62 " ' God will not give to>a soul more trouble than it can bear;' ic Such an action is not that of a virtuous man ; this however is related (of All) by your learned men, " and likewise joking and buffooning^ which indi- cs cates a want of dignity, degraded him." The Shiah said : " Nevertheless, he was certainly the 6 ' most excellent of all the companions of the pro- 46 phet." The Sonnite asked: " In knowledge or " in practice?" The Shiah replied: " In both 4 * knowledge and practice," The Sonnite resumed : " This we do not hold for certain; in what respect tc was he superior in practice to the chief of the be- c c lievers, Omar?" The Shiah answered : c 4 Ali used 6t to pray the whole night." The Sonnite rejoined : " According to your own account, the lord Ali " wanted a woman every night; and his custom, c ' (called matdh) 1 was to engage one for a short time ; 44 and so many did he occupy., that he seemed an c< unceasing bridegroom;2 how could a person so " employed pray the whole night? unless in your * * religion you call praying what we call by another "name." The Shiah interrupted him saying: " You are liars from the very beginning. Abu Ha- 6 * nifa, your great Imam, was a native of Kabul, and 'c attached himself particularly to the service of "'ut membrum ejus nunquam siccum esset."