409. Reward of concealment of one’s poverty

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أَبِی ره قَالَ حَدَّثَنِی أَحْمَدُ بْنُ إِدْرِیسَ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ یَحْیَی عَنْ یَعْقُوبَ بْنِ یَزِیدَ عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ الْبَصْرِیِّ یَرْفَعُهُ إِلَی أَبِی عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ص یَا عَلِیُّ إِنَّ اللَّهَ جَعَلَ الْفَقْرَ أَمَانَهً عِنْدَ خَلْقِهِ فَمَنْ سَتَرَهُ کَانَ کَالصَّائِمِ وَ مَنْ أَفْشَاهُ إِلَی مَنْ یَقْدِرُ عَلَی قَضَاءِ حَاجَتِهِ فَلَمْ یَفْعَلْ قَتَلَهُ أَمَا إِنَّهُ مَا قَتَلَهُ بِسَیْفِهِ وَ لَا رُمْحِهِ وَ لَکِنْ بِمَا أَنْکَرَ مِنْ قَلْبِهِ.


1. Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) narrates that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, “O Ali (a.s.)! The Almighty Allah has kept poverty among His creatures as a trust. One who keeps it hidden will be like one who stays awake at night for Allah and observes fast. One who reveals his poverty in front of a person who can fulfill his desire but does not do so, such a person has killed that poor man. This person is not killed by a sword or a lance but by a wound on his heart.”