Imam Ali (a.s.) was a hard-working man with a pleasant personality. He
worked hard while farming and cultivating orchards. He developed several plots
and orchards and then gave them all away for the sake of Allah. One day, he
acquired a piece of barren land outside Madinah which he wanted to cultivate. In
order to do this, he decided to dig a well, he chose a suitable place and,
putting his hopes in the grace of Allah, he began to dig.
Several days went by, but still there was no sign of any water coming out of the
well. One day, Imam Ali picked up a pickaxe, entered the well and, using all his
strength and energy, worked very hard for a while, but still there was no sign
Exhausted, he came out of the well, wiped away the sweat of his brow, rested for
a while, and then re-entered the well. He was swinging the pickaxe with such
vigor that the sound of his breathing could be heard all around. After receiving
a strong, hard blow with the pickaxe, the ground suddenly split open, and fresh,
clear water bubbled up. He climbed quickly out of what had now become a
wonderful well in the dry desert which would soon turn ill the surrounding area
into a lovely orchard.
Soon the people gathered around to see it. Each of them was commenting on It.
"What a hard working man is Ali" one said "since Ali is a good and generous man,
"said another. "Allah has been generous to him and given him goodness"
"Ali and his descendants have become rich forever." said some. Some
congratulated Imam Ali while some were jealous.
"Bring me a paper and pen" said Ali (a.s.) and when they had done so, he sat
down and wrote the following: I have endowed this well and the land surrounding
it in charity for its income to be used as follows:
a. In helping the poor and destitute. b. In helping the travelers far away from
their homes. c. In providing the means for the marriages of orphans. d. In
providing medical care for the poor. e. In the doing of good works of public
benefit. I have endowed this well in charity so as to seek the pleasure of Allah
and the rewards of the Hereafter, and in order to be saved from the of Hell.