Imam Ali Quotes and Sermons during his Rule

1-Ali bin Abi Talib said about the Khawarij, “I shall not fight he who does not fight me.” Then Ali said: “They have three rights. Do not prevent them from entering the mosques lest they remember Allah. Do not deprive them from booty as long as their hands are with ours. Do not fight them until they fight us.”

Al-Amwal by Abu Ubayd (567)

2- When Al-Hasan bin Ali bin Abi Talib spoke to his father about the internal wars and struggles, Ali responded, “As for your advice about going to Makkah, I would not be the man that is the cause of the forbidden land to become halal (due to bloodshed). As for what you said about the siege on Uthman, what is it a sin upon me when it was between the people and Uthman? And as for your advice about withdrawing away from the people of Iraq, then by Allah I am not one like a hyena that is entice with the sounds of stones.”

Ibn Shibbah’s Tareekh Al-Madinah 2/272

3- After the battle of Al-Jamal, he said, “Do not kill one who flees and do not finish off those that are injured. Whoever closes his door is safe and whoever tosses his weaponry is safe.”

Sunan Sa’eed bin Mansoor 2/337

4- “This nation has killed the best person from among it. We have marched to Al-Basra, a people that have pledged to us, and we have attained victory due to their submission, and you shall march to Al-Sham, a people that have not pledged to you, so look onto where you place your weapons.”

Musannaf Ibn Abi Shayba (37784)

5- During the battle with the Khawarij, he said, “O’ people, if you are fighting for me, then I do not have anything to tell you, but if you are fighting for Allah, then do not fight in this manner.” They then attained victory and obliterated the Khawarij.

Musnad Ishaq bin Rahawaih via Al-Matalib Al-A’liya (4439)

6- In response to Al-Khawarij who said, “No rule but the rule of Allah,” Ali bin Abi Talib commented, “A statement of truth that is used to seek falsehood.”

Saheeh Muslim (1066)

7- Ali bin Abi Talib said in a sermon condemning his followers, “O’ Allah I am sick of them and they are sick of me, I have grown restless from them and they have grown restless from me, so give me peace from them and give them peace from me, and what prevents the worst of them from soaking it with blood?!” He then grabbed his beard.

Musannaf Abdul-Razzaq (18670)

8- Ali bin Abi Talib said in a sermon, “I was told that Busr has arrived at Yemen, and by Allah, I believe that those people will overtake you. They will not overtake you except by your disobedience to your Imam and their obedience to their Imam; your treachery and their trust, your destruction upon your land and their restoration. I sent a man and he betrayed, and I sent another and he betrayed, and he brought the money to Mu’awiyah. If I were to trust one of you people with a cup, you would take the handle. O’ Allah, I am sick of them and they are sick of me, I despise them and they despise me, so give me peace from them and give them peace from me.”

Tareekh Dimashq by Ibn Asakir 42/535

9- A man from the Khawarij said to Ali bin Abi Talib, “Fear Allah, for you will die.” He replied, “Rather, I will be killed, a strike on this (head) will soak this (beard), a fulfilled pact and an ordained destiny, and those who state falsehood will fail.”

Musnad Ahmad (703)  

10- When warned of those that want to kill him, he responded, “With each man are two angels that protect him from what was not destined upon him, though if destiny came, they leave it between him and it, for death is a heavenly fortress.”

Ibn Sa’ad in Al-Tabaqaat 3/34

11- After Ibn Muljim’s attack, Ali bin Abi Talib said, “He is a prisoner of war so treat him well in his stay. If I survive, it is up to me if I choose to kill him or to pardon him, and if I die, then kill him in the way I was killed without transgressing, for Allah does not love the oppressors.”

Ibn Sa’ad in Al-Tabaqaat 3/35

12- After Ibn Muljim’s attack, Ali bin Abi Talib said, “Feed him what I am fed and provide him the drinks that I was provided with. If I live, I will consider, and if I die, then strike him once without addition.”

Ibn Abi Al-Dunya’s Mawsoo’ah 8/361

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