Al-Kāfi - Volume 6 > Choosing the Camel
Hadith #9

عِدَّةٌ مِنْ أَصْحَابِنَا عَنْ سَهْلِ بْنِ زِيَادٍ عَنْ جَعْفَرِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنِ ابْنِ الْقَدَّاحِ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ( عليه السلام ) وَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ مَيْمُونٍ قَالَ خَرَجْنَا مَعَ أَبِي جَعْفَرٍ ( عليه السلام ) إِلَى أَرْضِ طِيبَةَ وَ مَعَهُ عَمْرُو بْنُ دِينَارٍ وَ أُنَاسٌ مِنْ أَصْحَابِهِ فَأَقَمْنَا بِطِيبَةَ مَا شَاءَ اللَّهُ وَ رَكِبَ أَبُو جَعْفَرٍ ( عليه السلام ) عَلَى جَمَلٍ صَعْبٍ فَقَالَ لَهُ عَمْرُو بْنُ دِينَارٍ مَا أَصْعَبَ بَعِيرَكَ فَقَالَ أَ وَ مَا عَلِمْتَ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) قَالَ إِنَّ عَلَى ذِرْوَةِ كُلِّ بَعِيرٍ شَيْطَاناً فَامْتَهِنُوهَا وَ ذَلِّلُوهَا وَ اذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهَا فَإِنَّمَا يَحْمِلُ اللَّهُ ثُمَّ دَخَلَ مَكَّةَ وَ دَخَلْنَا مَعَهُ بِغَيْرِ إِحْرَامٍ .

9. A number of our people have narrated from Sahl ibn Ziyad from Ja‘far ibn Muhammad from ibn al-Qaddah from abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, and from his father Maymun who has said the following: “Once we left with abu Ja‘far, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, to Ard of Taybah (name of a place between Makkah and al-Madinah) and ‘Amr ibn Dinar was with him (the Imam) as well as other ones of his people. We stopped at Taybah as long as Allah willed, and abu Ja‘far rode a difficult camel. ‘Amr ibn Dinar said, ‘Your camel is very difficult.’ He (the Imam) said, ‘You must take notice that the Messenger of Allah, O Allah, grant compensation to Muhammad and his family worthy of their services to Your cause, has said the following. ‘On the peak of every camel there is a Satan, so you must degrade and make him lowly by mentioning the name of Allah on it because He is Allah who carries loads.’ He (the Imam) then entered Makkah and we also entered Makkah without assuming the state of Ihram (because of entering before the passing of a month from his previous Ihram).”’