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Hadith #1

حدثنا أحمد بن محمد بن الهيثم العجلي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا أحمد بن يحيى بن زكريا القطان، قال: حدثنا بكر بن عبد الله بن حبيب، عن تميم بن بهلول، عن أبيه، عن محمد بن سنان، عن حمزة بن حمران قال: سمعت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام يقول: ما استأكل بعلمه افتقر. فقلت له: جعلت فداك إن في شيعتك ومواليك قوما يتحملون علومكم ويبثونها في شيعتكم فلا يعدمون على ذلك منهم البر والصلة والاكرام. فقال عليه السلام: ليس أولئك بمستأكلين، إنما المستأكل بعلمه الذي يفتي بغير علم ولا هدى من الله عز وجل ليبطل به الحقوق طمعا في حطام الدنيا.

1. We were told by Ahmad bin Muhammed bin Haitham al-‘Ajali, may Allah grant him mercy, that he said: We were told by Ahmad bin Yahya bin Zakariya al-Qattan, that he said: We were told by Bikr bin Abdullah bin Habib, from Tamim bin Buhlul, from his father, from Muhammed bin Sinan, from Hamza bin Hamran, that he said: I heard Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, say: The one who takes his knowledge as a livelihood, will become poor. So I said to him: May I be sacrificed for you, indeed, among your Shi’a and befrienders there are people who carry your sciences and spread them among your Shi’a, and they are not being prevented for that, from them, of goodness, connection and generosity. Then he, peace be upon him, said: Those are not ones who take it as a livelihood. The one who takes his knowledge as a livelihood is only the one who issues verdicts without knowledge nor guidance from Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He, with the purpose of invalidating rights out of greedy for the wracks of this world.