Chapter 26

Not to overexert in the acts of worship to the point of making it hateful to oneself

حميد بن زياد، عن الخشاب، عن ابن بقاح، عن معاذ بن ثابت، عن عمرو بن جميع، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: قال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله): يا علي إن هذا الدين متين، فأوغل فيه برفق ولا تبغض إلى نفسك عبادة ربك، [ ف ] إن المنبت - يعني المفرط - لا ظهرا أبقى ولا أرضا قطع، فاعمل عمل من يرجو أن يموت هرما واحذر حذر من يتخوف أن يموت غدا.

1 – [al-Kafi] Humayd b. Ziyad from al-Khashshab from Ibn Baqqah from Mu`adh b. Thabit from `Amr b. Jami` from Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام.  He said: The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله said: O `Ali, this religion is strong, so penetrate into it with gentleness, and do not make the worship of your Lord hateful to yourself, [for] the munbatt – meaning the one exceeding the bounds – (has?) no back that remains and no land that he traverses, so act with the act of one who hopes to die in old age, and be cautious with the caution of one who fears that he will die tomorrow.

Translator’s note: A munbatt is a man unable to proceed on his journey because his camel that bore him has broken down from fatigue or having perished.