Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the hiding of Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He, to four within four
Hadith #1

حدثنا محمد بن علي ماجيلويه - رضي الله عنه - قال حدثنا عمي محمد بن أبي القاسم، عن أحمد بن محمد بن خالد البرقي، عن القاسم بن يحيى، عن جده الحسن بن راشد، عن أبي بصير، عن محمد بن مسلم، عن أبي جعفر محمد بن علي الباقر عليه السلام، عن أبيه علي بن الحسين، عن أبيه الحسين بن علي، عن أبيه علي بن أبي طالب عليهما السلام أنه قال: إن الله تبارك وتعالى أخفى أربعة في أربعة: أخفى رضاه في طاعته فلا تستصغرن شيئا من طاعته فربما وافق رضاه وأنت لا تعلم، وأخفى سخطه في معصيته فلا تستصغرن شيئا من معصيته فربما وافق سخطه وأنت لا تعلم، وأخفى إجابته في دعوته فلا تستصغرن شيئا من دعائه فربما وافق إجابته وأنت لا تعلم، وأخفى وليه في عباده فلا تستصغرن عبدا من عباد الله فربما يكون وليه وأنت لا تعلم.

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-Qasim, from Ahmad bin Muhammed bin Khalid al-Barqi, from Qasim bin Yahya, from his grandfather, Hasan bin Rashid, from Abu Baseer, from Muhammed bin Muslim, from Abu Ja’far, Muhammed bin Ali al-Baqir, peace be upon him, from his father, Ali bin Hussain, from his father, Hussain bin Ali, from his father, Ali bin Abi Talib, peace be upon them both, that he said: Indeed, Allah, Blessed and Exalted is He, hid four in four: He hid His satisfaction in obedience to Him, so verily, do not belittle anything from His obedience, for perhaps it may accord with His satisfaction while you do not know; He hid His anger in disobedience to Him, so verily, do not belittle anything from His disobedience, for perhaps it may accord with His anger while you do not know; He hid His response in praying to Him, so verily, do not belittle anything from His prayer, for perhaps it may accord with His response while you do not know; and He hid His Ally among His servants, so verily, do not belittle any servant among the servants of Allah, for perhaps he may be His Ally while you do not know.