Written by Shaheed Murtada Mutahhari
Friday, 24 September 2010 19:39
Islamic Stories -
Imam Hassan AlMujtaba (A.S.)
Source: Shaheed Murtada Mutahhari, The Narrative of Veracious, Vol.2, STORY NO.103, p.75-76
An old man was busy doing his Wuduâ€™ statutory ablution, but he was not performing it in a correct manner. The children, Imam Hasan (â€˜a) and Imam Husayn (â€˜a) were watching the old man doing his Wuduâ€™ statutory ablution. There was no reason to hesitate, for it is incumbent to teach the religious questions and guide the ignorant: It was necessary to make the old man familiar with the correct Wuduâ€™ statutory ablution. Nevertheless, if he was directly said to correct his Wuduâ€™, perhaps it would make him annoyed and he might have a bitter memory of Wuduâ€™ for ever. In addition to that, who knows, perhaps he feels humiliated by this notification, becomes obstinate and never yields to the act of worship.
The two children, having meditated upon the way to call indirectly the old manâ€™s attention to correct his mistake, began to debate in such a manner that the old man could hear them.
One said: â€œMy Wuduâ€™ is more perfect than yours.
The other one replied: â€œMy Wuduâ€™ is better than yours.
The boys came to an agreement to perform their â€˜Wuduâ€™ in the presence of the old man so that he would arbitrate between them.
As agreed, they performed their Wuduâ€™ perfectly and correctly under his supervision. The old man realized how the correct Wuduâ€™ must be performed. He came to know intuitively the intention of the two boys and was firmly affected by their genuine kindness, intelligence and sagacity.
He said: â€œThe Wuduâ€™ statutory ablution done by you both is correct and complete. I am the ignorant old. Who do not know to perform correct Wuduâ€™. I am grateful that you made me admonished for the solicitude that you show to the community of your grandfather.â€1
1. BihÃ£r uI-Anwar, v. 10, p. 89.