Islamic Thought

Letters

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 away. I received everyone who came to me from among you. If devastating matters and wrong and silly views are prompting you to break the pledge with me and to oppose me then (listen) I have kept ready my horses and put saddles (on my riding camels), and if you force me to advance towards you I shall come down in such a manner that before it the battle of Jamal too would appear like the last licking of the tongue. At the same time I know the high position of the obedient among you and the right of the sincere without confusing the sinless with the offenders or the faithful with the pledge-breakers.

Letters

Letter 64

In reply to Muawiya Certainly, we and you were on amiable terms as you say but difference arose between us and you the other day, when we accepted belief (iman) ...

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Letters

Instruction 76

Given to Abdullah bin Abbas at the time of his appointment as his Governor of Basrah. Meet people with a broad face, allow them free audience and pass generous orders. ...

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Letter 49

To Muawiya This world turns away from the next one. Its devotee achieves nothing from it except it increases his greed and coveting for it. Its devotee is not satisfied ...

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