Al-Amālī > The Ninety-Fourth Assembly, Dictated on Tuesday, the Seventeenth of Sha`ban, 368 AH in Holy Mashhad (Peace Be Upon its Inhabitant), When He Went to Houses Beyond the River
Hadith #3

3 - حدثنا أبي (رحمه الله)، قال: حدثنا علي بن إبراهيم بن هاشم، عن أبيه إبراهيم بن هاشم، عن أبي هدبة، قال: رأيت أنس بن مالك معصوبا بعصابة فسألته عنها، فقال: هذه (2) دعوة علي بن أبي طالب (عليه السلام). فقلت له: وكيف كان ذاك (3)؟ فقال: كنت خادما لرسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله)، فأهدي إليه طائر مشوي، فقال: اللهم ائتني بأحب خلقك إليك وإلي، يأكل معي من هذا الطائر. فجاء علي (عليه السلام)، فقلت له: رسول الله عنك مشغول، وأحببت أن يكون رجلا من قومي، فرفع رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) يديه الثانية، فقال: اللهم ائتني بأحب خلقك إليك وإلي، يأكل معي من هذا الطائر. فجاء علي (عليه السلام)، فقلت له: رسول الله عنك مشغول، وأحببت أن يكون رجلا من قومي، فرفع رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) يديه الثالثة، فقال: اللهم ائتني بأحب خلقك إليك وإلي، يأكل معي من هذا الطائر، فجاء علي (عليه السلام)، فقلت له: رسول الله عنك مشغول، وأحببت أن يكون رجلا من قومي، فرفع علي (عليه السلام) صوته فقال: وما يشغل رسول الله عني؟ فسمعه رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) فقال: يا أنس، من هذا؟ فقلت: علي بن أبي طالب. قال: ائذن له. فلما دخل قال له: يا علي، إني قد دعوت الله عز وجل ثلاث مرات أن يأتيني بأحب خلقه إليه وإلي يأكل معي من هذا الطائر، ولو لم تجئني في الثالثة لدعوت الله باسمك أن يأتيني بك. فقال علي (عليه السلام): يا رسول الله، إني قد جئت ثلاث مرات، كل ذلك يردني أنس ويقول: رسول الله عنك مشغول. فقال لي رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله): يا أنس ما حملك على هذا؟ فقلت: يا رسول الله، سمعت الدعوة فأحببت أن يكون رجلا من قومي. فلما كان يوم الدار استشهدني علي (عليه السلام) فكتمته، فقلت: إني نسيته، فرفع علي (عليه السلام) يده إلى السماء فقال: اللهم ارم أنسا بوضح (1) لا يستره من الناس، ثم كشف العصابة عن رأسه فقال: هذه دعوة علي، هذه دعوة علي، هذه دعوة علي (2).

My father (rh) narrated to us. He said: `Ali b. Ibrahim b. Hashim narrated to us from his father Ibrahim b. Hashim from Abi Hadiyya. He said: I saw that Anas b. Malik was afflicted with leprosy, so I asked him about that, and he said: This is [due to] the supplication of `Ali b. Abi Talib (as). So, I said: How did that happen? So, he said: I was a servant for the Messenger of Allah (s). He was gifted a cooked bird, so he said: O Allah! Bring me the most beloved of Your creation to You and to me to eat from this bird with me. So, `Ali (as) came, but I said to him: The Messenger of Allah is too busy to see you. I wanted it to be a man from my community. So, the Messenger of Allah (s) raised his hands a second time and said: O Allah! Bring me the most beloved of Your creation to You and to me to eat from this bird with me. So, `Ali (as) came, and I said to him: The Messenger of Allah is too busy to see you. I wanted it to be a man from my community. So, the Messenger of Allah (s) raised his hands a third time and said: O Allah! Bring me the most beloved of Your creation to You and to me to eat from this bird with me. So, `Ali (as) came, and I said to him: The Messenger of Allah is too busy to see you. I wanted it to be a man from my community. So, `Ali (as) raised his voice and said: What busies the Messenger of Allah? So, the Messenger of Allah (s) heard him and said: O Anas! Who is this? So, I said: `Ali b. Abi Talib. He said: Permit him [to come in]. When he entered, he said to him: O `Ali! I supplicated to Allah three times, asking Him to bring me the most beloved of His creation to Him and to me to eat from this bird with me. Had you not come the third time, I would have supplicated to Allah by your name to bring you to me. So, `Ali (as) said: O Messenger of Allah! I came three times. Every time, Anas would turn me away, saying: The Messenger of Allah is too busy to see you. So, the Messenger of Allah (s) said to me: O Anas! What caused you to do this? So, I said: O Messenger of Allah! I heard the supplication, and I wanted it to be a man from my community. So, on yawm al-dar, `Ali (as) asked me to bear witness [to his leadership]. So, I hid it and said: I have forgotten about it. So, `Ali (as) raised his hand to the sky and said: O Allah! Afflict Anas with a leprosy that he cannot hide from the people. Then, he uncovered the [signs of] leprosy from his head and said: This is the supplication of `Ali, this is the supplication of `Ali, this is the supplication of `Ali.