Ikhlaas: Sincerity of Heart
Hadrat Ali was the last of the rightly guided Caliphs. He was also known as a symbol of loyalty, knowledge, and generosity, gaining him the title of, the Lion of Allah. In addition to his generosity and being the husband of the daughter of Rasulullah, he was also known as an invincible warrior.
Once during a battle, Hadrat Ali had overtaken an enemy and was about to finish him off when the enemy warrior spat on his face. Hadrat Ali then stepped away, sheathed his sword, and said, “Taking your life is unlawful to me, Go away!”
The enemy was shocked. Spitting in the face of the Lion of Allah saved his life! Confused, he asked, “O Ali, l was helpless, you were about to kill me. I insulted you, and you released me. Why?”
Hadrat Ali replied, “When you spat in my face, it aroused the anger of my ego. Had I killed you then, it would not have been for the sake of Allah, but for the sake of my ego. I would have been a murderer. You are free to go.”
The warrior, deeply moved by this display of character, converted to Islam at that very moment realizing the good Islam stood for!