Al-Kāfi - Volume 4 > Finding a Proper Recipient of Benevolent Assistance
Hadith #4

4ـ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عِيسَى عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ سِنَانٍ عَنْ إِسْمَاعِيلَ بْنِ جَابِرٍ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَم) يَقُولُ لَوْ أَنَّ النَّاسَ أَخَذُوا مَا أَمَرَهُمُ الله عَزَّ وَجَلَّ بِهِ فَأَنْفَقُوهُ فِيمَا نَهَاهُمُ الله عَنْهُ مَا قَبِلَهُ مِنْهُمْ وَلَوْ أَخَذُوا مَا نَهَاهُمُ الله عَنْهُ فَأَنْفَقُوهُ فِيمَا أَمَرَهُمُ الله بِهِ مَا قَبِلَهُ مِنْهُمْ حَتَّى يَأْخُذُوهُ مِنْ حَقٍّ وَيُنْفِقُوهُ فِي حَقٍّ.

4. Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Isa from Muhammad ibn Sinan from Isma‘il ibn Jabir who has said the following: “I heard Abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, say, ‘If people achieve what Allah, the Most Majestic, the Most Glorious, has commanded them to achieve, but spend where Allah has prohibited such spending, it is not accepted. If people achieve what Allah has prohibited and spend on matters that Allah has commanded them to spend on, this also is not accepted. He accepts only what they earn in a rightful manner and spend on a rightful recipient.’”