet (SAW)

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9 - قال: أخبرني أبو حفص عمر بن محمد قال: حدثنا أبو عبد الله جعفر بن محمد بن جعفر الحسني قال: حدثنا أبو موسى عيسى بن مهران قال: حدثنا أبو يشكر البلخي قال: حدثنا موسى بن عبيدة، عن محمد بن كعب القرظي عن عوف بن مالك قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله ذات يوم: يا ليتني قد لقيت إخواني، فقال له أبو بكر وعمر: أو لسنا إخوانك؟ آمنا بك وهاجرنا معك؟ قال صلى الله عليه وآله: قد آمنتم وهاجرتم وياليتني قد لقيت إخواني، فأعادا القول؟ فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم: أنتم أصحابي [و] لكن إخواني الذين يأتون من بعدكم يؤمنون بي ويحبوني وينصروني ويصدقوني وما رأوني، فيا ليتني قد لقيت إخواني.

9. He said: Abu Hafs Umar ibn Muhammad reported to me from Abu Abdillah Ja’far ibn Muhammad ibn Ja’far al-Hasani who reported from Abu Musa Isa ibn Mahran, who reported from Abu Yashkur al-Balkhi, who reported from Musa ibn Ubaidah, from Muhammad ibn Ka’b al-Qurzi, from Awf ibn Malik, that: The Prophet, peace be upon him and his progeny, once said: "How eager am I to meet my brothers." So Abu Bakr and Umar said: "Are we not your brothers? We have believed in you, and migrated with you." The Prophet, peace be upon him and his progeny, said: "No doubt, you have believed and migrated, yet I am eager to meet my brothers." Then he repeated the statement. Then he said: "You are my companions. But my brothers are those who will come after you have gone. They will believe in me, love me, help me, and confirm me - without ever having seen me. How I wish to meet my brothers!"