It was narrated to us by Aḥmed bin Moammed, who said – it was narrated to us by Moammed bin ʿAlī bin Yaya, who said – it was narrated to us by Abū Bakr bin Nāfiʿ who said – it was narrated to us by Umayyah bin Khālid, who said – it was narrated to us by amād bin Salamah, who said – it was narrated to us by ʿAlī bin Zayd, from ʿAlī bin al-ussain, who said – I heard my father narrate from his father ‘Amīr al-Mu’minīn, ʿAlī bin Abī Talib عليهم السلام who said:

I heard The Messenger of Allāh صلى الله عليه وآله say: “Oh ʿAlī, by the One who split the seed and evolved the human, you are the best of creations after me. Oh ʿAlī, you are my successor and `Imām of my nation (‘ummah). Whoever obeys you, obeys me; and whoever disobeys you, disobeys me.”

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حدثنا أحمد بن محمد، قال: أخبرنا محمد بن علي بن يحيى، قال: حدثنا أبو بكر بن نافع، قال: حدثنا أمية بن خالد، قال: حدثنا حماد بن سلمة، قال: حدثنا علي بن زيد، عن علي بن الحسين، قال: سمعت أبي يحدث عن أبيه أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب (عليهم السلام) أنه قال: سمعت رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) يقول: يا علي، والذي فلق الحبة وبرأ النسمة، إنك لأفضل الخليقة بعدي. يا علي، أنت وصيي وإمام أمتي، من أطاعك أطاعني، ومن عصاك عصاني

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