Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of Abu Talib’s acceptance of Islam by the calculation of the camel and his counting of thirty-six with his hand
Hadith #1

حدثنا الحسين بن إبراهيم بن أحمد بن هشام المؤدب، وعلي بن عبد الله الوراق، وأحمد بن زياد الهمداني، قالوا: حدثنا علي بن إبراهيم بن هشام، عن أبيه، عن محمد بن أبي عمير، عن المفضل بن عمر قال: قال أبو عبد الله عليه السلام: أسلم أبو طالب - رضي الله عنه - بحساب الجمل - وعقد بيده ثلاثة وستين - ثم قال عليه السلام: إن مثل أبي طالب مثل أصحاب الكهف، أسروا الايمان وأظهروا الشرك فآتاهم الله أجرهم مرتين.

1. We were told by Hussain bin Ibrahim bin Ahmad bin Isham, the teacher, and Ali bin Abdullah al-Warraq, and Ahmad bin Ziyad al-Hamdani, that they said: We were told by Ali bin Ibrahim bin Hashim, from his father, from Muhammed bin Abi ‘Umayr, from Mufaddal bin Umar, that he said: Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, said: Abu Talib, may Allah be pleased with, accepted Islam by the calculation of the camel, and he counted thirty six with his hand. Then he, peace be upon him, said: Indeed, the example of Abu Talib is like the example of the people of the cave; they concealed faith and expressed polytheism, hence, Allah gave them their reward two times.



Hadith #2

حدثنا أبو الفرج محمد بن المظفر بن نفيس المصري الفقيه، قال: حدثنا أبو الحسن محمد بن أحمد الداودي، عن أبيه، قال: كنت عند أبي القاسم الحسين بن روح - قدس الله روحه - فسأله رجل ما معنى قول العباس للنبي صلى الله عليه وآله: " إن عمك أبا طالب قد أسلم بحساب الجمل - وعقد بيده ثلاثة وستين - "؟ فقال: عنى بذلك " إله أحد جواد " وتفسير ذلك أن الألف واحد، واللام وثلاثون، والهاء خمسة، والألف واحد و الحاء ثمانية، والدال أربعة، والجيم ثلاثة، والواو ستة، والألف واحد، والدال أربعة فذلك ثلاثة وستون.

2. We were told by Abu’l-Faraj, Muhammed bin Mudaffar bin Nafees al-Masri, the jurist, that he said: Were told by Abu’l-Hasan, Muhammed bin Ahmad al-Dawudi, from his father, that he said: I was at the place of Abu’l-Qasem, Hussain bin Ruh, may Allah sanctify his soul, and a man asked him about the meaning of Abbas to the Prophet, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family: «Indeed, your paternal uncle, Abu Talib, has accepted Islam by the calculation of the camel» and he counted thirty-six with his hand. So he said: By that he meant: «One God» , and the interpretation of that is that the Alif is one, the Laam is thirty, the Haa’ is five, the Alif is one, the Hhaa’ is eight, the Daal is four, the Jeem is three, the Waw is six, the Alif is one and the Daal is four. Hence, that is thirty-six.