Al-Kāfi - Volume 2 > Envy
Hadith #3

3ـ عِدَّةٌ مِنْ أَصْحَابِنَا عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ خَالِدٍ عَنِ ابْنِ مَحْبُوبٍ عَنْ دَاوُدَ الرَّقِّيِّ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيهِ السَّلام) يَقُولُ اتَّقُوا الله وَلا يَحْسُدْ بَعْضُكُمْ بَعْضاً إِنَّ عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ كَانَ مِنْ شَرَائِعِهِ السَّيْحُ فِي الْبِلادِ فَخَرَجَ فِي بَعْضِ سَيْحِهِ وَمَعَهُ رَجُلٌ مِنْ أَصْحَابِهِ قَصِيرٌ وَكَانَ كَثِيرَ اللُّزُومِ لِعِيسَى (عَلَيهِ السَّلام) فَلَمَّا انْتَهَى عِيسَى إِلَى الْبَحْرِ قَالَ بِسْمِ الله بِصِحَّةِ يَقِينٍ مِنْهُ فَمَشَى عَلَى ظَهْرِ الْمَاءِ فَقَالَ الرَّجُلُ الْقَصِيرُ حِينَ نَظَرَ إِلَى عِيسَى (عَلَيهِ السَّلام) جَازَهُ بِسْمِ الله بِصِحَّةِ يَقِينٍ مِنْهُ فَمَشَى عَلَى الْمَاءِ وَلَحِقَ بِعِيسَى (عَلَيهِ السَّلام) فَدَخَلَهُ الْعُجْبُ بِنَفْسِهِ فَقَالَ هَذَا عِيسَى رُوحُ الله يَمْشِي عَلَى الْمَاءِ وَأَنَا أَمْشِي عَلَى الْمَاءِ فَمَا فَضْلُهُ عَلَيَّ قَالَ فَرُمِسَ فِي الْمَاءِ فَاسْتَغَاثَ بِعِيسَى فَتَنَاوَلَهُ مِنَ الْمَاءِ فَأَخْرَجَهُ ثُمَّ قَالَ لَهُ مَا قُلْتَ يَا قَصِيرُ قَالَ قُلْتُ هَذَا رُوحُ الله يَمْشِي عَلَى الْمَاءِ وَأَنَا أَمْشِي عَلَى الْمَاءِ فَدَخَلَنِي مِنْ ذَلِكَ عُجْبٌ فَقَالَ لَهُ عِيسَى لَقَدْ وَضَعْتَ نَفْسَكَ فِي غَيْرِ الْمَوْضِعِ الَّذِي وَضَعَكَ الله فِيهِ فَمَقَتَكَ الله عَلَى مَا قُلْتَ فَتُبْ إِلَى الله عَزَّ وَجَلَّ مِمَّا قُلْتَ قَالَ فَتَابَ الرَّجُلُ وَعَادَ إِلَى مَرْتَبَتِهِ الَّتِي وَضَعَهُ الله فِيهَا فَاتَّقُوا الله وَلا يَحْسُدَنَّ بَعْضُكُمْ بَعْضاً.

3. A number of our people have narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Khalid from ibn Mahbub from Dawud al-Riqqi who has said the following: “I heard abu ‘Abd Allah (a.s.) saying, ‘Be pious before Allah and do not envy each other. It was in the Shari’a of Jesus to travel in the land. During one of his journeys one of his companions, who was of short height, accompanied him very often. When they reached the sea, Jesus with correct certainty said, ‘(I begin) in the name of Allah,’ and began to walk over the water. The short man, looking at Jesus walking over the water, also with correct certainty said, ‘(I begin) in the name of Allah’, walked over the water and reached Jesus. At such time he felt proud of himself and said, ‘This is Jesus, the Spirit of Allah who walks over the water, and I also walk over the water. Why then should he be more excellent than me?’ The Imam said, ‘He then sunk in the water and cried for help from Jesus, who took him out of water and asked, ‘What did you say, O short man?’ He replied, ‘This is Jesus, the Spirit of Allah who walks over the water and I also walk over the water, and I sensed pride inside.’ Jesus said to him, ‘You placed yourself in a place where Allah had not placed it. Allah resented what you said. Repent and return to Allah, the Most Majestic, the Most Holy, because of what you have said.’ The man repented and returned to his position that Allah had given him. Be pious before Allah and no one of you must envy the others.’”