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Hadith #2

2- عَلِيُّ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي عُمَيْرٍ عَنِ الْحَكَمِ بْنِ مِسْكِينٍ عَنْ عَبْدِ الْمَلِكِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو قَالَ قَالَ لِي أَبُو عَبْدِ اللهِ (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) يَا عَبْدَ الْمَلِكِ مَا لِي لا أَرَاكَ تَخْرُجُ إِلَى هَذِهِ الْمَوَاضِعِ الَّتِي يَخْرُجُ إِلَيْهَا أَهْلُ بِلادِكَ قَالَ قُلْتُ وَأَيْنَ فَقَالَ جُدَّةُ وَعَبَّادَانُ وَالْمَصِّيصَةُ وَقَزْوِينُ فَقُلْتُ انْتِظَاراً لأمْرِكُمْ وَالاقْتِدَاءِ بِكُمْ فَقَالَ إِي وَاللهِ لَوْ كَانَ خَيْراً مَا سَبَقُونَا إِلَيْهِ قَالَ قُلْتُ لَهُ فَإِنَّ الزَّيْدِيَّةَ يَقُولُونَ لَيْسَ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَ جَعْفَرٍ خِلافٌ إِلا أَنَّهُ لا يَرَى الْجِهَادَ فَقَالَ أَنَا لا أَرَاهُ بَلَى وَاللهِ إِنِّي لأرَاهُ وَلَكِنْ أَكْرَهُ أَنْ أَدَعَ عِلْمِي إِلَى جَهْلِهِمْ.

2. Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from ibn abu ‘ Umayr from af-Hakam ibn Miskin from ‘ Abd af-Malik ibn ‘ Amr who has said the following: “Abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, said to me, ‘O ‘Abd al-Malik, how is it that I do not see you go to these places where the people of your town go?’ I then asked, ‘Which places do you mean?’ He (the Imam) said, ‘To Juddah, ‘Abadan, al-Massisah and Qazwin.’ I then said, ‘I wait for your cause to materialize and follow you.’ He (the Imam) said, ‘That by Allah is true. If there was anything good in it they could not arrive there before us.’ He (the narrator) has that he then said to him, ‘Al-Zaydiyah group says, ‘There is no difference between us and Ja‘far, except that he does not think Jihad is necessary.’ He (the Imam) said, ‘Do I not consider it necessary? By Allah, I do consider it necessary but I dislike leaving my knowledge in their ignorance.’”