The author, Ahmad Bin Muhammad Bin Khalid Al-Barqi was a renowned Twelver Shi’a hadith scholar and historian of 3rd/9th century. Both Shi’a and Sunni scholars have relied on his hadiths.
Chapter 7: The Group of Nines
From him, from Al Hassan Bin Tareyf Bin Nasih, from Al Husayn Bin Alwan, (It has been narrated) from Abu Abdullah (asws) having said: ‘A delegation of Abdul Qays proceeded to Rasul Allah (saww), so they placed a bunch of dates in front of him (saww). He (saww) said: ‘Is it charity or a gift?’ They said, ‘But, it is a gift’.
So the Prophet (saww) said: ‘Which dates of yours are these ones?’ They said, ‘It is Al-Barny, O Rasul Allah (saww)!’ He (saww) said: ‘This is Jibraeel(as). He(as) informs me (saww) that in your dates there are nine qualities – Satan(la) is dislodged, the back is strengthened, copulation (strength) is increased, there is an increase in hearing and vision, there is nearness to Allah (azwj) and remoteness from Satan(la), the food is digested (well), Tuberculosis (disease) goes away, and flavour is perfumed’.1
- 1. Al Mahaasin – V 1 Bk 1 H 37