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Do not tire of abusing and insulting cAli and calling for God's mercifulness for cUthman, defaming the companions of cAli, removing them, and refusing to listen to them; praising, in contrast, the clan of cUthman, drawing them near to you, and listening to them. This instruction is in the form of official encouragement to fabricate lies directed against cAli and to hold back and suppress those reports that favoured him. Evidently the Umayyads and their political followers had no scruples in promoting tendentious lies in the form of Prophetic traditions, and they were prepared to cover such falsifications with their undoubted authority.

Accompanying these traditions were reports relating the merits of waiting for the appearance of the Imam in patience. Al-Sadiq is reported to have described the merits of the latter in these terms: That which causes the servants of God to get closer to Him at the time when people will search for the hujja of God, who will not appear for them nor will they know of his whereabouts, will be their faith [in the fact that] neither His hujja nor His promise [about the faraj (freedom from grief)] have been annulled.

Karbala that day will be the frequenting place of the angels and the believers. The hadith of al-Mufaddal continues to describe the condition of Baghdad at the time and relates the rise of a sayyid among the descendants of Hasan in the land of the Daylamites. " The brave and faithful people of Taliqan (in Khurasan) will respond to this call by riding their swift horses and carrying weapons. On their journey toward Kufah, they will fight the enemies of God and wipe them out, until they enter the city and settle there.

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