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Barid al- 'Ajaly

His name was Barid b. Mu'awiya al- 'Ajaly. He was among those who reported traditions on the authority of al- Baqir and al- Sadiq, peace be on them. He was of great importance with the members of the House ( ahl al Bayt ). Concerning him al- Sadiq, peace be on him, said: "The pegs of the earth and great figures of the religion are four (persons): Mohammed b. Muslim, Barid b. Mu'awiya, Layth b. al- Bakhtary - al- Murady, and Zarara b. 'A'yun." In other tradition he said: "Indeed, the companions of my father were good whether they are living or dead. I mean Zarara b. 'A'yun, Mohammed b. Muslim, Layth al- Murady, and Barid al- 'Ajaly. They are the maintainers of justice; they are the maintainers of truthfulness, and they are the foremost who are drawn high (to Allah)."

In other tradition he said: "Four noble (persons) are the trustees of Allah over His Lawful and unlawful." In other tradition he said: "These are (i.e. the foregoing persons) are the maintainers of the religion and trustees of my father over the lawful and unlawful of Allah, they are the foremost for us in this word and the foremost for us in the hereafter. He was among the companions of al- Baqir, peace be on him.

Adapted from: "Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.)"

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