44. Beginning of the creation

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عنه، عن أبيه، عن فضاله بن أيوب، عن جميل بن دراج، عن زرارة، عن أبي عبد الله (ع) في قول الله تعالى: " وإذا أخذ ربك من بني آدم من ظهورهم ذريتهم و أشهدهم على أنفسهم " قال: كان ذلك معاينة لله، فأنساهم المعاينة وأثبت الاقرار في صدورهم، ولو لا ذلك ما عرف أحد خالقه ولا رازقه، وهو قول الله: " ولئن سئلتهم من خلقهم ليقولن الله ".


1. From him, from his father, from Fazala Bin Ayoub, from Jameel Bin Daraaj, from Zarara, (It has been narrated) from Abu Abdullah (asws) regarding the Words of Allah (azwj) the High [7:172] And when your Lord brought forth from the Children of Adam, from their backs, their descendants, and made them testify against their own souls. The Imam (asws) said: ‘That was a Preview of Allah (azwj), so they forgot the preview, and the acceptance was affirmed in their chests. And had it not been for that, no one would have recognised who his Creator was, or who his Sustainer was. And these are the Words of Allah (azwj) [43:87] And if you should ask them who created them, they would certainly say: Allah’.




عنه، عن علي بن الحكم، عن أبان، عن زرارة، عن أبي جعفر (ع) قال: لو علم الناس كيف كان ابتداء الخلق لما اختلف اثنان، فقال: إن الله تبارك وتعالى قبل أن يخلق الخلق قال: كن ماء عذبا أخلق منك جنتي وأهل طاعتي، وقال: كن ماء ملحا أجاجا أخلق منك نارى وأهل معصيتى، ثم أمرهما فامتزجا، فمن ذلك صار يلد المؤمن الكافر، ويلد الكافر مومنا، ثم أخذ طين آدم من أديم الارض، فعركه عركا شديدا، فإذا هم كالذر يدبون، فقال لاصحاب اليمين: إلى الجنة بسلام، وقال لاصحاب النار: إلى النار ولا أبالى، ثم أمر نارا فاستعرت، فقال لاصحاب الشمال: " ادخلوها "، فهابوها، وقال لاصحاب اليمين، " ادخلوها "، فدخلوها، فقال: كونى بردا وسلاما، فقال أصحاب الشمال: يا رب أقلنا، فقال: قد أقلتكم فادخلوها، فذهبوا، فهابوها، فثم ثبتت الطاعة والمعصية، فلا يستطيع هؤلاء أن يكونوا من هؤلاء، ولا هؤلاء أن يكونوا من هؤلاء.


2. From him, from Ali Bin Al Hakam, from Aban, from Zarara, Abu Ja’far (asws) has said: ‘If the people knew how was the beginning of the creation, no two would have differred’. So he (asws) said: ‘Allah (azwj) Blessed and High, before He (azwj) Created the creatures, Said: “Be, sweet water! I (azwj) shall Created from you My Garden and the people of My (azwj) obedience”. And Allah (azwj) Said: “Be, salty water, bitter! I (azwj) shall Created from you My (azwj) Fire, and the people of My (azwj) disobedience”. Then He (azwj) Commanded the two, so they intermingled. So, from that came to be, that the Believer begot the Infidel, and the Infidel begot the Believer. Then Allah (azwj) Took the clay of Adam (as) from the crust of the earth, so Scrubbed it with an intense Scrubbing. So they were like the particles in the beginning. So Allah (azwj) Said to the companions of the right hand: “To the Paradise, with the safety”. And Allah (azwj) Said to the companions of the Fire: “To the Fire, and I (azwj) do not Care!” Then Allah (azwj) Commanded a Fire, so it raged. So Allah (azwj) Said to the companions of the left: “Enter it!” But, they feared it. And Allah (azwj) Said to the companions of the right: “Enter it!” So they entered into it. So Allah (azwj) Said: “Be cool and safe!” So the companions of the left said, ‘O Lord (azwj)! Tell us’. Allah (azwj) Said: “I (azwj) did Tell you”. So they entered it, but they ran away from it, and feared it. Thus, the obedience and the disobedience was affirmed. So there is no ability for these ones to be from those ones, nor from those ones to be from these ones’.




