16. Regarding imams (asws) of progeny (asws) of muhammad (saww), their (asws) instructions are difficult, becoming more difficult

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حَدَّثَنَا يَعْقُوبُ بْنُ يَزِيدَ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ أَبِي عُمَيْرٍ عَنْ مَنْصُورٍ عَنْ مُخَلَّدِ بْنِ حَمْزَةَ بْنِ نَصْرٍ عَنْ أَبِي رَبِيعٍ الشَّامِيِّ عَنْ أَبِي جَعْفَرٍ ع قَالَ: كُنْتُ مَعَهُ جَالِساً فَرَأَيْتُ أَنَّ أَبَا جَعْفَرٍ ع قَدْ قَامَ فَرَفَعَ رَأْسَهُ وَ هُوَ يَقُولُ يَا أَبَا الرَّبِيعِ حَدِيثٌ تَمْضَغُهُ الشِّيعَةُ بِأَلْسِنَتِهَا لَا تَدْرِي مَا كُنْهُهُ قُلْتُ مَا هُوَ جَعَلَنِيَ اللَّهُ فِدَاكَ قَالَ قَوْلُ عَلِيِّ بْنِ أَبِي طَالِبٍ ع إِنَّ أَمْرَنَا صَعْبٌ مُسْتَصْعَبٌ لَا يَحْتَمِلُهُ إِلَّا مَلَكٌ مُقَرَّبٌ أَوْ نَبِيٌّ مُرْسَلٌ أَوْ عَبْدٌ مُؤْمِنٌ امْتَحَنَ اللَّهُ قَلْبَهُ لِلْإِيمَانِ يَا أَبَا الرَّبِيعِ أَ لَا تَرَى أَنَّهُ يَكُونُ مَلَكٌ وَ لَا يَكُونُ مُقَرَّباً وَ لَا يَحْتَمِلُهُ إِلَّا مُقَرَّبٌ وَ قَدْ يَكُونُ نَبِيٌّ وَ لَيْسَ بِمُرْسَلٍ وَ لَا يَحْتَمِلُهُ إِلَّا مُرْسَلٌ وَ قَدْ يَكُونُ مُؤْمِنٌ وَ لَيْسَ بِمُمْتَحَنٍ وَ لَا يَحْتَمِلُهُ إِلَّا مُؤْمِنٌ قَدِ امْتَحَنَ اللَّهُ قَلْبَهُ لِلْإِيمَانِ.


1. It is narrated to us by Yaqoub Bin Yazeed, from Muhammad Bin Abu Umeyr, from Mansour, from Mukhallad Bin Hamza Bin Nasr, from Abu Rabie Al Shamy, ‘From Abu Ja’far (a.s.), he (the narrator) said, ‘I was seated with him (a.s.), and I saw that Abu Ja’far (a.s.) had stood up and raised his (a.s.) head and he (a.s.) was saying: ‘O Abu Al-Rabie! Hadeeth get mulled over by the Shias with their tongues, you don’t know what its essence is’. I said, ‘May Allah (azwj) Make me to be sacrificed for you (a.s.)! What is it?’ He (a.s.) said: ‘Words of Ali (a.s.) Bin Abu Talib (a.s.): ‘Our (a.s.) instructions are difficult, becoming more difficult. None can tolerate it except an Angel of Proximity, or a Messenger Prophet (saww), or a Momin servant whose heart Allah (azwj) Tested for the Eman’. O Abu Rabie! Don’t you see that he could happen to be an Angel but not happen to be one of Proximity, and he would not tolerate it except one of Proximity? And he could happen to be a Prophet (as) wouldn’t be a Messenger, and he would not tolerate it except a Messenger (as); and he could happen to be a Momin, but wouldn’t be Tested, and he would not tolerate it except a Momin whose heart Allah (azwj) Tested for the Eman?’’




حَدَّثَنَا سَلَمَةُ بْنُ الْخَطَّابِ عَنِ الْقَاسِمِ بْنِ يَحْيَى عَنْ جَدِّهِ عَنْ أَبِي بَصِيرٍ وَ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ مُسْلِمٍ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع قَالَ: خَالِطُوا النَّاسَ مِمَّا يَعْرِفُونَ وَ دَعُوهُمْ مِمَّا يُنْكِرُونَهُ وَ لَا تَحْمِلُوا عَلَى أَنْفُسِكُمْ وَ عَلَيْنَا إِنَّ أَمْرَنَا صَعْبٌ مُسْتَصْعَبٌ لَا يَحْتَمِلُهُ إِلَّا مَلَكٌ مُقَرَّبٌ أَوْ نَبِيٌّ مُرْسَلٌ أَوْ عَبْدٌ مُؤْمِنٌ امْتَحَنَ اللَّهُ قَلْبَهُ لِلْإِيمَانِ.


2. It is narrated to us by Salama Bin Al Khattab, from Al Qasim Bin Yahya, from his grandfather, from Abu Baseer, and Muhammad Bin Muslim, ‘From Abu Abdullah (a.s.) having said: ‘Familiarise the people from what they recognise and leave them from what they deny, and do not load upon yourselves and upon us (a.s.). Our instructions are difficult, becoming more difficult. None can tolerate it except an Angel of Proximity, or a Messenger Prophet (as), or a Momin servant whose heart Allah (azwj) Tested for the Eman’’.