The pilgrims had assembled in Mina. Imam Sadiq (AS) and his companions sitting in a place were eating some grapes placed before them.
A beggar appeared and asked for alms. The Imam took some grapes to give him, but he refused to accept it and asked for money. Imam told him to excuse him as he did not have money. The beggar went away disappointed.
After going a few steps he had second thoughts and came back and asked for the same grapes. The Imam now refused to give him those grapes too.
Soon after, another beggar appeared. The Imam again took some grapes and gave to him. He accepted it and said, “Thanks to the Lord of universe who gave me my sustenance.” On hearing these words, the Imam told him to wait and gave him two handful of grapes.
The beggar thanked God for the second time.
The Imam again told him to wait and then turning to one of his friends asked, “How much money is with you?” The man searched his pockets and produced nearly twenty Dirhams which he gave to the beggar at the order of the Imam.
The beggar thanking God for the third time said, “Thanks are exclusively to God. O God! Thou art the Bestower of the good, and thou hast no companion.” On hearing these words, the Imam took off his garment and gave it to the beggar. Now, the beggar changed his tone and spoke a few words of thanks to the Imam himself. Then the Imam did not give him anything and he went away.
His friends and companions who were present there said, “We thought that had the beggar continued thanking God in the same manner as before, the Imam would have continued giving him more and more. But when he changed his talk and praised and thanked the Imam himself, the Imam did not continue his help.
Note:These are selected Islamic stories extracted from the books “Dastane Rastan” volume one and two written in Persian by Mortaza Motahheri and published by A Group of Muslim Brothers in Tehran, Iran.