You too should stand in the queue like the others

When during the initial days after the Revolution’s victory the Imam would visit Qom, on most days of the week a large number of people would go to visit him there. The guest houses would overflow with people; the local Iranian restaurants would be overcrowded and there would be long queues at the bakeries. There would be throngs of people in the city of Qom at any time. At the Imam’s residence, there was an old and thin man who served as a domestic and was famously called ‘Baba’. One day the Imam stated to him: “I heard that when you go to buy bread at the bakery the people say that he is the Imam’s domestic and usher you to the head of the queue and give you as many loaves of bread that you ask for. Don’t do such a thing; it is not right that a person from this household should go to buy bread and gets them without standing in the queue. You too should stand in the queue like others lest it be considered a privilege for you!”

Name of the narrator: Hujjat al-Islam wal Muslimeen Hassan Saqafi, Keeping Pace with the Sunlight, vol. 1, page 121  

Title of the Book: Impressions and Memoirs about Imam Khomeini's Practical Behaviour, vol. 1, chapter two, pages 130 &131


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