15. Regarding amir al-momineen (asws) riding the clouds and his (asws) advancement in accessing pathways to the skies

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حَدَّثَنَا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ سِنَانٍ عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحِيمِ أَنَّهُ قَالَ: ابْتَدَأَنِي‏ أَبُو جَعْفَرٍ ع فَقَالَ أَمَا إِنَّ ذَا الْقَرْنَيْنِ قَدْ خُيِّرَ السَّحَابَيْنِ فَاخْتَارَ الذَّلُولَ وَ ذَخَرَ لِصَاحِبِكُمُ الصَّعْبَ قُلْتُ وَ مَا الصَّعْبُ قَالَ مَا كَانَ مِنْ سَحَابٍ فِيهِ رَعْدٌ وَ بَرْقٌ وَ صَاعِقَةٌ فَصَاحِبُكُمْ يَرْكَبُهُ أَمَا إِنَّهُ سَيَرْكَبُ السَّحَابَ وَ يَرْقَى فِي الْأَسْبَابِ أَسْبَابِ السَّمَاوَاتِ السَّبْعِ خَمْسَةٌ عَوَامِرُ وَ اثنين [اثْنَانِ‏] خَرَابٌ.


1. It is narrated to us by Ahmad Bin Muhammad, from Ali Bin Sinan, from Abdul Raheem having said: ‘Abu Ja’far (a.s.) saying: ‘But, Zulqarnayyn has a choice of two clouds, and he chose the tame, and kept the difficult one for your Master (a.s.)’. I said, ‘And what is the difficult one?’ He (a.s.) said: ‘Whatever cloud has thunder in it and lightning, and thunderbolts, so your Master (a.s.) rides it. But, he (Al-Qaim (a.s.)) will be riding the clouds and travelling in the pathways, pathways of the seven skies – five are built up and two are in ruination’’.




حَدَّثَنَا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنِ الْحُسَيْنِ بْنِ سَعِيدٍ عَنْ عُثْمَانَ بْنِ عِيسَى عَنْ سَمَاعَةَ بْنِ مِهْرَانَ عَنْ أَبِي بَصِيرٍ عَنْ أَبِي جَعْفَرٍ ع أَنَّهُ قَالَ: إِنَّ عَلِيّاً ع مَلَكَ مَا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَ مَا فِي تَحْتِهَا فَعُرِضَتْ لَهُ السَّحَابَانِ الصَّعْبُ وَ الذَّلُولُ فَاخْتَارَ الصَّعْبَ وَ كَانَ فِي الصَّعْبِ مُلْكُ مَا تَحْتَ الْأَرْضِ وَ فِي الذَّلُولِ مُلْكُ مَا فَوْقَ الْأَرْضِ وَ اخْتَارَ الصَّعْبَ عَلَى الذَّلُولِ فَدَارَتْ بِهِ سَبْعُ أَرَضِينَ فَوَجَدَ ثَلَاثَ خَرَابٍ‏ وَ أَرْبَعَ عَوَامِرَ.


2. It is narrated to us by Ahmad Bin Muhammad, from Al Husayn Bin Saeed, from Usman Bin Isa, from Sama’at Bin Mihran, from Abu Baseer, ‘From Abu Ja’far (a.s.) having said: ‘Ali (a.s.) owned all what was in the earth and whatever was beneath it. The two clouds were presented to him (a.s.) – the difficult and the tame. He (a.s.) chose the difficult. And there was in the difficult, kingdom of what is beneath the earth, and in the tame was the kingdom of what is above the earth, and he (a.s.) chose the difficult over the tame and circled with it the seven earths/lands and found three to be in ruination, and four build-up’’.




حَدَّثَنَا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنِ ابْنِ سِنَانٍ عَنْ أَبِي خَالِدٍ وَ أَبُو سَلَّامٍ عَنْ سَوْرَةَ عَنْ أَبِي جَعْفَرٍ ع قَالَ: إِنَّ ذَا الْقَرْنَيْنِ قَدْ خُيِّرَ السَّحَابَيْنِ فَاخْتَارَ الذَّلُولَ وَ ذَخَرَ لِصَاحِبِكُمُ الصَّعْبَ قَالَ قُلْتُ وَ مَا الصَّعْبُ قَالَ مَا كَانَ مِنْ سَحَابٍ فِيهِ رَعْدٌ وَ صَاعِقَةٌ أَوْ بَرْقٌ فَصَاحِبُكُمْ يَرْكَبَهُ أَمَا إِنَّهُ سَيَرْكَبُ السَّحَابَ وَ يَرْقَى فِي الْأَسْبَابِ أَسْبَابِ السَّمَاوَاتِ السَّبْعِ وَ الْأَرَضِينَ السَّبْعِ خَمْسٌ عَوَامِرُ وَ اثْنَانِ‏ خَرَابَانِ.


3. It is narrated to us by Ahmad Bin Muhammad, from Ibn Sinan, from Abu Khalid, and Abu Sallam, from Sowrat, ‘From Abu Ja’far (a.s.) having said: ‘Zulqarnayyn had a choice of the two clouds, and he chose the tame, and kept the difficult one for your Master (a.s.)’. He (the narrator) said, ‘I said, ‘And what is the difficult (cloud)?’ He (a.s.) said: ‘Whatever from the clouds having in it thunders, and thunderbolts, and lightning, so your Master (a.s.) rides it. But he (Al-Qaim (a.s.)) will be riding the cloud and travelling in the pathways of the seven skies and seven earths – five are developed and two are in ruins’’.




حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ هَارُونَ عَنْ سَهْلِ بْنِ زِيَادٍ عَنْ أَبِي يَحْيَى قَالَ قَالَ أَبُو عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع‏ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَيَّرَ ذَا الْقَرْنَيْنِ السَّحَابَيْنِ الذَّلُولَ وَ الصَّعْبَ فَاخْتَارَ الذَّلُولَ وَ هُوَ مَا لَيْسَ فِيهِ بَرْقٌ وَ لَا رَعْدٌ وَ لَوِ اخْتَارَ الصَّعْبَ لَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ ذَلِكَ لِأَنَّ اللَّهَ اذخره [ادَّخَرَهُ‏] لِلْقَائِمِ ع.


4. It is narrated to us by Muhammad Bin Haroun, from Sahl Bin Ziyad, from Abu Yahya who said, ‘Abu Abdullah (a.s.) having said: ‘Allah Gave Zulqarnayyn a choice of the two clouds – the tame and the difficult. He chose the tame, and it is what doesn’t have any lightning nor thunder, and had he chosen the difficult, that would not have been for him, because Allah has Kept it for Al-Qaim (a.s.)’’.