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Story 35: The Shoelace

Imam Al-Sadiq (‘a), accompanied by some friends, visited one of his relatives to offer him their condolences. On the way, his shoelace was torn in such a manner that his shoe was no longer held to his foot. The Imam (‘a) took off his shoes, held them in his hand and began to walk barefoot.

Abdullah ibn Abi Ya’fur, one of his close companions quickly took off his own shoes, untied the laces and offered it to the Imam (‘a) so that he could use them while he walked barefoot.

Upset and determined, the Imam (‘a) did not accept. Turning away from Abdullah he (‘a) said, “If someone has a problem, they should be the one to endure it. There is no sense, if an incident occurs, to one person that another suffers for his pain.”1

  • 1. Bihar ul-Anwar, v. 11, p. 117.