The wretched will usurp the right of the Ahle Bait (peace be upon them)

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عَلِيِّ بْنِ جَعْفَرٍ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ اَبَا الْحَسَنِؑ يَقُوْلُ لَمَّا رَاَى رَسُولُ اللهِ ﷺ تَيْمًا وَ عَدِيًّا وَ بَنِي اُمَيَّةَ يَرْكَبُونَ مِنْبَرَهُ اَفْظَعَهُ فَاَنْزَلَ اللهُ تَبَارَكَ وَ تَعَالٰى قُرْآنًا يَتَاَسَّى بِهٖ وَ اِذْ قُلْنَا لِلْمَلَائِكَةِ اسْجُدُوْا لِآدَمَ فَسَجَدُوْا اِلَّا اِبْلِيْسَ اَبٰى‏ ثُمَّ اَوْحٰى اِلَيْهِ يَا مُحَمَّدُ اِنِّيْ اَمَرْتُ فَلَمْ اُطَعْ فَلَا تَجْزَعْ اَنْتَ اِذَا اَمَرْتَ فَلَمْ تُطَعْ فِيْ وَصِيِّكَ

Ali Ibn Ja’far (r.a.) – the brother of Imam Kazim (peace be upon him) – reports, “I heard Imam al-Kazim says, ‘When the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) saw (in a dream) the tribes of Taim, Adi and Bani Umayyah mount the pulpit, he (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) was terrified. So Allah – Blessed and High be He – revealed the following verse consoling him, ‘And remember when We said to the angels ‘Prostrate to Adam’ so they all prostrated except Iblis; he denied’. Thereafter, He revealed to him, ‘O Muhammad! Verily, I order but I am not obeyed; hence, don’t grieve when you order and are not obeyed concerning your successor’.”


The word used in tradition is ‘يركبون’ and not ‘يصعدون’, which means they mounted it like animals and not ascended it as do those who are worthy of it.


1.    Al-Kaafi, vol. 1, p. 426, H. 73

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