199. The reason due to which the People of the Book carry their dead ones to Syria

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أبى رحمه الله قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله عن احمد بن محمد عن الحسن ابن علي بن فضال عن ابى الحسن عليه السلام انه قال: احتبس القمر عن بنى اسرائيل فأوحى الله إلى موسى ان اخرج عظام يوسف من مصر ووعده طلوع القمر إذا أخرج عظامه، فسئل موسى عمن يعلم موضع قبر يوسف فقيل له هاهنا عجوز تعلم علمه فبعث إليها فاتى بعجوز مقعدة عمياء فقال لها أتعرفين موضع قبر يوسف! قالت نعم، قال فاخبريني به قالت: لا، حتى تعطيني أربع خصال: تطلق لي رجلى وتعيد إلي بصرى وتعيد إلي شبابى وتجعلنى معك في الجنة قال: فكبر ذلك على موسى قال فأوحى الله عز وجل إليه يا موسى إعطها ما سألت فانك انما تعطى على فعل فدلته عليه فاستخرجه من شاطئ النيل في صندوق مرمر، فلما أخرجه طلع القمر فحمله إلى الشام، فلذلك تحمل أهل الكتاب موتاهم إلى الشام.


1. My father said, ‘Sa’ad Bin Abdullah narrated to us, from Ahmad Bin Muhammad, from Al Hassan Ibn Ali Bin Fazal, Abu Al-Hassan (a.s.) has said: ‘The moonlight was Withheld from the Chidlren of Israel. So Allah (azwj) Revealed unto Musa (as): “Extract the bones of Yusuf (as) from Egypt and I (azwj) Promise you (as) the moonrise”. When he (as) extracted his (as) bones, so Musa (as) asked around about the one who would know the place of the grave of Yusuf (as). So it was said to him (as), ‘Over there is an old woman, she has the knowledge of it’. So he (as) sent for her, so they came with the old woman who was crippled and blind. So he (as) said to her: ‘Do you recognise the place of the grave of Yusuf (as)?’ She said, ‘Yes’. He (as) said: ‘So inform me of it’. She said, ‘No, until you (as) give me four characteristics – Fire up my feet for me, and return my eyesight to me, and return to me my youth, and make me to be with you (as) in the Paradise’. He (a.s.) said: ‘So that was grievous upon Musa (as), and Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic Revealed unto him (as): “O Musa (as)! Give her what she is asking for, for you (as) would be giving her upon a deed, so she would direct you (as) to it”. So he (as) extracted him (as) from the shores of the Nile in a gypsum box. So when he (as) extracted him (as), the moon rose. So he (as) carried him (as) to Syria. Thus, it is due to that, the People of the Book tend to carry their dead to Syria’.