140. The reason due to which there is no leeway for the community except for recognising the Imam (asws) after the Prophet (saww), and they have the leeway not to recognise the Imams (as) who are before him (saww)

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أخبرني علي بن حاتم رضى الله عنه فيما كتب إلي قال: أخبرني القاسم ابن محمد قال حدثنا حمدان بن الحسين قال حدثنا الحسين بن الوليد عن ابن بكير عن حنان بن سدير قال: قلت لابي عبد الله لاي علة لم يسعنا إلا أن نعرف كل إمام بعد النبي صلى الله عليه وآله ويسعناان لا نعرف كل إمام قبل النبي صلى الله عليه وآله؟ قال لاختلاف الشرايع

1. Ali Bin Hatim infromed me with regards to what he wrote to me, from Al Qasim Ibn Muhammad, from Hamdan Bin Al Husayn, from Al Husayn Bin Al Waleed, from Ibn Bakeyr, from Hanan Bin Sudeyr who said, ‘I said to Abu Abdullah (a.s.), ‘For which reason we have not been given the leeway except that we should recognise every Imam (a.s.) after the Prophet (saww), and we have been given the leeway not to recognise every Imam (as) who was before the Prophet (saww)?’ He (a.s.) said: ‘Due to the differing in the Laws’.