SHAFAQNA- Is this tradition that is mentioned in Bihar al-anwar in which Imam Ali (a.s) said: “if one mixtures saffron and So’d Kufi and honey together and have it each day, the one will get a memory that all people think he/she is a magician” authentic? Can you please tell me the quantity of that combination?
Therefore, however we ought not to reject it completely but it has not much value to be relied on according to the principle of Shia narrative theory.
This tradition is as follows:
“عَنْ عَلِیٍّ ع مَنْ أَخَذَ مِنَ الزَّعْفَرَانِ الْخَالِصِ جُزْءاً وَ مِنَ السُّعْدِ جُزْءاً وَ یُضَافُ إِلَیْهِمَا عَسَلًا وَ یُشْرَبُ مِنْهُ مِثْقَالَیْنِ فِی کُلِّ یَوْمٍ فَإِنَّهُ یُتَخَوَّفُ عَلَیْهِ مِنْ شِدَّةِ الْحِفْظِ أَنْ یَکُونَ سَاحِرا”
If one prepares a mixture in which the half of it is provided by the pure saffron, and added some honey to it, and then drinks two Mesghal (unit of weight equal to five grams) of it per day, the one will get a strong memory that all people may think he/she is a magician”
In this tradition, the word “So’d” has been mentioned generally. However, there has been mentioned another mixtures which contains “So’d Kufi”, “currants”, “fennel”, “ginger” and etc. in other part of the book Misbah Kaf’ami, but seemingly it is not a Hadith and the author experientially mentioned it.
Thus, since the tradition is mursal (meaning “hurried”. i.e. if some narrators or all of them are omitted from a given isnād. By this definition the hadith includes all categories of discontinuity.) it can neither be proven nor be rejected completely. As a result, we certainly ought not to distribute such a property of this mixture to Imam Ali (a.s). However, the traditional medicine expertises are able to give their opinion regarding the effect of that mixture on memory.