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Hadith #2

4-13 حدثنا أبي رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا أحمد بن إدريس قال: حدثنا محمد ابن أحمد بن عيسى عن محمد بن سنان، عن أبي الجارود، عن أبي جعفر عليه السلام قال: قلت له: جعلت فداك إذا مضى عالمكم أهل البيت فبأي شيء يعرفون من يجئ بعده؟ قال: بالهدى والاطراق وإقرار آل محمد له بالفضل، ولا يسأل عن شيء مما بين صدفيها إلا أجاب فيه

4-13 (The compiler of the book narrated) that his father - may God be pleased with him - narrated that Ahmad ibn Idris quoted Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Isa, on the authority of Muhammad ibn Sin’an, on the authority of Abil Jarud, “I asked Abi Ja’far al-Baqir (MGB), ‘May I be your ransom! If the most knowledgeable one from your household perishes, how can one know the Trustee who comes after him?’ The Imam (MGB) replied, ‘Through guidance, serenity, the testimony of the members of the Household of Muhammad (MGB) to his nobility, and his ability to respond to any questions asked.’”