What was Given

December 7, 2018 No Comments »

A favorite story concerning Imam Jafar al-Sadiq, Allah be well pleased with him. There are deep wisdoms in this one.

A man came all the way from Mecca and then fell asleep upon arriving in the city of Madinah. When he woke up, he thought his bag had been stolen.

He saw Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq, he seized him by the collar, saying,

“I know you have taken my bag!”

The Imam said, “How much money was in it?”

He, the man, said, “I had a thousand Dinars in it.”

Imam Jafar took him to his own place of residence in Madinah and gave the man a thousand Dinars.

When the man returned home, he saw that his bag was there all along!

This made the man apologetically come back to Imam Jafar bringing back the money. However, the Imam did not accept it saying,

“We will not take back what we have given.” The man said, “Who is this person?” They said, “He is Imam Jafar al-Sadiq, Allah is well pleased with him.”

(Related in the book – The Epistle/Al-Risalah Al-Qushayriyyah by Imam al-Qushayri)

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