in section 2 chapter 4 of the same book, the author narrates from hafiz abu abdullah na'eem-ibn-hemaad (book of fatan) and hafiz abu abdullah (book of mustadrak) who reckon [the chain of transmission of this tradition to be authentic] and they from ibn-massoud that the holy prophet (s.a.w.a.) said:
'be on guard against seven calamities which would occur after me:
the sedition which would arise in medina, the sedition which would arise in mecca, the sedition which would arise in yemen, the sedition which would appear in syria, the sedition which would appear from the east, the sedition which would arise from the west and lastly the sedition which would arise from central syria which would be the sedition of sufyani.
ibn-massoud says: some of you will perceive the beginning of these seditions while some of you will perceive the last part of it.
walid-ibn-abbass says: the sedition of medina was the very one which appeared from thalha and zubair, the seditiion of mecca was the very one from ibn-zubair; the sedition of yemen ascended from najdah's side; the sedition of syria appeared from bani-ummayah and sedition of central syria is through this group.
in section 2, chapter 4 of 'eqdud-durar' its author narrates from jabir-ibn-yazid ju'afi that hazrat imam muhammad baqir addressed jabir as such: 'o jabir! sit firmly in your place until i describe for you the signs ..... three flags will set out from syria: red and white flag, black and white flags and the flag of sufyani ..... sufyani shall dispatch 10000 men towards kufa. they will plunder, kill and take as captives its inhabitants. when they will engage in these activities, men from khorasan holding flags will march forward with swiftness. they are Mahdi's helpers.... sufyani shall dispatch troops towards medina and Mahdi shall escape from medina to mecca. the commander of the sufyani's army shall be informed about Mahdi's flight towards mecca.
najdeh-ibn-aamer hanafi was one of the khawarij who commands his army to persue Mahdi but they will not find him.... the commander of sufyanis army shall descend over the land of 'baidah' (soft land between mecca and medina) and a caller from the heavens shall cry out: 'o baidah! destroy this group'. then the land of baidah shall swallow them.
the author of 'yanabi-ul-muwadda' (page 414) has narrated from the book 'durrul-monzoom' as such: 'one of the signs of Mahdi's emergence will be the revolt of sufyani. he will dispatch 30000 men towards mecca where they will sink in the land of baidah'....
ibn abil-hadid in his 'commentary of nahjul-balagha (vol. 1, pg. 21 1) on the occasion when ali (a.s.)delivered a sermon on the 'ghaib' (unseen)says:- 'abu dawoud thayalesi has narrated from sulaiman zarriq who has narrated from abdul aziz-ibn- suhib who has narrated from abul-a'alia that mazrah (who was one of ali's followers) said:
abul-a'alia says: i asked mazrah whether he would give me the news of the unseen and he replied: keep guard of whatever i tell you since a reliable man like ali-ibn-abi talib has informed me.