Story No. 231 – Sher e Khuda, Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib’s Work and Generosity
Sher e Khuda, Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) was a hardworking man with a pleasant personality. He worked hard while farming and cultivating orchards. He developed several plots and orchards and then gave them all away for the sake of Allah (SWT).
One day, Sher e Khuda, Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) acquired a piece of barren land outside Madinah which he wanted to cultivate. In order to do this, Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) decided to dig a well, he chose a suitable place and putting his hopes in the grace of Allah (SWT), he began to dig.
Several days went by, but still there was no sign of any water coming out of the well.
One day, Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) picked up a pickaxe, entered the well and using all his strength and energy worked very hard for a while, but still there was no sign of water. Exhausted, he came out of the well, wiped away the sweat of his brow, rested for a while, and then re-entered the well. Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) was swinging the pickaxe with such vigor that the sound of his breathing could be heard all around. After receiving a strong, hard blow with the pickaxe, the ground suddenly split open, and fresh, clear water bubbled up.
Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) climbed quickly out of what had now become a wonderful well in the dry desert which would soon turn the ill surrounding area into a lovely orchard. Soon the people gathered around to see it. Each of them was commenting on it.
“What a hard working man is Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as)” one said.
“Since Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) is a good and generous man, Allah (SWT) has been generous to him and given him goodness” said another.
“Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) and his descendants have become rich forever” said another.
Some congratulated Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as), while some were jealous.
“Bring me a paper and pen” said Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) and when they had done so; Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) sat down and wrote: I have endowed this well and the land surrounding it in charity for its income to be used as follows:
In helping the poor and destitute.
In helping the travelers far away from their homes.
In providing the means for the marriages of orphans.
In providing medical care for the poor.
In the doing of good works of public benefit.
I have endowed this well in charity so as to seek the pleasure of Allah (SWT) and the rewards of the Hereafter, and in order to be saved from the of Hell.