Ali bin Abu-Talib Quotes

Two kinds of people will be damned on my account Those who form exaggerated opinion about me and those who under-estimate me because they hate me.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

There are many persons whom constant grants of His Bounties turn them wicked and fit for His punishment and there are many more who have become vain and self- deceptive because the Merciful God has not exposed their weaknesses and vices to the world and the people speak highly about them. All this is an opportunity. No trial of the Lord is more severe than the time He allows (in which either you may repent or get deeper into vices).

Ali bin Abu-Talib

When a community is composed of honest, sober and virtuous people, your forming a bad opinion about anyone of its members, when nothing wicked has been seen of him, is a great injustice to him. On the contrary in a corrupt society to form good opinion of anyone of them and to trust him is to harm yourself.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

No wealth is more useful than intelligence and wisdom; no solitude is more horrible than when people avoid you on account of your vanity and conceit or when you wrongly consider yourself above everybody to confide and consult; no eminence is more exalting than piety; no companion can prove more useful than politeness; no heritage is better than culture; no leader is superior to Divine Guidance; no deal is more profitable than good deeds; no profit is greater than Divine Reward; no abstinence is better than to restrain one's mind from doubts (about religion); no virtue is better than refraining from prohibited deeds; no knowledge is superior to deep thinking and prudence; no worship or prayers are more sacred than fulfillment of obligations and duties, no religious faith is loftier than feeling ashamed of doing wrong and bearing calamities patiently; no eminence is greater than to adopt humbleness; no exaltation is superior to knowledge; nothing is more respectable than forgiveness and forbear- ance; no support and defense are stronger than consultation.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

There are many educated people who have ruined their future on account of their ignorance of religion. Their knowledge did not prove of any avail to them.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Those who give up religion to better their lot in life seldom succeed. The Wrath of God makes them go through more calamities and losses than the gains they gather for themselves.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

To secure for you fame, credit as well as blessings, the help that you give to men in need, should possess the following attributes: whatever its extent, it should be considered by you as trifling so that it may be granted a high status; it should be given secretly, God will manifest it; and it must be given immediately so that it becomes pleasant.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Importance of the deeds that you have done with fear of God cannot be minimized and how can the deeds which are acceptable to God be considered unimportant.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Imam Ali was asked the meaning of being well-off or well-provided for. Imam Ali replied, "Your welfare does not lie in your having enormous wealth and numerous children but it rests in your being highly educated and forbearing and in your being proud of your obedience to God. If you do a good deed then thank God for it and if you commit a sin then repent and atone for it. In this world there is a real welfare for two kinds of people, one is the person who, when commits a sin, atones for it and the other is anxious to do good as much as possible.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Take care and do not pray to the Lord, saying, "Lord! I pray to You to protect and guard me from temptations and trials", for there is none who is not tempted and tried. But beseech Him to guard you against such temptation as may lead you towards wickedness and sins because God says in His Holy Book, Know that your wealth and children are temptations. (Surah al-Anfal, 8: 28) it means God tried people through wealth and children so that it may be tested as to who is content with what he gets honestly and who is thankful to God for the position he is placed in with regard to his children. Though God knows them better than even they know themselves, yet those trials and tests are for the purpose of their realizing and knowing those deeds which merit reward or which deserve punishment. There are some people who love to have male children and hate daughters and there are some who simply crave for wealth and hate poverty.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

That knowledge which remains only on your tongue is very superficial. The intrinsic value of knowledge is that you act upon it.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Like your body your mind also gets tired so refresh it by wise sayings.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Whoever keeps in order his affairs with God (follows His orders sincerely), God will also put his affairs with men in order. Whoever makes arrangement for his salvation, God will arrange his worldly affairs; whoever is a preacher for himself, God will also protect him.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

I wonder at a man who loses hope of salvation when the door of repentance is open for him.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

I appreciate an old man's cautious opinion more than the valor of a young man.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

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