Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of foundations, branches, black smoke, the hidden, the blink and the circle
Hadith #1

حدثنا الحاكم أبو الحسن عبد الحميد عبد الرحمن بن الحسين النيسابوري الفقيه، قال: حدثنا أبو سعيد قال: حدثنا عبيد الله بن محمد بن سليمان الهاشمي، قال:حدثنا أبو عمرو الضرير، قال: حدثنا عباد بن عباد المهلبي، عن موسى بن محمد بن إبراهيم التميمي، عن أبيه، قال: كنا عند رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله فنشأت سحابة فقالوا: يا رسول الله هذه سحابة ناشئة. فقال: كيف ترون قواعدها؟ قالوا: يا رسول الله ما أحسنها وأشد تمكنها قال: كيف ترون بواسقها؟ قالوا: يا رسول الله ما أحسنها وأشد تراكمها. قال: كيف ترون جونها؟ قالوا: يا رسول الله ما أحسنه وأشد سواده. قال: فكيف ترون رحاها؟ قالوا: يا رسول الله ما أحسنها وأشد استدارتها. قال: فكيف ترون برقها أخفوا أم وميضا أم يشق شقا؟ قالوا: يا رسول الله بل يشق شقا، فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله الحيا. فقالوا: يا رسول الله ما أفصحك وما رأينا الذي هو أفصح منك. فقال: وما يمنعني من ذلك وبلساني نزل القرآن " بلسان عربي مبين ".

1. We were told by al-Hakim, Abu’l-Hasan, Abdul-Hamid bin Abdul-Rahman bin Hussain al-Naisabouri, the jurist, that he said: We were told by Abu Sa’eed, that he said: We were told by Ubaidullah bin Muhammed bin Sulayman al-Hashimi, that he said: We were told by Abu Amru al-Dhareer, that he said: We were told by ‘Ubad bin ‘Ubad al-Mahbali, from Musa bin Muhammed bin Ibrahim al-Tamimi, from his father, that he said: We were at the place of Allah’s Messenger, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, and a cloud arose, so they said: O Messenger of Allah, this is a cloud that has arisen. He said: How do you see its foundations? They said: O Messenger of Allah, how beautiful are they, and how severe is their ability. He said: How do you see its branches? They said: O Messenger of Allah, how beautiful are they, and how severe is their heaping. He said: How do you see its black smoke? They said: O Messenger of Allah, how beautiful is it, and how severe is its blackness. He said: Then how do you see its circle? They said: O Messenger of Allah, how beautiful is it, and how severe is its roundness. He said: Then how do you see its lightning, is it hidden, or a blink, or does it cut (through like) a cutting? They said: O Messenger of Allah, rather, that it cuts (through like a) cutting. Then the Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, said: Fertility (for the soil). Then they said: O Messenger of Allah, how fluent tare you, and we have not see anyone more fluent than you. He then said: And what will prevent me from that, when it is in my tongue that the Qur’an was sent down, in a clear Arabic tongue?