Muʿjam al-Aḥādīth al-Muʿtabara, `Abbad al-Basri – Ḥadīth #1

[1/186] Rijal al-Kashshi: Muhammad b. Masud from Abdallah b. Muhammad from al-Hasan b. Ali al-Washsha from Ibn Sinan who said: I heard Aba Abdillah عليه السلام saying: while I was making the Tawaf someone started pulling my garment. I turned to look at him and discovered that he was `Abbad al-Basri. He [`Abbad] said: O Ja`far bin Muhammad – you wear this type of cloth while you are who you are in terms of your close relation with Ali صلوات الله عليه [i.e. are his descendant]? He عليه السلام said: I said to him – woe be upon you, this is a cloth from Kuhistan that I have bought by a Dinar and a few [Dirhams], Ali عليه السلام was in an age wherein what he wore was befitting for it, but if I were to wear a similar type of attire in this age the people would say – this one is a pretender of piety [show off] like `Abbad! Comments

Every age has its convention. Ali was in an age where poverty was rampant because Islam had not gained the supremacy it would later acquire – he wanted to show his support for the poor. Wearing such a type of cloth in the time of al-Sadiq would be an open show of ostentation. Obviously, real humility is in the heart.

[1/186] رجال الكشي: محمد بن مسعود، عن عبد الله بن محمد، عن الحسن بن علي الوشاء، عن ابن سنان قال: سمعت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام يقول: بينا أنا في الطواف إذا رجل يجذب ثوبي، فالتفت فإذا عباد البصري، قال: يا جعفر بن محمد تلبس مثل هذا الثوب و أنت في الموضع الذي أنت فيه من علي صلوات الله عليه قال: قلت: ويلك هذا ثوب قوهي أشتر بدينار و كسر، و كان علي عليه السلام في زمان يستقيم له ما لبس فيه، و لو لبست مثل ذلك اللباس في زماننا لقال الناس هذا مراء مثل عباد!