1. Regarding the imams (asws), they know the pact from rasool-allah (saww) in the bequest to the ones from after him (saww)

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حَدَّثَنَا بأَحْمَدُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي عُمَيْرٍ عَنْ حَمَّادِ بْنِ عُثْمَانَ عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْأَشْعَثِ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع يَقُولُ‏ أَ تَرَوْنَ الْمُوصِيَ مِنَّا يُوصِي إِلَى مَنْ يُرِيدُ لَا وَ اللَّهِ وَ لَكِنَّهُ عَهْدٌ مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ص رَجُلٌ فَرَجُلٌ حَتَّى يَنْتَهِيَ الْأَمْرُ إِلَى صَاحِبِهِ‏.


1. It is narrated to us by Ahmad Bin Muhammad, from Ibn Abu Umeyr, from Hammad Bin Usman, from Amro Bin Al Ash’as who said, ‘Are you viewing the bequeathed one (a.s.) from us (a.s.) can bequeath to one he (a.s.) wants? No, by Allah ! But it is a pact from Rasool-Allah (saww), a man so a man, until the command ends up to its (rightful) Master (a.s.)’’.




حَدَّثَنَا بأَحْمَدُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ الْحَجَّالِ عَنْ دَاوُدَ بْنِ يَزِيدَ عَمَّنْ ذَكَرَهُ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع قَالَ: أَ تَرَوْنَ الْأَمْرَ إِلَيْنَا أَنْ نَضَعَهُ فِيمَنْ شِئْنَا كَلَّا وَ اللَّهِ إِنَّهُ عَهْدٌ مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ص إِلَى عَلِيِّ بْنِ أَبِي طَالِبٍ ع رَجُلٍ فَرَجُلٍ إِلَى أَنْ يَنْتَهِيَ إِلَى صَاحِبِ هَذَا الْأَمْرِ.


2. It is narrated to us by Ahmad Bin Muhammad, from Abdullah Al Hajjal, from Dawood Bin Yazeed, from the one who mentioned it, ‘From Abu Abdullah (a.s.) having said: ‘Are you view the command is up to us (a.s.) that we (a.s.) place it in the one we (a.s.) so desire to? Never! By Allah it is a pact from Rasool-Allah (saww) to Ali (a.s.) Bin Abu Talib (a.s.), a man for a man, until it ends up to the Master (a.s.) of this command’’.




حَدَّثَنَا بأَحْمَدُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنِ الْأَهْوَازِيِّ عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ عُثْمَانَ عَنْ حَسَّانَ عَنْ سَدِيرٍ عَنْ أَحَدِهِمَا ع قَالَ سَمِعْتُهُ يَقُولُ‏ أَ تَرَوْنَ الْوَصِيَّةَ إِنَّمَا هُوَ شَيْ‏ءٌ يُوصِي بِهِ الرَّجُلُ إِلَى مَنْ شَاءَ ثُمَّ قَالَ إِنَّمَا هُوَ عَهْدٌ مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ص رَجُلٌ فَرَجُلٌ حَتَّى انْتَهَى إِلَى نَفْسِهِ‏.


3. It is narrated to us by Ahmad Bin Muhammad, from Al Ahwazy, from Amro Bin Usman, from Hassan, from Sadeyr, ‘From one of the two (5 (th) or 6 (th) Imam (a.s.)), he (the narrator) said, ‘I heard him (a.s.) saying: ‘Are you viewing the bequest, rather it is something the man (a.s.) bequeaths with to one he so desires to?’ Then he (a.s.) said: ‘But rather it is a pact from Rasool-Allah (saww). A man so a man, until it ends to himself (a.s.)’’.




حَدَّثَنَا بأَحْمَدُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنِ الْأَهْوَازِيِّ عَنْ عُمَرَ بْنِ أَبَانٍ قَالَ: ذَكَرَ أَبُو عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع الْأَوْصِيَاءَ وَ ذَكَرْتُ إِسْمَاعِيلَ‏ وَ قَالَ لَا وَ اللَّهِ يَا أَبَا مُحَمَّدٍ مَا ذَاكَ إِلَيْنَا مَا هُوَ إِلَّا إِلَى اللَّهِ يَنْزِلُ وَاحِدٌ بَعْدَ وَاحِدٍ.


