One day Haroun Rashid gave Bahlool some money and told him to distribute it amongst the poor and needy.
Bahlool took the money, but a moment later gave it back to the Khalifa, who asked the reason why he did this.
Bahlool said, “I thought a lot, but found no one more dependent and poor than the Khalifa. This is the reason why I returned the money. I see that your guards and officers stand in the shops and whip people, collect tax and revenue, and then pour them all into your treasures. So I thought that you are the most needy person, and gave the money back to you.”