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Instruction 12

Given to Ma'qil ibn Qays Riyahi when he was dispatched to Syria at the head of a vanguard contingent three thousand strong.

Fear Allah before Whom attendance is inevitable, and with other than Whom there is no meeting. Do not fight except with those who fight you. Travel in two cool periods (morning and evening). Let the men have a midday sleep. March easily and do not travel during early night for Allah has made it for resting and ordained it for staying, nor for journeying. Therefore, give rest to your body in the night and let your carrier-beasts also rest. When you are sure that morning has appeared and when dawn has dawned, commence your journey with Allah's blessings. If and when you face the enemy stand in the midst of your comrades. Do not get too near the foe like one who wants to commence the fighting, nor remain too distant like one who is afraid of action, till you receive my orders. Hatred for them should not lead you to fight before inviting them (to guidance) and exhausting your pleas before them.

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Letter 73

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Letter 35

To Abdullah bin Abbas after Muhammad bin Abi Bakr had been killed. Now, Egypt has been conquered and Muhammad bin  Abi Bakr, may Allah have mercy on him, has ...

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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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