Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the marriage of the Light to the Light
Hadith #1

حدثنا جعفر بن محمد بن مسرور- رحمه الله - قال: حدثني الحسن بن محمد بن عامر عن معلى بن محمد، عن أحمد بن محمد البزنطي، عن علي بن جعفر قال: سمعت أبا الحسن موسى بن جعفر عليهما السلام يقول: بينا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله جالس إذا دخل عليه ملك له أربعة و عشرون وجها، فقال له رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله: حبيبي جبرئيل لم أرك في مثل هذه الصورة! فقال الملك: لست بجبرئيل، [أنا محمود و] بعثني الله عز وجل أن أزوج النور من النور. قال: من من من؟ قال: فاطمة من علي. قال: فلما ولى الملك إذا بين كتفيه مكتوب " محمد رسول الله، علي وصيه " فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله: منذ كم كتب هذا بين كتفيك؟ فقال: من قبل أن يخلق الله عز وجل آدم باثنين وعشرين ألف عام.

1. We were told by Ja’far bin Muhammed bin Masrur, may Allah grant him mercy, that he said: I was told by Hasan bin Muhammed bin ‘Amer, from Mu’alla bin Muhammed, from Ahmad bin Muhammed al-Bazanti, from Ali bin Ja’far, that he said: I heard Abu’l-Hasan, Musa bin Ja’far, peace be upon them both, say: Once, when the Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him was sitting, it entered into his place an Angel with twenty-four faces. Then the Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, said to him: My beloved Jibra’eel, I have not seen you in this image. Then the Angel said: I am not Jibra’eel. I am Mahmud, and I was sent by Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He, to marry the Light to the Light. He said: Whom to whom? He said: Fatima to Ali. He said: Then, when the Angel went away, it was written between his shoulders: «Muhammed is the Messenger of Allah, Ali is his Successor». Then the Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, said: Since when has this been written between your shoulders? So he said: Since before Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He, created Adam by twenty-two thousand years.