Al-Kāfi - Volume 7 > One in His Illness Confesses His Indebtedness to One of his Heirs
Hadith #3

3- مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عِيسَى عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ النُّعْمَانِ عَنِ ابْنِ مُسْكَانَ عَنِ الْعَلاءِ بَيَّاعِ السَّابِرِيِّ قَالَ سَأَلْتُ أَبَا عَبْدِ اللهِ (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) عَنِ امْرَأَةٍ اسْتَوْدَعَتْ رَجُلا مَالا فَلَمَّا حَضَرَتْهَا الْوَفَاةُ قَالَتْ لَهُ إِنَّ الْمَالَ الَّذِي دَفَعْتُهُ إِلَيْكَ لِفُلانَةَ وَمَاتَتِ الْمَرْأَةُ فَأَتَى أَوْلِيَاؤُهَا الرَّجُلَ فَقَالُوا لَهُ إِنَّهُ كَانَ لِصَاحِبَتِنَا مَالٌ وَلا نَرَاهُ إِلا عِنْدَكَ فَاحْلِفْ لَنَا أَنَّ مَا لَهَا قِبَلَكَ شَيْ‏ءٌ أَفَيَحْلِفُ لَهُمْ فَقَالَ إِنْ كَانَتْ مَأْمُونَةً عِنْدَهُ فَيَحْلِفُ لَهُمْ وَإِنْ كَانَتْ مُتَّهَمَةً فَلا يَحْلِفُ وَيَضَعُ الأمْرَ عَلَى مَا كَانَ فَإِنَّمَا لَهَا مِنْ مَالِهَا ثُلُثُهُ.

3. Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Isa from Ali ibn al-Nu’man from ibn Muskan from al-‘Ala’ Bayya’ al-Sabiriy who has narrated the following: “I once asked abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, about the case of a woman who leaves a certain amount of assets in trust with a man; and at the time of her death she says to him that the asset in his trust belongs to so and so female, and she dies. Her heirs then come to the man saying that their woman had certain amount of assets but they do not find them except with him, therefore he must take an oath that her assets are not with him; if he can take an oath as they ask him to do. He (the Imam) said, ‘He can take the oath if she was trustworthy in his view; but if she was accused then he must not take the oath. He must deal with the issues as they are wherein one-third of the legacy belongs to her.’”