One day, a Christian man faced Imam Bagher and in a mockery and ironic way playing on words of Bagher, misinterpreted to Baghara called him, “You are baghara (cow)!” Without expressing any annoyance or anger, the Imam replied calmly, “No, I am not baghara but I am Baghir.” The man said, “You are the son of a lady-cook.” The Imam said in reply, “It was her job, which is not considered an insult or disgrace to her personality.” The man said, “Your mother was black, immodest and had an abusive tongue.” The Imam said, “If whatever you attribute to my mother is true, I pray Allah to forgive her and absolve her sins, and if it is a lie, may Allah forgive you for your lies and slander.”
Observing such a clemency from a person who had the authority to submit a non-Muslim to different persecutions was sufficient to provoke a revolution in the soul of that man.
Imam Bagher also advised to be cheerful when visiting your brother- and sister-in-faith, and said: “To smile in the face of a brother-in-faith is a rewardable deed.”
Congratulations on the joyous birth anniversary of Imam Muhammad ibn Ali ibn al-Hussain (pbuh), known as Baqir ol-Uloum, the one who opens knowledge and brings it to light, and also the arrival of the month of Rajab!
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