27. Correspondence

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1ـ عِدَّةٌ مِنْ أَصْحَابِنَا عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَسَهْلِ بْنِ زِيَادٍ جَمِيعاً عَنِ ابْنِ مَحْبُوبٍ عَمَّنْ ذَكَرَهُ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيهِ السَّلام) قَالَ التَّوَاصُلُ بَيْنَ الإخْوَانِ فِي الْحَضَرِ التَّزَاوُرُ وَفِي السَّفَرِ التَّكَاتُبُ.


1. A number of our people have narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from Sahl ibn Ziyad all from ibn Mahbub from those whom he has mentioned (in his book) from abu ‘Abd Allah (a.s.) who has said the following: “To maintain contact with friends in the town is by visiting, on a journey and out of town by correspondence.”


Grading:

Allamah Baqir al-Majlisi: مرسل - Mir‘at al ‘Uqul Fi Sharh Akhbar Al al Rasul (12/577)



2ـ ابْنُ مَحْبُوبٍ عَنْ عَبْدِ الله بْنِ سِنَانٍ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيهِ السَّلام) قَالَ رَدُّ جَوَابِ الْكِتَابِ وَاجِبٌ كَوُجُوبِ رَدِّ السَّلامِ وَالْبَادِي بِالسَّلامِ أَوْلَى بِالله وَرَسُولِهِ.


2. Ibn Mahbub has narrated from ‘Abd Allah ibn Sinan from abu ‘Abd Allah (a.s.) who has said the following: “It is necessary to reply a letter just as it is necessary to answer a greeting of peace. The initiator of a greeting of peace is closer to Allah and His messenger.”


Grading:

Allamah Baqir al-Majlisi: صحيح - Mir‘at al ‘Uqul Fi Sharh Akhbar Al al Rasul (12/577)