Al-Kāfi - Volume 1 > Tacit and Explicit Testimony as proof of al-Hassan ibn Ali’s (a.s.) (a.s.) Divine Authority over the people after Amir al-Mu’minin Ali (a.s.)
Hadith #6

6ـ الْحُسَيْنُ بْنُ الْحَسَنِ الْحَسَنِيُّ رَفَعَهُ وَمُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْحَسَنِ عَنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ بْنِ إِسْحَاقَ الاحْمَرِيِّ رَفَعَهُ قَالَ لَمَّا ضُرِبَ أَمِيرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) حَفَّ بِهِ الْعُوَّادُ وَقِيلَ لَهُ يَا أَمِيرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَوْصِ فَقَالَ اثْنُوا لِي وِسَادَةً ثُمَّ قَالَ الْحَمْدُ لله حَقَّ قَدْرِهِ مُتَّبِعِينَ أَمْرَهُ وَأَحْمَدُهُ كَمَا أَحَبَّ وَلا إِلَهَ إِلا الله الْوَاحِدُ الاحَدُ الصَّمَدُ كَمَا انْتَسَبَ أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ كُلُّ امْرِئٍ لاقٍ فِي فِرَارِهِ مَا مِنْهُ يَفِرُّ وَالاجَلُ مَسَاقُ النَّفْسِ إِلَيْهِ وَالْهَرَبَ مِنْهُ مُوَافَاتُهُ كَمْ أَطْرَدْتُ الايَّامَ أَبْحَثُهَا عَنْ مَكْنُونِ هَذَا الامْرِ فَأَبَى الله عَزَّ ذِكْرُهُ إِلا إِخْفَاءَهُ هَيْهَاتَ عِلْمٌ مَكْنُونٌ أَمَّا وَصِيَّتِي فَأَنْ لا تُشْرِكُوا بِالله جَلَّ ثَنَاؤُهُ شَيْئاً وَمُحَمَّداً (صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِه) فَلا تُضَيِّعُوا سُنَّتَهُ أَقِيمُوا هَذَيْنِ الْعَمُودَيْنِ وَأَوْقِدُوا هَذَيْنِ الْمِصْبَاحَيْنِ وَخَلاكُمْ ذَمٌّ مَا لَمْ تَشْرُدُوا حُمِّلَ كُلُّ امْرِئٍ مَجْهُودَهُ وَخُفِّفَ عَنِ الْجَهَلَةِ رَبٌّ رَحِيمٌ وَإِمَامٌ عَلِيمٌ وَدِينٌ قَوِيمٌ أَنَا بِالامْسِ صَاحِبُكُمْ وَأَنَا الْيَوْمَ عِبْرَةٌ لَكُمْ وَغَداً مُفَارِقُكُمْ إِنْ تَثْبُتِ الْوَطْأَةُ فِي هَذِهِ الْمَزَلَّةِ فَذَاكَ الْمُرَادُ وَإِنْ تَدْحَضِ الْقَدَمُ فَإِنَّا كُنَّا فِي أَفْيَاءِ أَغْصَانٍ وَذَرَى رِيَاحٍ وَتَحْتَ ظِلِّ غَمَامَةٍ اضْمَحَلَّ فِي الْجَوِّ مُتَلَفِّقُهَا وَعَفَا فِي الارْضِ مَحَطُّهَا وَإِنَّمَا كُنْتُ جَاراً جَاوَرَكُمْ بَدَنِي أَيَّاماً وَسَتُعْقَبُونَ مِنِّي جُثَّةً خَلاءً سَاكِنَةً بَعْدَ حَرَكَةٍ وَكَاظِمَةً بَعْدَ نُطْقٍ لِيَعِظَكُمْ هُدُوِّي وَخُفُوتُ إِطْرَاقِي وَسُكُونُ أَطْرَافِي فَإِنَّهُ أَوْعَظُ لَكُمْ مِنَ النَّاطِقِ الْبَلِيغِ وَدَّعْتُكُمْ وَدَاعَ مُرْصِدٍ لِلتَّلاقِي غَداً تَرَوْنَ أَيَّامِي وَيَكْشِفُ الله عَزَّ وَجَلَّ عَنْ سَرَائِرِي وَتَعْرِفُونِّي بَعْدَ خُلُوِّ مَكَانِي وَقِيَامِ غَيْرِي مَقَامِي إِنْ أَبْقَ فَأَنَا وَلِيُّ دَمِي وَإِنْ أَفْنَ فَالْفَنَاءُ مِيعَادِي وَإِنْ أَعْفُ فَالْعَفْوُ لِي قُرْبَةٌ وَلَكُمْ حَسَنَةٌ فَاعْفُوا وَاصْفَحُوا أَ لا تُحِبُّونَ أَنْ يَغْفِرَ الله لَكُمْ فَيَا لَهَا حَسْرَةً عَلَى كُلِّ ذِي غَفْلَةٍ أَنْ يَكُونَ عُمُرُهُ عَلَيْهِ حُجَّةً أَوْ تُؤَدِّيَهُ أَيَّامُهُ إِلَى شِقْوَةٍ جَعَلَنَا الله وَإِيَّاكُمْ مِمَّنْ لا يَقْصُرُ بِهِ عَنْ طَاعَةِ الله رَغْبَةٌ أَوْ تَحُلُّ بِهِ بَعْدَ الْمَوْتِ نَقِمَةٌ فَإِنَّمَا نَحْنُ لَهُ وَبِهِ ثُمَّ أَقْبَلَ عَلَى الْحَسَنِ (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) فَقَالَ يَا بُنَيَّ ضَرْبَةً مَكَانَ ضَرْبَةٍ وَلا تَأْثَمْ.

