The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) Seeks Forgiveness for all Shias
He said: Abu Nasr Muhammad b. al-Husain al-Basir al-Muqri informed me from Abu Abdillah al-Asadi, who reported from Ja'far b. Abdullah b. Ja'far al-Alawi al-Muhammadi, who reported from Yahya b. Hashim al-Ghassani, who reported from Ghayath b. Ibrahim, who reported from Ja'far b. Muhammad, from his father, from his forefathers that:
The Prophet, peace be upon him and his progeny, said: "I have been taught (by Allah) the seven verses (i.e. Surah al-Fateha) of two recitations. And the whole Ummah of mine was presented to me (while in the clay form), till I was able to see its small and its big; and I looked at the entire heavens. And when I saw you, O Ali, I sought forgiveness for you and your followers till the Day of Judgement."
The first to enter Paradise
He said: Abul Qasim Ja'far b. Muhammad, may Allah have mercy on him, reported to me from his father, from Sa'd b. Abdillah from Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Isa, from Saeed b. Janah, from Abdullah b. Muhammad, from Jabir b. Yazid, who reported from Abu Ja'far Muhammad b. Ali al-Baqir through his forefathers that:
The Prophet, peace be upon him and his progeny said: "Paradise remains forbidden for the Prophets till I have entered in it, and remains forbidden for all the peoples till the Shias of us, Ahlul Bait have entered."
Virtues of a Shiah
And with the first chain of narrations, from Ali b. Mahzyar from Ja'far b. Muhammad, from Ismail b. Abbad, from (Abdullah) b. Bikair, from:
Abu Abdillah Ja'far b. Muhammad, peace be upon both of them, who said: "Surely, we love from amongst our Shias, one who is wise, understanding, well-versed in religion, tolerant, obliging, patient, truthful and faithful." Then he said: "Surely, Allah has specially blessed His Prophets with the noble virtues of good behaviour. So, whoever has those qualities, should praise and thank Allah for it, and whoever does not have them, should earnestly entreat and seek from Allah."
He said: "I asked: May I be your ransom, what are the virtues?" He said: "Piety, contentment, patience, being grateful, tolerant, modesty, generosity, jealously, guarding ones honour, beneficence, truthful in speech and honesty about anything held on trust."
Only one sect on the right path
He said: Abul Hasan Ali b. Khalid al-Maraghi reported to me from Abu Talib Muhammad b. Ahmad b. al-Bahlool, who reported from Abul Abbas Ahmed b. al-Hasan al-Dhareer, who reported from Ahmed b. Muhammad, who reported from Ahmed b. Yahya, who reported from Abu Harun al-Abdi, from Abi Aqeel, who said:
Once we were with Amirul Mo'mineen, Ali b. Abi Talib, peace be upon him, when he said: "This Ummah will definitely be thrown asunder into seventy-three factions. And by He who controls my Soul, all the factions will have gone astray, except the one which followed me and were among my Shias
Shiahs of Ali are saved
He said: Abul Qasim Ja'far b. Muhammad b. Qawlawayh, may Allah bless him with mercy, reported to me from Al-Husain b. Muhammad b. Amir, from Mualla b. Muhamamd al-Basri, from Muhammad b. Jamhur al-Ammi, who reported from Abu Ali al-Hasan b. Mahbub, who heard from Abu Muhammad al-Wabishi, reporting from Abu al-Ward who said:
I heard Abu Ja'far Muhammad b. Ali al-Baqir, peace be upon him, say: "When the Day of Resurrection will dawn, Allah will gather all people together on one plane, naked and barefooted, and they will be ranged on the road to the gathering place, till they will sweat profusely and their breathing will become difficult. They will be there for as long as Allah wills, and that is what Allah says in Qur'an: '... and you shall hear nothing but whispers.' (20:108)"
He said: Then an announcer will announce from the Throne: "Where is the Makkan Prophet?" (He said), the people will say: "You have caused all to hear, now name him." It will be announced: "Where is the Prophet of mercy, Muhammad, son of Abdullah?" Then the messenger of Allah, peace be upon him and his progeny, will rise and proceed before the people till he reaches the Pool, its length equal to the distance between Ayla and Sana; and then your master (i.e. Ali) will be called and he will proceed in front of the people and stand with him (i.e the Prophet). Then people will be summoned to pass by.
Abu Ja'far, peace be upon him said: "Among them on that Day, some will arrive (to stay) and some will be driven away. When the Prophet, peace be upon him and his progeny, will see that those sent away are from those who love us the Ahlul Bait, he will weep and say: "O Lord, these are partisans of Ali, O Lord, these are partisans of Ali!" He said: Allah will send an angel who will say: "O Muhammad! What makes you weep?" He will say: "Why should I not weep for the fate of those who followed my brother Ali b. Abi Talib. I see they are being sent off with the inmates of hell, and are prevented form being at my Pool?" He said: Then Allah will say: "O Muhammad, I give them away to you, and pardon them their sins for your sake, and I will unite them with those who loved your progeny; I will keep them in your group, and station them at your Pool, and accept your intercession for them. This is how I have honoured you."
