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There is no difference between Thee and them, save that they are Thy servants and Thy creation

This article contains a short analysis and showcase of opinions of the scholars regarding the supplication which mentions the passage mentioned in the title


Shaykh Hobbollah

What came in the supplication of Rajab saying: 

لا فرق بينك وبينها إلاّ أنهم عبادك وخلقك

[…]
There is no difference between Thee and them, save that they are Thy servants and Thy creation
[…]

Misbah al-Mutahajid, pg 803

Sheikh al-Tusi did not mention a chain of narrators for this supplication in the first place, but Sayed Ibn Tawus transmitted this narration while saying:

ومن الدعوات في كلّ يوم من رجب، ما رويناه أيضاً عن جدّي أبي جعفر الطوسي رضي الله عنه فقال: أخبرني جماعة، عن ابن عياش قال: مما خرج على يد الشيخ الكبير أبي جعفر محمد بن عثمان بن سعيد رضي الله عنه من الناحية المقدّسة، ما حدثني به خير بن عبد الله

And among the supplications for every day of Rajab, which we also narrated from my grandfather Abu Ja’far al-Tusi (ra) and he said: ‘A group told me, on the authority of Ibn Ayyash, that he said: From what came out at the hands of the great Sheikh Abi Ja’far Muhammad bin ‘Uthman Bin Saeed (ra), what Khair bin Abdullah informed me about, […]’

Iqbal al-A’mal, vol 3, pg 214

Here, in addition to not knowing the group that told Sheikh al-Tusi, this Ibn Ayyash is far from being Muhammad bin Masoud bin Ayyash al-Thiqa [trustworthy]; because he is seperated more than two layers from Sheikh al-Tusi. Also, it is far from being Aba Bakr bin Ayyash; as he is from the layer of Imam al-Sadiq (as), so how would he have narrated from al-‘Amri [the first deputy] from Imam al-Mahdi?!

It is possible that he was Aba Abdullah bin Ayyash, who is Muhmal [Untraceable in Rijal works].

But it is more correct that it is Ahmed bin Muhammad bin Obaidullah bin Al-Hassan bin Ayyash bin Ibrahim bin Ayoub al-Jawhari, who Sheikh al-Najashi said about him:

سمع الحديث فأكثر واضطرب في آخر عمره… رأيت هذا الشيخ، وكان صديقاً لي ولوالدي، وسمعت منه شيئاً كثيراً، ورأيت شيوخنا يضعّفونه فلم أرو منه شيئاً، وتجنّبته

He heard the hadith and more and was confused at the end of his life … I met this Sheikh, and he was a friend of me and my father, and I heard many things from him, and I saw our Shaykhs weaken him, so I did not narrate anything from him, and avoided him.

Rijal al-Najashi, pg 85-86

And Sheikh al-Tusi, who narrated it from him with a group as intermediary, also said about him:

كان سمع الحديث وأكثر، واختلّ في آخر عمره

He heard the hadith and more, he became confused at the end of his life

Al-Fehrest, pg 79

Allamah Muhaqiq al-Tustari

al-Tustari has mentioned explicitly that this dua is fabricated, he mentions several evidences for it, one of them being:

… وبالجملة لو لم يكن في الدعاء إلاّ فقرة (لا فرق بينك وبينها إلاّ أنهم عبادك وخلقك) لكفى دليلاً على وضعه

If there was only this one passage in the supplication it would suffice as evidence for its fabrication (There is no difference between Thee and them, save that they are Thy servants and Thy creation)

Al-Akhbar al-Dakhila, vol 1, pg 265

And he considers the general purport of this passage to be:

كفراً محضاً

Pure disbelief

Al-Akhbar al-Dakhila, vol 1, pg 264

Sayed al-Khoei

After mentioning some details about the anonymity and weakness of some of the narrators of this supplication, he says:

ومضمون التوقيع الذي أوله(اللهم إني أسألك بمعاني جميع ما يدعوك به ولاة أمرك)، غريب عن أذهان المتشرعة وغير قابل للإذعان بصدوره عن المعصوم عليه السلام.

And the meaning of the aforementioned narration is strange according to the religious minds and is not acceptable to their minds as being an issuance from an infallible, peace be upon him.

Mu’jam Rijal al-Hadith, vol 8, pg 87

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