121. The reason due to which one of the Imams (asws) came out with the sword, and one (asws) of them (asws) necessitated sitting at his (asws) house, and one (asws) of them (asws) manifested his (asws) command, and one (asws) of them (asws) concealed his (asws) command, and one (asws) of them (asws) publicised the knowledges, and one (asws) of them (asws) did not publicise it

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أبى رحمه الله قال: حدثنا عبد الله بن جعفر الحميري، عن ابى القاسم الهاشمي، عن عبيد بن قيس الانصاري قال: حدثنا الحسن بن سماعة عن ابى عبد الله عليه السلام قال: نزل جبرئيل " ع " على رسول صلى الله عليه وآله بصحيفة من السماء لم ينزل الله تعالى كتابا قبله ولا بعده وفيه خواتيم من الذهب فقال له: يا محمد هذه وصيتك إلى النجيب من أهلك، فقال له يا جبرئيل من النجيب من أهلي؟ قال علي بن أبي طالب مره إذا توفيت ان يفك خاتمها ويعمل بما فيه فلما قبض رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله فك علي " ع " خاتما ثم عمل بما فيه وما تعداه، ثم دفعها إلى الحسن بن علي عليه السلام ففك خاتما وعمل بما فيه وما تعداه، ثم دفعها إلى الحسين بن علي " ع " ففك خاتما فوجد فيه: اخرج بقوم إلى الشهادة لهم معك واشر نفسك لله فعمل بما فيه وما تعداه ثم دفعها إلى رجل بعده ففك خاتما فوجد فيه أطرق واصمت والزم منزلك واعبد ربك حتى يأتيك اليقين، ثم دفعها إلى رجل بعده ففك خاتما فوجد فيه: ان حدث الناس وافتهم وانشر علم آبائك، فعمل بما فيه وما تعداه. ثم دفعها إلى رجل بعده ففك خاتما فوجد فيه: ان حدث الناس وافتهم وصدق آبائك ولا تخافن إلا الله فإنك في حرز من الله وضمان. وهو يدفعها إلى رجل بعده ويدفعها من بعده إلى من بعده إلى يوم القيامة.


1. My father said, ‘Abdullah Bin Ja’far Al Humeyri narrated to us, from Abu Al Qasim Al Hashimy, from Ubeyd Bin Qays Al Ansary, from Al Hassan Bin Sama’at, Abu Abdullah (a.s.) has said: ‘Jibraeel (as) descended unto Rasool-Allah (saww) with a Parchment from the sky. Allah (azwj) had not Send down a writing before it nor after it, and in it were seals of gold. So he (as) said to him (saww): ‘O Muhammad (saww)! This here is your (saww) bequest to the most excellent one of your (saww) family’. So he (saww) said to him (as): ‘O Jibraeel (as)! Who is the most excellent one from my (saww) family?’ He (as) said: ‘Ali (a.s.) Bin Abu Talib (as). Order him (a.s.), that when you (saww) pass away, he (a.s.) should break its seal and act in accordance with whatever is in it’. So when Rasool-Allah (saww) passed away, Ali (a.s.) broke its seal, then acted in accordance with what was in it, and did not exceed it. Then he (a.s.) handed it over to Al-Hassan (a.s.) Bin Ali (a.s.). So he (as) broke its seal and acted in accordance with what was in it, and did not exceed it. Then he (a.s.) handed it over to Al-Husayn (a.s.) Bin Ali (a.s.), so he (a.s.) broke its seal, and found in it (written): ‘Go out with a people to the martyrdom for them along with you (a.s.), and sacrifice your (a.s.) self for the Sake of Allah (azwj)’. So he (a.s.) acted in accordance with what was in it, and did not exceed it. Then he (a.s.) handed it over to a man from after him (a.s.), so he (a.s.) broke its seal, and found (written in it): ‘Remain silent, and be quiet, [15:99] And worship your Lord until there comes to you certainty’. Then he (a.s.) handed it over to a man from after him (a.s.), so he (a.s.) broke its seal, and found (written) in it: ‘Narrate to the people, and meet with them, and publicise the Knowledge of your (a.s.) forefathers (a.s.)’. So he (a.s.) acted in accordance with what was in it, and did not exceed it. Then he (a.s.) handed it over to a man from after him (a.s.), so he (a.s.) broke its seal and found (written) in it: ‘Narrate to the people, and meet with them, and ratify your (a.s.) forefathers (a.s.), and do not fear except Allah (azwj), for you (a.s.) are in the Protection of Allah (azwj) and His (azwj) Responsibility’. And it would be handed it over to a man from after him (a.s.), and handed over to a man from after him (a.s.), to a man from after him (a.s.), until the Day of Judgement’.