111. Sahl ibn Ḥunayf al-Anṣārī died at Kūfah after his return from the battle of Ṣiffīn and he was very much loved by Amīr al-mu’minīn, peace be upon him. On this occasion Amīr al-mu’minīn said: Even if a mountain had loved me, it would have crumbled down.
قال السيد الرضى: معنى ذلك أن المحنة تغلظ عليه فتسرع المصائب إليه ولا يفعل ذلك إلا بالأتقياء الأبرار والمصطفين الأخيار وهذا مثل قوله (عليه السلام):
As-Sayyid ar-Raḍī says: The meaning of this is that since the trial of the man who loves Amīr al-mu’minīn will be so severe troubles would leap towards him, and this is not the case except with the God-fearing, the virtuous and select good. There is another similar saying of Amīr al-mu’minīn’s individuals, namely: