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Dawud al- Raqqy

Dawud b. Kuthayr al- Raqqy al- Kufial- Asady (the freed servant of ahl al Bayt) reported traditions on the authority of al- Sadiq and al- Kazim, peace be on them. He remained alive till the days of al- Rida, peace be on him. He had many traditions, especially about miraculous acts and outstanding merits. He had a source (i.e. a note- book for traditions). A group of the reliable narrators has reported the source. As he reported many traditions about the miraculous acts of ahl al Bayt, they attributed him to exaggeration, while this attribution is an error.

Many traditions have been mentioned a-bout Dawud's high position. For example, in his book al- Rijal, p.254, al- Kashy has mentioned the following on the authority of Abu Abd Allah, peace be on him, who said: "Make the position of Dawud al- Raqqy with me as the position of al- Muqqdad with the Prophet of Allah, may Allah bless him and his family." Abu Abd Allah looked at Dawud al- Raqqy when the latter had gone away and said: "If looking at the man of the companions of the one who will rise (qa'im), peace be on him, pleases someone, then let him look at this (i.e. Dawud). In other tradition he said: "Make his position among you as the position of al- Muqdad." These traditions and the like show us the high position of Dawud in the religion in addition to his unshakable belief and his reliable reports.

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