An example of Imam Hassan’s (as) clemency is that a Syrian once saw him riding and began to curse him but Imam Žasan did not reply to him. When the Syrian had finished Imam Žasan approached, greeted him and laughed and said: ‘O master, you seem to be estranged and you may have mistaken me for another. Were you to seek favor and goodwill we would show you favor and goodwill, and were you to ask of us we would give you, and were you to ask us for directions we would direct you, and were you to ask us for a mount we would give you a mount, and if you are hungry we will let you eat your fill, and if you have no clothes we will clothe you, and if you are in poverty we will enrich you, and if you are in exile we will give you sanctuary, and if you have any need we will fulfill it.’ When the man heard these words he wept and said: ‘I testify that you are Allah’s vicegerent on earth, “Allah knows full well where he places His mission.”

The Shia and their Beliefs by Sayed Muhammad Shirazi

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