21. The vegetables

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- عنه، عن سهل بن زياد، قال: حدثنى أحمد بن هارون، عن موفق المدينى، عن أبيه، قال بعث إلى الماضي (ع) يوما، وحبسني للغداء، فلما جاؤا بالمآئدة لم يكن عليها بقل، فأمسك يده ثم قال للغلام: أما علمت أنى لا آكل على مائدة ليس فبها خضر، فأتني بالخضر، قال: فذهب الغلام وجاء بالبقل فألقاه على المائدة، فمد يده ثم أكل.

1. From him, from Sahl Bin Ziyad, from Ahmad Bin Haroun, from Mowfaq Al Madayni, from his father who said, ‘I went to Al-Maazy (a.s.) (Abu Al-Hassan (a.s.)) one day, and he (a.s.) held me for the diner. So when they came with the meal, there were no vegetables upon it. So he (a.s.) withheld his (a.s.) hand, then said for the dinner: ‘But, do you know that I (a.s.) do not eat upon a meal and there are no greens (vegetables) in it? So, come to me (a.s.) with the greens’. So the boy went and came with the vegetables and placed them upon the food-mat. So he (a.s.) extended his (a.s.) hand, then (we) ate’.

عنه، عن عدة من أصحابنا، عن حنان، قال: كنت مع أبى عبد الله (ع) على المائدة فمال على البقل، وامتنعت أنا منه لعلة كانت بى، فالتفت إلى فقال: يا حنان أما علمت أن أمير المؤمنين (ع) لم يؤت بطبق ولا فطور إلا وعليه بقل؟ - قلت: ولم ذاك جعلت فداك؟ - قال: لان قلوب المؤمنين خضر، فهى تحن إلى أشكالها.

2. From him, from a number of our companions, from Hanaan who said, ‘I was with Abu Abdullah (a.s.) upon the meal, so he tended to incline towards the vegetables, and I abstained from it due to the illness which was with me. So he (a.s.) turned towards me and said: ‘O Hanaan! But, do you know that Amir Al-Momineen (a.s.) was never brought a platter or breakfast except that there were vegetables upon it?’ I said, ‘And why is that, may I be sacrificed for you (a.s.)?’ He (a.s.) said: ‘Because the hearts of the Believers are green, so it (heart) yearns for its form’.