Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The chapter of the meaning of the saying of al-Baqir, peace be upon him: «None of you will reach the truth of faith until death is more beloved to him than life, poverty is more beloved to him than wealth and illness is more beloved to him than health»
Hadith #1

أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن أحمد بن أبي عبد الله، عن محمد ابن علي، عن حارث بن الحسن الطحان، عن إبراهيم بن عبد الله، عن فضيل بن يسار، عن أبي جعفر عليه السلام قال: لا يبلغ أحدكم حقيقة الايمان حتى يكون فيه ثلاث خصال حتى يكون الموت أحب إليه من الحياة، والفقر أحب إليه من الغنى، والمرض أحب إليه من الصحة. قلنا: ومن يكون كذلك؟ قال: كلكم، ثم قال: أيما أحب إلى أحدكم يموت في حبنا أو يعيش في بغضنا؟ فقلت: نموت والله في حبكم أحب إلينا. قال: و كذلك الفقر والغنى والمرض والصحة. قلت: إي والله.

1. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Ahmad bin Abu Abdillah, from Muhammed ibn Ali, from Harith bin Hasan al-Tahhan, from Ibrahim bin Abdullah, from Fudail bin Yasar, from Abu Ja’far, peace be upon him, that he said: None of you will reach the truth of faith until there is in him three traits: until death is more beloved to him than life; poverty is more beloved to him than wealth; and illness is more beloved to him than health. We said: And who is as such? He said: All of you. Then he said: Which one is more beloved to you, that you die (whilst believing) in love to us, or that you live (whilst believing) in hate to us? So I said: That we die, by Allah, (believing) in love towards you is more beloved to us. He said: And so is (it that it applies to) poverty, wealth, illness and health. I said: Yes, by Allah.