The author is al Khatib al Baghdadi (d. 463 A.H).
اخبرنا الحسن بن عمر بن برهان الغزال حدثنا محمد بن الحسن النقاش املاءا اخبرنا المطين حدثنا نصر عبدالرحمان ثنا زيد بن حسن عن معروف عن ابى الطفيل عن حذيفة بن اسيد ان رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم قال يا ايها الناس انى فرط لكم وانتم واردون على الحوض و انى سائلكم حين تردون على عن الثقلين فانظرو كيف تخلفونى فيهما الثقل الاكبر كتاب الله سبب طرفه بيدالله وطرفه بايديكم فاستمسكوا به ولا تضلوا ولا تبدلوا
Al Hussain ibn ‘Umar ibn Burhan al Ghazzal — Muhammad ibn Hassan al Naqqash — al Matin — Nasr ibn ‘Abdul Rahman — Zaid ibn Hassan — al Ma’ruf — Abu al Tufayl — from Hudhayfah ibn Usayd al Ghifari that Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:
O people! I will be waiting to receive you at the pond and you will definitely come to me. I will ask you when you meet me regarding al Thaqalayn, so beware of how you succeed me regarding them. The greater of the two is the Book of Allah, the Exalted and Majestic. One end is in your hands and the other end is with Allah. Hold firmly onto it and do not deviate or change.
The above narration of al Khatib contains two narrators whose presence is sufficient to render the isnad unreliable. They are Zaid ibn Hassan (al Anmati) and al Ma’ruf. There is no need to look at the other narrators. The narrations of the Shia and unreliable people cannot be accepted. Their complete profiles have been presented from the books on rijal under the narration of Nawadir al Usul. Refer to the details there.
Note:- The author of ‘Abaqat mentioned another narration (vol. 1 pg. 221) of Khatib al Baghdadi from Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah radiya Llahu ‘anhu, which he quotes from the book Miftah al Najah by Muhammad Mirza Badakhshani. However this narration does not have an isnad, therefore we will not bother to give an answer. If the narration is presented with a sahih isnad, then it will be readily accepted. The above narration of Khatib was quoted directly from his book (Tarikh Baghdad vol. 6 pg. 442) along with brief criticism regarding the isnad.
 Tarikh Baghdad vol. 8 pg. 442-Under the discussion regarding Zaid ibn Hassan al Anmati.Back to top