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Hadith #1

أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن محمد بن خالد البرقي، عن أبي قتادة القمي رفعه إلى أبي عبد الله عليه السلام، قال: تذاكرنا أمر الفتوة عنده فقال: أتظنون أن الفتوة بالفسق والفجور؟! إنما المروءة والفتوة طعام موضوع، ونائل مبذول، وبر معروف، وأذى مكفوف. واما تلك فشطارة وفسق . ثم قال: ما المروءة؟ قلنا: لا نعلم. قال: المروءة والله أن يضع الرجل خوانه في فناء داره.

1. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by Ali bin Ibrahim, from his father, from Muhammed bin Khalid al-Barqi, from Abu Qutada al-Qummi, who ascribed it to Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, that he said: We mentioned the matter of adolescence at his place, and so he said: Do you assume that adolescence is by grieve sinfulness and immorality? Manhood and adolescence are only a placed meal, a spent attainer, a good righteous matter and an abstained harm. As for that, it is slyness and grieve sin. Then he said: What is manhood? We said: We do not know. He said: Manhood is, by Allah, that a man places his desk at the end of his house.