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Letters

Letter 18

To Abdullah ibne Abbas, his Governor of Basrah

You should know that Basrah is the place where Satan descends and mischiefs happen. Keep the people of this place pleased with good treatment and remove the knots of fear from their hearts. I have come to know of your strictness with Banu Tamim and your harshness over them. Banu Tamim are those that if one star sets another one rises for them. They were never exceeded in war in pre-Islamic times or after Islam. They have a special kinship with us and a particular relationship. We shall be rewarded if we pay heed to the kinship and be deemed sinful if we disregard it. O Abul Abbas, may Allah have mercy on you. keep yourself restrained in whatever you say or do, good or bad about your people, as we are both partners in this (responsibility). Prove yourself according to my good impressions about you, and do not prove my opinion (about you) wrong.

Letters

Letter 2

After the conquest of Basra Imam wrote the following letter to the citizens of Kufa. Allah may reward you, townsmen (of Basra), on behalf of the member of the Prophet&...

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Letters

Letter 67

To Qutham bin Abbas, his Governor of Mecca Now, make arrangements for Hajj by the people, remind them of the days (to be devoted to) Allah. Sit for giving them ...

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Letter 10

To Muawiya What will you do when the coverings of this world in which you are wrapped are removed from you. The world attracted you with its embellishment and deceived ...

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