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The Story of Ali’s Shield

One day, Ali bin Abi Talib (r.a), the Fourth Caliph, lost his shield and found his missing shield with a Christian.  Ali immediately took him to Shureih, the judge.

Ali (r.a) claimed:

"This is my shield which I never sold or gave to anybody."

The judge asked the Christian:

"What do you say about the Caliph's claim?

The man answered: "This is my shield and the Caliph is lying."

The judge addressed Ali (r.a):

"O Caliph, do you have proof of ownership?"

Ali (r.a) smiled and said:

"Shureih is right, I have no proof."

The judge then gave his verdict in favour of the Christian who walked away with the shield. He had only taken a few steps when he turned back to Ali (r.a) and said:

"I declare that such are the rulings of Prophets! The Caliph sues me in the court of his court of his judge who gives his verdict against him! I hereby declare that there is no God but Allah, and that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger. The shield is yours, Caliph.  I followed the army after the battle of Seffein and the shield dropped from your camel."

Ali (r.a) then answered:

"Now, that you have embraced Islam, the shield is yours."

(ref: Islam and Universal Peace, by: Sayyed Qutb)

 
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