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It was reported that the Caliph Ali bin Abi Talib - may Allah be pleased with him - saw a Christian man in Kufa market selling a shield that Ali had lost. He said to him (the Christian man): Where did you get this? This is mine! The Christian man argued and denied, so they went to Shurayh the judge.

Shurayh said: O Commander of Believers, do you have any evidence that the shield is yours? He said: Yes, my son Hassan witnesses that this shield is mine.

Shurayh then said: O Commander of Believers, a son's witness for his father is not admissible. Ali said: Glory be to Allah, my son is a man of the people of Jannah (Paradise), his witness is not admissible for me? I heard the Prophet - peace be upon him - say: Al-Hassan and Al-Hussain are the chiefs of the youth of Paradise! Shurayh then decreed in favor of the Christian man and gave him the shield.

The Christian man exclaimed: the Commander of  Believers drives me to his judge, and his judge decrees for me against him (the commander of Believers)! I bear witness that this religion is right, and I bear witness that there is no God worthy of worship but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and that the shield is yours O commander of Believers, you lost it the night of Siffin and I took it . Ali - may Allah be pleased with him – was joyful to see him reverted to Islam and he gifted the shield to him, and ordered for him two thousand dirhams. [Narrated by Al-Bayhaqy in Al-Sunan Al-Kubra'a, Abu Nu'aim in Hilyatil Awliyaa'e, and Ibn Asa'akir in Tarikh Dimashq ].

 

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