Mukhtaṣir Baṣā’ir al-Darajāt: And from him, from Aḥmed bin Moḥammed bin ʿĪsa, from al-Ḥussain bin Saʿīd, from Moḥammed bin ʿĪsa bin ʿUbayd, from al-Ḥussain bin Saʿīd – all together – from fudhālah bin Ayūb, from al-Qāsim bin Burayd, from Moḥammed bin Muslim, who said:

I asked Abā ʿAbd Allāh عليه السلام about the inheritance of knowledge, and its limits. Is it all-inclusive of all knowledge, or is it just the interpretation of all the affairs that he speaks about?
He replied: With Allāh, Mighty and Majestic, are two cities; one in the East and one in the West. In it is a people that do not know of Iblīs, nor [even] know about Iblīs being created. We meet up with them regularly, where they question us about certain issues that they are in need of answering. They ask us about supplication so we teach them. They ask about our Qā’im, and when he will reappear. Within them is vigorous worship and toil.
For their city, there are multiple doors. Between each panel [of the doors] is the distance of a hundred farsakhs.1
For them is intense sanctifying, glorifying, supplication and toil [to/for Allāh]. If you were to see them, you would be humiliated at your own deeds. A man from amongst them prays for a month straight, and does not raise his head from the position of prostration. Their food is glorification [of Allāh], their clothes is piety, and their faces are radiant with light. When they see one of us they would sit him in between them [out of respect] and gather around him; and would gather the remains from the earth from him – seek blessings from it.
When they pray, there is a rumbling noise that is likened to the rumbling noise of a stormy wind.
Among them are those who till now haven’t placed down their swords, waiting anxiously for our Qā’im, and supplicate to Allāh, Mighty and Majestic, that He will allow them to see him.
The age of one of them is one thousand years of age. If you saw them you would see humility and tranquility, and they seek that which will help them get closer to Allāh, Mighty and Majestic.
When we are prevented from visiting them, they suspect it is because of vexation, while they give great importance to our time when we come to visit them.
They don’t become tired or weary, and they recite the book of Allāh, Mighty and Majestic, just as we have taught them. If we were to share something from that which we have taught them to others, they would disbelieve in it and reject it.
When they read the Qu’rān and would come across something they did not understand, they would ask us. When we answer them their hearts would feel ease (lit. expand) when hearing it from us.
They ask us to remain with them and not be left wanting of us. They are aware of the great favour of Allāh upon them by Him allowing us to teach them.
They will also appear with the Imām – when he rises up – and will precede the companions who will take up arms. They pray to Allāh, Mighty and Majestic, to give them success through them, with him.
Amongst them are elders and youth, when a youth sees an elder, he sits in front of him with the utmost humility (lit. like a servant) and they don’t rise and stand up until they are told.
For them is a way in which they understand more than the remaining creation in what the Imām عليه السلام wants from them. If he orders them with something, they would undertake this forever, until only he orders them with another task to perform.
If they were to appear in between the East and the West from the creation, they could do so in just one hour.
Iron does not affect them as they have swords made from iron, that is different from ordinary iron. If they were to strike a mountain it would disintegrate.
Within an hour, the Imām عليه السلام traverses with them to India, Daylum, Rome, Barbar, Iran and that which is between Jabras and Jabalāq – which are two cities. One is located in the East and one in the West.
They do not come across people of religion, except that they call them towards Allāh, Mighty and Majestic, Islām, acknowledgement of Moḥammed صلى الله عليه وآله , Tawḥīd (Oneness of Allāh), and our Wilāyah (divine authority) – Ahl al-Bayt. Henceforth, whoever responds [to their call] and enters Islām, they leave him and delegate an authority among them – from them. As for the one who does not answer [the call], and does not acknowledge [the authority of] Moḥammed صلى الله عليه وآله , and does not acknowledge Islām [as the truth], and does not submit; they kill him such that there does not remain between the East, West, and between the mountains, anyone other than those who believe.

