The praise of Imam Muhammad al Baqir

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The praise of Imam Muhammad al Baqir

 

Ibn Sa’d narrates from Bassam al Sayrafi who says:

 

سألت أبا جعفر عن ابي بكر وعمر فقال والله لأتولاهما وأستغفرلهما وما أدركت أحد من اهل بيتي إلا وهو يتولاهما.

“I asked Abu Jafar about Abu Bakr and ‘Umar radiya Llahu ‘anhuma

He replied, “By Allah, I associate myself to them and I seek forgiveness for them. I have not anyone from my household who dissociates themselves from them.”[1]

 

He used to say:

 

أجمع بنو فاطمة على أن يقولوا في أبي بكر وعمر أحسن ما يكون من القول

The children of Fatimah unanimously agreed to say the best about Abu Bakr and ‘Umar radiya Llahu ‘anhuma.[2]

 

‘Urwah ibn ‘Abdullah asked Muhammad al Baqir regarding decorating a sword.

 

لا بأس به قد حلى أبو بكر الصديق سيفه.قلت وتقول الصديق؟ فوثب وثبة واستقبل القبلة ثم قال نعم الصديق نعم الصديق فمن لم يقل الصديق فلا صدق الله له قولا في الدنيا والآخرة

He replied, “It is fine, Abu Bakr al Siddiq decorated his sword.”

I then said, “Do you say, ‘Al Siddiq’?”

He jumped up and faced the Qiblah, saying, “Yes, al Siddiq![3] Yes, al Siddiq! The person who does not say al Siddiq, may Allah never let any of his statements be deemed credible in this world or in the hereafter.”[4]

 

It is also narrated from him that he said:

 

ما سلت السيوف ولا أقيمت الصفوف في صلاة ولا زحوف ولاجهر بأذان ولا انزل الله يَاَيُّهَا الَّذِيْنَ اٰمَنُوْا حتى اسلم ابناء القبيلة الأوس والخزرج.

No sword was drawn, no lines were formed in salah nor in in an army, neither was Adhan given, and nor was “O you who have believed”[5] revealed until the tribes of Aws and Khazraj embraced Islam.[6]

 

Jabir al Juʾfi says:

 

يا جابر بلغني أن قوما بالعراق يزعمون أنهم يحبونا ويتناولون أبا بكر وعمر ويزعمون أنى أمرتهم بذلك فأبلغهم عنى أنى إلى الله منهم بريء والّذي نفس محمد بيده يعنى نفسه لو وليت لتقربت إلى الله بدمائهم لا نالتني شفاعة محمد صلى الله عليه وآله سلم إن لم أكن أستغفر لهما وأترحم عليهما وقال من لم يعرف فضل أبى بكر وعمر فقد جهل السنة.

Muhammad ibn Ali (al Baqir) said to me, “O Jabir, news has reached me that certain people in Iraq claim to love us and they disrespect Abu Bakr and ‘Umar, claiming that I have ordered them to do that. So tell them that I am free from what they claim. By the being in whose control is the life of Muhammad (i.e. al Baqir), if you associate with them you will gain closeness to Allah. May I not be blessed with the intercession of Muhammad salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam if I do seek forgiveness for them and invoke mercy on them.”

He also said, “The person who does not acknowledge the virtue of Abu Bakr and ‘Umar is ignorant of the Sunnah.”[7]

 

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[1]Tabaqat, vol. 5 pg. 321

[2]Siyar Alam al Nubala’, vol. 4 pg. 406

[3] The Truthful

[4] Siyar A’lam al Nubala’, vol. 4 pg. 408

[5] Verse of the Qur’an

[6] Bihar al Anwar, vol.22 pg. 312

[7] Al Bidayah wa al Nihayah vol. 9 pg. 211

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