ʿUyūn akhbār al-Riḍā - Volume 1 > Traditions About Imam al-Ridha’s Mother and Her Name
Hadith #3

3 - حَدَّثَنا تَمِيمُ بْنِ عَبْدِاللَّه تَمِيمُ القُرَشِي رَضِىَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قالَ: حَدَّثَني أَبي، عَنْ أَحْمَدِ بْنِ عَلِى الأَنْصارِي قالَ: حَدَّثَني عَلِىُّ بْنِ مِيْثَم، عَنْ أَبيهِ قالَ: لَمّا اشْتَرَتِ الحَمِيدَةُ اُمُّ مُوسَى بْنِ جَعْفَرعَلَيْهِمَا السَّلاَمُ اُمِّ الرِّضا عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ نَجْمَة، ذَكَرَتْ حَمِيدَةُ: أَنَّها رَأَتْ فِي المَنامِ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ‏ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ، يَقُولُ لَها: يا حَمِيدَةُ هَبي نَجْمَةَ لِإِبْنِكَ مُوسَى، فَإِنَّهُ سَيُولَدُ لَهُ مِنْها خَيْرَ أَهْلِ الأَرْض، فَوَهَبَتْها لَهُ، فَلَمَّا وَلَدَتْ لَهُ الرِّضا عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ سَمَّاهَا الطَّاهِرَةَ، وَكانَتْ لَها أَسْماءُ مِنْها نَجْمَةُ وَأَرْوى‏ وَسَكَنُ وَسَمانَةُ وَتُكْتَمُ وَهُوَ آخِرُ أَساميَها، قالَ عَلِىُّ بْنُ مِيْثَم: سَمِعْتُ أَبي يَقُولُ: سَمِعْتُ اُمِّي تَقُولُ: كانَتْ نَجْمَةُ بِكْراً لَمّا اشْتَرَتْها حَمِيدَةُ.

2-3 Tamim ibn Abdullah ibn Tamim al-Qurashi - may God be pleased with him - narrated that his father quoted on the authority of Ahmad ibn Ali Al-Ansari, on the authority of Ahmad ibn Ali Al-Ansari, on the authority of Ali ibn Maysam, on the authority of his father, “When the mother of Imam Al-Kazim (s) - Lady Hamideh - bought (the female slave) Najma who later gave birth to Imam Al-Ridha (s), she said, ‘I had a dream. In my dream God’s Prophet (s) told me to give Najma to my son Musa (s). The Prophet (s) told me that Najma and Musa (s) will have a child who will be the best man on the Earth. Then I gave her to my son Musa (s).’ When Najma gave birth to Imam Al-Ridha (s), Imam Musa Al-Kazim (s) named her Taherah. She also had other names including Najma, Arwa, Sakan, Samaneh and Toktam. Toktam was her last name.” Ali ibn Maysam added on the authority of his father, “I heard my mother say that Najma was a girl when Lady Hamideh bought her.”