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Letter 78

To Abu Musa al-Ashari in reply to his letter regarding the two arbitrators. Sa`id ibn Yahya al-Umawi has mentioned this in his "Kitab al-maghazi".

Certainly, many people have turned away from many a benefit (of the next life), for they bent towards the world and spoke with passions. I have been struck with wonder in this matter, upon which people who are self-conceited have agreed. I am providing a cure for their wound but I fear lest it develops into a clot of blood (incurable). Rememberthat no person is more covetous than I for the unity of the ummah of Muhammad (pbuh)and their solidarity. I seek through it good reward and an honourable place to return to.

I shall fulfil what I have pledged upon myself even though you may go back from the sound position that existed when you left me last, because wretched is he who is denied the benefit of wisdom and experience. I feel enraged if anyone speaks wrong, or if I should worsen a matter which Allah has kept sound. Therefore, leave out what you do not understand, because wicked people will be conveying to you vicious things; and that is an end to the matter

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Will 24

Imam’s will as to how his property should be dealt with. He wrote it on return from Siffin. This is what Ali ibne Abi Talib, the slave of ...

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Will 23

Made shortly before his martyrdom when he had been fatally wounded by a blow from the sword of (Abd ar.Rahman) Ibn Muljam (the curse of Allah be upon him). ...

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Letter 30

To Muawiya Fear Allah regarding what you have amassed and find your true right there, and turn to understand for what you will not be excused on grounds of ignorance. ...

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