Islamic Thought

Letters

Letter 46

To one of his officers

Now, you are one of those whose help I take in establishing religion and with whose help I break the haughtiness of the sinful and guard critical boundaries. You should seek Allah's help in whatever causes you anxiety. Add a little harshness to the mixture of leniency and remain lenient where leniency is more appropriate. Adopt harshness when you cannot do without harshness. Bend your wings (in humbleness) before the subjects. Meet them with your face broad and keep yourself lenient (in behaviour) with them. Treat them equally in looking at them with half eyes or full eyes, in signalling and in greeting so that the great should not expect transgression on your part and the weak should not lose hope in your justice; and that is an end to the matter.

Letters

Letter 7

To Muawiya bin Abi Sufian I have received from you the packet of unconnected advices and embellished letter. You have written it because of your misguidance, and despatched it because ...

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Letters

Letter 22

To Abdullah bin Abbas. Abdullah bin Abbas used to say, "Apart from the Prophet's sayings I did not derive greater benefit from any saying than this one." ...

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Letters

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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