al-Adian: Welcome my dear friends. Do
you know me and my story? Well, I think
you donít. I will tell you but you have
to pay attention to what I will say.
My name is Abu al-Adian al-Basry. I am
from Basrah. I was a servant for my
master imam al-Hasan al-Askary(p.b) in
Samera. My mission was bringing the
letters which were written by imam
al-Askary(p.b) to his shias and lovers.
The letters were reaching to the imam
from everywhere. The imam trusted in me
so much, therefore, he gave me this
In Safar 260 A.H, imam al-Askary fell
ill because of the poison, which was
given to him by the Abbasid caliph
al-Motamed. Therefore, imam al-Askary
I entered, I saw the imam was in front
of Qeblah in the bed.
Imam al-Askary(p.b):Abu al-Adian,take
this letter to a person who is called
Ahmad bin al-Hasan in Madaien and give
him this packet and wait for his reply.
Abu al-Adian: Ok my lord, but what if I
donít find him or get no reply?
Imam al-Askary(p.b): Donít come back
until you get the reply. Some of my
shias will give you some letters to
bring them to me.
Abu al-Adian: Do I bring them?
Imam al-Askary(p.b): Yes, and you have
to know that you will come back after
fifteen days. In the day of your coming
back, you will hear the sound of cry
from my home.
Abu al-Adian: For what my lord?
Imam al-Askary(p.b): Because I will die
before your entrance to Samera. You will
find me lying in the mortuary.
Abu al-Adian: We are for god and we are
going back to him. (Ena Lelah wa Ena
Elaih Rajeoon). I can't stand without
you my lord.
al-Askary(p.b): Do what I have ordered
Abu al-Adian: But if that happen, to
whom should I give the letters?
Imam al-Askary(p.b): Give them to the
person who will ask them from you.
Abu al-Adian: How will I know him?
Imam al-askary(p.b): I'll give you
another sign. The person who prays on me
is the imam after me.
Abu al-Adian: Is there another sign?
Imam al-Askary(p.b): the person who will
tell you what is in the yellow packet is
the imam after me.
Abu al-Adian: You know, the imam
introduced to me three signs of the
coming imam, but the imam's awe didn't
let me to ask him about another sign.
Now you have to remember these signs.
Well, they are:
First: He should request the letters
from, which I bring them with me from
He should be the person who prays on
imam al-Askary(p.b) after his death.
Third: He should know how much money is
in the yellow packet.
After that, I left the imam and then, I
left Samera. I moved toward Baghdad. I
stayed in Baghdad for a day and a night.
Then, I moved toward Madaien in the next
day. Madaien is an ancient city, which
is near to Baghdad. It contains the
shrine of Salman al-Mohamady and Iwan
When I arrived there, I asked about
Ahmad bin al-Hasan. When I found him, I
gave him the letter. Ahmad kissed the
letter, put it on his eyes, and passed
it on his face. He entered me his house
and stayed there for a few days. I was
thinking about my lord imam al-Askary(p.b).
Then, Ahmad asked me to move to the
house of one of his followers, because
of the fear from being discovered. When
the lovers and the shias of imam al-Askary
knew my being in Madaien, they started
visiting me secretly and writing
letters, and they asked me to bring the
letters to imam al-Askary. When the time
was over, Ahmad bin al-Hasan gave me the
reply of the imam's letter. Then I took
it and returned to Samera. I entered
there at 8th Rabi al-Awal in 260 A.H,
and it was the fifteenth day
since my exit from Samera like the
When I reached near the door of the
home, I heard the sound of crying from
the home, then I entered and I saw the
imam in the mortuary. I cried a lot.
When I saw Jafar bin Ali the brother of
imam al-Askary, was at the door of the
home and people were mourning his
brother's death and were greeting him
for his being imam. I told myself: If
Jafar is the imam, so the imamate became
invalid, because I know Jafar well, he
was seteling in the castles and was
drinking wine and was gambling and
playing with the music instruments.
I walked toward him, mourned his
brother's death, and greeted him for his
being imam, but he didn't ask me
anything. Then the servant got out of
The servant: My lord! Your brother was
enshrouded. Come and pray on him.
Abu al-Adian: Jafar, the shias and the
people entered the home. They saw the
imam al-Askarys body in the pall. Jafar
walked forward to pray on his brother.
He was going to say Allah Akbar, but a
little brown boy, came out from inside
and caught the Jafar's clothes.
The child: Go back uncle; I have the
right to pray on my father more than
al-Adian: It was a shock for Jafar, so
he moved back, but the characters of his
face got changed. The child moved
forward and prayed on his father as well
as possible. Then, he carried the pall
and buried the hilly body beside his
grandfather imam Ali al-Hadi(p.b). The
child looked at me.
The child: Basry! Give me the letters,
which you had brought them with you.
Abu al-Adian: I gave him the letters and
I told myself that two signs have done
but one. Then, I walked toward the door
and I saw Jafar and some of the shias,
which surrounded him, were shocked.
One of the shias: My lord! Who is the
child who prayed on your brother?
Jafar: I swear I never had seen him
before and I donít know him.
A shia: Why donít we ask him to be a
proof on him?
Abu al-Adian: While people were talking
to each other, a group of people
arrived. It was clear that they were in
a long journey. The group contained an
old doyen. The doyen moved forward and
greeted Jafar; He replied.
The doyen: We are from Qom and we are
the imam al-Hasan al-Askaries shia. We
came to ask about him.
Abu al-Adian: When they knew about his
death, they started crying.
The doyen: Now, after the imam's death,
whom we mourn?
Jafar: I am his brother Jafar bin Ali
and the imam after him.
Abu al-Adian: The doyen started mourning
his brother's death and greeting him for
The doyen: If you are the imam after
him, so tell us the name of the letters'
writer, which I brought them with me,
and how much money is in this yellow
packet. If you answer the questions, so
you are the real imam after him.
Abu al-Adian: Jafar stood up while he
was shaking his clothes and said: You
want me to know prescience?!! A servant
got out of the home, started saying the
names of thje letters' owner, requested
the yellow packet, and said: It contains
one thousand and ten dinars. Then, they
gave him the letters and the packet.
The doyen: you're right; Who has sent
The servant: Imam al-mahdi al-Hojah bin
al-hasan(p.b) has sent me.
Abu al-Adian: when Jafar bin Ali heard
that, he went to the Abasy caliph al-Motamed
and told him the story. Therefore, the
knights and the soldiers attacked the
imam's home to catch him, but he got