SERMON 73 and 74

ومن كلام له (عليه السلام)
لمّا عزموا على بيعة عثمان

لَقَدْ عَلِمْتُمْ أَنَّي أَحَقُّ بِهَا مِنْ غَيْرِي، وَوَاللهِ لاَُسْلِمَنَّ مَاسَلِمَتْ أُمُورُ الْمُسْلِمِينَ، وَلَمْ يَكُنْ فِيهِا جَوْرٌ إِلاَّ عَلَيَّ خَاصَّةً، الِْتمَاساً لاَِجْرِ ذلِكَ وَفَضْلِهِ، وَزُهْداً فِيَما تَنافَسْتُمُوهُ مِنْ زُخْرُفِهِ وَزِبْرِجِهِ .

 
SERMON 73
When the Consultative Committee (or Shura) decided to swear allegiance to `Uthman, Amir al-mu’minin said:
You have certainly known that I am the most rightful of all others for the Caliphate. By Allah, so long as the affairs of Muslims remain intact and there is no oppression in it save on myself I shall keep quiet seeking reward for it (from Allah) and keeping aloof from its attractions and allurements for which you aspire.

ومن كلام له (عليه السلام)
لمّا بلغه اتهام بني أُميّة له بالمشاركة في دم عثمان

أَوَلَمْ يَنْهَ بَنِي أُمَيَّةَ عِلْمُهَا بِي عَنْ قَرْفي ؟ أَوَمَا وَزَعَ الْجُهَّالُ سَابِقَتِي عَنْ تُهَمَتِي؟! وَلَمَا وَعَظَهُمُ اللهُ بِهِ أَبْلَغُ مِنْ لِسَاني.

أَنَا حَجِيجُ الْمَارِقِينَ ، وَخَصِيمُ الْمُرْتَابِينَ، عَلَى كِتَابِ اللهِ تُعْرَضُ الاَْمْثالُ ، وَبِمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ تُجَازَى الْعِبَادُ!

SERMON 74
When Amir al-mu’minin learnt that the Umayyads blamed him for killing `Uthman, he said:
Umayyads’s knowledge about me did not desist them from accusing me, nor did my precedence (in accepting Islam) keep off these ignorant people from blaming me.

Allah’s admonitions are more eloquent than my tongue. I am the contester against those who break away from Faith and the opposer of those who entertain doubts. Uncertainties should be placed before Qur’an, the Book of Allah (for clarification). 

Certainly, people will be recompensed according to what they have in their hearts.

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