The Book on Virtue of Knowledge
Chapter on Those who use their Knowledge to Fill their Stomach and are Boastful for it
H 114, Ch. 14, h 1
Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Isa and Ali ibn Ibrahim from his father, both of them from Hammad ibn ‘Isa from ‘Umar ibn ’Udhayna from Aban ibn abu ‘Ayyash from Sulaym ibn Qays who has said the following.
“(Imam) Ali (a.s.) narrated from the holy Prophet who said, ‘Two kinds of people with great appetites do not become satisfied. A person of great appetite for the worldly gains and a person with great appetite for knowledge. In the matters of the worldly gains if one would limit himself to what Allah has made lawful form him he is saved and if one would accumulate such gains in unlawful ways he is destroyed unless he repents and changes his ways. In the matters of knowledge if one would acquire it from the people of knowledge and practice accordingly he is saved and if one would use it for the worldly gains then that is what one gets.’”
H 115, Ch. 14, h 2
Al-Husayn ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Amir has narrated from Mu‘alla ibn Muhammad from al-Hassan ibn Ali al-Washshi’ from Ahmad ibn ‘A’idh from abu Khadija from abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) who has said the following.
“If one would want al-Hadith for the worldly benefits he will have no share for it in the next life but if one would want al-Hadith for the good of the next life, Allah will give him the good of both this and the next life.”
H 116, Ch. 14, h 3
Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from al-Qasim ibn Muhammad al-Isbahani from al-Minqari from Hafs ibn Ghiyath from abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) who has said the following.
“Whoever would want al-Hadith for the worldly gains he will have no share for it in the next life.”
H 117, Ch. 14, h 4
Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from al-Qasim from al-Minqari from Hafs ibn Ghiyath from abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) who has said the following.
“If you would find a learned person who loves the worldly gains you must not trust him in the matters of your religion because whoever would love something it will encompass and entangle him. The holy Prophet has said, ‘Allah sent wahy, revelation to David (a.s.) and told him, “Do not set between Me and yourself a learned person who loves the worldly gains lest he will bar you from the way to My love. Such people are bandits who ambush my servants who want Me. The least that I will do to such bandits is to take away from them the sweetness of their private conversations and prayers with Me.”
H 118, Ch. 14, h 5
Ali from his father from al-Nawfali from al-Sakuni from abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) who has said the following.
“The holy Prophet has said, Al-Fuqaha, the scholars of the Fiqh, Islamic laws are the trustees of the prophets until they are not involved in the worldly matters.” People asked, “What is their ‘entering in the worldly matters, O the holy Prophet of Allah?” “Their following the kings is entering in the worldly matters. When they follow the kings then you must be very careful in involving them in your religion.” Replied the holy Prophet (s.a.)
H 119, Ch. 14, h 6
Muhammad ibn ’Isma‘il has narrated from al-Fadl ibn Shadhan from Hammed ibn ‘Isa from Ri’ab‘i ibn ‘Abdallah from one he narrated from abu Ja’far (a.s.) who has said the following.
“Whoever would seek knowledge to show off to the scholars or to engage in arguments with fools or to attract people to himself he should know that in so doing he has prepare his seat in the fire. Leadership does not suite anyone besides those qualified for it.”
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