Story No. 217 – Cold Drink for Enemies in Battle of Camel (Jange Jamal)

In the battle of Camel (Jange Jamal) in the thick of the encounter his slave Qambar brought some sweet syrup saying:

My Master the sun is very hot you have been constantly fighting, have a glass of this cold drink to refresh yourself.

Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) looked around himself and replied:

Shall I refresh myself when hundreds of people around me are lying wounded and dying of thirst and wounds? Instead of bringing sweet syrup for me take a few men with you and give each of these wounded persons a cool drink.

Qambar said, My Master, they are all our enemies.

Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) replied: They may be but they are human beings and attend to them.