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Letter 18

To Abdullah ibne Abbas, his Governor of Basrah

You should know that Basrah is the place where Satan descends and mischiefs happen. Keep the people of this place pleased with good treatment and remove the knots of fear from their hearts. I have come to know of your strictness with Banu Tamim and your harshness over them. Banu Tamim are those that if one star sets another one rises for them. They were never exceeded in war in pre-Islamic times or after Islam. They have a special kinship with us and a particular relationship. We shall be rewarded if we pay heed to the kinship and be deemed sinful if we disregard it. O Abul Abbas, may Allah have mercy on you. keep yourself restrained in whatever you say or do, good or bad about your people, as we are both partners in this (responsibility). Prove yourself according to my good impressions about you, and do not prove my opinion (about you) wrong.

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Letter 75

To Muawiya, soon after Imam was sworn in. (Muhammad ibn `Umar) al-Waqidi has mentioned this in his "Kitab al-Jamal" From the servant of Allah, Ali Ameerul Momineen to ...

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Document 3

It is related Shuraih (Imam’s Qazi at Kufa) purchased a house for eighty Dinars. When it became known to Imam he sent for him and said . “I ...

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Letter 54

To Talhah and az-Zubayr Now, both of you know, although you conceal it, that I did not approach the people till they approached me, and I did not ask them ...

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