43. The Conferring (of Benefit) from Allah (azwj) over His (azwj) creatures

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عنه، عن أبيه، عن صفوان، قال: قلت لعبد صالح: هل في الناس استطاعة يتعاطون بها المعرفة؟ - قال: لا، إنما هو تطول من الله، قلت: أفلهم على المعرفة ثواب إذا كانوا ليس فيهم ما يتعاطونه بمنزلة الركوع والسجود الذي أمروا به ففعلوه؟ - قال: لا، إنما هو تطول من الله عليهم وتطول بالثواب


1. From him, from his father, from Safwan who said, ‘I said to Abd Salih (a.s.) (7 (th) Imam (a.s.)), ‘Is there ability in the people to come to the understanding by it?’ The Imam (a.s.) said: ‘No. But rather, it is a Benefit Conferred from Allah (azwj)’. I said, ‘So is there a Reward for them upon the understanding, when it was not from their own selves, what they come to at the position of the bowings and the Prostrations which they have been Commanded for, so they do it?’ The Imam (a.s.) said: ‘No. But rather, it is a Conferment from Allah (azwj) upon them, and the prolongation is with the Rewards’.