375. Reward of saluting a believing brother for the sake of Allah

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أَبِی ره قَالَ حَدَّثَنِی سَعْدُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنِ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ مَحْبُوبٍ عَنْ أَبِی جَمِیلَهَ عَنْ أَبِی جَعْفَرٍ الْبَاقِرِ ع قَالَ: إِنَّ مَلَکاً مِنَ الْمَلَائِکَهِ مَرَّ بِرَجُلٍ قَائِمٍ عَلَی بَابِ دَارٍ فَقَالَ لَهُ الْمَلَکُ یَا عَبْدَ اللَّهِ مَا وُقُوفُکَ عَلَی بَابِ هَذِهِ الدَّارِ قَالَ فَقَالَ لَهُ أَخٌ لِی فِیهَا أَرَدْتُ أَنْ أُسَلِّمَ عَلَیْهِ فَقَالَ لَهُ الْمَلَکُ هَلْ بَیْنَکَ وَ بَیْنَهُ رَحِمٌ مَاسَّهٌ أَوْ هَلْ تُرَغِّبُکَ إِلَیْهِ حَاجَهٌ قَالَ فَقَالَ لَا [مَا] بَیْنِی وَ بَیْنَهُ قَرَابَهٌ وَ لَا یُرَغِّبُنِی إِلَیْهِ حَاجَهٌ إِلَّا أُخُوَّهُ الْإِسْلَامِ وَ حُرْمَتُهُ فَإِنَّمَا أَتَعَهَّدُهُ أُسَلِّمُ عَلَیْهِ فِی اللَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِینَ فَقَالَ لَهُ الْمَلَکُ إِنِّی رَسُولُ اللَّهِ إِلَیْکَ وَ هُوَ یُقْرِئُکَ السَّلَامَ وَ یَقُولُ إِنَّمَا إِیَّایَ أَرَدْتَ وَ تَعَاهَدْتَ وَ قَدْ أَوْجَبْتُ لَکَ الْجَنَّهَ وَ أَعْفَیْتُکَ مِنْ غَضَبِی وَ أَجَرْتُکَ مِنَ النَّارِ.


1. Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) narrates that an angel passed by a person standing near a door. The angel asked him, “O servant of Allah! Why are you standing here?” He replied, “One of my believing brothers lives here. I want to salute him.” The angel asked, “Is he your near relative or you are having some work with him?” He replied, “He is neither a near relative of mine nor do I have any work with him. He is just a Muslim brother for me and hence, I have come to pay respect to him. I have made it obligatory on myself to salute him for the sake of pleasure of the Lord of the worlds.” The angel said, “Allah has sent me to you to convey His salutations and has said: Your only aim was to please Me and you met Me. I have made Paradise obligatory for you, given you salvation from My anger so that you are granted freedom from the fire of Hell.”