يا علي ستقاتلك الفئة الباغية، وأنت على الحق، فمن لم ينصرك يومئذ فليس مني.
O ‘Ali, soon the rebellious group will fight you and you will be upon the truth. Therefore, whosoever does not support you on that day, he is not from me.
Ibn ‘Asakir narrates — from ‘Abdullah ibn Jafar al Maqdisi — Ibn Wahb narrated to us — from Ibn Lahi’ah — from Abu ‘Ushshanah — from ‘Ammar ibn Yasir who said, ‘I heard the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam…’”
The chain of transmission is wah (feeble).
Ibn Lahi’ah is da’if (weak), despite the extensive difference of opinion regarding him. Some hadith masters have excluded the narrations of the ‘Abadilah from him (i.e. they accept his narrations when the ‘Abadilah narrate from him). Others have said he is generally da’if (weak). While others say he is generally acceptable.
Other hadith critics draw a distinction between those people who narrated from him before his books burnt and after. Others say he is da’if (weak) before and after his books burnt. The sounder opinion is to abandon his hadith on account of all the mistakes and differences of opinion of the hadith critics regarding him.
I could not trace ‘Abdullah ibn Jafar al Maqdisi. Perhaps he is the problem in the hadith.
It is true that the hadith of ‘Ammar is sahih (authentic); however, without the unacceptable addition, “…And you will be upon the truth. Therefore, whosoever does not support you on that day, he is not from me.”
 The name appears as ‘Ushshaqah in the printed version of the book. The correct name is as I have mentioned above.
 Ibn ‘Asakir: Tarikh Dimashq, 42/473.
 The ‘Abadilah refer to ‘Abdullah ibn al Mubarak, ‘Abdullah ibn Wahb, and ‘Abdullah ibn Yazid ibn al Muqriʾ. [translator’s note]Back to top