Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
One day, Ali, the Commander of the Faithful, dressed in fine silks and brocades and wearing a beautiful turban, was riding through the street on a magnificent white horse. The street was lined with people who greeted him with salaams and cheered as he rode by, all except an old woman dressed in black, who turned her head as he rode past. Ali stopped his horse and asked the old woman why she did not give him the proper salutation of peace?
“Why should I greet the slave of my slave?” she asked.
“What do you mean by these words?” he demanded.
“I have mastered vanity, while you are still its slave.”
And Ali wept at the truth of her words, and from that day on wore only plain clothes.