59. The reason due to which the people came to be more numerous than the Children of Adam (as)

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حدثنا أبى رضى الله عنه، وقال حدثنا محمد بن يحيى العطار، عن محمد ابن احمد بن يحيى بن عمران الاشعري، عن موسى بن جعفر البغدادي عن علي ابن معبد عن عبيدالله بن عبد الله الدهقان عن درست عن أبى خالد قال: سئل أبو عبد الله عليه السلام: الناس اكثر أم بنو آدم؟ فقال: الناس قيل: وكيف ذلك؟ قال لانك إذا قلت الناس دخل آدم فيهم وإذا قلت بنو آدم فقد تركت آدم لم تدخله مع بنيه فلذلك صار الناس اكثر من بنى آدم وادخالك أياه معهم ولما قلت بنو آدم نقص آدم من الناس.

1. My father narrated to us, from Muhammad Bin Yahya Al Ataar, from Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Bin Yahya Bin Imran Al Ashary, from Musa Bin Ja’far Al baghdady, from Ali Ibn Ma’bad, from Ubeydullah Bin Al Abdullah Al Dahqan, from Darast, from Abu Khalid who said, ‘Abu Abdullah (a.s.) was asked, ‘Are the people more numerous or the Children of Adam (as)?’ So he (a.s.) said: ‘The people’. It was said, ‘And how is that?’ He (a.s.) said: ‘Because you, when you said, ‘the people’, you included Adam (as) among them, and when you said, ‘Children of Adam (as)’, so you left Adam (as) and did not include him (as) with his (as) sons. Therefore, it is due to that, the people came to be more numerous than the Children of Adam (as) and you included him (as) with them. And when you said ‘Children of Adam (as)’, Adam (as) was deficient (one less) from the (number of the) people’.