Chapter 23

The censure of taking pride in one’s acts of worship


[234] 1 ـ محمد بن يعقوب، عن محمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن محمد، عن ابن محبوب، عن داود بن كثير، عن أبي عبيدة، عن أبي جعفر ( عليه السلام ) قال: قال رسول الله ( صلى الله عليه وآله ): قال الله تعالى: إن من عبادي المؤمنين لمن يجتهد في عبادتي، فيقوم من رقاده ولذيذ وساده، فيجتهد لي الليالي، فيتعب نفسه في عبادتي، فأضربه بالنعاس الليلة والليلتين نظرا مني له، وإبقاء عليه، فينام حتى يصبح، فيقوم وهو ماقت لنفسه زارىء عليها، ولو أخلي بينه وبين ما يريد من عبادتي لدخله العجب من ذلك، فيصيره العجب إلى الفتنة بأعماله، فيأتيه من ذلك ما فيه هلاكه لعجبه بأعماله، ورضاه عن نفسه، حتى يظن أنه قد فاق العابدين، وجاز في عبادته حد التقصير، فيتباعد مني عند ذلك، وهو يظن أنه يتقرب إلي، الحديث.


1 – Muhammad b. Ya`qub from Muhammad b. Yahya from Ahmad b. Muhammad from Ibn Mahbub from Dawud b. Kathir from Abu `Ubayda from Abu Ja`far عليه السلام.  He said: The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله said: Allah تعالى said: From my believing servants is he who strives in My worship, so he gets up from his sleep and the pleasantness of his pillow, and strives for Me in his nights.  So he wearies himself in My worship, and I strike him with drowsiness for the night and two nights, a look (?) from Me for him, and a preservation upon him (?).  So he sleeps until he enters morning, and gets up while he abhors himself rebuking (himself) for it.  Had I left between him and what he wanted of My worship, pride from that would have entered him.  So pride would have turned him unto fitna with his acts, and from that there would come to him what wherein is his destruction by his pride with his acts, and his self-satisfaction, until he would suppose that he has exceeded the worshipers, and passed the bound of falling short in his worship.  So he would be separate from Me at that, while he supposes that he is close to Me (- al-hadith)


[235] 2 ـ وعن علي بن إبراهيم، عن محمد بن عيسى، عن يونس، عن عبد الرحمن بن الحجاج قال: قلت لأبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ): الرجل يعمل العمل وهو خائف مشفق، ثم يعمل شيئا من البر فيدخله شبه العجب به، فقال: هو في حاله الأولى وهو خائف أحسن حالا منه في حال عجبه.

ورواه البرقي في ( المحاسن ): عن عبد الرحمن بن أبي نجران، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام )، مثله .


2 – And from `Ali b. Ibrahim from Muhammad b. `isa from Yunus from `Abd ar-Rahman b. al-Hajjaj.  He said: I said to Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام: The man does the act while he is fearful, cautious, then he does something of piety and the likeness of pride enters in him with it.  So said: He was in a better state in his first state while he was fearful than in the state of his pride.

And al-Barqi narrated it in al-Mahasin from `Abd ar-Rahman b. Abi Najran from Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام likewise.



(to be continued, in sha Allah)