Condition of Tawheed” by Iranian painter Hassan Ruholamin

Photo: “Condition of Tawheed” by Iranian painter Hassan Ruholamin

the story of the Hadith of the Golden Chain (Hadith Silsilat al-Dhahab)

Hadith Silsilat al-Dhahab is a qudsi hadith narrated by Imam al-Rida (a) on his way to Merv through Neyshabur, on the unity of God and one of its main conditions. Since all the narrators of this hadith are the infallible Imams (a), all the way to the Holy Prophet (s), who has narrated it from Jabra’il (Gabriel) from God, thus it has been called Silsilat al-Dhahab, which means Golden Chain. According to some reports as Imam al-Rida (a) was saying the hadith more than twenty thousand people were writing it.

اللَّهَ جَلَّ جَلَالُهُ یَقُولُ «لَا إِلَهَ‏ إِلَّا اللَّهُ‏ حِصْنِی‏ فَمَنْ دَخَلَ حِصْنِی أَمِنَ مِنْ عَذَابِی»
قَالَ فَلَمَّا مَرَّتِ الرَّاحِلَةُ نَادَانَا «بِشُرُوطِهَا وَ أَنَا مِنْ شُرُوطِهَا»

Allah says: “(The word) ‘There is no lord but Allah’ is my stronghold, thus whomever enters my stronghold shall be safe from my punishment.”
When the caravan started to move [Imam al-Rida (a)] said: “[but of course] it has conditions, and I am one of its conditions.”

 al-Tawhid, p. 25

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