65. Punishment for the showing off

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عنه، عن محمد بن علي، عن المفضل بن صالح، عن محمد بن علي الحلبي، عن زرارة وحمران، عن أبي جعفر عليه السلام، قال: لو أن عبدا عمل عملا يطلب به وجه الله والدار الآخرة وأدخل فيه رضى أحد من الناس كان مشركا. وقال أبو عبد الله عليه السلام: من عمل للناس كان ثوابه على الناس، يا يزيد كل رياء شرك. وقال (أي أبو عبد الله) عليه السلام: قال الله عزوجل: " من عمل لي ولغيري فهو لمن عمل له. " وفي رواية عبد الرحمن بن أبي نجران، قال: قلت لابي عبد الله عليه السلام: الرجل يعمل العمل وهو خائف مشفق، ثم يعمل شيئا من البر فيدخله شبه العجب لما عمل، قال: فهو في حاله الاولى أحسن حالا منه في هذه الحال.

1. From him, from Muhammad Bin Ali, from Al Mufazzal Bin Salih, from Muhammad Bin Ali Al Halby, from Zarara and Hamran, (It has been narrated) from Abu Ja’far (a.s.) having said: ‘If a servants does a deed seeking by it the Face of Allah (azwj), and the House of the Hereafter, and includes in it the pleasure of anyone from the people, so he would be a Polytheist’. Abd Abu Abdullah (a.s.) said: ‘The one who does something for the people, his reward is upon the people. O Yazeed! Every showing-off is Polytheism (شرك). And he (a.s.) (i.e., Abu Abdullah (a.s.)) said: ‘Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic Said: “The one who works for Me (azwj) and for someone else, so he is for the one whom he worked for’. And in a report of Abdul Rahman Bin Abu Najran who said, ‘I said to Abu Abdullah (a.s.), ‘The man who worked the deed and he was fearful, pitiful, then he does something from the righteousness, so a doubt enters into him causing him to wonder at what he has done’. He (a.s.) said:’ So he is in his first state, a state which was better than to be in this (present) state’.