Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the saying of the Commander of the Believers, peace be upon him: «None rejects generosity except for a donkey»
Hadith #1

حدثنا أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن أحمد بن محمد، عن موسى بن القاسم، عن علي بن أسباط، عن الحسن بن الجهم، قال: قال أبو الحسن عليه السلام: كان أمير المؤمنين صلوات الله عليه يقول: لا يأبى الكرامة إلا حمار. قلت: ما معنى ذلك؟ قال: التوسعة في المجلس، والطيب يعرض عليه.

1. We were told by my father, may Allah grant him mercy, that he said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Ahmad bin Muhammed, from Musa bin Qasem, from Ali bin Asbat, from Hasan bin Jahm, that he said: Abu’l-Hasan, peace be upon him, said: The Commander of the Believers, Allah’s blessings be upon him, used to say: None rejects generosity except for a donkey. I said: What is the meaning of that? He said: (Being offered) Wide sitting place and when perfume is offered to him.



Hadith #2

حدثنا محمد بن الحسن بن أحمد بن الوليد - رضي الله عنه - قال: حدثنا محمد بن الحسن الصفار، عن أحمد بن محمد، عن ابن فضال، عن علي بن الجهم، قال: سمعت أبا الحسن موسى عليه السلام يقول: لا يأبى الكرامة إلا حمار، قلت: أي شئ الكرامة؟ قال: مثل الطيب وما يكرم به الرجل الرجل.

2. We were told by Muhammed bin Hasan bin Ahmad bin Waleed, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said: We were told by Muhammed bin Hasan al-Saffar, from Ahmad bin Muhammed, from Ibn Faddal, from Ali bin Jahm, that he said: I heard Abu’l-Hasan, Musa, peace be upon him, say: None rejects generosity except for a donkey. I said: What thing is generosity? He said: Such as perfume and what one man generously offers to another man.



Hadith #3

أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن أحمد بن أبي عبد الله، عن علي ابن ميسرة، عن أبي زيد المكي قال: سمعت أبا الحسن عليه السلام يقول: لا يأبى الكرامة إلا حمار يعني بذلك الطيب والوسادة.

3. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Ahmad bin Abi Abdillah, from Ali ibn Maysara, from Abu Ziyad al-Makki, that he said: I heard Abu’l-Hasan, peace be upon him, say: None rejects generosity except for a donkey. By that he meant (that one is offered) perfume and a pillow.



Hadith #4

أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا الحميري، عن أحمد بن محمد، عن عثمان بن عيسى عن سماعة بن مهران، عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام قال: سألته عن الرجل يرد الطيب، قال: لا ينبغي له أن يرد الكرامة.

4. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by al-Himyari, from Ahmad bin Muhammed, from Uthman bin Isa, from Sama’a bin Mahran, from Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, that he said: I asked him about a man who rejects perfume. He said: He should not reject generosity.