[5/22] Rijal al-Najashi: From our Shaykh al-Mufid in his book “Masabih al-Nur”: reported to us Ibn Qulawayh from Ali b. al-Husayn b. Babawayh from Abdallah b. Ja’far al-Himyari from Dawud b. al-Qasim al-Ja’fari who said: I presented the book “Yawm wa Layla” of Yunus to Abi Muhammad al-Askari عليه السلام, so he said to me: who authored this? I said: it has been authored by Yunus the client of the family of Yaqtin, he said: may Allāh give him for every letter a light on the day of judgment.
[4/21] al-Uyun: Via the three chains from al-Ridha from his forefathers عليهم السلام: the messenger of Allāh صلى الله عليه واله said: O Allāh have mercy on my successors – thrice – it was said to him: and who are your successors? He said: those who come after me and transmit my narrations and my Sunnahteaching it to the people after me.
[3/20] From the messenger of Allāh صلى الله عليه واله who said: whoever preserves forty of our narrations Allāh will raise him on the day of judgment as a scholar possessing understanding.
[2/19] al-Kafi: Muhammad b. Yahya from Ahmad b. Muhammad from al-Hasan b. Mahbub from Jamil b. Salih from Muhammad b. Muslim from Abi Ja’far عليه السلام who said: the one who teaches the knowledge from among you has an equivalent reward with the student who seeks knowledge except that he (the teacher) has a degree over him (the student), so seek knowledge from the bearers of knowledge and teach it to your brothers in the same way as the scholars had taught it to you.
[1/18] al-Kafi: Muhammad b. al-Hasan and Ali b. Muhammad from Sahl b. Ziyad; Muhammad b. Yahya from Ahmad b. Muhammad – all together from Ja’far b. Muhammad al-Ash’ari from Abdallah b. Maymun al-Qaddah; Ali b. Ibrahim from his father from Hammad b. Isa from al-Qaddah from Abi Abdillah عليه السلام who said: the messenger of Allāh صلى الله عليه وآله said: whoever treads a path seeking knowledge Allāh makes him tread a path to heaven. The angels lay down their wings for the seeker of knowledge being pleased with him. They do seek forgiveness for the seeker of knowledge whatsoever is in heaven and whatsoever is on earth even the fish in the sea. The merit of the scholar over the worshipper is like the excellence of the moon over the rest of the stars on a full-moon night. The scholars are the inheritors of the prophets, the prophets do not leave behind silver or gold coins rather they leave behind knowledge so whomsoever partakes of it then he has obtained a fortunate share.