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Hadith #1

حدثنا علي بن أحمد بن موسى - رضي الله عنه - قال: حدثنا أحمد بن يحيى بن زكريا القطان، قال: حدثنا محمد بن العباس بن بسام، قال: حدثني محمد بن أبي السري قال: حدثنا أحمد بن عبد الله بن يونس، عن سعد بن طريف الكناني، عن الأصبغ بن نباتة عن علي بن أبي طالب عليه السلام قال: قال لي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله: يا علي أتدري ما معنى ليلة القدر؟ فقلت: لا يا رسول الله، فقال صلى الله عليه وآله: إن الله تبارك وتعالى قدر فيها ما هو كائن إلى يوم القيامة فكان فيما قدر عز وجل ولايتك وولاية الأئمة من ولدك إلى يوم القيامة.

1. We were told by Ali bin Ahmad bin Musa, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said: We were told by Ahmad bin Yahya bin Zakariya al-Qattan, that he said: We were told by Muhammed bin Abbas bin Bassam, that he said: I was told by Muhammed bin Abi’l-Surri, that he said: We were told by Ahmad bin Abdullah bin Yunus, from Sa’d bin Tareef al-Kinani, from Asbagh bin Nubata, from Ali bin Abi Talib, peace be upon him, that he said: The Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, said to me: O Ali, do you know what the meaning of the night of destiny is? So I said: No, O Messenger of Allah. Then he, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, said: Indeed, Allah, Blessed and Exalted is He, destined in it was it to be until the Day of Resurrection, and among what He, Exalted and Glorious is He, destined, is your Divine Authority and the Divine Authority of the Imams from your sons until the Day of Resurrection.



Hadith #2

حدثنا أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، قال: حدثنا محمد بن الحسين بن أبي الخطاب، عن محمد بن عبيد بن مهران، عن صالح بن عقبة، عن المفضل بن عمر، قال: ذكر عند أبي عبد الله عليه السلام " إنا أنزلناه في ليلة القدر " قال: ما أبين فضلها على السور. قال: قلت: وأي شئ فضلها؟ قال: نزلت ولاية أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام فيها. قلت: في ليلة القدر التي نرتجيها في شهر رمضان. قال: نعم، هي ليلة قدرت فيها السماوات والأرض وقدرت ولاية أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام فيها.

2. We were told by my father, may Allah grant him mercy, that he said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, that he said: We were told by Muhammed bin Hussain bin Abi’l-Khattab, from Muhammed bin Ubaid bin Mahran, from Saleh bin ‘Uqba, from Mufaddal bin Umar, that he said: At the presence of Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, it was mentioned: «Indeed, We sent it down during the night of destiny» (97:1). He said: How clear is its preference over other chapters. He said: I said: And what thing is its preference? He said: The Divine Authority of the Commander of the Believers, peace be upon him, was revealed in it. I said: In the night of destiny that we hope for during the Month of Ramadhan? He said: Yes, it is a night in which the Heavens and the earth were destined, and the Divine Authority of the Commander of the Believers, peace be upon him, was destined in it.