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Discussing traditions (Hadeeths)

 Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said to his famous companion, Dawood bin Sarhan: 

‘O Dawood, give my salutations to my Shias and convey my message to them that when two persons meet and discuss our traditions then Allah’s mercy is on both of them. The third between them is an angel who seeks forgiveness for them. No two persons meet and discuss about us but Allah prides Himself on this fact among His angels. (I order you) whenever you meet keep yourself busy in our remembrance. This remembrance enlivens our affairs. The best people after us are those who narrate our traditions and invite people towards them.’ 

(Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 1, pg. 200)

Dear readers, Imam (a.s.) in this brief tradition, has conveyed some important points: 1) Whenever two persons discuss the traditions of the Holy Infallibles (a.s.), the third entity among them is an angel and not Shaitan. 2) The angel seeks forgiveness for all persons participating in the iscussion. It is quite possible that our repentance is not accepted by Allah, but the supplications of angels are always accepted. 3) The holy Infallible Imam (a.s.) is constantly praying for Allah’s mercy for all these persons who discuss the traditions. 4) Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s.) has ordered us to gather and discuss traditions of the Ahle Bait (a.s.). 5) When their traditions are discussed, the affairs of the holy Infallibles (a.s.) are enlivened. 6) Allah, the Almighty, prides over such gatherings. 7) Such people will be enumerated among the best people. 

An Arab poet who was intensely attached to Imam Zamana (a.t.f.s.) has recited the following couplet: ‘Allah knows that I don’t remember (you) How do I remember you when I don’t forget you.’(Mikyalul Makarem Fi Favaidid Dua Lil Qaem, vol. 2, pg. 308)

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