Imam Ali (a.s) and Candle

A candle burnt by his side, as he sat down meticulously recording all the revenue and the expenses of the treasury.

Just then Talha and Zubair appeared.

They aspired to some positions of authority in Ali’s (a.s.) rule and had come to strike a deal. If Ali (a.s.) gave them a place of distinction, they would in turn pledge their full support. Ali (a.s.) knew of this.

Just as they sat down, Ali (a.s.) put out the candle and lit another one.

Talha and Zubair exchanged a glance of surprise and then one of them said:

“O Ali, we have come on some important business. But why did you extinguish the first candle?”

Imam Ali (a.s.) replied: “That was a candle bought of Treasury funds. As long as I worked for the Treasury, I used it. Now you have come for some personal work, so I use the candle bought of my personal fund.”

Talha and Zubair left him without saying another word


8 Responses to “Imam Ali (a.s) and Candle”

  1. n.fatima Says:

    very nice and simple stories for elders as well as for kids to learn morals and ethics.
    may Alaah shower you all with his blessings…..

  2. Ayaz Says:


  3. SAKINA Says:

    Jazakallah for sharing


    Many of my political leaders who absconded our money should have read this masterpiece. They would have realised how sincere and dedicated the Muslim leaders of yesteryears are. A copy of this should be sent to all the MIC leaders, especially the Mr. Mighty who cheated wholesale of our MAIKA Shareholdings. May ALLAH teach such scoundrels a lesson. Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin. Wassalam. Ustad Thevarullah.

  5. camion Says:

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  6. pro flight Says:

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  7. Xohair Abbax Says:

    excellent work.

  8. bashir khan Says:

    this is called honesty which v don’t understand?

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