It was narrated to us by my father رحمه الله, who said, it was narrated to us by Saʿd bin ʿAbd Allāh, who said – it was narrated to us by Aḥmed bin Moḥammed, from his father, from Moḥammed bin Ziyād al-‘Azdi, from Ābān and others:
From Abī ʿAbd Allāh [al-Ṣādiq] عليه السلام who said: I indeed have mercy upon three, and they deserve to have mercy.
(1) An honourable people who suffered humiliation after honour,
(2) A well-off person who has suffered a need after wealth,
(3) A scholar who is belittled by his people and the ignorant.
حدثنا أبي (رحمه الله)، قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، قال: حدثنا أحمد بن محمد، عن أبيه، عن محمد بن زياد الأزدي، عن أبان وغيره، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام)، قال: إني لأرحم ثلاثة وحق لهم أن يرحموا: عزيز قوم أصابته مذلة بعد العز، وغني أصابته حاجة بعد الغنى، وعالم يستخف به أهله والجهلة