Faith, Spirituality

10 pearls of wisdom by Ali ibn Abi Talib

From the many companions of the Holy Prophet Muhammed, one of his closest is undoubtedlyย his cousin Ali ibn Abi Talib. The Prophet is reported to have said: “I am the city of knowledge andย Ali is its gate; therefore, whoever wants the city should enter through the gate.”

Historically it was on this night, theย 19th night of Ramadan, that Imam Ali was struck on the head by the poisoned sword of a Kharijite assassin by the name of Abd al-Rahman ibn Muljim in the mosque of Kufa whilst he was prostrating to Allah. Ali ibn Abi Talib would spend the next two days bed-ridden, however passed away two days later, succumbing to the head injuries.

Here are small snippets of wisdom by Ali ibn Abi Talib, which are all enriched with deep knowledge of human beings, their flaws and their motivations:


1 –ย ย ููŽุงุนูู„ู ุงู„ู’ุฎูŽูŠู’ุฑู ุฎูŽูŠู’ุฑูŒ ู…ูู†ู’ู‡ูุŒ ูˆูŽููŽุงุนูู„ู ุงู„ุดู‘ูŽุฑู‘ู ุดูŽุฑู‘ูŒ ู…ูู†ู’ู‡ู

“The doer of good is better than the good itself, and the doer of evil is worse than the evil itself”

2 –ย ุฃูŽุฒู’ุฑูŽู‰ ุจูู†ูŽูู’ุณูู‡ู ู…ูŽู†ู ุงุณู’ุชูŽุดู’ุนูŽุฑูŽ ุงู„ุทู‘ูŽู…ูŽุนูŽ ูˆูŽ ุฑูŽุถููŠูŽ ุจูุงู„ุฐู‘ูู„ู‘ู ู…ูŽู†ู’ ูƒูŽุดูŽููŽ ุนูŽู†ู’ ุถูุฑู‘ูู‡ู ูˆูŽ ู‡ูŽุงู†ูŽุชู’ ุนูŽู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ู ู†ูŽูู’ุณูู‡ู ู…ูŽู†ู’ ุฃูŽู…ู‘ูŽุฑูŽ ุนูŽู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ูŽุง ู„ูุณูŽุงู†ูŽู‡ู

“He who adopts greed as a habit devalues himself; he who discloses his hardship agrees to humiliation, and he who allows his tongue to overpower his soul debases the soul.”



3 –ย ุงู„ุตู‘ูŽุฏูŽู‚ูŽุฉู ุฏูŽูˆูŽุงุกูŒ ู…ูู†ู’ุฌูุญูŒุŒ ูˆูŽุฃูŽุนู’ู…ูŽุงู„ู ุงู„ู’ุนูุจูŽุงุฏู ูููŠ ุนูŽุงุฌูู„ูู‡ูู…ู’ุŒ ู†ูุตู’ุจู ุฃูŽุนู’ูŠูู†ูู‡ูู…ู’ ูููŠ ุขุฌูู„ูู‡ูู…ู’

“Charity is an effective cure, and the actions of people in their present life will be before their eyes in the next life.”

4 –ย ุฅูุฐูŽุง ูˆูŽุตูŽู„ูŽุชู’ ุฅูู„ูŽูŠู’ูƒูู…ู’ ุฃูŽุทู’ุฑูŽุงูู ุงู„ู†ู‘ูุนูŽู…ู ููŽู„ูŽุง ุชูู†ูŽูู‘ูุฑููˆุง ุฃูŽู‚ู’ุตูŽุงู‡ูŽุง ุจูู‚ูู„ู‘ูŽุฉู ุงู„ุดู‘ููƒู’ุฑู

“When you are bestowed with small favours, do not push them away through lack of gratefulness.”