1. One farsakh is equivalent to approximately 5 Kms.

وعنه : عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى ، عن الحسين بن سعيد ، ومحمد بن عيسى بن عبيد ، عن الحسين بن سعيد جميعا ، عن فضالة بن أيوب ، عن القاسم بن بريد ، عن محمد بن مسلم ، قال : سألت أبا عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) عن ميراث العلم ما مبلغه ، أجوامع هو من هذا العلم ، أم تفسير كل شيء من هذه الأمور التي يتكلم فيها ؟ فقال : « إن لله عز وجل مدينتين مدينة بالمشرق ، ومدينة بالمغرب ، فيهما قوم لا يعرفون إبليس ، ولا يعلمون بخلق إبليس ، نلقاهم كل حين فيسألوننا عما يحتاجون إليه ، ويسألوننا عن الدعاء فنعلمهم ، ويسألوننا عن قائمنا متى يظهر . فيهم عبادة واجتهاد شديد ، لمدينتهم أبواب ، ما بين المصراع إلى المصراع مائة فرسخ ، لهم تقديس وتمجيد ودعاء واجتهاد شديد ، لو رأيتموهم لاحتقرتم عملكم ، يصلي الرجل منهم شهرا لا يرفع رأسه من سجدته ، طعامهم التسبيح ، ولباسهم الورع ، ووجوههم مشرقة بالنور ، وإذا رأوا منا واحدا احتوشوه ، واجتمعوا له ، وأخذوا من أثره من الأرض يتبركون به ، لهم دوي – إذا صلوا – كأشد من دوي الريح العاصف . منهم جماعة لم يضعوا السلاح مذ كانوا ، ينتظرون قائمنا ، يدعون الله عز وجل أن يريهم إياه ، وعمر أحدهم ألف سنة ، إذا رأيتهم رأيت الخشوع والاستكانة وطلب ما يقربهم إلى الله عز وجل ، إذا احتبسنا عنهم ظنوا ذلك من سخط ، يتعاهدون أوقاتنا التي نأتيهم فيها ، فلا يسأمون ولا يفترون ، يتلون كتاب الله عز وجل كما علمناهم ، وإن فيما نعلمهم ما لو تلي على الناس لكفروا به ولأنكروه . يسألوننا عن الشيء إذا ورد عليهم في القرآن لا يعرفونه ، فإذا أخبرناهم به انشرحت صدورهم لما يسمعون منا ، وسألوا لنا البقاء وأن لا يفقدونا ، ويعلمون أن المنة من الله عليهم فيما نعلمهم عظيمة ، ولهم خرجة مع الإمام – إذا قام – يسبقون فيها أصحاب السلاح ، ويدعون الله عز وجل أن يجعلهم ممن ينتصر بهم لدينه . فهم كهول وشبان ، إذا رأى شاب منهم الكهل ، جلس بين يديه جلسة العبد ، لا يقوم حتى يأمره ، لهم طريق أعلم به من الخلق إلى حيث يريد الإمام ( عليه السلام ) ، فإذا أمرهم الإمام بأمر قاموا إليه أبدا حتى يكون هو الذي يأمرهم بغيره ، لو نّهم وردوا على ما بين المشرق والمغرب من الخلق ، لأفنوهم في ساعة واحدة ، لا يحيك فيهم الحديد ، لهم سيوف من حديد غير هذا الحديد ، لو ضرب أحدهم بسيفه جبلا لقده حتّى يفصله . في ساعة يعبر بهم الإمام ( عليه السلام ) الهند والديلم والروم والبربر وفارس ، وما بين جابرس إلى جابلق : وهما مدينتان : واحدة بالمشرق ، وواحدة بالمغرب ، لا يأتون على أهل دين إلا دعوهم إلى الله عز وجل وإلى الإسلام ، والإقرار بمحمد ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) والتوحيد ، وولايتنا أهل البيت ، فمن أجاب منهم ودخل في الإسلام تركوه ، وأمروا أميرا منهم ، ومن لم يجب ، ولم يقر بمحمد ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) ولم يقر بالإسلام ، ولم يسلم قتلوه ، حتى لا يبقى بين المشرق والمغرب وما دون الجبل أحد إلا آمن » .