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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 audience morning and evening. Explain the law to the seeker, teach the ignorant and discuss with the learned. There should be no intermediary between you and the people except your tongue, and no guard save your own face. Do not prevent any needy person from meeting you, because if the needy is returned unsatisfied from your door in the first instance then even doing it thereafter will not bring you praise.

See what has been collected with you of the funds of Allah (in the public treasury) and spend it over the persons with families, the distressed, the starving and the naked, at your end. Then, send the remaining to us for distribution to those who are on this side.

Ask the people of Mecca not to charge rent from lodgers, because Allah, the Glorified, says that: "alike; for the dweller therein as well as the stranger" (Quran, 22:25). "Akif" (the dweller) here means he who is living there while "Badi" (the stranger) means he who is not among the people of Mecca, comes for Hajj from outside. May Allah grant us and you promptitude for seeking His love (by doing good acts)

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Letter 70

To Sahl bin Hunayf Ansari, his Governor of Madina about certain persons in Madina who had gone over to Muawiya. Now, I have come to know certain persons from your ...

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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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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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