Al-Kāfi - Volume 6 > Prayer and Appeal before Allah for a Son
Hadith #8

مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ الْحَكَمِ عَنْ إِسْمَاعِيلَ بْنِ عَبْدِ الْخَالِقِ عَنْ بَعْضِ أَصْحَابِنَا عَنْ أَبِي عُبَيْدَةَ قَالَ أَتَتْ عَلَيَّ سِتُّونَ سَنَةً لَا يُولَدُ لِي فَحَجَجْتُ فَدَخَلْتُ عَلَى أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ( عليه السلام ) فَشَكَوْتُ إِلَيْهِ ذَلِكَ فَقَالَ لِي أَ وَ لَمْ يُولَدْ لَكَ قُلْتُ لَا قَالَ إِذَا قَدِمْتَ الْعِرَاقَ فَتَزَوَّجِ امْرَأَةً وَ لَا عَلَيْكَ أَنْ تَكُونَ سَوْءَاءَ قَالَ قُلْتُ وَ مَا السَّوْءَاءُ قَالَ امْرَأَةٌ فِيهَا قُبْحٌ فَإِنَّهُنَّ أَكْثَرُ أَوْلَاداً وَ ادْعُ بِهَذَا الدُّعَاءِ فَإِنِّي أَرْجُو أَنْ يَرْزُقَكَ اللَّهُ ذُكُوراً وَ إِنَاثاً وَ الدُّعَاءُ اللَّهُمَّ لَا تَذَرْنِي فَرْداً وَحِيداً وَحْشاً فَيَقْصُرَ شُكْرِي عَنْ تَفَكُّرِي بَلْ هَبْ لِي أُنْساً وَ عَاقِبَةَ صِدْقٍ ذُكُوراً وَ إِنَاثاً أَسْكُنُ إِلَيْهِمْ مِنَ الْوَحْشَةِ وَ آنَسُ بِهِمْ مِنَ الْوَحْدَةِ وَ أَشْكُرُكَ عَلَى تَمَامِ النِّعْمَةِ يَا وَهَّابُ يَا عَظِيمُ يَا مُعْطِي أَعْطِنِي فِي كُلِّ عَاقِبَةٍ خَيْراً حَتَّى تُبَلِّغَنِي مُنْتَهَى رِضَاكَ عَنِّي فِي صِدْقِ الْحَدِيثِ وَ أَدَاءِ الْأَمَانَةِ وَ وَفَاءِ الْعَهْدِ .

8. Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from Ali ibn al-Hakam from ’Isma’il ibn ‘Abd al-Khaliq from certain persons of our people from abu ‘Ubaydah who has said the following: “I was sixty years old and had no children. I went to perform al-Hajj then visited abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, and complained about not having any child. He (the Imam) asked, ‘Has any child ever been born to you?’ I replied, ‘No, it has not happened.’ He (the Imam) said, ‘When you go to Iraq marry a woman and it does not matter if she is not Sawa’. I then asked, ‘What is Sawa’?’ He (the Imam) said, ‘It is a woman who has certain degree of ugliness because such women give birth to more children and say this prayer. I hope Allah will grant you male and female children, ‘O Lord, do not leave me one, lonely and afraid, so that my thoughts reduce my thanking You. O Lord, (I appeal before You to) grant me comfort, truthful male successors and female ones in whom I can seek tranquility against fear, comfort against loneliness and thank You for completion of bounties. O Magnanimous, O Great , O the One who grants (favors), grant me with every successor goodness until You take me as far as You will be pleased with me in truthful words, safe return of trust and keeping the promise.’”