Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the three close friends of a Muslim individual
Hadith #1

حدثنا محمد بن علي ماجيلويه- رضي الله عنه - قال: حدثنا عمي محمد بن أبي القاسم، قال: حدثنا هارون بن مسلم، عن مسعدة بن زياد، عن الصادق جعفر بن محمد عليهما السلام، عن أبيه، عن آبائه عليهم السلام قال: قال علي عليه السلام: إن للمرء المسلم ثلاثة أخلاء فخليل يقول له: " أنا معك حيا وميتا " وهو عمله، وخليل يقول له: " أنا معك حتى تموت " وهو ماله، فإذا مات صار للورثة، وخليل يقول له: " أنا معك إلى باب قبرك ثم أخليك " وهو ولده.

1. We were told by Muhammed bin Ali Majilawayh, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said: We were told by my paternal uncle, Muhammed bin Abi’l-Qasem, that he said: We were told by Harun bin Muslim, from Mas’ada bin Ziyad, from al-Sadiq, Ja’far bin Muhammed, peace be upon them both, from his father, from his fathers, peace be upon them, that he said: Ali, peace be upon him, said: Indeed, a Muslim individual has three close friends: one close friend who says to him: «I am with you, alive and dead» and that is his action; one close friend who says to him: «I am with you until you die» and that is his property, and when he dies, it goes to the inheritors; and a close friend who says to him: «I am with you till the gate of your grave, and then I will leave you alone» and that is his child.