Then Abu Ja'far Muhammad b. Ali b. al-Husain said: There will be several men and women weeping on that Day, when they witness this, exclaiming: "O Muhammad, (help us). So no one who is our partisan and loves us will remain except that he will be in our party and with us, and will arrive at our Pool."
Shiahs, the foremost to enter Heavens
He said: Abu Nasr Muhammad b. al-Husain al-Muqri reported to me from Umar b. Muhammad al-Warraq, who reported from Ali b. al-Abbas al-Bijilli, who reported from Hameed b. Ziyad, who reported from Abu Nuaim al-Fadhl b. Dakin, who reported from Muqatil b. Sulaiman, from al-Dhahhak b. Mazahim, from Ibn Abbas, who said:
I asked the Prophet. Peace be upon him and his progeny, about the verse of the Quran: 'And those foremost in faith, are the foremost, those are the ones brought near, in the garden of bliss...' (56:10,11,12). He said: Jibraeel told me: "That refers to Ali and his Shias. They are the foremost towards Paradise, brought closer to Allah, Most High, by the special honour bestowed upon them."
Trials begin with Imams and then with Shiahs
He said: Abu Bakr, Muhammad b. Umar al-Je'abi reported to me from Abu Al-Abbas Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Saeed b. Ibn Uqdah, who reported from Ja'far b. Abdullah, who reported form Sa'daan b. Saeed, who reported from Sufyan b. Ibrahim al-Ghamidy al-Qadhi, who said:
I heard Ja'far b. Muhammad, peace be upon him say: "Tests and trials begin with us and then with you, and the times of ease begin with us and then with you. And by the oath of Him where oath is usually taken, Allah will triumph through you the way He triumphed through the stones (of clay)." (Refer to Surah al-Fil).
The Chosen ones
He said: Abu Bakr Muhammad b. Umar al-Je'abi reported to me from Ja'far b. Muhammad b. Sulaiman Abul Fadhl, who reported from Dawood b. Rushaid, who reported from Muhammad b. Ishaq al-Tha'labi al-Mosili Abu Nawfil, who said:
I heard Ja'far b. Muhammad, peace be upon him, say: "We are the Chosen ones by Allah among His creation, and our Shias are His Chosen ones from the Ummah of Muhammad, peace be upon him and his progeny."
People will be called by their mother's names
He said: Abu Bakr Muhammad b. Umar al-Je'abi, reported to me from Abu Abdillah Ja'far b. Muhammad al-Hasani, who reported from Ahmad b. Abd al-Mon'em, who reported from Abdullah Ibn Muhammad al-Fazari, from Ja'far b. Muhammad, from his father, peace be upon them all. And he said that Ja'far b. Muhammad al-Hasani reported from Ahmad b. Abd al-Mon'em, who reported from Amru b. Shimr, from Jabir al-Jofi, from Abu Ja'far Muhammad b. Ali, peace be upon him, from Jabir b. Abdillah al-Ansari, who said:
The Prophet, peace be upon him and his progeny, said to Ali b. Abi Talib, peace be upon him: "May I not give you glad news? May I not award you?" He said: "Yes, O messenger of Allah." He (i.e. the Prophet) said: "Surely, I and you are created from one clay, and from what remained, our Shias were created. When the Day of Reckoning will dawn, all people will be called by their mother's names, except your Shias, who will be called by the names of their fathers, confirming their legitimacy."
The virtues of Shiahs
He said: Abul Hasan Ali b. Khalid al-Maraghi, may Allah bless him with mercy, reported to me from al-Qasim b. Muhammad al-Dallal, who reported from Ismail b. Muhammad al-Muzni, who reported from Uthman b. Saeed, who reported from Abul Hasan al-Tameemi, from Sabrah b. Ziyad, from al-Hakam b. Utaibah, from Hanash b. al-Mo'tamar, who said:
I once called upon Amirul Mo'mineen, Ali b. Abi Talib, peace be upon him, and said: "Salaam upon you, O Amirul Mo'mineen and His mercy and blessing, how are you? He said: "I am in a state of loving those who love us, and hatred for those who hate us. And our friends are in a state of rejoicing in the mercy of Allah which they were expecting and our enemies are in a state of founding their edifice on the crumbling brink and that brink will fall down with him into the fire of hell. The gates of Paradise are opened for those who belong to it. So happiness and delight for the people who have earned their mercy of Allah, and ruination be for those who are in hell.
O Hanash, whoever wishes to know whether he is our lover or not, he should search his own heart. If he loves our friend and partisans, then he is not our enemy, but if he hates our friends and partisans, then he is not our lover. Allah has a covenant with our lovers for our friendship, and has written the names of our adversaries in the record. We are the ones of noble descent, and our ancestors are the ancestors of the Prophets."
Source: Al-Amali: The Dictations of Sheikh al-Mufid