6. Al-Husayn ibn al-Hasan al-Hassani has narrated in a Marfu‘ manner, rafa‘ahu, and Muhammad ibn al-Hassan from Ibrahim ibn Ishaq al-Ahmari has narrated in a marfu‘ manner, rafa‘ahu, the following. “When Amir al-Mu’minin Ali (a.s.) was injured the visitors crowded around him saying, “O Amir al-Mu’minin Ali (a.s.), (please, grant us) your directive will.” The Imam (a.s.) then said, “You must fold the pillow for me (so I can speak).” He then said, “All praise belongs to Allah as He is worthy of it. We follow His commands. I praise Him jus as He has loved it. There is no lord except Allah, Who is One, the only One, the self-sufficient is His own description of His genealogy. O people, every man, in his running away, comes face to face with what he runs away from. The appointed time (to die) is the driver of the soul to it (the time of death). Running away from death is rushing to find it. How many days have come and gone in which I search for the secret of this matter, however, Allah disdains to do otherwise, but to keep it secret. It certainly is beyond comprehension; it is a hidden knowledge. “My directive will to you is that you must not consider any thing like Allah, Great is Whose praise. You must not disregard the Sunnah (traditions) of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.). Keep these two pillars straight and light these two beacons. You will not face any blames until you do not disperse ( remain united). Every man is held responsible for what assiduously gains. Ignorant, (the lay) people’s burden has been reduced. The Lord is Merciful, the Imam is knowledgeable and religion is a constructive system. Yesterday I was your companion, today (I am) a lesson for you and tomorrow I will depart you. If one can remain steadfast at this slippery position then that is the goal. However, if the foot would waver it is because we live under the shadows of the branches, in the blowing winds, under the shadow of dissipating clouds in the air and disappearing traces on the land. I was your neighbor that lived along you with my body for a number of days. You will soon follow my dead body (to the grave). It will be a motionless body that moved, a silent one that spoke (so sweet). My silence, my closed eyes and my motionless lambs must be held as the best preachers. They are far better preachers to than an eloquent orator. I have said farewell to you as the one who expects re-union. Tomorrow you see my days and Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, will reveal my secrets and you will know me better when will not find me in my place and the holding of others my position. If I will survive I will be the authority for my own-self but if I will die then death is my destination. If I will forgive (my assassin) then forgiveness is a means of getting closer (to Allah) and for you it is good deed. You must forgive and ignore. Do you not like that Allah will forgive you? How great is the sorrow for the neglectful ones whose life will testimony for his own condemnation or lead him his days to misfortune. May Allah place us and you among those who do not fall short in life from obedience to Allah because of his desire (to obey Him) or that he may not suffer after death. We are only for Him and with Him.” Then he turned to al-Hassan (a.s.) and said, “My son, one strike for one strike you will not be in sin.”