One day one of the flatterer and glib tongued person said to 'Mutawakkil', "Why
do you command your court offices to honor Imam, and when he arrives they must
raise the curtains and open the doors for him. This itself is against your
conduct. Let Imam (a.s.) come and go like the rest of the people so that he
looses his worth in the eyes of people."
Mutawakkil agreed to his demand and ordered his officials not to hold the
curtains and open the doors while Imam (a.s.) comes or leaves.
One day, one of his servants came rushing to him and said: "Imam (a.s.) is
coming and to whichever part of the court he arrives, the doors open and
curtains are drawn automatically. This thing attracted the attention of all and
if this continues on the superiority and supremacy of Imam (a.s.) will become
clear and evident to all, thus your government will be endangered.
Mutawakkil at once ordered that the officials must adopt the previous conduct
with Imam (a.s.) and honor him more than ever.