Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the fortified city
Hadith #1

حدثنا أبو الحسن علي بن الحسين بن سفيان بن يعقوب بن الحارث بن إبراهيم الهمداني في منزلة بالكوفة، قال: حدثنا أبو عبد الله جعفر بن أحمد بن يوسف الأزدي، قال: حدثنا علي بن يزيد الحناط، قال: حدثنا عمرو بن اليسع، عن شعيب الحداد، قال: سمعت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام يقول: إن حديثنا صعب مستصعب لا يحتمله إلا ملك مقرب أو نبي مرسل أو عبد امتحن الله قلبه للايمان أو مدينه حصينة. قال عمرو: فقلت لشعيب: يا أبا الحسن وأي شئ المدينة الحصينة؟ قال: فقال: سألت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام عنها، فقال لي: القلب المجتمع.

1. We were told by Abu’l-Hasan, Ali bin Hussain bin Sufyan bin Ya’qoub bin Harith bin Ibrahim al-Hamdani in his house in Kufa, that he said: We were told by Abu Abdillah, Ja’far bin Ahmad bin Yusuf al-Azdi, that he said: We were told by Ali bin Yazid al-Hannat, that he said: We were told by Amru bin Yasa’, from Shu’aib al-Haddad, that he said: I heard Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, say: Indeed, our narration is difficult and complicated; it is not endured except by an Angel who is brought near (to Allah), or a Prophet that is sent (with a Divine Message), or a believer whom Allah has tested his heart with faith or a fortified city. Amru said: Then I said to Shu’aib: O Abu’l-Hasan, and what thing is a fortified city? He said: Then he said: I asked Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, about it, and so he said to me: A united heart.