GO s£ and admitted by you as true that, when one day a " Muselman was selling garlic and onions upon the 4' passage of the prophet, that venerable personage " told him: c If thou wouldst sit down in a corner, " * retiring out of my way, it. would be well." " The man made an excuse, and the prophet passed " on. Shortly after carae Ali, who said to the man: *4 * The prophet dislikes the smell of onions and " * garlic, therefore move out of his way.' The man " answered : ' 0 Ali, the prophet told me to rise, " ' and I did not move/ Ali said: * At the pro- 66 ' phet's order thou didst not rise?' He drew 44 immediately his sword, and cut off the man's " head. Such an action is reprobated by the law, 4 * as the lord of the prophetic asylum forbade killing " even the hostile unbelievers, saying : " * Do not exceed in shedding blood, even if thou be a conqueror.' " And by historical accounts it is known that he <£ has blamed Ibrahim for having driven an unbe- " liever from his board. Nushirvan,l who was not *' crowned with the diadem of the right faith, is cele- to each other in a plain on the banks of the Euphrates, called by the Greeks Barbelissos or Barabrissos, and by the Arabs Safin; and in ninety engagements, which took place between them in a hundred and ten days, on the side of Moaviah fell forty-five thousand, and on that of Ali twenty-five thousand men. In the night which preceded the decisive day of Safin, Ali is said to have killed with his own hand four hundred ene- mies.— (Abulfeda, vol. I. pp. 305-313.) 1 See vol. 1. pp. 103-104, note 1.