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Story 47: The Sweat Of Labour

Imam Al-Kazim (‘a) was busy working and ploughing the land which was his personal property. His hard labour had made sweat trickle down all over his body.

Ali ibn Abi Hamza Batani was passing by and said, “May I be your ransom, why don’t you entrust this work to others?”

“Why should I entrust it to others? There have been persons better than me doing this kind of labour.”

“Who, for example?”

“The Messenger of Allah (S), the Commander of the Faithful (‘a), my father, as well as all my forefathers. Ploughing and cultivating the land is one of the acts of the Holy Prophet (S), his successors, and the worthy servants of Allah.”1

  • 1. Bihar ul-Anwar, v. 11, p. 266 and Wasa'il, v. 2, p. 531.