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All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent…


Guilt and conscience after doing something bad are the forceful burden…

One may perhaps attempts to ignore it,…

Conversely that is when it sneaks up behind you and eats you alive…

Some possibly will fight back to recognize their personal self-reproach and conscience,

Reluctant or powerless in the direction of rationalizing the role they participate in it…

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Other people may well turn their back on their conscience and escape, …

Detaching their sense of right and wrong ,…

Until there is no ethics, conscience and principles left whatsoever…

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Do not soil your conscience …

For anything but,

Heaven …

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The most Beautiful things in the world cannot be Seen or even touched, they must be Felt with the Heart …


 

There is

Enough Light

For one who

Wants to See …

Imam Ali

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The most Beautiful things in the world

cannot be Seen or even touched,

they must be Felt with the Heart …

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When you plant a seed of Love … it is YOU that Blossoms! …


Loving one another …

is

half of Wisdom…

Imam Ali

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The Wise Man …


Ali Said: “I am amazed at the heart of man: It possesses the substance of wisdom as well as the opposites contrary to it … for if hope arises in it, it is brought low by covetousness: and if covetousness is aroused in it, greed destroys it. If despair possesses it, self piety kills it: and if it is seized by anger, this is intensified by rage. If it is blessed with contentment, then it forgets to be careful; and if it is filled with fear, then it becomes preoccupied with being cautious. If it feels secure , then it is overcome by vain hopes; and if it is given wealth, then its independence makes it extravagant. If want strikes it, then it is smitten by anxiety. If it is weakened by hunger, then it gives way to exhaustion; and if it goes too far in satisfying its appetites, then its inner becomes clogged up. So all its shortcomings are harmful to it, and all its excesses corrupt it.”

Ali was the first male to accept the message of his cousin Mohammad,the Islamic prophet and embrace Islam.

Ali is respected for his courage, knowledge, belief, honesty, unbending devotion to Islam, deep loyalty to Mohammad, equal treatment of all people and generosity in forgiving his defeated enemies.

Scottish Orientalist William Muir declared that Ali was “Endowed with a clear intellect, warm in affection, and confiding in friendship, he was from the boyhood devoted heart and soul to the Prophet. Simple, quiet, and unambitious, when in after days he obtained the rule of half of the Muslim world, it was rather thrust upon him than sought.”

Imam Ali

The English historian Edward Gibbon stated: “The zeal and virtue of Ali were never outstripped by any recent proselyte. He united the qualifications of a poet, a soldier, and a saint; his wisdom still breathes in a collection of moral and religious sayings; and every antagonist, in the combats of the tongue or of the sword, was subdued by his eloquence and valour. From the first hour of his mission to the last rites of his funeral, the apostle was never forsaken by a generous friend, whom he delighted to name his brother, his vicegerent, and the faithful Aaron of a second Moses.”

The poet Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer Khalil Gibran said of him: “In my view, ʿAlī was the first Arab to have contact with and converse with the universal soul. He died a martyr of his greatness, he died while prayer was between his two lips. The Arabs did not realise his value until appeared among their Persian neighbors some who knew the difference between gems and gravels.

What shows Ali’s policies and ideas of governing is his instruction to Malik al-Ashtar, when appointed by him as governor of Egypt. This instruction which is considered by many Muslims and even non-Muslims as the ideal constitution for Islamic governance involved detailed description of duties and rights of the ruler and various functionaries of the state and the main classes of society at that time.

Ali wrote in his instruction to Malik al-Ashtar:

Infuse your heart with mercy, love and kindness for your subjects. Be not in face of them a voracious animal, counting them as easy prey, for they are of two kinds:either they are your brothers in religion or your equals in creation. Error catches them unaware, deficiencies overcome them, (evil deeds) are committed by them intentionally and by mistake. So grant them your pardon and your forgiveness to the same extent that you hope God will grant you His pardon and His forgiveness. For you are above them, and he who appointed you is above you, and God is above him who appointed you. God has sought from you the fulfillment of their requirements and He is trying you with them.

Do not feel ashamed to forgive and forget. Do not hurry over punishments and do not be pleased and do not be proud of your power to punish. Do not get angry and lose your temper quickly over the mistakes and failures of those over whom you rule. On the contrary, be patient and sympathetic with them. Anger and desire of vengeance are not going to be of much help to you in your administration.

Never say to yourself, “I am their Lord, their ruler and all in all over them and that I must be obeyed submissively and humbly” because such a thought will unbalance your mind, will make you vain and arrogant, will weaken your faith in religion and will make you seek support of any power other than that of Allah . If you ever feel any pride or vanity on account of your sway and rule over your subjects then think of the supreme sway and rule of the Lord over the Universe, the extent of His creations, the supremacy of His Might and Glory, His Power to do things which you cannot even dream of doing and His control over you which is more dominating than that which you can ever achieve over anything around you. Such thoughts will cure your mental weakness, will keep you away from vanity and rebellion, will reduce your arrogance and haughtiness and will take you back to the sanity which you had foolishly deserted.

Since the majority of Ali’s subjects were nomads and peasants, he was concerned with agriculture. He instructed to Malik to give more attention to development of the land than to the collection of the tax, because tax can only be obtained by the development of the land and whoever demands tax without developing the land ruins the country and destroys the people.

George Jurdaq is a Christian scholar and researcher who became fascinated with the inspirational and educational guidelines of Imam Ali (A.S.) for building the individual as well as societies. Because of his extreme liking and admiration he was motivated for undertaking a thorough research; the fruits of these painstaking efforts was the outcome of a precious and novel book titled: “Imam Ali – the Voice of Justice for Humanity”

Imam Ali

Ali is respected not only as a warrior and leader, but as a writer and religious authority. Numerous range of disciplines from theology and exegesis to calligraphy and numerology, from law and mysticism to Arabic grammar and Rhetoric regarded as having been first adumbrated by Ali.

Prophet Mohammad(s) told about him “I’m the city of knowledge and Ali is its gate…”

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Happiness


 

Imam Ali

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.

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