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Instruction 14

Given to the army before the encounter with the enemy at Siffin

Do not fight them unless they start fighting, because by Allah’s grace, you are in the right and to leave them till they start fighting will be another point from your side against them. If by Allah’s will, the enemy is defeated then do not kill the runner away, nor strike a helpless person, or finish off the wounded, and do not inflict pain on women even though they may attack your honour with filthy words and abuse your officers, because they are weak in character, mind and intelligence. We have been ordered to desist from them although they may be unbelievers. Even in pre-Islamic period if a man struck a woman with a stone or a stick he was rebuked along with his latter after him.

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 ...

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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 36

To his brother Aqieel bin Abi Talib, in reply to his letter which contained a reference to the army Ameerul Momineen had sent to some enemy. I sent towards him ...

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