First published: March.22.2018
Karim Khan Zand was the founder of the Zand Dynasty and the Shah of Iran in 1751-1779.
He was from Shiraz and made Shiraz the Capital of Iran during those years. He was one of the kindest and most righteous kings of Iran.
Zand ordered the construction of several architectural projects which are now museums and tourist attractions.
There are many stories about him and I will share one of them with you:
Every day at a certain time, Karim Khan’s palace was open to the public to come to visit the king and talk about their needs.
Of course, there were many who tried to abuse his generosity and make some money out of it, but Karim Khan was smart.
One of the days, a middle-aged man came to visit him and as soon as he saw the king, he started crying so loudly that no one could calm him. After a little while he began to tell his story;
“I was born blind and for all these years I was suffering to make a living and take care of my old mother. One day, people told me to ‘go to Karim Khan’s father’s Tomb and ask for a miracle.’ I went to your father’s grave and cried and begged him to cure my eyes.
That night when I went to sleep, I had a dream that a holy presence walked towards me and introduced himself as Karim Khan’s father. He touched my eyes and left. When I woke up, I realized that I can see. Your father cured my eyes and I am here to thank you and ask for some money as you are a generous family.”
Karim Khan got very angry and asked his guards to take both eyes of this impostor off, just to scare him.
Karim Khan said: “My father was a bandit, a gangster, and a very debauched man. How could such a person bring upon a miracle and have a holy soul? I asked my guards to take your eyes out so you would never lie that you were blind since birth, just to beg for money. But I will forgive you this time and spare your vision. How could we build a great country if it is being based on lies, flattery, and rapacity.”
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