Imad ad-Dawla Ibn Buwaih (A.D. 891-949) was the founder of the Buyid Dynasty in medieval Persia. His name in Persian is given as Ali Ibn Buya, but he is more commonly known as Imad al-Dawla (“pillar of the state”). Ibn Khallikan’s short sketch of his life contains the story related here; this story in turn is taken from the historian al-Mamuni. It reminds us of the fact that, sometimes in life, a bit of good fortune can provide us with all we need. The world, somehow, has its own way of providing for us; and if we persist long enough, some problems eventually solve themselves.