The commander of the Faithful (A.S) and Generosity

SHAFAQNA- The commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (A.S) was returning from a journey with a string of camels fully laden with goods. On the way a beggar asked for a piece of bread. Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (A.S) ordered his beloved servant Qambar to give some bread to the beggar. Qambar started searching for bread. After a few moments Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (A.S) asked about the delay. Qambar said, “I am looking for the bread.”
The commander of the faithful, Imam Ali (A.S) said, “Give the bagger the camel which carries the food.” After a while Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (A.S) again inquired about the delay. Qambar replied, “I am searching for the camel carrying the food.” “Give the whole caravan,” Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (A.S) ordered.
Qambar hurriedly jumped off from the camel and handed the reins of the whole caravan to the fortunate beggar.
The commander of the faithful, Imam Ali (A.S) smiled at the agility of Qambar and asked him, “Why did you jump so quickly and hand over the reins in such haste?” Qambar replied, “Master, you are in such a mood that on account of a little delay, you gave away the whole caravan. I was afraid if there was some more delay, you might give me away also with the caravan. You will get a thousand slaves like me, but where will I get a master like you?”


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