324. The reason due to which it is dislike to frequently place the hand in the beard

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حدثنا محمد بن موسى بن المتوكل رحمه الله قال: حدثنا عبد الله بن جعفر الحميري عن محمد بن عيسى عن ابن محبوب عن هشام بن سالم قال: سمعت أبا عبد الله (ع) يقول: لحمران بن أعين يا حمران انظر إلى من هو دونك، ولا تنظر إلى من هو فوقك في المقدرة، فان ذلك اقنع لك بما قسم لك واحرى ان تستوجب الزيادة من ربك، واعلم ان العمل الدائم القليل على اليقين افضل عند الله من العمل الكثير على غير يقين، واعلم انه لا ورع انفع من تجنب محارم الله، والكف عن أذى المسلمين واغتيابهم، ولا عيش اهنأ من حسن الخلق، ولا مال انفع من القنوع باليسير المجزي ولا جهل اضر من العجب.


1. Muhammad Bin Musa Al Mutawakkal narrated to us, from Abdullah Bin Ja’far Al Humeyri, from Muhammad Bin Isa, from Ibn Mahboub, from Hisham Bin Saalim who said, ‘I heard Abu Abdullah (asws) saying to Hamran Bin Ayn: ‘O Hamran! Look at the one who is below you, and do not look at the one who is above you in the ability, for in that is conviction for you with what has been distributed to you and more like that the increase would be Warranted for you from your Lord (azwj). And know, that the few lasting deeds performed upon conviction is superior in the Presence of Allah (azwj) than the abundance of deeds done without conviction. And know, that there is no devoutness more beneficial than avoiding the Prohibitions of Allah (azwj), and the restraint from harming the Muslims and backbiting them; and there is no life better than good manners, nor any wealth more beneficial and more rewarding than contentment with the little, nor any ignorance more harmful than the arrogance’.