In the age of Mutawakkil regime a lady claimed that she was Zeinab the daughter
of Fatima. He said, "Many long years have passed since that period when
Zeinab lived and you are quite young."
She replied, "Yes, but the Prophet (pbuh&hh) drew his hand upon my head and
prayed for me to remain young for ever. As such, after every forty years I turn
back to become young." Mutawakkil called upon all the wise men to visit him and
enquired from them, "What you say about the claim of this women “All of them
said,” she tells a lie."
Mutawakkil said, "I know that she is lying, but what proof and logic do you have
to condemn her."
They said, "We do not know, Imam Hadi (a.s.) should solve this problem."
Mutawakkil at once summoned Imam (a.s.) and told him about that matter.
Imam (a.s.) said, "send her to the cage of the lions, if she is telling the
truth, because the beasts do not molest the children of Fatima (a.s.) and do not
eat their flesh. Mutawakkil said to the woman, "what do you say?"
She said, "This man wishes that I may be killed. If he is right then let him do
it himself." Mutawakkil said, "she is right, you must do it first yourself."
Imam (a.s.) replied, "There is no hurdle to it" He went to the lions in the cage
and sat among them. All observed with amazement, that the lions sat very
respectfully before the Imam (a.s.) and sometimes caressed themselves against
his body and he caressed their bodies with his hand, affectionately. When Imam (a.s.)
ordered that they might move to a corner, all of them crept to a nook. Then Imam
(a.s.) came out of the cage and went to Mutawakkil and said, "Oh woman now it is
your turn." The woman started crying and begging saying, "I told a lie, I am the
daughter of such and such man, and wanted to play a trick and a hoax but it did