Imam Ali & the Beggar

December 24, 2018 No Comments »

The Story of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, Alayhis Salam, and a beggar.

Ubaydullah bin Muhammad bin Aisha narrates that when a beggar came to the leader of the believers, Mawla Ali he said to his sons, Alayhimus Salam.

“Go to your mother, Alayhas Salam, and tell her to give one of the six Dirhams that I had left with her.”

His son went and later returned with the message that she said, “You had left the six Dirhams to purchase flour.”

Ali said, “The faith of a person cannot be true until he has more trust in that which is with Allah than that which is in his own hands.”

He then sent a message to her to send all six Dirhams. When she did so, he gave it all to the beggar.

Ali had not yet even changed his posture when a man arrived selling a camel. “How much for the camel?” Ali asked. “A hundred and forty Dirhams,” the man replied.

Ali told the man to tie the camel by him with the understanding that he would pay for it after a while. The man tied the camel there and then left. Another man then passed by and asked who the camel belonged to.

When Ali informed him that the camel was his, the man asked him whether he would sell it. “Certainly,” replied Ali “How much?”, he asked. “For two hundred Dirhams,” was the reply.

The man agreed to buy it, handed over the two hundred Dirhams and then took the camel.

Ali then paid a hundred and forty Dirhams to the man whom he had promised to pay and then returned with sixty Dirhams to (his wife) Sayyidah Fatimah. Seeing the money she asked, “What is this?” Ali replied, “This is what Allah promised us on the lips of His Prophet, Sallallahu Alayhi wa Aalihi wa Sallam:

“Whoever carries out a good act will receive ten times as much.”

~ Quran – Surah An’am: 160

Tafasir of Imam Fakhrudin al-Razi, Imam Jalaludin al-Suyuti and Imam Ahmad ibn Hajar al-Haytami relates it as well. Also related in the Tarikhul Khulafa from Imam al-Suyuti.

wa Sall’Allahu ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa Ala Aalihi wa Sahbihi wa Sallam.


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