[5/130] Rijal al-Kashshi: Hamduwayh and Ibrahim the sons of Nusayr from Muhammad b. Isa from Safwan from Murazim who said: Abu Abdillah عليه السلام said to me: do you know Mubashir or Bashir – [mistaking the name] – the barley seller? I said: Bashshar? he said: Bashshar! I said: yes I do, he is a neighbor of mine, he (al-Sadiq) said: the Jews said (what they said) but they (still) monothized Allah, and the Christians said (what they said) but they (still) monothized Allah, but Bashshar has said (i.e. professed) a mighty thing! if you reach Kufa go to him and say to him: Ja’far says to you – ‘O Kafir, O Fasiq, O Mushriq, I am disassociated from you’, Murazim said: so when I reached Kufa and had put down my provisions (of the journey) – I came to his place and called the maid servant and said: say to Abi Ismail (Bashshar) that this is Murazim (at the door), so he came out to me, I said to him: Ja’far b. Muhammad says to you – ‘O Kafir, O Fasiq, O Mushriq, I am disassociated from you’, so he (Bashshar) said to me: and has my master mentioned (i.e. remembered) me? he (Murazim) said: I said: yes – he has mentioned you with what I have just said to you! so he said: may Allah reward you with good, and may he do (so and so) for you, and he began supplicating for me! Comments
al-Mamaqani says: he (the Imam) wishes by naming him Mubashar and then Bashir [which are derivations of Bishr] and not getting his name right – to do as though he does not know him, and this is to belittle the one named, and not that he does not know his name in actuality, and this is something well known even in our usage, when we want to demean a man we show as if we do not know his actual name (i.e. get it wrong purposely).
What were the beliefs of Bashshar the barley seller that the Imam had such a visceral reaction against him. Al-Kashshi elaborates that he held similar beliefs to the Ulyawiyya and the Mukhammisa as follows:
ومقالة بشار هي مقالة العلياوية يقولون إن عليا رب وظهر بالعلوية الهاشمية وأظهر عبده ورسوله بالمحمدية، فوافق أصحاب أبي الخطاب في أربعة أشخاص علي وفاطمة والحسن والحسين وأن معنى الأشخاص الثلاثة فاطمة والحسن و الحسين تلبيس و الحقيقة شخص علي لأنه أول هذه الأشخاص في الإمامة و أنكروا شخص محمد وزعموا أن محمدا عبد وعلي رب وأقاموا محمدا مقام ما أقامت المخمسة سلمان و جعلوه رسولا لعلي، فوافقوهم في الإباحات و التعطيل و التناسخ والعلياوية سمتها المخمسة العليائية و زعموا أن بشارا الشعيري لما أنكر ربوبية محمد وجعلها في علي و جعل محمدا عبد علي و أنكر رسالة سلمان مسخ في صورة الطير يقال له علياء يكون في البحر فلذلك سموهم العليائية
And the belief of Bashshar is that of the Ulyawiyya – they say: Indeed Ali is the Deity, and […]