Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the saying of the Prophet, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, with regards to the snake: «The one who leaves it out of precaution from its consequences, then he is not from me»
Hadith #1

أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن أحمد بن محمد بن خالد، عن أبيه، عن فضالة، عن أبان، قال: سئل أبو الحسن عليه السلام عن رجل يقتل الحية وقال له السائل: إنه بلغنا أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله قال: " من تركها تخوفا من تبعتها فليس مني " قال: إن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله قال: " ومن تركها تخوفا من تبعتها فليس مني " فأما حية لا تطلبك ولا بأس بتركها .

1. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Ahmad bin Muhammed bin Khalid, from his father, from Faddala, from Aban, that he said: Abu’l-Hasan, peace be upon him, was asked about a man who kills a snake, and the questioner said to him: Indeed, it has reached us that the Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, said: «The one who leaves it out of precaution from its consequences, then he is not from me». He said: Indeed, the Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, said: «And the one who leaves it out of precaution from its consequences, then he is not from me». As for a snake [1] that does not seek you, there is no harm in leaving it.