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Nahj Al Balagah (Peak of Eloquence) - Hazrat Ali Religion - Spirituality - Islam - Sufism - Wisdom - Ethics - Morals

Nahj Al Balagah (Peak of Eloquence) - Hazrat Ali Religion - Spirituality - Islam - Sufism - Wisdom - Ethics - Morals

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Nahj Al Balagah is the famous book written about Shahenshah-e-Wilaayat "Hazrat Ali (R.A.)". The book features the sayings, sermons, and letters written by Hazrat Ali R.A. This is an english translation of the original Nahj-Al-Balagah, hope everyone will find this benificial and informative.
Nahj Al Balagah is the famous book written about Shahenshah-e-Wilaayat "Hazrat Ali (R.A.)". The book features the sayings, sermons, and letters written by Hazrat Ali R.A. This is an english translation of the original Nahj-Al-Balagah, hope everyone will find this benificial and informative.

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Sayings, Sermons & Letters of Imam Ali Ibn Abi TalibTranslated by Askari JafriEleventh Revised Edition - Islamic Seminary PublicationsISBN 0-941724-18-2
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 1. During civil disturbance adopt such an attitude that people do not attachany importance to you - they neither burden you with complicated affairs,nor try to derive any advantage out of you.2. He who is greedy is disgraced; he who discloses his hardship willalways be humiliated; he who has no control over his tongue will oftenhave to face discomfort.3. Avarice is disgrace; cowardice is a defect; poverty often disables anintelligent man from arguing his case; a poor man is a stranger in his owntown; misfortune and helplessness are calamities; patience is a kind of bravery; to sever attachments with the wicked world is the greatest wealth;piety is the best weapon of defence.4. Submission to Allah's Will is the best companion; wisdom is thenoblest heritage; theoretical and practical knowledge are the best signs of distinction; deep thinking will present the clearest picture of everyproblem.5. The mind of a wise man is the safest custody of secrets; cheerfulness isthe key to friendship; patience and forbearance will conceal many defects.6. A conceited and self-admiring person is disliked by others; charity andalms are the best remedy for ailments and calamities; one has to accountin the next world for the deeds that he has done in this world.7. Man is a wonderful creature; he sees through the layers of fat (eyes),hears through a bone (ears) and speaks through a lump of flesh (tongue).8. When this world favours somebody, it lends him the attributes, andsurpassing merits of others and when it turns its face away from him itsnatches away even his own excellences and fame.9. Live amongst people in such a manner that if you die they weep overyou and if you are alive they crave for your company.10. If you overpower your enemy, then pardon him by way of thankfulness to Allah, for being able to subdue him.
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11. Unfortunate is he who cannot gain a few sincere friends during his lifeand more unfortunate is the one who has gained them and then lost them(through his deeds).12. When some blessings come to you, do not drive them away throughthanklessness.13. He who is deserted by friends and relatives will often find help andsympathy from strangers.14. Every person who is tempted to go astray, does not deservepunishment.15. Our affairs are attached to the destiny decreed by Allah, even our bestplans may lead us to destruction.16. There is a tradition of the Holy Prophet "With the help of hair-dye turnold age into youth so that you do not resemble the Jews". When Imam Aliwas asked to comment on this tradition, he said that in the early stage of Islam there were very few Muslims. The Holy Prophet advised them tolook young and energetic and not to adopt the fashion of the Jews (priest)having long, white flowing beards. But the Muslims were not in minoritythen, theirs was a strong and powerful State, they could take up any stylethey liked.17. For those who refused to side with any party, Imam Ali or his enemies,Imam Ali said: They have forsaken religion and are of no use to infidelityalso.18. One who rushes madly after inordinate desire, runs the risk of encountering destruction and death.19. Overlook and forgive the weaknesses of the generous people becauseif they fall down, Allah will help them.20. Failures are often the results of timidity and fears; disappointments arethe results of bashfulness; hours of leisure pass away like summer-clouds,therefore, do not waste opportunity of doing good.21. If the right usurped from us is given back to us we shall take it,otherwise we shall go on claiming it.22. If someone's deeds lower his position, his pedigree cannot elevate it.
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