Let us analyze a narration present in Ikhtiyar Maarifat ur Rijal, 2/772

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وجدت في بعض روايات الواقفة: علي إسماعيل بن يزيد، قال: شهدنا محمد بن عمران الباقري، في منزل علي بن أبي حمزة، وعنده أبو بصير

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And I found in one of the narrations of the Waqifa: `Ali (?) Isma`il b. Yazid said. We witnessed Muhammad b. `Imran al-Baqiri in the house of `Ali b. Abi Hamza, and Abu Basir was with him.

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قال محمد بن عمران: سمعت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام يقول: منا ثمانية محدثون سابعهم القائم، فقام أبو بصير بن أبي القاسم فقبل رأسه، وقال: سمعته من أبي جعفر عليه السلام منذ أربعين سنة، فقال له أبو بصير: سمعته من أبي جعفر عليه السلام وانى كنت خماسيا جاء بهذا قال: أسكت يا صبي ليزدادوا ايمانا مع ايمانهم، يعني القائم عليه السلام ولم يقل ابني هذا.

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Muhammad b. `Imran said: I heard Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام saying: From us are eight muhaddathun, the seventh of them is the Qa’im. So Abu Basir b. Abi ‘l-Qasim got up and kissed his head. And he said: I heard it from Abu Ja`far عليه السلام forty years ago. So Abu Basir said to him: I heard it from Abu Ja`far عليه السلام while I was five, he brought this. He said: Be silent O child, that they may increase in faith with their faith, meaning the Qa’im عليه السلام, and he did not say: this my son.

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Now, the issue with these narrations are that

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1- First of all, We clearly see that it was in narrations of Waqifa, and therefore, there are clear chances that they had forged it. We have no clue to who were they who narrated this from Ali Ismaeel bin Yazeed. Also, I could not find him, ali Ismaeel in books of rijal as such.

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2- Mohammad bin Imran, who is Slave of Imam Abu Ja’far, and prime narrator of this narration, is Majhool. And we are basing all assumption on his narration.

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Agha Jawahiri writes for him

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1514 – محمد بن عمران مولى أبي جعفر علیھ السلام : عده البرقي من أصحاب الباقر ( – 11487 – 11491
ع ) قائلا محمد بن عمران مولى بني ھاشم – روى
عن أبي عبد الله ( ع ) في الكافي – متحد مع محمد بن عمران البارقي ” المجھول

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On the other hand, we do have a narration in Basair-ud-Darajat, 1/339 with ALL known & Thiqa narrators, links I have given in the names which say that

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حدثنا أبو طالب عن عثمان بن عيسى قال كنت انا وابو بصير ومحمد بن عمران مولى ابى جعفر بمنزله مكه قال فقال محمد بن عمران سمعت ابا عبد الله يقول نحن اثنا عشر محدثا قال له أبو بصير والله لسمعت من ابى عبد الله عليه السلام قال فحلفه مرة واثنتين انه سمعت قال فقال أبو بصير كذا سمعت ابا جعفر عليه السلام يقول.

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Abu Talib narrated to us from `Uthman b. `Isa. He said: I and Abu Basir and Muhammad b. `Imran the client of Abu Ja`far عليه السلام were in his home in Mecca. So Muhammad b. `Imran said: I heard Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام saying: We are twelve muhaddath. So Abu Basir said to him: By Allah, you heard that from Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام? So he swore him once or twice, and he swore that he heard it. So Abu Basir said to him: As to me, I heard it from Abu Ja`far عليه السلام.

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As it can be seen clearly, that the first narration has been tempered by the UNKNOWN Mohammad bin Imran.

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