It was narrated to us by al-Ḥassan bin Moammed bin Saʿīd al-Hashimi, who said – it was narrated to us by Furāt bin Ibrāhīm al-Kūfi, who said – it was narrated to us by Moammed bin ʿAlī bin Maʿmar, who said – it was narrated to us by Aḥmed bin ʿAlī al-Ramali, who said – it was narrated to us by Moammed bin Mūsa, who said – it was narrated to us by Yaʿqūb bin ‘Isāq al-Marūzi, who said – it was narrated to us by ʿAmru bin Mansūr, who said – it was narrated to us by ‘Ismāʿīl bin ‘Ābān, from Yaḥya bin Abī Kathīr, from his father, from Abī Hārūn al-ʿAbdi, from Jābir bin ʿAbd Allāh al-Anāri, who said:

The Messenger of Allāh صلى الله عليه وآله said: ʿAlī bin Abī Ṭālib is the first of my nation (ummah) to submit [i.e. become a Muslim], and the greatest of them (the ummah) in knowledge, and the most correct in religion (dīn), and best in certainty, and most tolerant in tolerance, and most generous of hands, and most courageous of hearts, and he is the Imām and the Khalifah after me.

حدثنا الحسن بن محمد بن سعيد الهاشمي، قال: حدثنا فرات بن إبراهيم الكوفي، قال: حدثنا محمد بن علي بن معمر، قال: حدثنا أحمد بن علي الرملي، قال: حدثنا محمد بن موسى، قال: حدثنا يعقوب بن إسحاق المروزي، قال: حدثنا عمرو بن منصور، قال: حدثنا إسماعيل بن أبان، عن يحيى بن أبي كثير، عن أبيه، عن أبي هارون العبدي، عن جابر بن عبد الله الأنصاري، قال: قال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله): علي بن أبي طالب أقدم أمتي سلما، وأكثرهم علما، وأصحهم دينا، وأفضلهم يقينا، وأحلمهم حلما، وأسمحهم كفا، وأشجعهم قلبا، وهو الامام والخليفة بعدي