The Imams (peace be upon them) have the knowledge of all the Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon them) and even more

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عَنِ الثُّمَالِيِّ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ الْحُسَيْنِؑ قَالَ قُلْتُ لَهُ اَسْاَلُكَ جُعِلْتُ فِدَاكَ عَنْ ثَلَاثِ خِصَالٍ اَنْفِي عَنِّيْ فِيْهِ التَّقِيَّةَ قَالَ فَقَالَ ذٰلِكَ لَكَ قُلْتُ اَسْاَلُكَ عَنْ فُلَانٍ وَ فُلَانٍ قَالَ فَعَلَيْهِمَا لَعْنَةُ اللهِ بِلَعَنَاتِهٖ كُلِّهَا مَاتَا وَ اللهِ وَ هُمَا كَافِرَانِ مُشْرِكَانِ بِاللهِ الْعَظِيمِ ثُمَّ قُلْتُ الْاَئِمَّةُ يُحْيُونَ الْمَوْتٰى وَ يُبْرِءُونَ الْاَكْمَهَ وَ الْاَبْرَصَ وَ يَمْشُونَ عَلَى الْمَاءِ قَالَ مَا اَعْطَى اللهُ نَبِيّاً شَيْئاً قَطُّ اِلَّا وَ قَدْ اَعْطَاهُ مُحَمَّداً ﷺ وَ اَعْطَاهُ مَا لَمْ يَكُنْ عِنْدَهُمْ قُلْتُ وَ كُلُّ مَا كَانَ عِنْدَ رَسُولِ اللهِ ﷺ فَقَدْ اَعْطَاهُ اَمِيرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ ؑ قَالَ نَعَمْ ثُمَّ الْحَسَنَ وَ الْحُسَيْنَ ثُمَّ مِنْ بَعْدُ كُلَّ إِمَامٍ اِلٰى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ مَعَ الزِّيَادَةِ الَّتِيْ تَحْدُثُ فِي كُلِّ سَنَةٍ وَ فِي كُلِّ شَهْرٍ اِي وَ اللهِ فِي كُلِّ سَاعَةٍ

Abu Hamzah al-Thumaali (r.a.) says, “I said to Imam Ali Ibn al-Husain (peace be upon him), ‘May I be held your ransom! I want to ask you about three characteristics. But please excuse me from dissimulation (taqiyyah) in responding to these queries’.

He (peace be upon him) replied, ‘Okay, as you please.’

I said, ‘I ask you about so and so.’

He (peace be upon him) answered, ‘May the curse of Allah be on both of them with His curses, all of them! Both of them died, by Allah, while they were disbelievers and associating partners with Allah the Great.’

I asked, ‘Do the Imams (peace be upon them) raise the dead, cure the blind and the lepers and walk on water?’

He (peace be upon him) responded, ‘Allah has not granted any Prophet anything (from the miracles) but that He has given it to (Prophet) Muhammad (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) and He has given him (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) what He has not given to them (i.e. the Prophets a.s.).’

I inquired, ‘Whatever He has given to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his holy progeny), has He given to Ameer al-Momineen (peace be upon him)?’

He (peace be upon him) answered, ‘Yes. He has also given to al-Hasan (peace be upon him) and al-Husain (peace be upon him) followed by every Imam (peace be upon him) after al-Husain (peace be upon him) till the Day of Judgment, in addition to the incidents that occur every year and every in every month; nay, by Allah, in every moment.”


1.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 27, p. 29, H. 1

2.    Basaaer al-Darajaat, vol. 1, p. 270, H. 2

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