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Hadith #1

أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن سلمة بن الخطاب، عن علي ابن محمد الأشعث، عن الدهقان، عن أحمد بن (ي‍) زيد، عن علي بن جعفر، عن أخيه موسى ابن جعفر عليهما السلام قال: إنما شيعتنا المعادن والاشراف وأهل البيوتات ومن مولده طيب. قال علي بن جعفر: فسألته عن تفسير ذلك، فقال: المعادن من قريش، والاشراف من العرب وأهل البيوتات من الموالي، ومن مولده طيب من أهل السواد.

1. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Salam bin Khattab, from Ali ibn Muhammed al-Ash’ath, from Dahqan, from Ahmad bin Yazid, from Ali bin Ja’far, from his brother, Musa ibn Ja’far, peace be upon them both, that he said: Our Shi’a are only the cores, the nobles, the people of cottage and those of good birth. Ali bin Ja’far said: So I asked him about the interpretation of that, and he said: The cores are from Quraish, the nobles are from the Arabs, the people of cottages are from the Muwali [1] and those with good birth from among the mass.