59. The Subsistence for One’s Spouse is between Two Abominable Limits

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2-74 حدثنا أبي رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا أحمد بن إدريس، عن محمد بن أحمد، عن علي بن إسماعيل، عن محمد بن عمرو بن سعيد، عن بعض أصحابه قال: سمعت العياشي وهو يقول: استأذنت الرضا عليه السلام في النفقة على العيال فقال: بين المكروهين قال: فقلت: جعلت فداك لا والله ما أعرف المكروهين: قال: فقال: بلى يرحمك الله أما تعرف أن الله عز وجل كره الاسراف وكره الاقتار فقال: "والذين إذا أنفقوا لم يسرفوا ولم يقتروا وكان بين ذلك قواما ".


2-74 (The compiler of the book narrated) that his father - may God be pleased with him - narrated that Ahmad ibn Idris quoted Muhammad ibn Ahmad, on the authority of Ali ibn Isma’il, on the authority of Muhammad ibn Amr ibn Sa’id, on the authority of some of his companions who said that they heard al-Ayashi say, “I asked Al-Reza (MGB) about the subsistence for the spouse. The Imam (MGB) said, ‘It is in between two abominable limits.’ I asked the Imam (MGB), ‘May I be your ransom! I swear by God that I do not know what the two abominable limits are.’ The Imam (MGB) said, ‘Yes. May God have Mercy upon you! Don’t you know that God the Honorable the Exalted despises extravagance and miserliness and has said,‘Those who, when they spend, are not extravagant and not niggardly, but hold a just (balance) between those (extremes).’ ”