84. Punishment of boasting

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أَبِی ره قَالَ حَدَّثَنِی سَعْدُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ سِنَانٍ عَنْ أَبِی الْعَلَاءِ عَنْ أَبِی خَالِدٍ الصَّیْقَلِ عَنْ أَبِی جَعْفَرٍ ع قَالَ: إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ فَوَّضَ الْأَمْرَ إِلَی مَلَکٍ مِنَ الْمَلَائِکَهِ فَخَلَقَ سَبْعَ سَمَاوَاتٍ وَ سَبْعَ أَرَضِینَ وَ أَشْیَاءَ فَلَمَّا رَأَی الْأَشْیَاءَ قَدِ انْقَادَتْ لَهُ قَالَ مَنْ مِثْلِی فأرسله [فَأَرْسَلَ] اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ نُوَیْرَهً مِنْ نَارٍ قُلْتُ وَ مَا نُوَیْرَهٌ مِنْ نَارٍ قَالَ نَارٌ [بِمِثْلِ] أَنْمُلَهٍ فَاسْتَقْبَلَهَا بِجَمِیعِ مَا خَلَقَ حَتَّی وَصَلَتْ إِلَیْهِ لِمَا دَخَلَهُ الْعُجْبُ.


1. Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said, “The Almighty Allah delegated the power to an angel of His to build all of the seven earths and heavens. When he created them and found that everyone has started obeying him, he called out: Is there anyone like me? The Almighty Allah sent a little fire in order to burn down everything so that he gets to know the consequence of boasting.” The narrator asked about the amount of fire sent. Imam (a.s.) replied, “It was just a handful.”