Imam Ali (AS)'s judgement - Two women quarreled over a male child, each claiming the child to be her son. The second caliph sent for Ali (AS) and requested him to solve the strange problem.
Ali (AS) tried to persuade the women to come out with the truth. He reminded them of the punishment for false testimony in this world and in the next. When neither of the women yielded, Ali (AS) said, ‘Now, I have no option but to send for my sword.’ The women asked, ‘What would you do with a sword?’ Ali (AS) replied, ‘It is but proper that I do justice by cutting the baby into two halves and give one half to each of you.’ One of the women said, ‘Sir, I made a mistake.
The child is not mine but belongs to my rival. I relinquish my claim.’ Ali (AS) praised the Lord and said, ‘The child belongs to you. As the mother of the child, you could not bear to see the child being harmed. The other woman had no such feeling because she was not the mother of the child.’ Upon this, the other woman admitted she was not the mother of the child. The second caliph was very pleased with the outcome and blessed and prayed for Ali (AS). 📚 Al-Irshad of Mufid, p. 110
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