My favourites of Ali Ibn Abi Taleb….

– More wonderful than man himself is that part of his body which is connected with his trunk with muscles. It is his brain (mind). Look what good and bad tendencies arise from it. On the one hand it holds treasures of knowledge and wisdom and on the other it is found to harbor very ugly desires. If a man sees even a tiny gleam of success, then greed forces him to humiliate himself. If he gives way to avarice, then inordinate desires ruin him, if he is disappointed, then despondency almost kills him. If he is excited, then he loses temper and gets angry. If he is pleased, then he gives up precaution. Sudden fear makes him dull and nervous, and he is unable to think and find a way out of the situation. During the times of peace and prosperity he becomes careless and unmindful of the future. If he acquires wealth, then he becomes haughty and arrogant. If he is plunged in distress, then his agitation, impatience and nervousness disgrace him. If he is overtaken by poverty, then he finds himself in a very sad plight, hunger makes him weak, and over-feeding harms him equally. In short every kind of loss and gain makes his mind unbalanced.

– An Angel announces daily: “Birth of more human beings means so many more will die, collection of more wealth means of much more will be destroyed, erection of more buildings means so many more ruins will come”.

– 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).

-There is enough light for one who wants to see.

-Hearts have the tendency of likes and dislikes and are liable to be energetic and lethargic, therefore, make them work when they are energetic because if hearts are forced (to do a thing) they will be blinded.

From Nahjul Balagaha (Peak of Eloquence)

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  1. Saidna Ali (Karram Allah Wajho)… I am so pleased by reading the post. He was one of my favorite teachers (I consider him and the rest of Sa7aba teachers).

  2. “There is enough light for one who wants to see”

    I really like this one ya nerro, it is very inspiring and gives one a charge of optimism.

    Good choice.

  3. nesrina: he is awesome

    Wonderer: I love this one in particular..it is very inspiring

  4. -oWhen this world favors somebody, it lends him the attributes, and surpassing merits of others and when it turns its face away from him it snatches away even his own excellences and fame
    -greed is eternal slavery
    -generousity is more merciful than sympathy

    Imam Ali once said to his son Imam Hasan, My son, learn four things from me and through them you will learn four more,If you keep them in mind your actions will not bring any harm to you: The greatest wealth is Wisdom; the greatest poverty is stupidity; the worst lonleliness that of vanity and self-glorification; and the best nobility of descent exhibits itself in politeness and in refinement of manner. The next four things,Do not make friendship with a fool because when he will try to do you good he will do you harm; do not make a miser your friend because he will run away from you at the time of your dire ; do not be friendly with a vicious and wicked person because he will sell you and your friendship at the cheapest price and do not make friend of a liar because like a mirage he will make you see whats near at a great distance and will make you see whats at great distance as close and near

  5. Willy: I have to admit eno you are the one who really made me look deeply into Imam Ali’s works…

  6. Thank you for this wonerful post. Please see glimpses of the nahj al-balagha. It is on line. It is absolutely wonderful reflections on the luminous wisdom of Ali in nahl al-balagha.

  7. I am not sure which of the above ladies or gentlemen is new to the merits of ali ibn abi talib, but i have done a little reading about him and his works

    1. Never in the history of mankind has Allah gifted so many shining qualities in the body of one person—religion, piety, chivalry, judge, administratot, absolute disenegagement of himself from his ego, control of temper, walkimg the walk not just talking the talk, an example of an almost faultless human being. We have to say almost because our belief is that other than Prophet Muhammad no one else is faultless
    2. His two famous calls or supplications are Dua e Kumayl and Dua e Mashlool. The merit of the first is said to be that if you recite it with conviction from your heart even once in your lifeteime your sins can be forgiven. The other is a dua he wrote for a paralytic who had not treated his father well. People said tohim that he shoud go seek his father ask him for forgiveness. Meantime his father died and the paralytic could not see him. one nighr he was crying loudly outside the Kabah that could anyone anyone help him from the sin that he had commited. Ali was in the Kabah with Husayn–he wrote this dua and asked Husayn to go give it to the man who was wailing loudly. Husayn gave it to him—that mnan repeated the dua many times during the night—when he woke up in the morning, he was not a paralytic anymore. He could not beeieve it and told people that when he had repeatedly said this dua he fell asleep, and dreamt that Prophet Muhammad had come and was gently massaging his body where the paralysis was. In the morning he was totally fine. He went to Ali crying and said O Amirul Momineen I swear to you by Allah that this dua that you wriote has the Ism Azam (God’s Greatest name) in it.

    3. Ali’s qualities are too numerous to be all covered here—a closing comment is that some people, the Nusayris, told Ali that you are so perfect that you must be God in human form. Ali scolded them for even thinking about this, but friends, think about it sometimes—your heart will say that maybe there was some truth to what the Nusayris say (Nauzo Billah).

  8. Imam Ali was a grt teacher luv dis article


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