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Instruction 11

Given to the contingent sent to confront the enemy.

When you proceed towards the enemy or he proceeds towards you, the position of your force should be on the approaches of highland or on the edges of mountains or the bends of rivers, so it may serve you as a help and place to return to. Your encounter should be from one side or two sides. Place watchers on the peaks of mountains and the raised sides of the highland so that the enemy may not approach you from any place, whether of danger or safety. And know that the vanguard of an army serves as their eyes, and the eyes of the vanguard are their informers. Beware of dispersal. When you halt do so together and when you move you should move together. When night comes fix your spears in a circle and do not sleep except for dosing or drowsiness.

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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 78

To Abu Musa al-Ashari in reply to his letter regarding the two arbitrators. Sa`id ibn Yahya al-Umawi has mentioned this in his "Kitab al-maghazi". Certainly, many people ...

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Letter 33

To Qathm bin Abbas, his Governor of Mecca My spy in the West has written to me, telling me some people of Syria have been sent for Hajj who are ...

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