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Hadith #1

حدثنا محمد بن إبراهيم بن أحمد بن يونس الليثي، قال: حدثنا أحمد بن محمد بن سعيد الكوفي، قال: حدثنا علي بن الحسن بن علي بن فضال، عن أبيه، عن إبراهيم ابن زياد، قال: سألت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام في قول الله عز وجل: " وبئر معطلة وقصر مشيد " قال: البئر المعطلة: الامام الصامت، والقصر المشيد: الامام الناطق.

1. We were told by Muhammed bin Ibrahim bin Ahmad bin Yunus al-Laythi, that he said: We were told by Ahmad bin Muhammed bin Sa’eed al-Kufi, that he said: We were told by Ali bin Hasan bin Ali bin Faddal, from his brother, from Ibrahim ibn Ziyad, that he said: I asked Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, about the saying of Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He: «and an abandoned well and a lofty palace» (22:45). He said: The Abandoned Well is the Silent Imam, and the Lofty Palace is the Speaking Imam.



Hadith #2

حدثنا أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا أحمد بن إدريس، عن محمد بن أحمد بن يحيىعن علي بن السندي، عن محمد بن عمرو، عن بعض أصحابنا، عن نصر بن قابوس قال: سألت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام عن قول الله عز وجل: " وبئر معطلة وقصر مشيد " قال: البئر المعطلة: الامام الصامت، والقصر المشيد: الامام الناطق.

2. We were told by my father, may Allah grant him mercy, that he said: We were told by Ahmad bin Idris, from Muhammed bin Ahmad bin Yahya bin Ali bin al-Sindi, from Muhammed bin Amru, from some of our companions, from Nasr bin Qabus, that he said: I asked Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, about the saying of Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He: «and an abandoned well and a lofty palace» (22:45). He said: The Abandoned Well is the Silent Imam, and the Lofty Palace is the Speaking Imam.



Hadith #3

حدثنا المظفر بن جعفر بن المظفر العلوي السمرقندي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا جعفر بن محمد بن مسعود، عن أبيه، عن إسحاق بن محمد، قال أخبرني محمد بن الحسن ابن شمون، عن عبد الله بن عبد الرحمن الأصم، عن عبد الله بن القاسم البطل عن صالح ابن سهل أنه قال: أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام هو القصر المشيد والبئر المعطلة فاطمة وولدها معطلين من الملك .

3. We were told by Mudaffar bin Ja’far bin Mudaffar al-Alawi al-Samarqandi, may Allah grant him mercy, that he said: We were told by Ja’far bin Muhammed bin Mas’ud, from his father, from Ishaq bin Muhammed, that he said: I was informed by Muhammed bin Hasan ibn Shammun, from Abdullah bin Abdul-Rahman al-Asam, from Abdullah bin Qasim al-Batal, from Saleh ibn Sahl, that he said: The Commander of the Believers, peace be upon him, is the Loft Palace, and the Abandoned Well is Fatima and her sons, who are abandoned from rulership.



Hadith #4

وقال محمد بن الحسن بن أبي خالد الأشعري الملقب بشنبولة: بئر معطلة وقصر مشرف * مثل لآل محمد مستطرف فالناطق القصر المشيد منهم * والصامت البئر التي لا تنزف .

Muhammed bin Hasan bin Abi Khalid al-Ash’ari, nicknamed as Shanbula, said: An abandoned well and a high palace, an exquisite example of the Family of Muhammed, so, the speaking is the lofty palace, among them, and the silent is the well that does not bleed.