5 –ย ู‚ูุฑูู†ูŽุชู ุงู„ู’ู‡ูŽูŠู’ุจูŽุฉู ุจูุงู„ู’ุฎูŽูŠู’ุจูŽุฉู ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ุญูŽูŠูŽุงุกู ุจูุงู„ู’ุญูุฑู’ู…ูŽุงู†ู ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ููุฑู’ุตูŽุฉู ุชูŽู…ูุฑู‘ู ู…ูŽุฑู‘ูŽ ุงู„ุณู‘ูŽุญูŽุงุจูุŒ ููŽุงู†ู’ุชูŽู‡ูุฒููˆุง ููุฑูŽุตูŽ ุงู„ู’ุฎูŽูŠู’ุฑู

“The consequence of fear is disappointment and the consequence of bashfulness is frustration. Opportunity passes away like the passing of clouds, so make use of good opportunities.”

6 –ย ู…ูู†ู’ ูƒูŽูู‘ูŽุงุฑูŽุงุชู ุงู„ุฐู‘ูู†ููˆุจู ุงู„ู’ุนูุธูŽุงู…ู ุฅูุบูŽุงุซูŽุฉู ุงู„ู’ู…ูŽู„ู’ู‡ููˆููุŒ ูˆูŽุงู„ุชู‘ูŽู†ู’ูููŠุณู ุนูŽู†ู ุงู„ู’ู…ูƒู’ุฑููˆุจู

“Rendering relief to the grief-stricken and providing them with comfort in hardship are among the means of atonement for great sins.”

7 –ย ู„ูุณูŽุงู†ู ุงู„ู’ุนูŽุงู‚ูู„ู ูˆูŽุฑูŽุงุกูŽ ู‚ูŽู„ู’ุจูู‡ูุŒ ูˆูŽู‚ูŽู„ู’ุจู ุงู„ุงู’ุญู’ู…ูŽู‚ู ูˆูŽุฑูŽุงุกูŽ ู„ูุณูŽุงู†ูู‡ู

“The tongue of the wise man is behind his heart, and the heart of the fool is behind his tongue.”

8 –ย ุทููˆุจูŽู‰ ู„ูู…ูŽู†ู’ ุฐูŽูƒูŽุฑูŽ ุงู„ู’ู…ูŽุนูŽุงุฏูŽุŒ ูˆูŽุนูŽู…ูู„ูŽ ู„ูู„ู’ุญูุณูŽุงุจูุŒ ูˆูŽู‚ูŽู†ูุนูŽ ุจูุงู„ู’ูƒูŽููŽุงููุŒ ูˆูŽุฑูŽุถููŠูŽ ุนูŽู†ู ุงู„ู„ู‡ู

“Blessed is the person who kept in mind the next life, acted so as to be able to render account, remained content with what sufficed him and remained pleased with Allah (swt).”

9 –ย ุงู„ุณู‘ูŽุฎูŽุงุกู ู…ูŽุง ูƒูŽุงู†ูŽ ุงุจู’ุชูุฏูŽุงุกู‹ุŒ ููŽุฃูŽู…ู‘ูŽุง ู…ูŽุง ูƒูŽุงู†ูŽ ุนูŽู†ู’ ู…ูŽุณู’ุฃูŽู„ูŽุฉู ููŽุญูŽูŠูŽุงุกูŒ ูˆูŽุชูŽุฐูŽู…ู‘ูู…ูŒ

“Generosity is that which is by one’s own initiative, because giving on being asked is either out of self-respect or to avoid rebuke.”

10 –ย ุฅูุฐูŽุง ุญููŠู‘ููŠู’ุชูŽ ุจูุชูŽุญููŠู‘ูŽุฉู ููŽุญูŽูŠู‘ู ุจูุฃูŽุญู’ุณูŽู†ูŽ ู…ูู†ู’ู‡ูŽุงุŒ ูˆุฅูุฐูŽุง ุฃูุณู’ุฏููŠูŽุชู’ ุฅูู„ูŽูŠู’ูƒูŽ ูŠูŽุฏูŒ ููŽูƒูŽุงููุฆู’ู‡ูŽุง ุจูู…ูŽุง ูŠูุฑู’ุจููŠ ุนูŽู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ูŽุงุŒ ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ููŽุถู’ู„ู ู…ูŽุนูŽ ุฐู„ููƒูŽ ู„ูู„ู’ุจูŽุงุฏูู‰ุกู

“If you are met with a greeting, give better greetings in return. If a hand of help is extended to you, do a better favour in return, although the credit would remain with the one who was first.”

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