Very Unfortunate

February 23, 2006 § Leave a comment

It’s really unfortunate that the Golden Mosque had to become an object of terrorism…another piece of history (and piece of gorgeous architecture!)from the Middle East destroyed.

The destruction of that dome is for the Muslims what the destruction of the dome of St. Peter’s would be for the Catholic Church. It is a sad loss.

An interesting story about the man the mosque is named after, Imam Ali:

A person was about to die, and before dying he wrote his will which went as follows…

“I have 17 camels, and I have 3 sons. Divide my camels in such a way, that my eldest son gets half of them, the second one gets 1/3rd of the total and my youngest son gets 1/9th of the total number of camels”.

After his death when the relatives read his will they got extremely perplexed and said to each other that how can we divide 17 camels like this?!!, so after a long and hard thought they decided that there was only one man in Arabia who could help them, so they all came to the door of Imam Ali and put forward their dilemma.

Ali said, “Ok, I will divide the camels as per the man’s will.. I will lend one of my camels to the total which makes it 18 (17 + 1 = 18), now lets divide as per his will”.

The eldest gets 1/2 of 18 = 9
The second one gets 1/3 of 18 = 6
and the youngest gets 1/9 of 18 = 2

The total number of camels (9 + 6 + 2) = 17, Ali said, “Now I will take my camel back”.

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