“Once the Caliph called him to his palace and ordered his army to march past before him. The Caliph wanted to boast or to impress the Imam of his power or to dissuade the Imam from any thoughts of revolution against the Abbasid Caliphate. When the march past was over, Imam asked the Caliph to gaze between two of his fingers. What the Caliph saw was a huge army of lancers and swordsmen marching past, a much bigger crowd than the Caliph’s army. He was astonished at this miracle and named him Askari, i.e. the man with a big army.” (From Story of the Holy Ka’aba And its People by SMR Shabbar)
"They beat me up to the point of submission, to the point of death and after that they used me as an informer first. So I had to salvage my life. I had to do as these people commanded me to… I was acting against my own will and made a killer machine against my own people. If I did not become productive by killing these people, I would have been killed. I have no doubt about that”.
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