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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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Instruction 25

Imam used to write to whoever he appointed for collection of zakat and charities. We have recorded a few portions of it here to show that he always erected the ...

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Letter 29

To the people of Basra Whatever disunity and schism you have is not hidden to you. I have forgiven your wrong-doers and held back my sword from those who ran ...

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Letter 19

To one of his officers Now, the cultivators of your city have complained of your strictness, hard heartedness, humiliating treatment and harshness. I thought over it and found that since ...

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