Al-Kāfi - Volume 8 > Hadith
Hadith #513

أَبَانٌ عَنْ فُضَيْلٍ وَ عُبَيْدٍ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ (عليه السلام) قَالَ لَمَّا حَضَرَ مُحَمَّدَ بْنَ أُسَامَةَ الْمَوْتُ دَخَلَتْ عَلَيْهِ بَنُو هَاشِمٍ فَقَالَ لَهُمْ قَدْ عَرَفْتُمْ قَرَابَتِي وَ مَنْزِلَتِي مِنْكُمْ وَ عَلَيَّ دَيْنٌ فَأُحِبُّ أَنْ تَضْمَنُوهُ عَنِّي فَقَالَ عَلِيُّ بْنُ الْحُسَيْنِ (عليه السلام) أَمَا وَ اللَّهِ ثُلُثُ دَيْنِكَ عَلَيَّ ثُمَّ سَكَتَ وَ سَكَتُوا فَقَالَ عَلِيُّ بْنُ الْحُسَيْنِ (عليه السلام) عَلَيَّ دَيْنُكَ كُلُّهُ ثُمَّ قَالَ عَلِيُّ بْنُ الْحُسَيْنِ (عليه السلام) أَمَا إِنَّهُ لَمْ يَمْنَعْنِي أَنْ أَضْمَنَهُ أَوَّلًا إِلَّا كَرَاهِيَةَ أَنْ يَقُولُوا سَبَقَنَا.

513. Aban, from Fazeyl and Ubeyd, who has said: Abu Abdullah (asws) has said: ‘When the death presented itself to Muhammad Bin Usama, the Clan of Hashim (as) came up to him. So he said to them, ‘You have recognised my being near in relations to you, and my status among you, and I have a debt upon me so I would love it if you could take the responsibility of it from me’. So Ali (asws) Bin Al-Husayn (asws) said: ‘By Allah (azwj), a third of your debt is upon me (asws)’, then he (asws) was quiet and they remained quiet. So Ali (asws) Bin Al-Husayn (asws) said: ‘Upon me (asws) is all of your debt’. Then Ali (asws) Bin Al-Husayn (asws) said: ‘But what prevented me (asws) from assuming the responsibility of all of his debts at first was the abhorrence that they would say, ‘He (asws) preceded us for it’.