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Story 3: A Request For A Prayer

Excited and agitated, a man came to Imam Al-Sadiq (‘a) and said, “Could you do a favour for me and say a prayer so that Allah may grant me ease of life, for I am really poor and indigent.”

The Imam (‘a) replied, “I will never say the prayer for you!”

The man said, “Why?”

The Imam (‘a) replied, "Because Allah has determined a purpose for this. Allah has commanded man to search for his subsistence and do his utmost for his earnings. But you would like to use prayer to have your daily subsistence brought to you while sitting at home.”1

  • 1. Wasa’il, v. 2, p. 529.