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Ahmad Hanbal and the beggar

Ahmad Hanbal and the beggar Ahmad Hanbal, a man renowned and wise, Whose knowledge no one dared to criticize, Would when he felt his mind inadequate Consult a barefoot beggar at his gate. If anyone discovered him they’d say: ‘But you’re our wisest man in every way; When one of us is called upon to speak You scarcely hear our words — yet here you seek A barefoot beggar out; what can it mean?’ Ahman Hanbal replied: ‘As you have seen, My commentaries have carried off the prize; In matters of hadith* and law I’m wise — I know more worldly things than him, it’s true, But he knows God — much more than I can do.’ Look at this action well before you claim A justice that does not deserve the name.

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