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Hadith #1

أبي - رحمه الله - قال حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن أحمد بن أبي عبد الله، عن أبيه، عن أبي الجهم هارون بن الجهم، عن حفص بن عمر، عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام قال: سئل رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله عن جماعة أمته ، فقال: جماعة أمتي أهل الحق وإن قلوا.

1. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Ahmad bin Abi Abdillah, from his father, from Abu’l-Jahm, Harun bin Jahm, from Hafs bin Umar, from Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, that he said: The Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, was asked about the community of this nation, so he said: The community of my nation are the people of truth, even if they were a few.



Hadith #2

وبهذا الاسناد، عن أحمد بن أبي عبد الله، عن أبي يحيى الواسطي، عن عبد الله بن يحيى بن عبد الله العلوي رفعه قال: قيل لرسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله: ما جماعة أمتك؟ قال: من كان على الحق وإن كانوا عشرة.

2. With this chain of narrators, from Ahmad bin Abi Abdillah, from Abu Yahya al-Wasiti, from Abdullah bin Yahya bin Abdillah al-Alawi, that he ascribed it, saying: It was said to Allah’s Messenger, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family: What is the community of your nation? He said: Those who are on the truth, even if they were ten.



Hadith #3

وبهذا الاسناد، عن أحمد بن أبي عبد الله، عن عبد الله بن محمد الحجال، عن عاصم ابن حميد رفعه قال: جاء رجل إلى أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام فقال: أخبرني عن السنة والبدعة وعن الجماعة وعن الفرقة؟ فقال أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام: السنة ما سن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله، و البدعة ما أحدث من بعده، والجماعة أهل الحق وإن كانوا قليلا، والفرقة أهل الباطل وإن كانوا كثيرا.

3. With this chain of narrators, from Ahmad bin Abi Abdillah, from Abdullah bin Muhammed al-Hajjal, from ‘Asem ibn Hameed, that he ascribed it, saying: A man came to the Commander of the Believers, peace be upon him, and said: Inform me about the tradition and innovation, and the community and schism? Then the Commander of the Believers, peace be upon him, said: The tradition is what was made a tradition by the Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family. The innovation is what was invented after him. The community are the people of truth, even if they were a few. The schism are the people of falsehood, even if they were many.