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A Traveler's Story

The following incident is quoted in the book ` Kashf al-Ghumma ':
A Syrian came to Medina. He saw a handsome man astride a good camel. Upon enquiry he learnt that it was Imam Hassan ibn Ali (A.S).
This man from Syria stepped forward in anger and said; "Are you the son of Ali ibn Abi Talib?"
"Yes, I am the son of Ali."
He said: "You are the son of a person who was a polytheist". And he continued his foul utterances till he got tired of it. Imam Hassan (A.S) remained silent. At last the man felt ashamed.
The Imam (A.S) seeing his remorse said: "You look like a traveller, are you from Syria ?"
"Yes sir", he replied.
Imam Hassan (A.S) said: "If you need a place to stay, we shall provide it. If you need money we would give it you. If you have any other problem, we shall help you."
Not only was the Syrian ashamed but was also rendered speechless by such an excellent behavior.
The following are his own words: "After I had the good fortune of enjoying the hospitality of Imam Hassan ibn Ali (A.S), I found his personality more likeable than that of any other person in the world."
Imam Hassan (A.S) had offered the same type of hospitality to Asam bin Mutlaq the Syrian, and he too became his devotee.

Ref: Almujtaba Islamic Network

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