37. The Five Ranks of Knowledge

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5-44 حدثنا محمد بن الحسن بن أحمد بن الوليد رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا محمد بن الحسن الصفار، عن جعفر بن محمد بن عبيد الله، عن عبد الله بن ميمون القداح، عن جعفر ابن محمد، عن أبيه عليهما السلام قال: جاء رجل إلى النبي صلى الله عليه وآله فقال: يا رسول الله ما العلم؟ قال: الانصات، قال: ثم مه؟ قال: الاستماع له، قال: ثم مه؟ قال: الحفظ له، قال: ثم مه؟ قال: العمل به، قال: ثم مه؟ قال: ثم نشره


5-44 Muhammad ibn al-Hassan ibn Ahmad ibn al-Walid - may God be pleased with him - narrated that Muhammad ibn al-Hassan al-Saffar quoted Ja’far ibn Muhammad ibn Ubaydullah, on the authority of Abdullah ibn Maymun al-Qad-dah, on the authority of Ja’far ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq (MGB), on the authority of his father (MGB) that that a man asked God’s Prophet (MGB), “O Prophet of God! What are the ranks of knowledge?” The Prophet (MGB) replied, “Being silent in front of a wise one.” The man asked, “What is next?” The Prophet (MGB) replied, “Listening to the knowledgeable ones.” The man asked, “And what is next?” The Prophet (MGB) replied, “Remembering what they say.” The man asked, “And what is next?” The Prophet (MGB) replied, “Acting accordingly.” The man asked, “And what is next?” The Prophet (MGB) said, “Expressing it and telling it to others.”