Al-Kāfi - Volume 6 > Signs of Edible and Inedible Eggs
Hadith #1

عِدَّةٌ مِنْ أَصْحَابِنَا عَنْ سَهْلِ بْنِ زِيَادٍ عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ أَبِي نَصْرٍ عَنِ الْعَلَاءِ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ مُسْلِمٍ عَنْ أَحَدِهِمَا ( عليهما السلام ) قَالَ إِذَا دَخَلْتَ أَجَمَةً فَوَجَدْتَ بَيْضاً فَلَا تَأْكُلْ مِنْهُ إِلَّا مَا اخْتَلَفَ طَرَفَاهُ .

1. A number of our people have narrated from Sahl ibn Ziyad from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from ibn abu Nasr from al-‘Ala’ from Muhammad ibn Muslim who has said the following: “I once asked one of the two Imam, (abu Ja‘far or abu ‘ Abd Allah), ‘Alayhim al-Salam, about the eggs that I may find in the wilderness. He (the Imam) said, ’Do not eat unless the shape of its both ends is different.’”



Hadith #2

عَلِيُّ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي عُمَيْرٍ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ الزَّيَّاتِ عَنْ زُرَارَةَ قَالَ قُلْتُ لِأَبِي جَعْفَرٍ ( عليه السلام ) الْبَيْضُ فِي الْآجَامِ فَقَالَ مَا اسْتَوَى طَرَفَاهُ فَلَا تَأْكُلْ وَ مَا اخْتَلَفَ طَرَفَاهُ فَكُلْ .

2. Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from ibn abu ‘Umayr from Ali ibn al-Zayyat (Ali ibn Ri’ab) from Zurarah who has said the following: “I once asked abu Ja’far, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, about the eggs that I may find in the wilderness. He (the Imam) said, ‘Do not eat whatever has its both ends of the same shape and eat that which has the ends of different shapes.’”



Hadith #3

عَنْهُ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي عُمَيْرٍ عَنْ عُمَرَ بْنِ أُذَيْنَةَ عَنْ زُرَارَةَ عَنْ أَبِي الْخَطَّابِ قَالَ سَأَلْتُهُ يَعْنِي أَبَا عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ( عليه السلام ) عَنْ رَجُلٍ يَدْخُلُ الْأَجَمَةَ فَيَجِدُ فِيهَا بَيْضاً مُخْتَلِفاً لَا يَدْرِي بَيْضُ مَا هُوَ أَ بَيْضُ مَا يُكْرَهُ مِنَ الطَّيْرِ أَوْ يُسْتَحَبُّ فَقَالَ إِنَّ فِيهِ عَلَماً لَا يَخْفَى انْظُرْ إِلَى كُلِّ بَيْضَةٍ تَعْرِفُ رَأْسَهَا مِنْ أَسْفَلِهَا فَكُلْ وَ مَا يَسْتَوِي فِي ذَلِكَ فَدَعْهُ .

3. It is narrated from the narrator of the previous Hadith from his father from ibn abu ‘Umayr from ‘Umar ibn ‘Udhaynah Zurarah from abu al-Khattab who has said the following: “I once asked abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, about the case of a man who enters the wilderness and finds different eggs which he does not know from what kind of birds they are; if it is of birds that are undesirable or of the desirable ones. He (the Imam) said, ‘There is knowledge in it which is not unclear. If you look at each egg you can find which end is the head and which end is the bottom in which case you can eat; but if you cannot distinguish the shape of one end from the other, then leave it.’”



Hadith #4

عَلِيُّ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ هَارُونَ بْنِ مُسْلِمٍ عَنْ مَسْعَدَةَ بْنِ صَدَقَةَ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ( عليه السلام ) يَقُولُ كُلْ مِنَ الْبَيْضِ مَا لَمْ يَسْتَوِ رَأْسَاهُ وَ قَالَ مَا كَانَ مِنْ بَيْضِ طَيْرِ الْمَاءِ مِثْلَ بَيْضِ الدَّجَاجِ وَ عَلَى خِلْقَتِهِ أَحَدُ رَأْسَيْهِ مُفَرْطَحٌ وَ إِلَّا فَلَا تَأْكُلْ .

4. Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from Harun ibn Muslim from Mas’adah ibn Sadaqah who has said the following: “I once heard abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, saying, ‘If both ends of an egg are not of the same shape you then can use it for food.’ He (the Imam) said, ‘If it is of the eggs of the birds of water like the eggs of chicken with one end wider, otherwise, do not use it for food.’”



Hadith #5

بَعْضُ أَصْحَابِنَا عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ جُمْهُورٍ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ الْقَاسِمِ عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي يَعْفُورٍ قَالَ قُلْتُ لِأَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ( عليه السلام ) إِنِّي أَكُونُ فِي الْآجَامِ فَيَخْتَلِفُ عَلَيَّ الْبَيْضُ فَمَا آكُلُ مِنْهُ فَقَالَ كُلْ مِنْهُ مَا اخْتَلَفَ طَرَفَاهُ .

5. Certain persons of our people have narrated from Ahmad ibn Jumhur from Muhammad ibn al-Qasim from ibn abu Ya‘fur who has said the following: “I once asked abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, about the eggs that I may find in the wilderness and about which ones are edible. He (the Imam) said, ‘Eat whatever is of different shapes at both ends.’”