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Hadith #11

عَلِيُّ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ صَالِحِ بْنِ السِّنْدِيِّ عَنْ جَعْفَرِ بْنِ بَشِيرٍ عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ خُثَيْمٍ عَنْ مَعْمَرِ بْنِ خُثَيْمٍ قَالَ قَالَ لِي أَبُو جَعْفَرٍ ( عليه السلام ) مَا تُكَنَّى قَالَ قُلْتُ مَا اكْتَنَيْتُ بَعْدُ وَ مَا لِي مِنْ وَلَدٍ وَ لَا امْرَأَةٍ وَ لَا جَارِيَةٍ قَالَ فَمَا يَمْنَعُكَ مِنْ ذَلِكَ قَالَ قُلْتُ حَدِيثٌ بَلَغَنَا عَنْ عَلِيٍّ ( عليه السلام ) قَالَ وَ مَا هُوَ قُلْتُ بَلَغَنَا عَنْ عَلِيٍّ ( عليه السلام ) أَنَّهُ قَالَ مَنِ اكْتَنَى وَ لَيْسَ لَهُ أَهْلٌ فَهُوَ أَبُو جَعْرٍ فَقَالَ أَبُو جَعْفَرٍ ( عليه السلام ) شَوْهٌ لَيْسَ هَذَا مِنْ حَدِيثِ عَلِيٍّ ( عليه السلام ) إِنَّا لَنُكَنِّي أَوْلَادَنَا فِي صِغَرِهِمْ مَخَافَةَ النَّبَزِ أَنْ يَلْحَقَ بِهِمْ .

11. Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from Salih al-Sindiy from Ja‘far ibn Bashir from Sa‘id ibn Khuthaym from Mu’ammar ibn Khuthaym who has said the following: “Abu Ja‘far, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, once asked me, ‘What is your Kunyah (father of so and so or son of so and so)?’ I replied, ‘I have no Kunyah yet; I have no son or wife or daughter.’ He (the Imam) asked, ‘What keeps you from having one?’ I replied, ‘It is a Hadith which is narrated from Ali, ‘Alayhi al- Salam. ’ He (the Imam) asked, ‘What is it?’ I replied, ‘Ali, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, has said, “If one adopts a Kunyah and he does not have a wife he then is father of al-Ja‘r (dried up dung).”’ Abu Ja‘far, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, then said that it is forged and it is not of Hadith of Ali, ‘Alayhi al-Salam. We give Kunyah to our children in their childhood for fear of bad names being ascribed to them.’”