Whenever the Imam wanted to be received at the shrine in Najaf, he would clean
his shoes with a napkin. He also placed a mirror in the front yard that he would
use to look into to comb his beard. He would also use fragrance and leave the
house. He would even not neglect the non-obligatory acts and would always tell
us to perform them. Sometimes I would visit the house of the Imam twice a day.
However, whenever we wanted to go to his house we never went directly because we
thought that if he saw us in that state, he would ask us the reason for our
unkempt appearance and why we looked so horrible and that we must look proper
and disciplined. We would always try to look neat and proper so that when we met
him, we were neat and in appropriate attire.
* By: Zahra Ishraqi