Islamic Thought

Letters

Letter 66

To `Abdullah bin Abbas

And then, sometimes a person feels joyful about a thing which he was not to miss in any case and feels grieved for a thing which was not to come to him at all. Therefore, you should not regard the attainment of pleasure and the satisfaction of the desire for revenge as the best favour of this world, but it should be the putting off of the (flame of) wrong and the revival of right. Your pleasure should be for what (good acts) you have sent forward; your grief should be for what you are leaving behind; and your worry should be about what is to befall after death.

Letters

Letter 45

To Uthman ibn Hunayf al-Ansari who was Imam’s Governor of Basrah, when he came to know that the people of that place had invited Uthman to a banquet ...

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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, ...

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Letter 19

To one of his officers Now, the cultivators of your city have complained of your strictness, hard heartedness, humiliating treatment and harshness. I thought over it and found that since ...

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