Hadith on Jesus: Do not take wages for teaching Islam, but rather be the salt of the earth

Imran Al-Kawfi reported: Jesus son of Mary, peace be upon him, said to his disciples, “Do not take wages from those whom you teach, except such wages as you gave me. O salt of the earth, do not become corrupt. Everything corrupted can be treated with salt, but if the salt itself is corrupted then it is no remedy. Know that you possess two traits of ignorance: laughter without wonder, and a morning nap without wakefulness.”

[Ibn Al-Mubarak, Az-Zuhd, Number 283, Hasan]

عَنْ عِمْرَانَ الْكُوفِيِّ قَالَ قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ لِلْحَوَارِيِّينَ لا تَأْخُذُوا مِمَنْ تُعَلِّمُونَ مِنَ الأجْرِ إِلا مِثْلَ الَّذِي أَعْطَيْتُمُونِي وَيَا مِلْحَ الأَرْضِ لا تَفْسُدُوا فَإِنَّ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ إِذَا فَسَدَ فَإِنَّهُ يُدَاوَى بِالْمِلْحِ وَإِنَّ الْمِلْحَ إِذَا فَسَدَ فَلَيْسَ لَهُ دَوَاءٌ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ فِيكُمْ خَصْلَتَيْنِ مِنَ الْجَهْلِ الضَّحِكُ مِنْ غَيْرِ عَجَبٍ وَالصُّبْحَةُ مِنْ غَيْرِ سَهَرٍ

الزهد لابن المبارك

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