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Hadith #1

حدثنا أحمد بن الحسن القطان، قال: حدثنا عبد الرحمن بن محمد الحسيني قال: أخبرنا أبو جعفر أحمد بن عيسى بن أبي مريم العجلي، قال: حدثنا محمد بن أحمد بن عبد الله بن زياد العرزمي، قال: حدثنا علي بن حاتم المنقري، عن المفضل بن عمر قال: سألت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام عن العرش والكرسي ما هما؟ فقال: العرش في وجه هو جملة الخلق والكرسي وعاؤه، وفي وجه آخر العرش هو العلم الذي اطلع الله عليه أنبياءه ورسله وحججه، والكرسي هو العلم الذي لم يطلع [الله] عليه أحدا من أنبيائه ورسوله و حججه عليهم السلام.

1. We were told by Ahmad bin Hasan al-Qattan, that he said: We were told by Abdul-Rahman bin Muhammed al-Hussaini, that he said: We were informed by Abu Ja’far, Ahmad bin Isa bin Abi Maryam al-‘Ajali, that he said: We were told by Muhammed bin Ahmad bin Abdullah bin Ziyad al-‘Azrami, that he said: We were told by Ali bin Hatim al-Manqari, of Mufaddal bin Umar, that he said: I asked Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, about the Throne and the Chair: What are they? He said: The Throne is, on one side, the totality of the creation, and the Chair is its vessel, and on the side of the last part of the Throne is the knowledge which Allah made His Prophet, Messengers and Proofs sight upon, and the Chair is the knowledge which Allah did not make anyone of His Prophets, Messengers and Proofs, peace be upon them, sight upon.



Hadith #2

حدثنا أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن القاسم بن محمد. عن سليمان بن داود المنقري، عن حفص بن غياث، قال: سألت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام عن قول الله عز وجل: " وسع كرسيه السماوات والأرض " قال: علمه .

2. We were told by my father, may Allah grant him mercy, that he said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, of Qasim bin Muhammed, of Sulayman bin Dawud al-Manqari, of Hafs bin Ghiyath, that he said: I asked Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, about the saying of Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He: «His Chair extends over the Heavens and the earth» . He said: His Knowledge.