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Hadith #1

حدثنا محمد بن الحسن بن أحمد بن الوليد - رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا محمد بن الحسن الصفار، عن هارون بن مسلم، عن مسعدة بن زياد، عن جعفر بن محمد، عن أبيه عليهما السلام قال: إن رسول الله صلى الله عليه سئل فيما النجاة غدا فقال: إنما النجاة في ألا تخادعوا الله فيخدعكم فإنه من يخادع الله يخدعه ويخلع منه الايمان، ونفسه يخدع لو يشعر. فقيل له: فكيف يخادع الله؟ فقال: يعمل بما أمره الله عز وجل به ثم يريد به غيره، فاتقوا الرياء فإنه شرك بالله عز وجل إن المرائي يدعي يوم القيامة بأربعة أسماء: يا كافر، يا فاجر، يا غادر، يا خاسر حبط عملك وبطل أجرك ولا خلاق لك اليوم فالتمس أجرك ممن كنت تعمل له.

1. 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 Harun bin Muslim, from Mas’ada bin Ziyad, from Ja’far bin Muhammed, from his father, peace be upon them both, that he said: Indeed, the Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Family, was asked about in what salvation lies tomorrow, and he said: Salvation is only in that you do not attempt to deceive Allah, by which He makes him in deception, for indeed, the one who attempts to deceive Allah, He will make him in deception and strip him of faith, and he would be deceiving himself, if he sensed it. It was then said to him: And how does one attempt to deceive Allah? He said: That one does what Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He, has ordered, and then intends with it other than Him. Hence, beware from ostentation, for indeed, it is to assign partners to Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He. Indeed, an ostentator will be called on the Day of Resurrection by four names: «O disbeliever, O dissolute, O treacherous, O looser! Your deed are wasted and your reward is invalidated, and you will have no good quality today. Hence, seek your reward from the one you acted for.»