ʿUyūn akhbār al-Riḍā - Volume 2 > His Debates With the Opponents Regarding Divine Leadership and Ali’s Nobility
Hadith #1

1 - حَدَّثَنا تَمِيمُ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّه بْنِ تَمِيمُ القُرَشِي رَضِىَاللهُ عَنْهُ قالَ: حَدَّثَنا أَبي قالَ حَدَّثَني أَحْمَدِ بْنِ عَلِى الأَنْصارِي عَنْ إِسْحاق بْنِ حَمَّادٍ قالَ: كَانَ الْمَأْمُونُ يَعْقِدُ مَجَالِسَ النَّظَرِ وَيَجْمَعُ الُْمخَالِفِينَ لاهْلِ الْبَيْتِ‏ عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ وَيُكَلِّمُهُمْ فِي إِمَامَةِ أَمِيرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ عَلِيِّ بْنَ أَبِيطَالِبٍ‏ عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ وَتَفْضِيلِهِ عَلَى جَمِيعِ الصَّحَابَةِ تَقَرُّباً إِلَى أَبِي الْحَسَنِ عَلِيِّ بْنِ مُوسَى الرِّضَا عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ وَكَانَ الرِّضَا عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ يَقُولُ لاصْحَابِهِ: الَّذِينَ يَثِقُ بِهِمْ لا تَغْتَرُّوا بِقَوْلِهِ فَمَا يَقْتُلُنِي وَاللَّهِ غَيْرُهُ وَلَكِنَّهُ لا بُدَّ لِي مِنَ الصَّبْرِ حَتَّى يَبْلُغَ الْكِتابُ أَجَلَهُ.

45-1 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 Ishaq ibn Ham’mad that Al-Ma’mun used to set up debate meetings in which the opponents of the Members of the Holy Household gathered together and he argued with them about theDivine Leadership of the Commander of the Faithful Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s.) and his nobility over the rest of the companions in order to please Abil Hassan Ali ibn Musa Ar-Ridha’ (a.s.). Ar-Ridha’ (a.s.) told his trusted companions, “Do not get fooled by what he says. I swear by God that he is my murderer. However, I have no choice but to be patient until my pre-recorded time of death arrives.”