amir al muminin

Qambars love for his master

At another time, Amir al-Muminin, Imam Ali (as) 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 Abu Talib (as) ordered his beloved servant Qambar to give some bread to the beggar. Qambar started searching for bread. After a few moments Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) asked about the delay. Qambar said, “I am looking for the bread.”

Amir al-Muminin, Imam Ali (as) said, “Give the bagger the camel which carries the food.” After a while Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) again inquired about the delay. Qambar replied, “I am searching for the camel carrying the food.” “Give the whole caravan,” Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) ordered.

Qambar hurriedly jumped off from the camel and handed the reins of the whole caravan to the fortunate beggar.

Amir al-Muminin, Imam Ali (as) 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

Everyone who is called ‘one’ other than Allah, the Glorified, is little; and every honored one other than Him is inferior; and every strong one other than Him is weak; and every master other than Him is a slave; and every knower other than Him is a learner; and every capable one other than Him is sometimes able and other times unable.

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (ع), Ghurar Al-Hikam Wa Durar Al-Kalim, Exalted Aphorisms and Pearls of Speech:

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