One day a person came to imam Ali a.s., thinking that since ‘Ali a.s.thinks he is too smart, I’ll ask him such a tough question that he won’t be able to answer it and I’ll have the chance to embarrass him in front of all the Arabs.’
He asked Ali a.s., “Tell me a number, that if we divide it by any number from 1-10 the answer will always come in the form of a whole number and not as a fraction.”
Hazrat Ali A.S. looked back at him and said, “Take the number of days in a year and multiply it with the number of days in a week and you will have your answer.”
The person got astonished but as he was a Mushrik he still didn’t believe Ali a.s. He calculated the answer Ali a.s. gave him. To his amazement he came across the following results:
The number of Days in a Year = 360 (in Arabic Calendar)
The Number of Days in a Week = 7
The product of the two numbers = 2520
2520 divided by 1 = 2520
2520 divided by 2 = 1260
2520 divided by 3 = 840
2520 divided by 4 = 630
2520 divided by 5 = 504
2520 divided by 6 = 420
2520 divided by 7 = 360
2520 divided by 8 = 315
2520 divided by 9 = 280
2520 divided by 10= 252
One day a person came to Ali a.s. He was planning to ask Ali a.s. such a question which would take Ali a.s. a long time to answer and because of that, his Maghrib Prayers would be delayed.
He asked Ali a.s. “You say you know everything in the world, then tell me which animals lay eggs and which animals give birth to their young ones.”
Hazrat Ali a.s. looked at him, smiled and said, “The animals who have their ‘EARS’ outside their body give birth to their young ones; and the animals who have their ‘EARS’ inside their body lay eggs.”
A person was about to die, and before dying he wrote his Will which went as follows…
“I have 17 Camels, and I have three 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 hard thought, they decided that there was only one man in Arabia who could help them: “Ali Ibne Abi Taalib.” They all went to the door of Ali a.s. and put forward their problem!
Hazrat Ali a.s. said, “Ok. I will divide the camels as per the mans’ will.”
He said, “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
Now the total number of camels = 17”
Then Hazrat Ali a.s. said, “Now I will take my Camel back.”
This was the genius that Hazrat Ali a.s. was in his time! 7th century a.d.
LESSON: The next Mufti should be someone educated in deen and secular education, atleast with a degree in something other than just Sharia & Hadith