19. Right of the scholar

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عنه، عن أبيه، عن سليمان بن جعفر الجعفي، عن رجل، عن أبي عبد الله (ع) قال: كان علي (ع) يقول: إن من حق العالم أن لا تكثر عليه السؤال، ولا تجر بثوبه، وإذا دخلت عليه وعنده قوم فسلم عليهم جميعا وخصه بالتحية دونهم، واجلس بين يديه ولا تجلس خلفه، ولا تغمز بعينيك، ولا تشر بيدك، ولا تكثر من قول " قال فلان، وقال فلان " خلافا لقوله، ولا تضجر بطول صحبته فانما مثل العالم مثل النخلة ينتظر بها متى يسقط عليك منها شئ، والعالم أعظم أجرا من الصائم القائم الغازى في سبيل الله، وإذا مات العالم ثلم في الاسلام ثلمة لا يسدها شئ إلى يوم القيامة.

1. From him, from his father, from Suleyman Bin Ja’far Al Ju’fy, from a man, (It has been narrated) from Abu Abdullah (a.s.) having said: ‘Ali (a.s.) was saying: ‘From a right of the scholar is that you should not ask him numerous questions, and do not pull his garment. And when you come up to him, and in his presence is a group, so you should greet them all together and him in particular with the greetings, besides them. And sit in front of him, and do not sit behind him, and do not wink with your eyes, nor point with your hands, and do not say frequently, ‘So and so said, and so and so said’, in opposition to his words, and do not annoy him by the prolonging your stay in his company. But rather, the example of the scholar is like the palm tree, one waits for (under) it, that something would fall from it. And the scholar has more Reward than the one who Fasts, the standing one for the Salaat, fighting in the Way of Allah (azwj). And when the scholar dies, a gap is furrowed in Al-Islam which would not be plugged until the Day of Judgement’.

عنه، عن أبيه، عن سعدان، عن عبد الرحيم بن مسلم، عن إسحاق بن عمار قال: قلت لابي عبد الله (ع): من قام من مجلسه تعظيما لرجل؟ - قال: مكروه إلا لرجل في الدين.

2. From him, from his father, from Sa’dan, from Abdul Raheem Bin Muslim, from Is’haq Bin Amaar who said, ‘I said to Abu Abdullah (a.s.), ‘The one who stands up in his gathering, in reverence for a man?’ He (a.s.) said: ‘(It is) abhorrent, except for a man regarding his Religion’.

عنه، عن بعض أصحابنا رفعه قال: قال أمير المؤمنين (ع): إذا جلست إلى عالم فكن على أن تسمع أحرص منك على أن تقول، وتعلم حسن الاستماع كما تعلم حسن القول، ولا تقطع على أحد حديثه.

3. From him, from one of our companions, raising it, said, ‘Amir-ul-Momineen (a.s.) said: ‘When you are seated with a scholar, so be such that you are keener to listen to that (what he) speaks, and learn with a good listening just as you learn by the good speech, and do not interrupt (by cutting-off) when he narrates’.