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Hadith #1

أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن يعقوب بن يزيد، عن محمد بن أبي عمير، عن جميل بن دراج قال: سألت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام عن قول الله عز وجل: " فلا تزكوا أنفسكم هو أعلم بمن اتقى " قال: قول الانسان: " صليت البارحة " و " صمت أمس " ونحو هذا. ثم قال عليه السلام: إن قوما كانوا يصبحون فيقولون صلينا البارحة، وصمنا أمس، فقال علي عليه السلام: لكني أنام الليل والنهار ولو أجد بينهما شيئا لنمته.

1. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Ya’qoub bin Yazid, from Muhammed bin Abi ‘Umayr, from Jameel bin Darraj, that he said: I asked Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, about the saying of Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He: «So do not perform self-righteousness of yourselves. He is more knowledgeable of who is the godfearing.» (53:32) He said: It is (like) the saying of a person: «I prayed yesterday» and «I fasted yesterday» and the like of this. Then he, peace be upon him, said: Indeed, a people used to wake up and say: «We prayed yesterday», and: «We fasted yesterday», to which Ali, peace be upon him, said: However, I, indeed, sleep at night and day, and if I was to find anything (of free time) between them, I would have slept during it.