Al-Khiṣāl > Ten Things Each of Which Is Harder Than the Other
Hadith #2

10-34 حدثنا أبي رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا محمد بن يحيى العطار قال: حدثنا محمد بن أحمد قال: حدثنا هارون بن مسلم، عن مسعدة بن صدقة، عن جعفر بن محمد، عن أبيه عليهما السلام أن النبي صلى الله عليه وآله قال: ما خلق الله عز وجل خلقا إلا وقد أمر عليه آخر يغلبه به وذلك أن الله تبارك وتعالى لما خلق البحار فخرت وزخرت وقالت: أي شيء يغلبني فخلق الله عز وجل الفلك فأدارها به وذللها، ثم إن الارض فخرت وقالت: أي شيء يغلبني؟ فخلق الله الجبال فأثبتها في ظهرها أوتادا منعها أن تميد بما عليها فذلت الارض واستقرت، ثم إن الجبال فخرت على الارض، فشمخت واستطالت، وقالت: أي شيء يغلبني؟ فخلق الله الحديد فقطعها فقرت الجبال وذلت، ثم إن الحديد فخر على الجبال وقال: أي شيء يغلبني فخلق الله النار فأذابت الحديد فذل الحديد، ثـم إن النـار زفـرت وشهـقتوفخرت، وقالت: أي شيء يغلبني فخلق الله الماء فأطفأها فذلت، ثم إن الماء فخر وزخر وقال: أي شيء يغلبني، فخلق الله الريح فحركت أمواجه، وأثارت ما في قعرة وحبسه عن مجاريه فذل الماء، ثم إن الريح فخرت وعصفت وأرخت أذيالها وقالت أي شيء يغلبني؟ فخلق الانسان فاحتال واتخذ مايستتر به من الريح وغيرها فذلت الريح، ثم الانسان طغى وقال: من أشد مني قوة؟ فخلق له الموت فقهره فذل الانسان، ثم إن الموت فخر في نفسه فقال الله جل جلاله: لا تفخر فاني ذابحك بين الفريقين أهل الجنة والنار، ثم لا احييك أبدا فذل وخاف

10-34 (The compiler of the book narrated) that his father - may God be pleased with him - narrated that Muhammad ibn Yahya al-Attar quoted Harun ibn Muslim, on the authority of Mus’adat ibn Sadaqah, on the authority of Ja’far ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq (MGB), on the authority of his father (MGB) that the Prophet (MGB) said, “The Honorable the Exalted God has not created anything without having another creature overpowering it. When the Blessed the Sublime God created the seas they became proud and flooded and said, ‘Is there anything to overpower us?’ Then the Honorable the Exalted God created the orbit which overpowered the seas. Then the Earth became too proud and said, ‘Is there anything to overpower me?’ Then God created the mountains and established them on the back of the Earth to hold it down. Then the mountains became too proud and said, ‘Is there anything to overpower us?’ Then God created iron which cuts down the mountains and overpowers them. Then iron became too proud and said, ‘Is there anything to overpower me?’ Then God created the fire which melts iron. Then fire became ablaze, roared, became proud and said, ‘Is there anything to overpower me?’ Then, God created water whichextinguishes fire. Then water became too proud, flooded and said, ‘Is there anything to overpower me?’ Then God created the wind which moved the waves of water and overcame the powers within it. Then the wind became proud, turned into a storm, spread about and said, ‘Is there anything to overpower me?’ Then God created man who designed and made a house in which he was safe from the wind and other things. Then man rebelled and said, ‘Is there anything to overpower me?’ Then God created death for him which overpowered and belittled man. Then death became proud of itself. Then God - may His Majesty be Exalted - said, ‘Do not be proud of yourself, since I shall keep you between the residents of Hell and residents of Paradise and will never give you life. Thus, death was belittled and frightened.’”