Ash-Shaykh Abu Muhammad al-Fadl ibn Shadhan ibn Khalil said:
Narrated to us al-Hasan ibn 'Ali ibn Faddal and ibn Abi Najran, from Hammad ibn 'Isa, from 'Abdullah ibn Muskan, from Aban ibn Taghlib, from Sulaym ibn Qays al-Hilali, from Salman al-Farsi, that he said:
The Messenger of Allah (Blessings of Allah be on him and his progeny) said: "Should not I give you, O People! the good news of al-Mahdi?"
They said: "Certainly."
He said: "Then know that Allah, the High, will raise in my ummah a just ruler and virtuous Imam (who) will fill the earth with justice and equity as it would be full of oppression and injustice; and he is the ninth from the children of my son al-Husayn; his name is my name and his kunya is my kunya.
"Truly there will be no good in the life after him; and his rule will continue until forty days before the Qiyamat (Resurrection)."1
Quoted from lthbatu 'r-Raj'ah of al-Fadl ibn Shadhan, by as-Sayyid Muhammad Mir Lawhi in his Kifayatu 'l-Muhtadi fi Ma 'rifati’ l-Mahdi (Tehran: Ministry of Islamic Guidance, 1373A.H. Solar =1415 p.307)
- 1. See Hadith no.91, in Kitab Sulaym ibn Qays al-Hilali, published in three volumes with extensive introduction and appendixes by ash-Shaykh Muhammad Baqir al-Ansari az-Zanjani al-Khu 'i'ni, vol. 2 (Qum, 1415 A.H.) p. 958; see also vol. I, p. 1173.