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Hadith #1

حدثنا أبي - رضي الله عنه - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، قال: حدثنا محمد بن عيسى بن عبيد، قال: حدثنا عبيد الله بن عبد الله الدهقان، عن درست بن أبي منصور الواسطي، عن عمر أذينة، عن زرارة، قال: سمعت أبا جعفر عليه السلام يقول: من صنع مثل ما صنع إليه فإنما كافئ، ومن أضعف كان شاكرا، ومن شكر كان كريما، ومن علم أن ما صنع [إليه] إنما يصنع لنفسه لم يستبطئ الناس في شكرهم ولم يستزدهم في مودتهم. واعلم أن الطالب إليك الحاجة لم يكرم وجهه عن وجهك فأكرم وجهك عن رده.

1. We were told by my father, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, that he said: We were told by Muhammed bin Isa bin Ubaid, that he said: We were told by Ubaidullah bin Abdullah al-Dahqan, from Darast bin Abi Mansur al-Wasiti, from Umar bin Udhayna, from Zurara, that he said: I heard Abu Ja’far, peace be upon him, say: The one who does like what was done to him, has only acted equivalently, and the one who multiplies, is a thankful, and the one who is thankful, is generous. The one who knows that what was done to him was only done to himself, will not delay thanking people, nor increase affection to them. Know that the one who seeks a need from you has not considered himself dignified above you, hence, dignify yourself from refusing him.