It is stated in ‘Abaqat al Anwar that Mahmud al Shayhani Qadari reported in Sirat al Satawa:
واخرخ ابو عوانة عن ابى الطفيل عم زيد بن ارقم رضى الله عنه قال لما رجع رسول الله صلى الله علبه و سلم من حجة الوداع و نزل غدير خم فقمن ثم قال كانى قد دعيت فاجبت انى تركت فيكم الثقلين كتاب الله و عترتى اهل بيتى فانظرما كيف تخلفونى فيهما فانهما لن يفترقا حتى يردا على الحوض ثم قال ان الله مولاى و انا ولى كل مؤمن ثم اخذ بيد على فقال من كنت مولاه فعلى مولاه
Abu ‘Awanah narrates from Abu Tufayl, from Zaid ibn Arqam radiya Llahu ‘anhu:
When Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was returning from Hajjat al Wada’, and he stopped at Ghadir Khum, the branches of the tree were cut, and then he said, “It is as if I have been invited and I accepted the invitation. I leave amongst you al Thaqalayn, the Book of Allah and my household, therefore be careful of how you succeed me with regards to them. They will never separate until they meet me at the pond.” Then he said, “Indeed Allah is my mawla and I am the wali of every believer. Thereafter he held the hand of ‘Ali and said, “Whoever takes me as a mawla then ‘Ali is his mawla as well.”
Due to Musnad Abi ‘Awanah not being published, we were unable to get hold of a copy. Only the first two parts of this book has been published by Idarat al Ma’arif – Dakkan. We have these in our possession, but this narration does not appear in these two parts. The remainder of the book will be available once it is published.
As far as the text goes, it is identical to the one quoted from al Sunan al Kubra of Imam al Nasa’i. We quoted this narration from al Bidayah wa al Nihayah of Ibn Kathir. That is, we presented this narration with a chain that is available. The explanation of the text has been presented in detail under the narration of Imam al Nasa’i, which may be referred to for further discussion.
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