It was narrated to us by Moḥammed bin Mūsa bin al-Mutawakkil رضي الله عنه – who said, it was narrated to us by ʿAlī bin Ibrāhīm bin Hāshim, from his father, from al-Nawfili, from al-Sakūni, from Jaʿfar bin Moḥammed, from his father, from his forefathers:

From ‘Amīr al-Mu’minīn عليهم السلام, who said: When the scholars and wise-men wrote to each other, they would mention three things without a fourth.
1. Whoever has the afterlife as his concern, Allāh takes care of the worldly life concerns for him.
2. Whoever improves [the condition] of the non-apparent, Allāh improves [the condition] of his from what is apparent.
3. And whoever improves [the relationship] between himself and Allāh, Mighty and Majestic, Allāh improves [the relationship] between himself and the people.

حدثنا محمد بن موسى بن المتوكل رضي الله عنه قال : حدثنا علي بن – إبراهيم بن هاشم ، عن أبيه عن النوفلي ، عن السكوني ، عن جعفر بن محمد ، عن أبيه ، عن آبائه ، عن أمير المؤمنين عليهم السلام قال : كانت الفقهاء والحكماء إذا كاتب بعضهم بعضا كتبوا ثلاثا ليس معهن رابعة : من كانت الآخرة همته كفاه الله همه من الدنيا ، ومن أصلح سريرته أصلح الله علانيته ، ومن أصلح فيما بينه وبين الله عز وجل أصلح الله فيما بينه وبين الناس .