Al-Kāfi - Volume 8 > Hadith
Hadith #57

بَعْضُ أَصْحَابِنَا عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ الْعَبَّاسِ عَنِ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ عَنْ أَبِي الْحَسَنِ (عليه السلام) قَالَ إِنَّ الْأَحْلَامَ لَمْ تَكُنْ فِيمَا مَضَى فِي أَوَّلِ الْخَلْقِ وَ إِنَّمَا حَدَثَتْ فَقُلْتُ وَ مَا الْعِلَّةُ فِي ذَلِكَ فَقَالَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ ذِكْرُهُ بَعَثَ رَسُولًا إِلَى أَهْلِ زَمَانِهِ فَدَعَاهُمْ إِلَى عِبَادَةِ اللَّهِ وَ طَاعَتِهِ فَقَالُوا إِنْ فَعَلْنَا ذَلِكَ فَمَا لَنَا فَوَ اللَّهِ مَا أَنْتَ بِأَكْثَرِنَا مَالًا وَ لَا بِأَعَزِّنَا عَشِيرَةً فَقَالَ إِنْ أَطَعْتُمُونِي أَدْخَلَكُمُ اللَّهُ الْجَنَّةَ وَ إِنْ عَصَيْتُمُونِي أَدْخَلَكُمُ اللَّهُ النَّارَ فَقَالُوا وَ مَا الْجَنَّةُ وَ النَّارُ فَوَصَفَ لَهُمْ ذَلِكَ فَقَالُوا مَتَى نَصِيرُ إِلَى ذَلِكَ فَقَالَ إِذَا مِتُّمْ فَقَالُوا لَقَدْ رَأَيْنَا أَمْوَاتَنَا صَارُوا عِظَاماً وَ رُفَاتاً فَازْدَادُوا لَهُ تَكْذِيباً وَ بِهِ اسْتِخْفَافاً فَأَحْدَثَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ فِيهِمُ الْأَحْلَامَ فَأَتَوْهُ فَأَخْبَرُوهُ بِمَا رَأَوْا وَ مَا أَنْكَرُوا مِنْ ذَلِكَ فَقَالَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ أَرَادَ أَنْ يَحْتَجَّ عَلَيْكُمْ بِهَذَا هَكَذَا تَكُونُ أَرْوَاحُكُمْ إِذَا مِتُّمْ وَ إِنْ بُلِيَتْ أَبْدَانُكُمْ تَصِيرُ الْأَرْوَاحُ إِلَى عِقَابٍ حَتَّى تُبْعَثَ الْأَبْدَانُ.

57. One of our companions, from Ali Bin Al-Abbas, from Al-Hassan Bin Abdul Rahman, who has narrated: Abu Al-Hassan (a.s.) said: ‘The dreams did not exist in the past in the beginning of the creation, but rather they occurred later on’. I said, ‘And what is the reason with regards to that?’ He (a.s.) said: ‘Allah Sent a Rasool (as) to the people of his (as) era. So he (as) called them to the worship of Allah and to His obedience’. They said, ‘If we were to do that, so what is in it for us, for by Allah , you (as) are no more wealthier than we are, nor is your (as) family stronger than ours’. He (as) said: ‘If you were all to obey me (as), Allah will Make you to enter the Paradise, and if you were to disobey me (as), Allah will Make you to enter the Fire’. So they said, ‘And what is the Paradise and the Fire?’ So he (as) described that for them. So they said, ‘When do we go to that?’ So he (as) said: ‘When you die’. So they said, ‘But we have seen our dead becoming bones and dust’. So they increased in their denial and contempt of it’. So Allah Enabled them to experience dreams. So these came to them, and they got informed by what they saw, and what they had denied from that. So he (as) said: ‘Allah Intended to Argue against you by this. This is how your spirits are. When you all die, and your bodies decay, your spirits will go toward Punishment until such time that the bodies are resurrected’.