Al-Kāfi - Volume 4 > Self-Abnegation (Giving Preference to Others Over One’s Self)
Hadith #2

2ـ قَالَ وَحَدَّثَنَا بَكْرُ بْنُ صَالِحٍ عَنْ بُنْدَارَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ الطَّبَرِيِّ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ سُوَيْدٍ السَّائِيِّ عَنْ أَبِي الْحَسَنِ (عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَم) قَالَ قُلْتُ لَهُ أَوْصِنِي فَقَالَ آمُرُكَ بِتَقْوَى الله ثُمَّ سَكَتَ فَشَكَوْتُ إِلَيْهِ قِلَّةَ ذَاتِ يَدِي وَقُلْتُ وَالله لَقَدْ عَرِيتُ حَتَّى بَلَغَ مِنْ عُرْيَتِي أَنَّ أَبَا فُلانٍ نَزَعَ ثَوْبَيْنِ كَانَا عَلَيْهِ وَكَسَانِيهِمَا فَقَالَ صُمْ وَتَصَدَّقْ قُلْتُ أَتَصَدَّقُ مِمَّا وَصَلَنِي بِهِ إِخْوَانِي وَإِنْ كَانَ قَلِيلاً قَالَ تَصَدَّقْ بِمَا رَزَقَكَ الله وَلَوْ آثَرْتَ عَلَى نَفْسِكَ.

2. The narrator of the above Hadith has said that narrated to us Bakr ibn Salih from Bandar ibn Muhammad al-Tabariy from Ali ibn Suwayd al-Sa’iy who has said the following: “I once said to abu al-Hassan, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, ‘Please instruct me with good advice.’ He said, ‘I advise you to observe piety before Allah.’ He was silent for a while. I then complained to him about my poverty, saying, ‘By Allah, I do not have any clothes, and it is so much that abu so and so took off two pieces of his clothes so I can wear them.’ He said, ‘Fast and give charity.’ I then asked, ‘Should I give charity from what my friends have given to me, even if it is so little?’ He replied, ‘Give charity from what Allah has provided you, even if you have to give preference to others over yourself.’”