It was narrated to us by ʿAlī bin Aḥmed bin ʿAbd Allāh bin Aḥmed bin Abī ʿAbd Allāh al-Barqi, who said – it was narrated to us by my father, from his grandfather Aḥmed bin Abī ʿAbd Allāh, who said – it was narrated to me by Sulaymān bin Muqbil al-Madīni, who said – it was narrated to me by Mūsa bin Jaʿfar, from his father Jaʿfar bin Moḥammed, from his father Moḥammed bin ʿAlī, from his father ʿAlī bin al-Ḥussain, from his father al-Ḥussain bin ʿAlī:

From his father ‘Amīr al-Mu’minīn عليه السلام, who said: I entered upon The Messenger of Allāh صلى الله عليه وآله while he was at the mosque of Qubbā, and with him was a group of his companions. When he (the Prophet) saw me, his face filled with joy and he smiled until I could see the whiteness of his teeth gleaming. He then said: ‘To me oh ʿAlī, to me oh ʿAlī’, where he did not stop approaching me until his thigh was joined with my thigh (i.e. standing right next to me). Then he turned towards his companions and said: Oh my companions, I present to you The Mercy (al-Raḥmā) by presenting ʿAlī to you. Oh my companions, indeed ʿAlī is from me and I am from him, his spirit is my spirit, his mud is my mud, he is my brother and my heir, and my caliph over my nation during my life and after my death. Whoever obeys him has obeyed me, and whoever endorses him endorses me, and who ever opposes him opposes me.

حدثنا علي بن أحمد بن عبد الله بن أحمد بن أبي عبد الله البرقي ، قال : حدثنا أبي ، عن جده أحمد بن أبي عبد الله ، قال : حدثني سليمان بن مقبل المديني ، قال : حدثني موسى بن جعفر ، عن أبيه جعفر بن محمد ، عن أبيه محمد بن علي ، عن أبيه علي بن الحسين ، عن أبيه الحسين بن علي ، عن أبيه أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب ( عليه السلام ) ، قال : دخلت على رسول الله ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) وهو في مسجد قبا وعنده نفر من أصحابه ، فلما بصر بي تهلل وجهه وتبسم حتى نظرت إلى بياض أسنانه تبرق ، ثم قال : إلي يا علي ، إلي يا علي ، فما زال يدنيني حتى ألصق فخذي بفخذه ، ثم أقبل على أصحابه ، فقال : معاشر أصحابي ، أقبلت إليكم الرحمة بإقبال علي أخي إليكم . معاشر أصحابي ، إن عليا مني وأنا من علي ، روحه من روحي ، وطينته من طينتي ، وهو أخي ووصيي ، وخليفتي على أمتي في حياتي وبعد موتي ، من أطاعه أطاعني ، ومن وافقه وافقني ، ومن خالفه خالفني