Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq was once asked by the famous mystic Shaqiq al-Balkhi, Allah be well pleased with them.
What is and please describe what spiritual chivalry [Futuwwa] is?
Thus, Imam Ja’far asked him in return, “Well, what is your understanding of what it is?”
Shaqiq [al-Balkhi] replied, “If we are given anything we thank them (those who gave us the favor), and if we are not given, we remain patient, knowing that Allah is the Provider.”
(After hearing this), Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq declared.
“Well, Even the dogs here in the city of Madinah (al-Munawarrah) do that!”