Sermon 031 – When before the commencement of the Battle of Jamal Amír

al-mu’minín sent `Abdulláh ibn `Abbás to az-Zubayr ibn al-`Awwám with the purpose that he should advise him back to obedience, he said to him on that occasion:
                Do not meet Talhah (ibn `Ubaydilláh). If you meet him you will find him like an unruly bull whose horns are turned towards its ears. He rides a ferocious riding beast and says it has been tamed. But you meet az-Zubayr because he is soft-tempered. Tell him that your maternal cousin says that, “(It looks as if) in the Hijáz you knew me (accepted me), but (on coming here to) Iraq you do not know me (do not accept me). So, what has dissuaded (you) from what was shown (by you previously)?!”

as-Sayyid ar-Radí says: The last sentence of this sermon “famá `adá mimmá badá” has been heard only from Amír al-mu’minín.

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