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Imam al-Baqir's Companions and the Narrators of His Traditions - Part 3

54. Barid bin Mu'a`wiya

Al-Naja`shi said: "Barid was b. Mu'a`wiya. The people gave him the kunya of Abu` al-Qa`sim. They called him al-Bajali. He was an Arab. He reported on the authority of Abu` 'Abd Allah (al-Sa`diq) and Abu` Ja'far (al-Ba`qir) peace be on them. He died during the lifetime of Abu` 'Abd Allah (al-Sa`diq), peace be on him. He was one of our main companions. He was also a jurist. He occupied an important position with the Ima`ms." Ahmed b. Al-Husayn said: "I saw Barid's book. 'Ali b. 'Aqaba b. Kha`lid al-Asadi reported the book on his authority.

The Shi'ites have unanimously agreed on Barid's truthfulness and his knowledge of jurisprudence. Jamil b. Darra`jj reported. He said: [I heard Abu` 'Abd Allah (al-Sa`diq), peace be on him, say:] "The stakes of the earth and the signposts of the religion are four (persons). They are Mohammed b. Moslem, Barid b. Mu'a`wiya, Layth b. al-Bakhtari al-Mura`di, and Zara`ra b. A'yun." Da`u`wd b. Sarha`n reported. He said: [I heard Abu` 'Abd Allah (al-Sa`diq), peace be on him, say:] "I relate traditions to my companions. I prevent them from analogy. Then they leave me. They explain my traditions contrary to my explanations. I have ordered a group of them to talk.

Meanwhile I have prevented another group from talking. However, both groups explain my traditions according to their explanations. So, they disobey Allah, the Most High, and His Apostle. If my companions had listened and obeyed, I would have supplied them with knowledge as my father did. My father's companions were an ornament before and after their death.

I mean Zara`ra, Mohammed b. Moslem, Layth al-Mura`di, and Barid al-'Ajali. It is they who are just and truthful. Other narrations praised Barid. They showed his high position with the Ima`ms, peace be on them. Other narrations slandered him. However, our Professor contested the chain of the authorities of these narrations. He proved that some people had fabricated them.

55. Bassa`m bin 'Abd Allah

The people called him al-Sayrafi. He was the chief of the Asadis. He reported on the authority of Abu` Ja'far (al-Ba`qir) and of Abu` 'Abd Allah (al-Sa`diq), peace be on them. He had a book. Al-Mansu`r killed him, for he obeyed the members of the House (ahl al-Bayt), peace be on them.

56. Bashsha`r al-Aslami

He was among the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him.3 He was an unknown Ima`mi Shi'ite.

57. Bishro bin Ja'far

The people surnamed him al-Ju'fi. They gave him the kunya of Abu` al-Walid. He was one of the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him. Ahmed b. al-Ha`rith al-Anma`ti reported on his authority. He was an unknown Ima`mi Shi'ite.

58. Bishr bin Khath'am

He was one of the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him. He was an unknown Ima`mi Shi'ite.

59. Bishr bin Abi 'Aqaba

The people called him al-Mada'ini. Shaykh al-Tu`si numbered him as one of the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him.

60. Bishr bin 'Abd Allah

The people surnamed him al-Khath'ami al-Ku`fi. He was one of the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him.

61. Bishr bin Maymu`n

The people called him al-Wa`bishi, al-Hamada`ni, al-Nabba`l, and al-Ku`fi. He was the brother of Shajara. Shaykh al-Tu`si numbered him as one of the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him.

62. Bishr bin Yasa`r

Shaykh al-Tu`si numbered him as one of the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him.

63. Bishr Bayya` al-Zatti

Shaykh al-Tu`si and al-Barqi numbered him as one of the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him.Apparently, he was an unknown Ima`mi Shi'ite.

64. Bishr al-Rahha`l

Shaykh al-Tu`si numbered him as one of the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him. Al-Barqi also numbered him as one of the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him. The people called al-Rahha`l (traveler), for he traveled fifty times to perform pilgrimages (to Mecca) and to make raids (against the atheists).

65. Bashir al-Ju'fi

The people gave him the kunya of Abu` al-Mustanir. They called him al-Azraq. He sold food. He was among the companions of Imam al-Baqir, peace be on him. Apparently, he was an unknown Ima`mi Shi'ite.

66. Bashir Abu` 'Abd al-Samed

He was b. Bishr al-Ku`fi. He reported on the authority of Abu` Ja'far (al-Ba`qir) and Abu` 'Abd Allah (al-Sa`diq), peace be on them. 'Ali b. al-Hasan b. Fadda`l mentioned him among the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him.

67. Bashir bin Sulayma`n

The people called him al-Madani. He was among the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him.

68. Bakr bin Habib

The people surnamed him al-Ahmasi, al-Bajali, al-Ku`fi. They gave him the kunya of Abu` Maryam.6 He reported on the authority of Ima`m al-Ba`qir and of Abu` 'Abd Allah (al-Sa`diq), peace be on them.

69. Bakr bin Kha`lid

He was from Ku`fa. He was one of the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir and of Ima`m al-Sa`diq, peace be on them.
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70. Bakr bin Sa`lih

He was one of the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him.Apparently, he was an unknown Ima`mi Shi'ite.

71. Bakr bin Karb

He was called al-Sayrafi. He was one of the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him. Shaykh al-Tu`si mentioned him with his reporters. He also numbered him as one of the companions of Ima`m al-Sa`diq, peace be on him.