4. It is narrated to us by Ahmad Bin Muhammad, from Al Ahwazy, from Umar Bin Aban who said, ‘Abu Abdullah (a.s.) mentioned the successors (as) and mentioned Ismail (as) and said: ‘No, by Allah , O Abu Muhammad! That is not up to us (a.s.). It is not except up to Allah . He (saww) Sends down one after one’’.




حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْحُسَيْنِ عَنِ ابْنِ أَسْبَاطٍ عَنِ ابْنِ بُكَيْرٍ عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْأَشْعَثِ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع يَقُولُ‏ أَ تَرَوْنَ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ إِلَيْنَا نَضَعُهُ حَيْثُ شِئْنَا كَلَّا وَ اللَّهِ إِنَّهُ عَهْدٌ مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ص رَجُلٌ فَرَجُلٌ حَتَّى يَنْتَهِيَ إِلَى صَاحِبِهِ‏.


5. It is narrated to us by Muhammad Bin Al Husayn, from Ibn Asbaat, from Ibn Bukeyr, from Amro Bin Al Ash’as who said, ‘I heard Abu Abdullah (a.s.) saying: ‘Are you viewing this command is up to us (a.s.), we (a.s.) place it wherever we (a.s.) so desire? Never! By Allah , it is a pact from Rasool-Allah (saww), a man so a man, until it ends up to its Master (a.s.)’’.




حَدَّثَنَا بأَيُّوبُ بْنُ نُوحٍ عَنْ صَفْوَانَ بْنِ يَحْيَى عَنِ ابْنِ بُكَيْرٍ عَنْ عَمْرٍو عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع قَالَ: كُنَّا عِنْدَهُ نَحْواً مِنْ عِشْرِينَ إِنْسَاناً فَقَالَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَرَوْنَ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ إِلَى رَجُلٍ مِنَّا نَضَعُهُ حَيْثُ نَشَاءُ كَلَّا وَ اللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَعَهْدٌ مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ص يُسَمَّى رَجُلٌ فَرَجُلٌ حَتَّى انْتَهَى إِلَى صَاحِبِهِ‏.


6. It is narrated to us by Ayoub Bin Nuh, from Safwan Bin Yahya, from Ibn Bukeyr, from Amro, ‘From Abu Abdullah (a.s.), he (the narrator) said, ‘We were approximately twenty persons in his (a.s.) presence, and he (a.s.) said: ‘Perhaps you all are viewing that this command is up to the man (a.s.) from us (a.s.), we (a.s.) place it wherever we (a.s.) so desires to. Never! By Allah it is a pact from Rasool-Allah (saww) naming a man, so a man, until it ends up to its Master (a.s.)’’.




حَدَّثَنَا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي عُمَيْرٍ عَنْ بُكَيْرٍ وَ جَمِيلٍ عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْأَشْعَثِ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع [يَقُولُ‏] إِنَّ الْمُوصِيَ مِنَّا يُوصِي إِلَى مَنْ يُرِيدُ لَا وَ اللَّهِ‏ وَ لَكِنَّهُ عَهْدٌ مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ص رَجُلٌ فَرَجُلٌ حَتَّى يَنْتَهِيَ الْأَمْرُ إِلَى صَاحِبِهِ.


7. It is narrated to us by Ahmad Bin Muhammad, from Ibn Abu Umeyr, from Bukeyr and Jameel, from Amro Bin Al Ash’as who said, ‘I heard Abu Abdullah (a.s.) saying: ‘The bequeathed from us (a.s.) bequeaths to the one he (a.s.) wants? No, by Allah ! But it is a pact from Rasool-Allah (saww), a man (a.s.) so a man (a.s.), until the command ends up to its owner’’.




حَدَّثَنَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ بْنُ هَاشِمٍ عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ أَبِي عِمْرَانَ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ أَبِي حَمْزَةَ عَنْ أَبِي بَصِيرٍ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع‏ قَالَ أَ تَرَوْنَ الْوَصِيَّةَ إِنَّمَا يُوصِي بِهَا الرَّجُلُ مِنَّا إِلَى مَنْ شَاءَ إِنَّمَا هُوَ عَهْدٌ مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ إِلَى رَجُلٍ فَرَجُلٍ حَتَّى انْتَهَى إِلَى نَفْسِهِ.


