Chapter 1: The (Group Of) Threes
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful
Ahmad Bin Abdu Abdullah Al Barqi, from Muawiya Bin Wahab, (It has been narrated) from Abu Abdullah (asws) having said: ‘O Muawiya! The one who is Given three is not Prohibited from three – The one who is Given supplication is (also) Given need; and the one who is Given appreciation is (also) given increase (in sustenance); and the one who is Given reliance (upon Allah (azwj)) is (also) Given sufficiency. Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic is Saying
and whoever relies upon Allah, He is sufficient for him; surely Allah Attains his purpose (65:3)
and the Mighty and Majestic Said
And when your Lord Proclaimed: If you are grateful, I would Increase it more for you, and if you are ungrateful, My Punishment is truly Severe. (14:7)
And your Lord says: Call upon Me, I will Answer you; surely those who are too proud to worship Me shall soon enter Hell abased’(40:60).1
From him, from Hamaad Bin Isa, from Abdul Hameed Al Ta’ai, (It has been narrated) from Abu Abdullah (asws), said, ‘There is a letter with me from Al- Sadiq (asws) to Abdullah Bin Muawiya, and he was in Persia: ‘The one who fears Allah (azwj), He (azwj) will Protect him; and the one who thanks Him (azwj), He (azwj) would Increase (sustenance) for him; and the one who lends (Qarz-e-Hasana) Him (azwj), He (azwj) Recompenses him’.2
From him, from Ibn Abu Umeyr, from Mabsour Bin Yunus, from Abu Hamza Al-Thumali, (It has been narrated) from Abu Abdullah (asws) or Ali (asws) Bin Al-Husayn (asws) having said: ‘Rasul Allah (saww) said: ‘Three are saviours and three are destroyers’.
They said, ‘O Rasul Allah (saww)! What are the saviours?’
He (saww) said: ‘Fear of Allah (azwj) in secrecy as if you can see Him (azwj), so if you cannot see Him (azwj), then He (azwj) can See you; and justice during contentment and anger; and moderation during wealth and poverty’.
They said, ‘O Rasul Allah (azwj)! So what are the destroyers?’ He (saww) said: ‘Following desires, and obeying lusts, and admiring one’s own self’. 3
From him, from Haroun Bin Al Jahm, from Abu Jameela Mufazzal Bin Salih, from Sa’ad Bin Tareyf, (It has been narrated) from Abu Ja’far (asws) having said: ‘There are three Levels, and three penances, and three mortal sins, and three saviours. As for the three Levels – Disclosure of greetings, and the feeding of food, and Praying whilst people are sleeping. And as for the penances – Performing ablutions with perfection, and walking day and night to the Prayers, and the preservation of the Community; and as for the mortal sins – Following desires, and obeying lusts, and admiring one’s own self’.4
From him, from Al Nowfaly, from Al Sakuny, (It has been narrated) from Abu Abdullah (asws), from his (asws) forefathers (asws), from Ali (asws) having said: ‘There are three saviours – restraining your tongue, and weeping over your sins, and being sufficient for your household’.5
From him, raising it to Salman(as) having said, ‘Three (things) make me(as) laugh, and three (things) make me(as) cry. So as for the three which make me(as) cry – so it is the separation of the loved ones, Rasul Allah (saww) and his (saww) group, and the horror at the throes of death, and the pausing in front of the Lord (azwj) of the Worlds on a Day in which the secrets would become public.
I(as) do not know whether I(as) would be going to Paradise or the Fire? And as for the three which make me(as) laugh – so it is the oblivious one with whom (Allah (azwj)) is not Oblivious from, and the seeker of the world while death is seeking him, and the laughing one who does not know whether his Master (azwj) is Pleased with him or Angry with him’.6
From him, from Al Hassan Bin Ali Al Yaqteeny, from Muhammad Bin Sinan, from Abu Al Jaroud, from Abu Haroun Al Abady who said said, ‘I heard him (asws) (6th Imam (asws)) saying: ‘Three make me (asws) wonder, and three grieve me (asws). So as for those who make me (asws) wonder are – the seeker of the world while death is seeking him, and the oblivious one from whom (Allah (azwj) is not Oblivious, and the laughing one while Hell is right behind him. There has not come to him are reliability of freedom from it’.7
From him, from Muhammad Bin Isnan, from Khizr, from the one who heard, Abu Abdullah (asws) saying: ‘Rasul Allah (saww) said: ‘The one in whom, is at least one of these, would be under the Shade of the Throne of Allah (azwj) on the Day of Judgement when there will be no shade except for that Shade – A man who gives from himself what he has been asked for, and a man who does not precede men until he knows that it is for the Pleasure of Allah (azwj) or he should restrain (himself); and a man who does not fault his Muslim brother with a fault until he denies that fault from himself, for a fault is not negated from him until it is exchanged for a fault, and the self-sufficiency of a person with an occupation with himself, from the people’.8
From him, from Ibn Sinan, from Abu Al Jaroud, from Abu Ubeyda, from Abu Jameela who said, ‘I heard Ali (asws) upon the Pulpit of Al-Kufa saying: ‘O you people! Three have no Religion for them – there is no Religion for the one who makes a Religion by denying a Verse from the Book of Allah (azwj); and there is no Religion for the one who makes a Religion who labels a falsehood upon Allah (azwj); and there is no Religion for the one who makes a Religion by being obedient to the one who is disobedient to Allah (azwj) Blessed and High!’