72. Bakkrawayh al-Kindi

He was called al-Ku`fi. He reported on the authority of Ima`m al-Ba`qir. Aba`n b. 'Uthma`n reported on the authority Bakkrawayh al-Kindi. Shaykh al-Tu`si mentioned him with the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him.. He also numbered him as one of the companions of Ima`m al-Sa`diq, peace be on him. Apparently, he was an unknown Ima`mi Shi'ite.

73. Bukayr bin A'yun

He was b. (son of) Sansan al-Shayba`ni al-Ku`fi. He reported on the authority of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, and of Ima`m Abu` 'Abd Allah (al-Sa`diq), peace be on them. He was given the kunya of Abu` 'Abd Allah. He was also called Abu` al-Jahm. He had six sons. They were 'Abd Allah, al-Jahm, 'Abd al-Hamid, 'Abd al-A'la`, 'Umar, Zayd. He was among the main reliable Shi'ites. When he died, Abu` 'Abd Allah al-Sa`diq, peace be on him said: "Allah has made him live between Allah's Apostle and the Commander of the faithful.

74. Bukayr bin Jundub

He was from Ku`fa. He reported on the authority of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, and of Ima`m al-Sa`diq, peace be on them. He was among the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir1 Apparently, he was an unknown Ima`mi Shi'ite.

75. Bukayr bin Habib

He was from Ku`fa. He reported on the authority of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, and of Abu` 'Abd Allah (al-Sa`diq), peace be on them. He was among the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir. Apparently, he was an unknown Ima`mi Shi'ite.

76. Tamim bin Zyya`d

He was among the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him. Apparently, he was an unknown Ima`mi Shi'ite.

77. Tha`bit bin Abi Tha`bit

His real name is 'Abd Allah al-Bajali al-Ku`fi. He was given the kunya of Abu` Sa'id. He was a retainer. He reported on the authority of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, and of Abu` 'Abd Allah (al-Sa`diq), peace be on them. He was among the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir.

78. Tha`bit bin Dina`r

He was given the kunya of Abu` Hamza al-Thuma`li. He was pious and righteous. He met Ima`m 'Ali b. al-Husayn, Abu` Ja'far (al-Ba`qir), and Abu` 'Abd Allah (al-Sa`diq), peace be on them.
Al-Naja`shi said: "He was the best of our companions and the most reliable of them in narration and tradition." It was reported on the authority of Abu` 'Abd Allah (al-Sa`diq), peace be on him, who said: "Abu` Hamza at his time is like Salma`n at his time. His supplication was accepted. His sons died martyrs with the great revolutionist, Zayd b. 'Ali, peace be on him. He died in the year 150 A.H. 3 As for his books, they are as follows:

1. Kita`b fi Tafsir al-Qur`an al-Karim.

(A Book on the Explanation of the Holy Koran).

2. Kita`b al-Nawa`dir.

(A Book on the rare things).

3. Kita`b al-Zuhd.

(A Book on Asceticism).

79. Tha`bit b. Za`'ida

He was called al-'Akkli. He was among the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, and of Ima`m al-Sa`diq, peace be on them.

80. Tha`bit bin Hurmuz

Al-Naja`shi said: "Abu` al-Muqda`m, Tha`bit b. Hurmuz al-Fa`risi al-Ku`fi al-Hadda`d reported a copy on the authority of 'Ali b. al-Husayn, peace be on him. His son 'Umar b. Tha`bit reported the copy on his authority. Shaykh al-Tu`si numbered him as one of the companions of Ima`m al-Ba`qir, peace be on him, and of Ima`m al-Sa`diq, peace be on him. He reported the virtue of the visitation of Ima`m al-Husayn, peace be on him, on the authority of Ima`m Abu` Ja'far al-Ba`qir, peace be on him.

Tha`bit Said to Ima`m Abu` Ja'far (al-Ba`qir), peace be on him: "The non-Shi'a ('a`mma) say that the pledge of allegiance to Abu` Bakr pleased Allah, the Glorified, when the people assembled, and that Allah would not divide the community of Mohammed, may Allah bless him and his family, after him."

So, al-Ba`qir, peace be on him, said: "Do they not recite Allah's Book? Does Allah not say: 'And Mohammed is no more than an Apostle. The apostles have already passed away before him. If then he dies or is killed, will you turn back upon your heels? And whoever turns back upon his heels, he will by no means do harm to Allah in the least. And Allah will reward the grateful.'?"

Tha`bit said: "They explain the verse in another way." So, al-Ba`qir, peace be on him, said: "Has Allah not told them about the past communities, who disagreed with each other after the clear proofs had come to them? In this connection He said: 'We gave clear Miracles to Jesus, son of Mary. And We strengthened him with the holy spirit. And if Allah had pleased, those after them would not have fought one with another after clear arguments had come to them. However, they disagreed. So, there were some of them who believed and others who denied. And if Allah had pleased they would not have fought with one another. However, Allah brings about what He intends.'"

This is evidence for that the Companions of Mohammed disagreed after him.

Tha`bit reported on the authority of his father, on the authority of Ima`m Abu` Ja'far (al-Ba`qir), on the authority of his grandfathers, peace be on them, on the authority of Allah's Apostle, may Allah less him and his family, who said:

"The stars of the sky are safety for the people of the sky. If the stars of the sky went away, abominable events would come to the people of the sky. The members of my family are safety for the people of the earth. If the members of my family went away, abominable events would come to the people of the earth. Some people said that Tha`bit was a Zaydi. However, they have not supplied proof of that.