Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the saying of the Prophet, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family: «The example of my companions is like the example of the stars»
Hadith #1

حدثني محمد بن بن الحسن بن أحمد بن الوليد - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا محمد بن الحسن الصفار، عن الحسن بن موسى الخشاب، عن غياث بن كلوب، عن إسحاق بن عمار، عن جعفر بن محمد، عن آبائه عليهم السلام قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله: ما وجدتم في كتاب الله عز وجل فالعمل لكم به لا عذر لكم في تركه، وما لم يكن في كتاب الله عز وجل وكانت فيه سنة مني فلا عذر لكم في ترك سنتي، وما لم يكن فيه سنة مني فما قال أصحابي فقولوا به، فإنما مثل أصحابي فيكم كمثل النجوم بأيها اخذ اهتدي، وبأي أقاويل أصحابي أخذتم اهتديتم، واختلاف أصحابي لكم رحمة. فقيل: يا رسول الله ومن أصحابك؟ قال: أهل بيتي.

1. I was told by Muhammed bin Hasan bin Ahmad bin Waleed, may Allah grant him mercy, that he said: We were told by Muhammed bin Hasan al-Saffar, from Hasan bin Musa, the Lumberman, from Ghiyath bin Kalub, from Ishaq bin Ammar, from Ja’far bin Muhammed, from his fathers, peace be upon them, that he said: The Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, said: What you find in the Book of Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He, the (dutiful) act for you is in it; there is no excuse for you to abandon it. What is not in the Book of Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He, and about which there is a Tradition from me, there is no excuse for you to abandon my Tradition. That which there is no Tradition from me about, then whatever my companions say, you say (likewise), for indeed, the example of my companions among you is only like the example of the stars; whichever of them is taken, one is guided, and by whichever saying of my companions you take, you will be guided. The dissimilarity between my companions among you is a mercy. Then it was said: O Messenger of Allah, and who are your companions? He said: My Household.