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Hadith #1

حدثنا محمد بن الحسن بن أحمد بن الوليد، قال: حدثنا محمد بن الحسن الصفار، عن العباس بن معروف، عن الحجال، عن عبد الله بن أبي حماد يرفعه إلى أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام في قول الله عز وجل: " قرب المشارق والمغارب " قال: لها ثلاث مائة وستون مشرقا، وثلاث مائة وستون مغربا، فيومها الذي تشرق فيه لا تعود فيه إلا من قابل ، ويومها الذي تغرب فيه لا تعود فيه إلا من قابل.

1. We were told by Muhammed bin Hasan bin Ahmad bin Waleed, that he said: We were told by Muhammed bin Hasan al-Saffar, from Abbas bin Ma’ruf, from Hajjal, from Abdullah bin Abi Hammad, that he ascribed it to the Commander of the Believers, peace be upon him, with regards to the saying of Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He: «the Lord of the Easts and the Wests» (70:40). He said: It has three hundred and sixty easts, and three hundred and sixty wests. Hence, on the day it appears in the east, it does not return to it except after a year, and the day it appears in the west, it does not return to it except after a year.