305. The reason due to which the hands of the scoundrel and the pilferer would not be cut

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أبي رحمه الله قال حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله عن ابراهيم بن مهزيار عن اخيه علي عن عثمان بن عيسى عن سماعة قال: قال أبو عبد الله (ع) ان رجلا لقي رجلا على عهد امير المؤمنين عليه السلام فقال له، اني احتلمت بامك، فرفع إلى امير المؤمنين فقال، ان هذا افترى علي، فقال وما قال لك؟ قال، زعم انه احتلم بامى فقال أمير المؤمنين، في العدل ان شئت اقمته لك في الشمس وجلدت ظله، فان الحلم مثل الظل ولكنا سنضربه إذا آذاك حتى لا يعود يؤذي المسلمين

1. My father said, ‘Sa’ad Bin Abdullah narrated to us, from Ibrahim Bin Mahziyar, from his brother Ali, from Usman Bin Isa, from Sama’at who said, ‘Abu Abdullah (a.s.) having said: ‘A man met a man in the era of Amir Al-Momineen (a.s.), so he said to him, ‘I had a wet dream with your mother’. So the matter was raised to Amir Al-Momineen (a.s.), so he said: ‘This one is fabricating against me’. So he (a.s.) said: ‘And what did he say to you?’ He said, ‘He claims that he had a wet dream with my mother’. So Amir Al-Momineen (a.s.) said: ‘In (the matter of) justice, if you so like, I (a.s.) can stand him in the sun for you, and whip his shadow, for the dream is like the shadow, but I (a.s.) will be whipping him as he hurt you, so that he would not repeat hurting the Muslims’.