8. It is narrated to us by Ibrahim Bin Hashim, from Yahya Bin Abu Imran, from Ali Bin Abu Hamza, from Abu Baseer, ‘From Abu Abdullah (a.s.) having said: ‘Are you viewing that the bequest, the man (a.s.) from us (a.s.) bequeaths to one he (a.s.) so desires to? But rather it is a pact from Rasool-Allah (saww), a man (a.s.) so a man (a.s.), until it ends up to himself (a.s.)’’.




حَدَّثَنَا عَبَّادُ بْنُ سُلَيْمَانَ عَنْ سَعْدِ بْنِ سَعْدٍ عَنْ صَفْوَانَ بْنِ يَحْيَى قَالَ: سَأَلْتُهُ عَنِ الْإِمَامِ إِذَا أَوْصَى [إِلَى‏] الَّذِي يَكُونُ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ شَيْئاً فَيُفَوِّضُ إِلَيْهِ يَجْعَلُهُ حَيْثُ شَاءَ أَوْ كَيْفَ هُوَ قَالَ إِنَّمَا يَقْضِي بِأَمْرِ اللَّهِ فَقُلْتُ لَهُ إِنَّهُ حُكِيَ عَنْ جَدِّكَ أَنَّهُ قَالَ أَ تَرَوْنَ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ نَجْعَلُهُ حَيْثُ نَشَاءُ لَا وَ اللَّهِ مَا هُوَ إِلَّا عَهْدٌ مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ رَجُلٌ فَرَجُلٌ مُسَمًّى قَالَ الَّذِي قُلْتُ له [لَكَ‏] هُوَ هَذَا.


9. It is narrated to us by Abbad Bin Suleyman, from Sa’ad Bin Sa’ad, from Safwan Bin Yahya who said, ‘I asked him (a.s.) about the Imam (a.s.) when he (a.s.) bequeaths to the one (a.s.) who would happen to be from after him (a.s.), ‘Is it a thing delegated to him (a.s.) to make it wherever he (a.s.) so desires, or how is it?’ He (a.s.) said: ‘But rather it is fulfilled by a Command of Allah ’. I said to him (a.s.), ‘It is narrated from your (a.s.) grandfather (a.s.) having said: ‘Are you viewing this command, we (a.s.) can make to be wherever we (a.s.) so desire? Nom by Allah , except it is a pact from Rasool-Allah (saww), a man (a.s.) so a man (a.s.), named’. He (a.s.) said: ‘That which he (a.s.) said to you, it is this’’.




حَدَّثَنَا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ عَلِيِّ بْنِ فَضَّالٍ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ بُكَيْرٍ عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْأَشْعَثِ‏ بِمِثْلِ مَا حَكَوْا أَصْحَابُهُ.


10. It is narrated to us by Ahmad Bin Al-Hassan Bin Ali Bin Fazzal, form his father, from Abdullah Bin Bukeyr, from Amro Bin Al-Ash’ab – similar to what his companion narrated.




حَدَّثَنَا بأَحْمَدُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ الْحَكَمِ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنِ الْبَطَائِنِيِّ عَنْ أَبِي بَصِيرٍ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع قَالَ‏ سَأَلْتُهُ وَ طَلَبْتُ وَ قَضَيْتُ إِلَيْهِ‏ أَنْ يَجْعَلَ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ إِلَى إِسْمَاعِيلَ فَأَبَى اللَّهُ إِلَّا أَنْ يَجْعَلَهُ لِأَبِي الْحَسَنِ مُوسَى ع‏.


11. It is narrated to us by Ahmad Bin Muhammad, from Ali Bin Al Hakam, from his father, from Al Batainy, from Abu Baseer, ‘From Abu Abdullah (a.s.), he (the narrator) said, ‘I (a.s.) asked Him and sought and requested to Him to Make this command to Ismail, but Allah Refused except that He would Make it to Abu Al-Hassan Musa (a.s.)’’.




