Ali bin Abu-Talib Quotes

Blessed is the man who always kept the life after death in his view, who remembered the Day of Judgment through all his deeds, who led a contented life and who was happy with the lot that God had destined for him.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

A fool's mind is at the mercy of his tongue and a wise man's tongue is under the control of his mind.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

When Imam Ali, marching at the head of his army towards Syria, reached Ambar, the landlords of the place came out to meet him in zeal of their love, faithfulness and respect, no sooner had they seen Imam Ali they got down from their horses and started running in front of him. Imam Ali asked the reason of their strange actions. They replied that it was their custom to show their love and respect in that way. Imam Ali replied: "By God, by your action you do no good whatsoever to your rulers but you tire yourself and put yourself in toils in this world and in trouble in the next. How unfortunate is that exertion, which brings harm here and in the Hereafter and how useful is that ease which keeps you in comfort in this world and away from the Hell in the next.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

One who hopes inordinately, impairs his deeds.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

One who says unpleasant things about others, will himself quickly become a target of their scandal.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

The best kind of wealth is to give up inordinate desires.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Be generous but not extravagant, be frugal but not miserly.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Take warning! He has not exposed so many of your sinful activities that it appears as if He has forgiven you (it may be that He has given you time to repent).

Ali bin Abu-Talib

When you have to depart from this world and have to meet death (eventually), then why wish delay? (i.e., why feel nervous about death?)

Ali bin Abu-Talib

The best form of devotion to the service of God is not to make a show of it.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

When you get ill do not get nervous about it and try as much as possible to be hopeful.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Often your utterances and expressions of your face leak out the secrets of your hidden thoughts.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

O son of Adam, when you see that your Lord, the Glorified, bestows His Favors on you while you disobey Him, you should fear Him (take warning that His Wrath may not turn those very blessings into misfortunes).

Ali bin Abu-Talib

To render relief to the distressed and to help the oppressed make amends for great sins.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

If the right usurped from us is given back to us we shall take it, otherwise we shall go on claiming it.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

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