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The Prophet's Humour

The Apostle of God, would always joke with people and seek to delight them. 106 It is related that Im"m al-K")im, peace be upon him, said: 'Often a Bedouin Arab would come and give him a gift and then he would say: 'Give me the price of my gift!' And the Apostle of God would laugh. When he was downcast he would say: 'Remember what the Bedouin did? If only he would come again.' 107 Once, a man came to him and said: 'Give me a mount O Apostle of God!' He said: 'I will give you the child of a she- camel.' The man said: 'And what can I do with the child of a she-camel?' He said: 'Do you know of any camels that are not born of a she-camel?' 108

Once he said to a woman who mentioned her husband: 'Is he the one who has white in his eye?' She said: 'He has no white in his eye.' When she told her husband he said: 'Do you not see that my eye is more white than it is black?' 109 An old woman of the AnN"r said to the Prophet: 'Pray for me so that I may enter Paradise!' He said: 'But old women do not enter Paradise!' The woman wept and the Prophet laughed and said: 'Have you not heard the Almighty's words describing the women of Paradise: eIndeed We created them and made them virgins, loving, and equal in age. 110


106. bihar al-anwar; vol. 16, p.298, 9ad:th 2, chap. 10

107. al-k"f:; vol.2, p.663, 9ad:th 1.

108. man"qibu "li ab: U"lib; vol.1, p.101.

109. ibid.

110. The Holy Qur'an: The Inevitable Event (56): 35-37.

Adopted from the book : "The Prophet Muhammad; a Mercy to the World" by : "Ayatullah Muhammad Sadiq al-Shirazi"

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