Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the arriving and the departing
Hadith #1

أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن القاسم بن محمد الأصبهاني، عن سليمان بن داود المنقري، عن سفيان بن عينة، عن الزهري، قال: قلت لعلي بن الحسين عليهما السلام،: أي الأعمال أفضل؟ قال: الحال المرتحل. قلت: وما الحال المرتحل؟ قال فتح القرآن وختمه كلما حل في أوله ارتحل في آخره. وقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله: من أعطاه الله القرآن فرأى أن أحدا أعطي شيئا أفضل مما أعطي فقد صغر عظيما وعظم صغيرا.

1. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Qasem bin Muhammed al-Esbahani, from Sulayman bin Dawud al-Manqari, from Sufyan bin ‘Uyayna, from Zuhri, that he said: I said to Ali bin Hussain, peace be upon them both: Which of acts is better? He said: The arriving and departing thing. I said: And what is the arriving and departing thing? He said: To open the Qur’an and seal it; whenever one arrives at its first, one departs at its end. Moreover, the Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, said: The one to whom Allah gives the Qur’an, and who then sees that someone was given something better than what he was given, then certainly, he has belittled a great thing and magnified a small thing.