Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the saying of the Commander of the Believers, peace be upon him: «None rejects generosity except for a donkey»
Hadith #1

أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن أحمد بن محمد بن خالد، عن محمد بن علي الكوفي، عن أحمد بن محمد البزنطي، قال: قال أبو الحسن الرضا عليه السلام: قال أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام: لا يأبى الكرامة إلا حمار، قلت: وما معنى ذلك؟ فقال: ذلك في الطيب يعرض عليه، والتوسعة في المجلس، من أباهما كان كما قال.

1. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Ahmad bin Muhammed bin Khalid, from Muhammed bin Ali al-Kufi, from Ahmad bin Muhammed al-Bazanti, that he said: Abu’l-Hasan al-Rida, peace be upon him, that he said: The Commander of the Believers, peace be upon him, said: None rejects generosity except for a donkey. I said: And what is the meaning of that? So he said: That is with regards to the one to whom perfume is presented, and (to whom it is offered) a wide sitting place. The one who rejects them, is as he said.