Whole Number and Not a Fraction

One Day a Jewish person came to Imam Ali (A.S.), thinking that since Ali 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, 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.”

Ali 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 Imam Ali (A.S.). He calculated the answer Imam Ali (A.S.) gave him.

To his amazement he came across the following results:

The number of Days in a Year = 360 (in Arab)

The Number of
Days in a Week = 7

The product of
the two numbers = 2520


2520 1 =

2520 2 = 1260

2520 3 = 840

2520 4 = 630

2520 5 = 504

2520 6 = 420

2520 7 = 360

2520 8 = 315

2520 9 = 280

2520 10= 252

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.”

So they all came to the door of Imam Ali (A.S.) and put forward their problem.

Imam Ali (A.S.) said, “Ok, I will divide the camels as per the man’s will.”

Imam Ali (A.S.) 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 son gets 1/2 of 18 = 9
The second one gets 1/3 of 18 = 6
The youngest gets 1/9 of 18 = 2
Now the total number of camels = 17 (9+6+2=17)

Then Imam Ali
(A.S.) said, “Now I will take my Camel back.”


One day another Jewish person came to Imam Ali (A.S.). He was planning to ask Imam Ali
(A.S.) such a question, which would take Imam Ali (A.S.) a long time to answer
and because of that his Maghrib Prayers would be

He asked, “Ali you say you know everything in the world, then tell me which animals
lay eggs and which animals give birth to their young ones.”

Imam Ali (A.S.) looked back 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 case was brought before Hazrat Omar, the second Caliph. Two babies, a girl and a boy, were born on a single dark night to two wives of the same man. The father of the babies had passed away and both wives claimed to be the mother of the son.

Hazrat Omar asked, “Where is Abul Hasan, vanquisher of difficulties?”

Imam Ali
(A.S.) was called for and the case detailed to him. He called for two small
vessels to be brought and had them weighed and then instructed that equal
amount of milk from each mother be drawn into a vessel.

When they were weighed it again, was found that one was heavier than the other. Imam Ali
(A.S.) declared that the mother with the heavier milk was the mother of the boy
and the lighter milk was that of the girl’s mother.

Hazrat Omar asked how he comes to this conclusion. Imam Ali (A.S.)
replied that Allah has proscribed that, “For a male is the share of two

“The foremost judge amongst you is Ali.” Rasul Allah (s.a.w.a.)

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