حَدَّثَنَا الْحُسَيْنُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَامِرٍ عَنِ الْمُعَلَّى بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ بَكْرِ بْنِ صَالِحٍ الرَّازِيِّ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ سُلَيْمَانَ الْمِصْرِيِّ عَنْ عُثْمَانَ بْنِ أَسْلَمَ عَنْ مُعَاوِيَةَ بْنِ عَمَّارٍ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع قَالَ: إِنَّ الْإِمَامَةَ عَهْدٌ مِنَ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ مَعْهُودٌ لِرَجُلٍ مُسَمًّى لَيْسَ لِلْإِمَامِ أَنْ يَزْوِيَهَا عَمَّنْ يَكُونُ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ‏.


12. It is narrated to us by Al Husayn Bin Muhammad Bin Aamir, from Al Mu‘alla Bin Muhammad, from Ali Bin Muhammad, from Bakr Bin Salih Al Razy, from Muhammad Bin Suleyman Al Misry, from Usman Bin Aslam, from Muawiya Bin Ammar, ‘From Abu Abdullah (a.s.) having said: ‘Surely, the Imamate is a pact from Allah Mighty and Majestic, Pacted to a named man. It isn’t for the Imam (a.s.) that he (a.s.) impedes it from the one (a.s.) who will happen to be after him (a.s.)’’.




حَدَّثَنَا الْحَسَنُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنِ الْمُعَلَّى بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ الْحُسَيْنِ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مَرْوَانَ الْأَنْبَارِيِّ قَالَ: كُنْتُ حَاضِراً عِنْدَ مُضِيِّ أَبِي جَعْفَرِ بْنِ أَبِي الْحَسَنِ ع فَجَاءَ أَبُو الْحَسَنِ فَوُضِعَ لَهُ كُرْسِيٌّ فَجَلَسَ عَلَيْهِ وَ أَبُو مُحَمَّدٍ قَائِمٌ فِي نَاحِيَةٍ فَلَمَّا فَرَغَ مِنْ أَبِي جَعْفَرٍ الْتَفَتَ أَبُو الْحَسَنِ إِلَى أَبِي مُحَمَّدٍ فَقَالَ يَا بُنَيَّ أَحْدِثْ لِلَّهِ شُكْراً فَقَدْ أَحْدَثَ فِيكَ أَمْراً.


13. It is narrated to us by Al Hassan Bin Muhammad, from al Mu‘alla Bin Muhammad, from Ahmad Bin Muhammad Bin Abdullah, from Ahmad Bin Al Husayn, form Ali Bin Abdullah Bin Marwan Al Anbari who said, ‘I was present during the expiry of Abu Ja’far Bin Abu Al Hassan (a.s.) (9 (th) Imam (a.s.)). Abu Al-Hassan (a.s.) (10 (th) Imam (a.s.)) came. A chair was placed for him (a.s.) and he (a.s.) sat upon it, and Abu Muhammad (a.s.) (11 (th) Imam (a.s.)) was standing in a corner. When he (a.s.) was from Abu Ja’far (a.s.), Abu Al-Hassan (a.s.) turned towards Abu Muhammad (a.s.) and said: ‘O my (a.s.) son (a.s.)! Take to thanking Allah anew for the command is newly in you (a.s.)’’.




حَدَّثَنَا الْحُسَيْنُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنِ الْمُعَلَّى بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنِ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ عَلِيٍّ الْوَشَّاءِ عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ أَبَانٍ عَنْ أَبِي بَصِيرٍ قَالَ: كُنْتُ عِنْدَ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع فَذَكَرُوا الْأَوْصِيَاءَ وَ ذَكَرَ إِسْمَاعِيلَ فَقَالَ لَا وَ اللَّهِ يَا أَبَا مُحَمَّدٍ مَا ذَاكَ إِلَيْنَا وَ مَا هُوَ إِلَّا إِلَى اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ يُنْزِلُ وَاحِداً بَعْدَ وَاحِدٍ.


14. It is narrated to us by Al Husayn Bin Muhammad, from Al Mu‘alla Bin Muhammad, form Al Hassan Bin Ali Al Washa, from Amro Bin Aban, from Abu Baseer who said, ‘I was in the presence of Abu Abdullah (a.s.) and they mentioned the successors (a.s.), and Ismail was mentioned. He (a.s.) said: ‘No, by Allah , O Abu Muhammad! That is not up to us (a.s.), and it is not except up to Allah Mighty and Majestic. He Reveals one (a.s.) after one (a.s.)’’.