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Video: Imam Musa al-Sadr and Christian Ice Cream Seller

Although he was a Christian, he was a fan and follower of Imam Musa Sadr; and the traditions form Prophet Muhammad and Imam Ali were always hung on the walls of his house.

Uncle Antiba was a Christian ice cream seller in the city of Sour in Lebanon who had lived among for many years Muslims. Although he was a Christian, he was a fan and follower of Imam Musa Sadr; and the traditions form Prophet Muhammad and Imam Ali were always hung on the walls of his house. He said that I had an ice cream shop for fifty years. One of the Shia brothers used to compete with me in business, but never succeeded to catch up with my business’s success. I mean I was better than him. Thus, he tried to make this whole business a religious issue so that his business might improve. I repeatedly told him to stop this, but he did not listen to me. I said to myself that I have no one for support other than Sayyid Musa, so I went up to him and explained what had happened. I had always heard that Islam is essentially integrated with justice, and he said: “yes, my dear brother.”I said “what should I do? I have a wife and children, I want to keep my work. This gentleman can’t catch up with me in his work, and he has launched a religious dispute and people have cut off from me. Sayyid Musa said “there will no problem; get up and go to your shop. I will come to yours and have ice cream there; and this shall silence him.”And this same thing happened. He was silent after this and did not say anything else. People also saw that Sayyid Musa would have ice cream in my shop. May Allah bless and keep him healthy; when he is not here with us, we are like orphans.

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