It was narrated to us by ʿAlī bin al-ussain bin Shuqayr bin Yaʿqūb bin al-ārith bin Ibrahīm al-Hamdāni in a dwelling in Kūfa who said – it was narrated to us by Abū ʿAbd Allāh Jaʿfar bin Āmed bin Yūsuf al-‘Azdi, who said – it was narrated to us by Bazraj al-Khanā who said – it was narrated to us by ʿAmru bin al-Yasʿ, from Shuʿayb al-adād who said:

I heard al-Ṣādiq عليه السلام say: “Our sayings are difficult [to understand], and perceived difficult. None can bear [our sayings] except:

  1. An Angel of close proximity
  2. A Mursil Prophet
  3. A Believer whose heart has been tested by Allāh for Imaan (belief)
  4. A well-fortified city.”

ʿAmru said: “I said to Shuʿayb: “Oh Abū al-Ḥassan, what is ‘A well-fortified city’?” He said: He said: “I asked al-Ṣādiq عليه السلام so he replied to me ‘the united heart.1’”

1. Al-Majlisi رحمه الله says: A united heart, meaning a heart that cannot be broken down by doubt, desires, nor do baseless fantasies and misguiding myths enter it. The difference between this and the third type is either the way it is expressed (i.e. if you wish describe it like this or if you wish describe it like that) or the first type (i.e. number 3) is referring to the complete believer, and the second (i.e. number 4) are the others who are not complete (in their belief). [Bihār al-‘Anwār, al-Wasā’ Publications, Beirut (Lebanon), 3rd Print, Printed 1983, Volume 2, Page 183]

حدثنا علي بن الحسين بن شقير بن يعقوب بن الحارث بن إبراهيم الهمداني في منزله بالكوفة، قال: حدثنا أبو عبد الله جعفر بن أحمد بن يوسف الأزدي، قال: حدثنا علي بن بزرج الحناط، قال: حدثنا عمرو بن اليسع، عن شعيب الحداد، قال: سمعت الصادق جعفر بن محمد (عليه السلام) يقول: إن حديثنا صعب مستصعب، لا يحتمله إلا ملك مقرب، أو نبي مرسل أو عبد امتحن الله قلبه للايمان، أو مدينة حصينة. قال عمرو: فقلت لشعيب: يا أبا الحسن، وأي شئ المدينة الحصينة؟ قال: فقال: سألت الصادق (عليه السلام) عنها، فقال لي: القلب المجتمع