101. There Would Have Come a Severe Punishment from God Were It Not for the Following Three

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3-131 حدثنا محمد بن الحسن رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا محمد بن يحيى العطار، وأحمد بن إدريس جميعا، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى، عن محمد بن أبي عمير، عن الحسين ابن مصعب قال: قال أبوعبد الله عليه السلام: إن الله في كل يوم وليلة ملكا ينادي: مهلا مهلا عبادالله من معاصي الله فلولا بهائم رتع، وصبية رضع، وشيوخ ركع لصب عليكم العذاب صبا وترضون به رضا

3-131 Muhammad ibn al-Hassan - may God be pleased with him - narrated that Muhammad ibn Yahya al-Attar and Ahmad ibn Idris quoted on the authority of Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Isa, on the authority of Muhammad ibn Abi Umayr, on the authority of Al-Hussein ibn Mus’ab that Abu Abdullah as-Sadiq (MGB) said, “God sends down an angel every day to announce: O people! Stop disobedience to God! Were it not for pasturing animals, breast-feeding babies and bent back white bearded old men there would have come to you such a hard punishment that would utterly destroy you.”