عنه، عن عبد الله بن محمد النهيكى، عن حسان، عن أبيه، عن أبي اسحاق السبيعي، عن أبي جعفر وأبي عبد الله (عليهما السلام) قالا: كان في بدء خلق الله أن خلق أرضا وطينة، وفجر منها ماءها، وأجرى ذلك الماء على الارض سبعة أيام ولياليها، ثم نضب الماء عنها، ثم أخذ من صفوة تلك الطينة طينة الائمة، ثم أخذ قبضة أخرى من أسفل تلك الطينة، وهي طينة ذرية الائمة وشيعتهم، فلو تركت طينتكم كما تركت طينتنا، لكنتم أنتم ونحن شيئا واحدا، قلت: فما صنع بطينتنا؟ - قال: إن الله عزوجل خلق أرضا سبخة، ثم أجرى عليها ماء أجاجا، وأجراه سبعة أيام ولياليها، ثم نضب عنها الماء، ثم أخذ من صفوة تلك الطينة طينة أئمة الكفر، فلو تركت طينة عدونا كما أخذها، لم يشهدوا الشهادتين، أن لا إله إلا الله، وأن محمدا رسول الله، ولم يكونوا يحجون البيت، ولا يعتمرون، ولا يؤتون الزكوة، ولا يصدقون، ولا يعملون شيئا من أعمال البر، ثم قال: أخذ الله طينة شيعتنا وطينة عدونا، وخلطهما وعركهما عرك الاديم، ثم مزجهما بالماء، ثم جذب هذه من هذه، وقال: هذه في الجنة، ولا أبالى، وهذه في النار، ولا أبالى، فما رأيت في المؤمن من زعارة وسوء الخلق واكتساب سيئات فمن تلك السبخة التي مازجته من الناصب، وما رأيت من حسن خلق الناصب وطلاقة وجهه وحسن بشره وصومه وصلاته، فمن تلك السبخة التي أصابته من المؤمن.


3. From him, from Abdullah Bin Muhammad Al Naheyki, from Hasaan, from his father, from Abu Is’haq Al Sabi’e, (It has been narrated) from Abu Ja’far (asws) and Abu Abdullah (asws) both having said: ‘It was at the beginning of creation that Allah (azwj) Created an earth, and clay, and Caused water to flow within it. That water flowed upon the earth for seven days and nights. Then the water dried up from it. Then Allah (azwj) Took from the cream of that clay, clay of the Imams (asws). Then Allah (azwj) Took another Handful from the lower (part) of that clay, and it is the clay of the children of the Imams (asws) and their Shiah. If your clay had been left just as our (asws) clay was left, you and us (asws) would have been one thing. I said, ‘So what was done with our clay?’ Imam (asws) said: ‘Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic Created a marsh land, then Caused salty water to flow over it, and it flowed for seven days and nights. Then the water dried up from it. Then Allah (azwj) Grabbed from the crust of that clay, clay of the imams of the disbelief. So, had the clay of our (asws) enemies been left just as it was Taken, they would not have testified to the two testimonies, that there is no god except for Allah (azwj), and that Muhammad (saww) is Rasool-Allah (saww), and they would not have been performing the Hajj of the House (Kabah), nor Umra, nor giving the Zakat, nor charity, nor knowing anything from the righteous deeds. Then the Imam (asws) said: ‘Then Allah (azwj) Took the clay of our (asws) Shiah and the clay of our (asws) enemies, and Mixed the two and Scrubbed them with a Scrubbing of the surface. Then Allah (azwj) Blended these two with the water, then Separated this from this and Said: “This is in the Paradise, and I (azwj) do not Care, and this is in the Fire, and I (azwj) do not Care”. Thus, what you see in the Believer from ‘Za’arat’, and evil manners, and earning of the sins, so it is from that marsh which was mixed up from the Nasibi. And what you see from the good manners of the Nasibis, and versatility of his face, and good beings, and his Fasts, and his Prayers, so it is from that march which was hit from the (clay of the) Believer’.