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Chapter 26

The Holy Quran guides people to the Imam (a.s.)


H 568, Ch. 26, h 1

Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn 'Isa from al-Hasan ibn Mahbub who has said that he asked abu al-Hassan al-Rida (a.s.) about the meaning of the words of Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High. "We have chosen heirs for every legacy that parents and relatives may leave. Let those who have been promised a bequest receive their share of the legacy. . . ." (4:33) It is a refrence to the Imams (a.s.) With the Imams (a.s.) Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, has established your covenants."


1. There have been a variety of interpretations of who are the last group of heirs mentioned in this verse, i.e., those with whom you have sworn compact, and, as a result of this, and so as to reconcile these various interpretations with the law, it has at different times been asserted that this verse was abrogated or that it was not. For example, see at.-Taban, at-Taf~ir, vol.5,


H 569, Ch. 26, h 2

Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from ibn abu ‘Umayr from Ibrahim ibn ‘Abd al- Hamid from Musa ibn ’Ukayl al-Numayri from al-‘Ala’ ibn Sayyaba from abu ‘Abdallah (a. s.) who has said the following about the words of Allah. "This Quran shows the way to that

which is the most upright . . ." (17:9) The Imams (a.s.)said, "It guides to the Imam (a.s.)."