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Abu Rafi’! After me, there will be a people who will fight ‘Ali. Fighting them is a haqq of Allah


حدثنا محمد بن عثمان بن أبي شيبة ثنا يحيى بن الحسن بن فرات ثنا علي بن هاشم عن محمد بن عبيد الله بن أبي رافع ثنا عون بن عبد الله بن أبي رافع عن أبيه عن جده أبي رافع قال دخلت على رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم و هو نائم أو يوحي إليه و إذا حية في جانب البيت فكرهت أن أقتلها فأوقظه فضطجعت بينه و بين الحية فإن كان شيء كان بي دونه فاستيقظ هو يتلو هذه الآية إِنَّمَا وَلِيُّكُمُ اللَّهُ وَرَسُوْلُهُ وَالَّذِيْنَ آمَنُوا الآية قال الحمد لله فرآني إلى جانبه فقال ما أضجعك ها هنا قلت لمكان هذه الحية قال قم إليها فاقتلها فقتلتها فحمد الله ثم أخذ بيدي فقال يا أبا رافع سيكون بعدي قوم يقاتلون عليا حقا على الله جهادهم فمن لم يستطع جهادهم بيده فبلسانه فمن لم يستطع بلسانه فبقلبه ليس وراء ذلك شيء

Muhammad ibn ‘Uthman ibn Abi Shaybah narrated to us―Yahya ibn al Hassan ibn Furat narrated to us―’Ali ibn Hashim narrated to us from―Muhammad ibn ‘Ubaidullah ibn Abi Rafi’―’Awn ibn ‘Abdullah ibn Abi Rafi’ narrated to us from―his father from―his grandfather Abu Rafi’ who recalls:

I entered the house of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam while he was asleep or receiving revelation. There was a snake in the corner of the house. I disliked killing it which will wake him up. So I lied down between him and the snake. If anything will happen, it will happen to me not him. He woke up reciting this verse: Your ally is none but Allah and His Messenger and those who have believed[1] until the end of the verse. He exclaimed, “All praise is for Allah.”

He then saw me at his side and asked, “What makes you lie down here?”

I explained, “Due to this snake.”

He commanded me to stand up and kill it and I complied. Upon that he praised Allah and then took my hand and said, “O Abu Rafi’! After me, there will be a people who will fight ‘Ali. Fighting them is a right due to Allah. Whoever does not have the ability to fight them with his hand, should do so with his tongue. Whoever cannot do with his tongue should with his heart. After this there is nothing.”


The narration is mawdu’. Muhammad ibn ‘Ubaidullah ibn Abi Rafi’ is a shia. He is also called ‘Awn ibn ‘Ubaidullah ibn Abi Rafi’.[2] He is from the Shia of Kufah, those infamous for hadith concoctions.[3]


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[1] Surah al Ma’idah: 55.

[2] Silsilat al Ahadith al Da’ifah Hadith: 4910; Majma’ al Zawa’id vol. 9 pg. 134.

[3] Silsilat al Ahadith al Da’ifah vol. 10 pg. 497 Hadith: 4882.

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