Evaluation of Haroon
By chance once Haroon and Bahlool both were going to Hammam (a public bath). Haroon asked him:
"What would my value be if I were a slave?" Bahlool replied: "Fifty dinars" Haroon in an enranged voice remarked: "Oh mad man! How could that be. My own valuable clothes are worth that much or more"
Bahlool reacted to this saying: "The value I had suggested was for your clothes, otherwise you yourself are of no value at all!"
Perhaps what Bahlool meant to taunt Haroon was that if he were a slave, he would not be able to provide any service to his master because of his easy and lusty life-style. As such he would be of no value on the slave market.
Taken from the book “The Moral Stories (Part 2)”
Author: Ahmed .H. Sheriff
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Shoes Not Book Of Philosophy
Haroon’s Charitable Offer
The Drunkard Caliph
Debate with a Jurist