Suleiman b. Ja’fer accompanied Imam Ali b. Musa RezA(AS) to
work. It was late in the evening when they returned. Just
as Suleiman wanted to part, Imam said: ” Why don’t you be my
guest tonight?” Suleiman complied.
When they entered the house, a group of Imam’s servants were
busy in the garden. Imam looked at them and found a stranger
among them working on a small patch.
“Who is he?” Imam queried.
“We have hired him to help us finish the work,”
the servants replied.
“Very well,” Imam said. “How much labour has
been fixed for him?”
The servants said that nothing had been fixed but they would
pay him something at the end.
Immediately Imam (AS) showed his displeasure. His voice rose
with anger and the servants were terrified.
“How often have I told you that the labour must be fixed
before hiring? If you exact labour from a worker without
telling how much you would pay him, he would never be
satisfied at the end. And I do not mind if you pay him
more than what you promised him. But his wage must be
fixed from the beginning. And remember, pay a worker
before his sweat dries on his body.”