[1/252] Ghayba of al-Tusi: A large number from Ja’far b. Muhammad b. Qulawayh and Abi Ghalib al-Zurari and others from Muhammad b. Ya’qub al-Kulayni from Ishaq b. Ya’qub who said: I asked Muhammad b. Uthman al-Amri رحمه الله to relay my letter in which I had asked questions that had troubled me. A Tawqi came out in the handwriting of the Master of the Age عليه السلام:
As for what you have asked about – may Allah guide you and make you firm – regarding those who reject me from among our family members and the sons of our uncle then know that there is no relation between Allah Mighty and Majestic and anyone else. Whoever rejects me then he is not from me and his similitude is like the similitude of the son of Noah. As for the similitude of my paternal uncle Ja’far and his sons then it is like the brothers of Joseph عليه السلام.
As for beer then drinking it is forbidden but there is no harm in drinking rye-drink.
As for your wealth then we do not accept it except that you become purified, so whoever wishes let him send it and whoever wishes let him withhold it, for what has been given to us by Allah is better than what has been given to you.
As for the appearance of the relief then it is up to Allah and the predictors [who put a time to it] have lied!
As for the belief of the one who claims that al-Husayn عليه السلام was not killed then it is disbelief, falsehood and misguidance.
As for the events which arise then return in them to the narrators of our Hadith for they are my proof over you and I am the proof of Allah over you …
As for Muhammad b. Ali b. Mahziyar al-Ahwazi then Allah will rectify his heart and will remove his doubt from him … Comments
This is a famous Tawqi of the Twelfth Imam which commands the believers to refer to the ‘narrators of Hadith’ anytime they are confronted with novel situations to which they require a solution.
This Ja’far is the infamous Ja’far al-Kadhhab [the liar], the son of Imam al-Hadi عليه السلام who disputed the Imama of al-Askari عليه السلام and later denied the existence of a son so as to usurp the estate of his late brother.
الفقاع was a malt-based beverage which was considered permissible by some of the Sunni scholars but was always forbidden by our `Aimma because it caused intoxication after fermentation.
الشلماب is derived from a Persian loan-word and refers to a drink which contained rye. It does not intoxicate but was used as an appetizer.
There were some of the Ghulat, specifically the Nusayriyya, who claimed that al-Husayn was not killed at Karbala, rather he was raised to the heavens like Isa b. Maryam. They further assert that the one who was made to appear like him and killed in his place was Handhala b. As’ad al-Shami. They used the […]