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Nahjul Balagha Letter 005 – Ash’ath bin Qays was a hypocrite and time-sever. For sometime he attached himself to Imam Ali (a) pretending to be his sincere follower.

The ulterior motive behind this was to amass wealth and to grasp power. Imam Ali (a) had appointed him as the Governor of Azarbaijan. He started collecting and procuring wealth by every means possible. When this was reported to Imam Ali (a), he wrote the following letter to Ash’ath: On receipt of this letter he …

Nahjul Balagha Letter 005 – Ash’ath bin Qays was a hypocrite and time-sever. For sometime he attached himself to Imam Ali (a) pretending to be his sincere follower. Read More »

Sermon 006 – Delivered on being advised not to chase Talhah ibn `Ubaydilláh and az-Zubayr ibn al-`Awwám for fighting. [1]

                By Alláh I shall not be like the badger, which feigns sleep on continuous (sound of) stone-throwing till he who is in search of it finds it or he who is on the look out for it overpowers it. Rather, I shall ever strike the deviators from truth with the help of those who …

Sermon 006 – Delivered on being advised not to chase Talhah ibn `Ubaydilláh and az-Zubayr ibn al-`Awwám for fighting. [1] Read More »

Sermon 004 – Amír al-mu’minín’s far-sightedness and his staunch conviction in Belief

Through us you got guidance in the darkness and secured high position, and through us you got out of the gloomy night. The ears which do not listen to the cries may become deaf. How can one who remained deaf to the loud cries (of the Qur’án and the Prophet) listen to (my) feeble voice. …

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Sermon 018 – Amír al-mu’minín said in disparagement of the differences of view among the theologians.

                When (1) a problem is put before anyone of them he passes judgement on it from his imagination. When exactly the same problem is placed before another of them he passes an opposite verdict. Then these judges go to the chief who had appointed them and he confirms all the verdicts, although their Alláh …

Sermon 018 – Amír al-mu’minín said in disparagement of the differences of view among the theologians. Read More »

Sermon 005 – Delivered when the Holy Prophet died and `Abbás ibn `Abd al-Muttalib and Abú Sufyán ibn Harb offered to pay allegiance to Amír al-mu’minín for the Caliphate

O’ People! (1)                 Steer clear through the waves of mischief by boats of deliverance, turn  away from the path of dissension and put off the crowns of pride. Prosperous is one who rises with wings (i.e. when he has power) or else he remains  peaceful and others enjoy ease. It (i.e. the aspiration for …

Sermon 005 – Delivered when the Holy Prophet died and `Abbás ibn `Abd al-Muttalib and Abú Sufyán ibn Harb offered to pay allegiance to Amír al-mu’minín for the Caliphate Read More »

Sermon 001 – In this sermon he recalls the creation of Earth and Sky and the birth of Adam.

Praise is due to Alláh whose worth cannot be described by speakers, whose bounties cannot be counted by calculators and whose claim (to obedience) cannot be satisfied by those who attempt to do so, whom the height of intellectual courage cannot appreciate, and the divings of understanding cannot reach; He for whose description no limit …

Sermon 001 – In this sermon he recalls the creation of Earth and Sky and the birth of Adam. Read More »

Sermon 002 – Delivered on return from Siffín Arabia before proclamation of Prophethood

                I praise Alláh seeking completion of His Blessing, submitting to His Glory and expecting safety from committing His sins. I invoke His help being in need of His Sufficiency (of protection). He whom He guides does not get astray, He with whom He is hostile gets no protection. He whom He supports does not …

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Nahjul Balagha Letter 001 – The following is the letter sent by Imam Ali (a) through Imam Husayn (a) and Ammar Yasir to the people of Kufa before he proceeded to Basra for the Battle of Jamal.

This letter is from the servant and creature of Allah, Ali (a), Amir al-Mu’minin, to Kufiyites who are the leaders of Ansar and respectable persons. After praising Allah and invoking His Blessings on the Holy Prophet (s) I want to throw light on the event of the assassination of Uthman and to make the whole …

Nahjul Balagha Letter 001 – The following is the letter sent by Imam Ali (a) through Imam Husayn (a) and Ammar Yasir to the people of Kufa before he proceeded to Basra for the Battle of Jamal. Read More »