Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of Two Weighty Things and the Family
Hadith #1

حدثنا الحسن بن عبد الله بن سعيد العسكري، قال أخبرنا محمد بن أحمد بن حمدان القشيري، قال: حدثنا المغيرة بن محمد بن المهلب، قال: حدثني أبي، قال: حدثني عبد الله ابن داود، عن فضيل بن مرزوق، عن عطية العوفي، عن أبي سعيد الخدري، قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله: إني تارك فيكم أمرين أحدهما أطول من الآخر: كتاب الله [عز وجل] حبل ممدود من السماء إلى الأرض طرف بيد الله ، وعترتي ألا وإنهما لن يفترقا حتى يردا علي الحوض. فقلت لأبي سعيد: من عترته؟ قال: أهل بيته.

1. We were told by Hasan bin Abdullah bin Sa’eed al-Askari, that he said: We were informed by Muhammed bin Ahmad bin Hamdan al-Qushayri, that he said: We were told by Mughaira bin Muhammed bin Muhlib, that he said: I was told by my father, that he said: I was told by Abdullah ibn Dawud, from Fudayl bin Manzuq, from ‘Atiya al-‘Awfi, from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri, that he said: The Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, said: «Indeed, I have leaving among you Two Things, one of them is longer than the other: The Book of Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He, a Rope extended from Heaven to earth, one side in the Hand of Allah; and my Family. Alas, they are, indeed, never to be separated until they approach me at the basin. Then I said to Abu Sa’eed: Who are his Family? He said: His Household.



Hadith #2

حدثنا محمد بن جعفر بن الحسن البغدادي، قال حدثنا عبد الله بن محمد بن عبد العزيز إملاء، قال: حدثنا بشر بن الوليد، قال: حدثنا محمد بن طلحة، عن الأعمش، عن عطية بن سعيد، عن أبي سعيد الخدري أن النبي صلى الله عليه وآله قال: إني أوشك أن ادعى فأجيب، فإني تارك فيكم الثقلين: كتاب الله عز وجل وعترتي. كتاب الله حبل ممدود بين السماء والأرض، وعترتي أهل بيتي، وإن اللطيف الخبير أخبرني أنهما لن يفترقا حتى يردا علي الحوض، فانظروا بماذا تخلفوني.

2. We were told by Muhammed bin Ja’far bin Hasan al-Baghdadi, that he said: We were told by Abdullah bin Muhammed bin Abdul-Aziz, dictating, that he said: We were told by Bishr bin Walid, that he said: We were told by Muhammed bin Talha, from A’mash, from ‘Atiya bin Sa’eed, from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri, that the Prophet, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, said: Indeed, I am about to be called, to which I will respond. Hence, I am leaving among you the Two Weighty Things: The Book of Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He; and my Family. The Book of Allah is a Rope extended between Heaven and earth, and my Family, my Household. Indeed, the All-Kind, the All-Acquainted, informed me that they are never to be separated until they meet me at the basin. Thus, look into by what you will succeed me.



Hadith #3

حدثنا علي بن الفضل البغدادي، قال: سمعت أبا عمر [و] صاحب أبي العباس تغلب يقول: سمعت أبا العباس تغلب يسأل عن معنى قوله صلى الله عليه وآله: [إني تارك فيكم الثقلين] لم سميا بثقلين؟ قال: لان التمسك بهما ثقيل.

3. We were told by Ali bin Fadl al-Baghdadi, that he said: I heard Abu Umar and the companion of Abu’l-Abbas, Taghlib, say: I heard Abu’l-Abbas, Taghlib, asking about the meaning of the saying of him, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family: «Indeed, I am leaving among you the Two Weighty Things» Why were they named Two Weighty Things? He said: Because adherence to them is heavy.



Hadith #4

حدثنا أحمد بن زياد بن جعفر الهمداني - رضي الله عنه - قال: حدثنا علي بن إبراهيم بن هاشم، عن أبيه، عن محمد بن أبي عمير، عن غياث بن إبراهيم، عن الصادق جعفر ابن محمد، عن أبيه محمد بن علي، عن أبيه علي بن الحسين، عن أبيه الحسين عليهم السلام قال: سئل أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام عن معنى قول رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله " إني مخلف فيكم الثقلين: كتاب الله، وعترتي " من العترة؟ فقال: أنا، والحسن، والحسين، والأئمة التسعة من ولد الحسين تاسعهم مهديهم وقائمهم، لا يفارقون كتاب الله ولا يفارقهم حتى يردوا على رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله حوضه.

4. We were told by Ahmad bin Ziyad bin Ja’far al-Hamdani, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said: We were told by Ali bin Ibrahim bin Hashim, from his father, from Muhammed bin Abi Umayr, from Ghiyath bin Ibrahim, from al-Sadiq, Ja’far ibn Muhammed, from his father, Muhammed bin Ali, from his father, Ali bin Hussain, from his father, Hussain, peace be upon them, that he said: The Commander of the Believers, peace be upon him, was asked about the saying of Allah’s Messenger, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family: «Indeed, I am appointing as Successors among you, the Two Weighty Things, the Book of Allah and my Family» Who are the Family? So he said: I, Hasan, Hussain and the nine Imams from the sons of Hussain, of whom their ninth is their Guided and Rising . They will not separate from the Book of Allah, nor will it separate from them, until they approach to Allah’s Messenger, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, at his basin.



Hadith #5

حدثنا أحمد بن الحسن القطان، قال: حدثنا الحسن بن علي بن الحسين السكري عن محمد بن زكريا الجوهري، عن جعفر بن محمد بن عمارة، عن أبيه، عن الصادق جعفر بن محمد، عن أبيه محمد بن علي، عن أبيه علي بن الحسين، عن أبيه الحسين بن علي، عن أبيه علي بن أبي طالب عليهم السلام قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله: إني مخلف فيكم الثقلين: كتاب الله، وعترتي أهل بيتي. وإنهما لن يفترقا حتى يردا علي الحوض كهاتين - وضم بين سبابتيه - فقام إليه جابر بن عبد الله الأنصاري، فقال: يا رسول الله ومن عترتك؟ قال: علي، والحسن والحسين، والأئمة من ولد الحسين إلى يوم القيامة.

5. We were told by Ahmad bin Hasan al-Qattan, that he said: We were told by Hasan bin Ali bin Hussain al-Sukkari, from Muhammed bin Zakariya al-Jawhari, from Ja’far bin Muhammed bin Umara, from his father, from al-Sadiq, Ja’far bin Muhammed, from his father, Muhammed bin Ali, from his father, Ali bin Hussain, from his father, Hussain bin Ali, from his father, Ali bin Abi Talib, peace be upon them, that he said: The Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, said: Indeed, I am appointing as successors among you Two Weighty Things: the Book of Allah; and my Family, my Household. Indeed, they will never be separated until they approach me at the basin like these two – and he joined between his two index fingers. Then Jabir bin Abdullah al-Ansari stood up to him and said: O Messenger of Allah, and who is your Family? He said: Ali, Hasan, Hussain and the Imams from the sons of Hussain, till they Day of Resurrection.