Chapter Twelve: Narrations of Imam Musa Kazim (a.s.)

أَبِي عَنْ سَعْدٍ عَنِ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ عِيسَى بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَلِيِّ بْنِ جَعْفَرٍ عَنْ جَدِّهِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ جَعْفَرٍ عَنْ أَخِيهِ مُوسَى بْنِ جَعْفَرٍ ع قَالَ إِذَا فُقِدَ الْخَامِسُ مِنْ وُلْدِ السَّابِعِ فَاللَّهَ اللَّهَ فِي أَدْيَانِكُمْ لَا يُزِيلُكُمْ أَحَدٌ عَنْهَا يَا بُنَيَّ إِنَّهُ لَا بُدَّ لِصَاحِبِ هَذَا الْأَمْرِ مِنْ غَيْبَةٍ حَتَّى يَرْجِعَ عَنْ هَذَا الْأَمْرِ مَنْ كَانَ يَقُولُ بِهِ إِنَّمَا هِيَ مِحْنَةٌ مِنَ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ امْتَحَنَ بِهَا خَلْقَهُ وَ لَوْ عَلِمَ آبَاؤُكُمْ وَ أَجْدَادُكُمْ دِيناً أَصَحَّ مِنْ هَذَا لَاتَّبَعُوهُ فَقُلْتُ يَا سَيِّدِي مَنِ الْخَامِسُ مِنْ وُلْدِ السَّابِعِ قَالَ يَا بُنَيَّ عُقُولُكُمْ تَصْغُرُ عَنْ هَذَا وَ أَحْلَامُكُمْ تَضِيقُ عَنْ حَمْلِهِ وَ لَكِنْ إِنْ تَعِيشُوا فَسَوْفَ تُدْرِكُونَهُ

1- Ilalush Sharai: Shaykh Saduq has narrated from his father from Saad from Hasan bin Isa bin Muhammad bin Ali bin Ja’far from his grandfather Muhammad from Ali bin Ja’far from his brother, Imam Musa Ibne Ja’far (a.s.) that he said:

“When the fifth from the sons of the seventh disappears, then by Allah, by Allah, watch your religiosity. Do not allow anyone to remove it from you. O my dear son, it is necessary for the Patron of this Enterprise to disappear until many who believe in this matter turn away from it. It will be a trial from Allah, by which He will try His creation. If your fathers and grandfathers knew a creed better than this, they would have followed it.”

I said: “My master, who is the fifth from the sons of the seventh?” He said: “O my son, your intelligence is beneath understanding him and your dreams are narrower than to carry it. However, if you live, you will see him.”

InIkmaaluddin ,Ghaibat Tusi, Ghaibat Nomani andKifayatul Athar this report is narrated through other chains of narrators as well.

2- Ikmaaluddin: Shaykh Saduq has narrated from Hamadani from Ali from his father from Muhammad bin Ziyad Azdi that:

I asked my master Musa Ibne Ja’far (a.s.) about the holy Divine verse:And He has lavished His favors on you, explicit and hidden. He said: “The explicit favor is the manifest Imam and the hidden one is the hidden Imam.” I asked him, “Is there someone in the Imams who will disappear?” He said: “Yes. His person will disappear from the eyes of the people and his remembrance will not disappear from the hearts of the believers. He is the Twelfth of us. Allah will facilitate every difficult task for him and will abase every hardship for him. He will reveal the treasures of the earth for him, proximate every far for him, destroy every tyrant through him and kill the rebellious Satan on his hands.

That is the son of the mistress of the slave girls, whose birth will be hidden from the people, and mentioning him by his name will not be

permissible for them until Allah manifests him and fills the earth through him with equity and justice, as it will be replete with injustice and oppression.” Shaykh Saduq (r.a.) says, “I have not heard this narration from anyone except Ahmad Ibne Ziyad Hamadani on my return from Hajj. He was a trustworthy, religious and a knowledgeable man.­

This report is also mentioned inKifayatul Athar through another chain of narrators.

3- Ikmaaluddin: Shaykh Saduq (r.a.) has quoted from his father from Saad from Khashab from Abbas bin Amir that:

I heard Imam Musa bin Ja’far (a.s.) say, “People will say, the Master of this Affair has not been born yet.”

4- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from Hamadani from Ali bin Ibrahim from Muhammad bin Khalid from Ali bin Hisan from Dawood bin Kathir that he said:

I asked Imam Musa Kazim (a.s.) about the Master of this Affair. He said: “He is the castaway, the loner, away from his home, hidden from his family, the son of an un-avenged father.”

5- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from the father of Shaykh Saduq from Saad from Ibne Isa from Bajali from Muawiyah bin Wahab and Abi Qatadah Ali bin Muhammad from Ali bin Ja’far from his brother, Imam Musa Kazim (a.s.) that:

I asked him, “What is the interpretation of the word of Allah, the Exalted:

قُلْ أَرَأَيْتُمْ إِنْ أَصْبَحَ مَاؤُكُمْ غَوْرًا

“Say, ‘Have you thought? If in the morning your water should have disappeared into the earth, then who would bring you running water?” (Surah Mulk 67:30)

He said: “When you lose your Imam and do not see him, what are you going to do?”

6- Ikmaaluddin: It is narrated from Hamadani from Ali from his father from Salih bin Sindi from Yunus Ibne Abdur Rahman that: I came to Imam Musa Kazim (a.s.) and asked:

“O son of Allah’s Messenger, are you theQaim bil ­Haqq (The Establisher of the Truth)?” He said: “I am the Qaim bil Haqq, however, the Qaim who will clean the earth from the enemies of Allah and will fill it with equity, as it will be full of injustice, is the fifthfrom my sons.

He will have an occultation the length of which will be much due to his fearfor his life. Many nations will apostatize in that period and the rest will remain steadfast.” Then he said: “Bliss befor Shia, the adherers toour love during the occultation of our Qaim, who will remain steadfast on our adoration and detestation of our enemies. They are ours and we are theirs. They are pleased with us as Imams and we are pleased with them as Shia. Bliss befor them! They are, by Allah, with us inour rank on Judgment Day.”