O’ my son! Beware of five (groups)


Imam Sadiq [a] has narrated from his father Imam Muhammad Baqir [a] who said his father Ali ibn Husayn [a] stated: “O’ my son! Beware of five (groups) and do not seek companionship with them, do not speak with them, and do not make friends with them on (the) way.”

Then, Imam Baqir [a] asked his father who they were and might he introduce them to him. He responded:

“Beware of and do not associate with the one who tells lies. He is as a mirage which makes near for you what is far, and makes far to you what is near.”


“Beware of and do not associate with an immoral person, because he will sell you at the price of a morsel or less than that.”


“Beware of and do not associate with a miser because he will deprive you of his wealth when you are seriously in need of it.”


“Beware of and do not associate with a fool, because he wants to be of avail to you but he harms you.”


“Beware of and do not associate with the one who disregards his kinfolks, because I found him (such a person) cursed in the Book Allah, Almighty and Glorious, in three occurrences.”


They are: (Sura AI-Baqarah, No.2, verse 27; Sura Ar-Ra’d, No.13, verse 25; and Sura Muhammad, No.47, verse 22).

Al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 641

Forty hadith

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