36. The Ten Ranks of Belief

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10-49 حدثنا محمد بن الحسن رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا أحمد بن إدريس، عن محمد بن أحمد، عن أبي عبد الله الرازي، عن الحسن بن علي بن أبي عثمان، عن محمد بن حماد الخزاز، عن عبد العزيز القراطيسى قال: قال لي أبوعبد الله عليه السلام: يا عبد العزيز، إن الايمان عشر درجات بمنزلة السلم يصعد منه مرقاة بعدالمرقاة، فلا تقولن صاحب الواحد لصاحب الاثنين: لست على شيء حتى ينتهي إلى العاشرة، ولاتسقط من هو دونك فيسقطك الذي هو فوقك، فاذا رأيت من هو أسفل منك فارفعه إليك برفق، ولاتحملن عليه مالا يطيق فتكسره فانه من كسر مؤمنا فعليه جبره وكان المقداد في الثامنة، وأبوذر في التاسعة، وسلمان في العاشرة


10-49 Muhammad ibn al-Hassan - may God be pleased with him - narrated that Ahmad ibn Idris quoted Muhammad ibn Ahmad, on the authority of Aba Abdullah al-Razi, on the authority of Al-Hassan ibn Ali ibn Abi Uthman, on the authority of Muhammad ibn Himad al-Khazzaz, on the authority of Abdul Aziz al-Qaratisi, “Abu Abdullah as-Sadiq (MGB) told me, ‘O Abdul Aziz! There are ten ranks of belief just like the steps of a ladder which one must climb up one after the other. One who has attained two of these ranks should not say to the one who has only attained the first rank, ‘You do not have faith.’ The same thing holds true up until the tenthrank. You should not consider anyone who has attained a rank lower than yourself to lack faith, so that those who have attained a higher rank than you have, do not consider you to lack faith. When you see someone who is in a lower rank than you are, kindly assist him up to your rank. Do not force upon him what he cannot tolerate, since you may hurt him this way. One who hurts a believer should help him get unhurt. Miqdad was in the eighth rank. Abuzar was in the ninth rank and Salman had attained the tenth rank of faith.’”




10-50 حدثنا محمد بن الحسن رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا محمد بن الحسن الصفار، عن الحسن بن معاوية، عن محمد بن حماد أخي يوسف بن حماد الخزاز، عن عبدالعزيز القراطيسى قال:دخلت على أبي عبد الله عليه السلام فذكرت له شيئا من أمرالشيعة ومن أقاويلهم، فقال: يا عبدالعزيز الايمان عشر درجات بمنزلة السلم له عشر مراقي وترتقى منه مرقات بعد مرقاة، فلا يقولن صاحب الواحده لصاحب الثانية لست على شيء، ولايقولن صاحب الثانيه لصاحب الثالثة لست على شيء حتى انتهى إلى العاشرة قال: وكان سلمان في العاشرة، وأبوذر في التاسعة، والمقداد في الثامنة يا عبدالعزيز لاتسقط من هو دونك فيسقطك من هو فوقك، إذا رأيت الذي هو دونك فقدرت أن ترفعه إلى درجتك رفعا رفيقا فافعل، ولاتحملن عليه مالا يطيقه فتكسره فإنه من كسر مؤمنا فعليه جبره، لانك أذا ذهبت تحمل الفصيل حمل البازل فسخته


10-50 Muhammad ibn al-Hassan - may God be pleased with him - narrated that Muhammad ibn al-Hassan al-Saffar quoted Al-Hassan ibn Muawiyah, on the authority of Muhammad ibn Himad - the brother of Yusuf ibn Himad al-Khazzaz, on the authority of Abdul Aziz al-Qaratisi, “I went to see Aba Abdullah as-Sadiq (MGB) and told him (MGB) about some of the issues of the Shiites, their beliefs and speeches. The Imam (MGB) said, ‘O Abdul Aziz! Belief has ten ranks just like the steps on a ladder. One must climb a ladder one step at a time. One who has attained two of these ranks should not say to the one who has only attained the first rank, ‘You do not have faith.’ One who has attained three of these ranks should not say to the one who has only attained the first two ranks, ‘You do not have faith.’ The same thing holds true up until the tenth rank. Salman had attained the tenth rank of faith. Abuzar was in the ninth rank and Miqdad was in the eighth rank. O Abdul Aziz! You should not consider anyone who has attained a rank lower than yourself to lack faith, so that those who have attained a higher rank than you have do not consider you to lack faith. When you see someone who is in a lower rank than you are, kindly assist him up to your rank. Do not force upon him what he cannot tolerate, since you may hurt him this way. One who hurts a believer should help him get unhurt. If you place the load that you would normally place on a nine-year old camel on a baby camel, you would break its back and kill it.’” m with kindness softly till you bring him up to your degree you do not hav