Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the traits in which there is all goodness
Hadith #1

حدثنا أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن محمد بن عيسى بن عبيد، عن يونس بن عبد الرحمن، عن أبي أيوب، عن أبي حمزة، عن أبي جعفر عليه السلام قال: قال أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام: جمع الخير كله في ثلاث خصال: النظر والسكوت والكلام. وكل نظر ليس فيه اعتبار فهو سهو، وكل سكوت ليس فيه فكرة فهو غفلة، وكل كلام ليس فيه ذكر فهو لغو، فطوبى لمن كان نظره عبرة وسكوته فكرة وكلامه ذكرا وبكى على خطيئته، وأمن الناس شره.

1. We were told by my father, may Allah grant him mercy, that he said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Muhammed bin Isa bin ‘Ubaid, from Yunus bin Abdul-Rahman, from Abu Ayub, from Abu Hamza, from Abu Ja’far, peace be upon him, that he said: The Commander of the Believers, peace be upon him, said: All goodness has been gathered in three traits: reflection, silence and speech. Every reflection in which there is no consideration, is an omission. Every silence in which there is no thought, is inattention. Every speech in which there is no mentioning (of Allah), is nonsense. Hence, Tuba is for the one whose reflection is a lesson, whose silence is a thought and whose speech is mentioning (of Allah), and who weeps due to his mistake and whom people are at safety from (any potential of) his evil.