Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the bald and the bare
Hadith #1

أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى، عن أحمد بن محمد بن أبي نصر البزنطي، قال: حدثني مفضل بن سعيد ، عن أبي جعفر عليه السلام قال: جاء أعرابي أحد بني عامر إلي النبي صلى الله عليه وآله فسأله وذكر حديثا طويلا يذكر في آخره أنه سأله الاعرابي عن الصليعاء والقريعاء وخير بقاع الأرض وشر بقاع الأرض. فقال بعد أن أتاه جبرئيل فأخبره: إن الصليعاء الأرض السبخة التي لا تروي ولا تشبع مرعاها، والقريعاء الأرض التي لا تعطي بركتها ولا يخرج ينعها ولا يدرك ما أنفق فيها، وشر بقاع الأرض الأسواق وهي ميدان إبليس يغدو برايته ويضع كرسيه ويبث ذريته فبين مطفف في قفيز أو طائش في ميزان أو سارق في ذراع أو كاذب في سلعة فيقول: عليكم برجل مات أبوه وأبوكم حي، فلا يزال الشيطان مع أول من يدخل وآخر من يرجع وخير البقاع المساجد وأحبهم إليه أولهم دخولا وآخرهم خروجا - وكان الحديث طويلا اختصرنا منه موضع الحاجة -.

1. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Ahmad bin Muhammed bin Isa, from Ahmad bin Muhammed bin Abi Nasr al-Bazanti, that he said: I was told by Mufaddal bin Sa’eed, from Abu Ja’far, peace be upon him, that he said: An Arabian of one of the sons of ‘Amer came to the Prophet, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, and so he asked him, and he mentioned a long speech in which he mentioned in its last that the Arabian asked him about the bald, the bare, the best of the earth’s spots and the worst of the earth’s spots. Then he said, after Jibra’eel came to him and informed him: Indeed, the bald (land) is the marshy earth that satisfies neither with liquid nor food, its grazing. The bare (land) is the earth that does not give its blessing, and whose mellow does not come out, and whose expenditure is not known. The worth of earth’s spots are markets, and they are the arena of Iblees in which he appears with his banner, places his chair and spreads his offspring. Hence, it is between a cheater with measurement, a reckless with the scale, a (thief) stealing with the arm or a liar about a merchandise, saying: «(I swear to you that) Upon you is a man whose father has died, whereas your father is alive», and so, Shaytan does not disappear from being with the first who enters and the last who returns. The best of the earth’s spots are mosques, and the most beloved to Him are the first to enter and the last to exit. The narration was long; we abbreviated from it the place of need.