1. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
Piety, concealment of the good actions, steadfastness against
disasters, and suppression of the misfortunes are within the treasures
of Paradise.

2. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
The best friend is good mannerism. It is the title of the believers’
record books.

3. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
The true abstinent in this world is he whose tolerance is not overcome
by the ill-gotten matters and whose gratitude is not engaged by the
legal gotten matters.

4. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) wrote to Abdullah bin Abbas:
So then, a man becomes delighted if he catches up the things that he
would never miss and becomes unhappy if he misses the things that
he would never catch up. You should be delighted only for the things
of the next life that you have caught up, and should be sorry only for
the things of the next life that you have missed. Do not be excessively
happy for gaining a worldly pleasure and do not be excessively
unhappy for missing it. All your concern should be for that which will
occur to you after death.

5. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said about the censure of this world:
It begins with hardship and ends with decline. Judgment will be set for
its legally gotten things and punishment will be sentenced for its illgotten
things. If somebody is healthy in it, he will feel secure, and if he
becomes ill, he will be sorrowful. If he becomes wealthy, he will be
seditious and if he becomes poor, he will be sad. He whoever runs for
it will miss it, and he whoever disregards it will gain it. It will blind
him whoever gazes at it and will teach him whoever looks at it

6. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
When you cherish someone you should cherish him moderately for he
may be your enemy someday, and when you hate someone you should
hate him moderately for he may be your friend someday.

7. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
No wealth like intelligence and no poverty harsher than ignorance.

8. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
The value of a man is what he does expertly.

9. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
Fear is attached to disappointment, and pudency is attached to deprivation. Wisdom is the lost of the believer who should seek it even
if it is found with the evil ones.

10. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
Had the scholars carried knowledge properly, God and the angels as
well as all people of obedience would have cherished them.
Unfortunately, they carried knowledge for seeking worldly pleasures;
therefore, God abominated them and people disgraced them.

11. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
Tolerance, silence, and expecting the Relief are the best of worship.

12. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
Each crisis has an end at which it will definitely fade away. If you are
encountering a crisis, you should submit and be patient until it passes
away. Any attempt to find a solution will not solve the problem. It will
make it worse.

13.Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said to Malik al-Ashtar:
O Malik, retain and understand the following wording: O Malik, the
owners of weak conviction are disregarding their personality. He
whoever takes greed as his slogan is disgracing himself. He whoever
publicizes his problem is satisfied with humility. He whoever shows
others his secrets is disrespecting himself.

He whoever makes his
tongue as his leader is perishing himself. Greed is the butcher of the
personality. He who intrudes himself in various sorts of acts will surely
be disappointed by his desire. Stinginess is dishonor. Cowardice is
shortcoming. Piety is a shelter. Thankfulness is fortune. Patience is
bravery. The poor is strange in his homeland. Poverty prevents the
intelligent from providing his arguments. Satisfaction is the best
comrade. Good manners are new garments. The rank of a man is his
mind. A man’s chest is the store of his secrets. Verification is
prudence. Thinking is a fine mirror. Forbearance is a virtuous
character. Almsgiving is an effective medicine. The current actions will
be in front of their doers later on. Learning examples is a good warner.
Good humor is the trap of amiability.

14. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
The rank of patience to faith is as same as the rank of the head to the
body. Hence, the impatient are faithless.

15. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
You are in respite followed by a deadline. With you there is the hope
that precludes you from acting –good deeds-. Seize the opportunity of
respite, take the initiative to the deadline, distrust the hope, and do as
much as possible. Is there an opportunity of avoidance, escape,
getaway, shelter, or refuge or not? How are you then turned away?

16. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
I command you to adhere to God-fearing because it is surely the
delight of the suppliant seeker –of God’s mercy and favors- and the
confidence of the homeless seeker of asylum. Betake God-fearing as a hidden slogan and mention God so purely that you will have the best life and will be lead to the courses of safety. Look at this world with the
eye of the abstinent that is about to leave it, because it surely
dislodges the relaxed resident and distresses the secure luxurious.
Whatever passes away from it is no longer expected and whatever is to
come is not realized so that it will be awaited. Its comfort is connected
to its trouble and its survival is connected to its bereavement. Its
pleasure is mixed with grief and its survival is mixed with weakness
and feebleness.

17. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
Vanity comes from tyranny. Tyranny comes from arrogance. Arrogance
comes from conceit. The Shaitan is a present enemy who promises
falsely. Muslims are brothers. Do not disappoint each other and do not
impute dishonor to each other. The canons of the religion are the same
and its courses are clear. He who embraces these courses will catch
up, he who departs them will surely fall behind, and he who leaves
them will surely apostatize. A Muslim should never say untruth when
he speaks, never breach when he promises, and never betray when
something is deposited with him.

18. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
Intelligence is the intimate friend of the believer, clemency is his
supporter, clemency is his father, and lenience is his brother. The
intelligent must enjoy three characters—he must think of his affairs,
control his tongue (against saying bad wording), and realizes the
nature of the time he is living in. Certainly, poverty is a branch of
misfortune. Illness of bodies is harsher than poverty. Ill-heartedness is
harsher than illness of body. Certainly, financial prosperity is one of
the graces. Physical soundness is better than financial prosperity. The
true God-fearing is better than physical soundness.

19. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
A believer should divide his time into three parts—he should
supplicate to his Lord secretly in one, settle an account with himself in
the second, and permit himself to enjoy the good and legal pleasures
in the third. The intelligent should not be attentive except in three
manners — when he tries to improve his livelihood, when he tries to
step forward for the life to come, and when he tries to gain a lawful

20. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said: Many are those whom are tempted by receiving graces, many are those whom are trapped by the concealment of their flaws, and many are those whom are cheated by wording of praise. God has never used ameans of test more infelicitous than respite. God the Majestic says: We only give them time to let them increase their sins. 1
1 The Holy Quran, Sura of Aal Imran (3) Verse (178)

21. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
You should gather in your heart the need for people and the
dispensing with them. You may have the need for people through
showing good wording and good humor with them, and you may have
the dispensing with them through the candor of your honor and the
continuity of your power.

22. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
Do not be angry and do not enrage others. Exchange greetings and use
good wording.

23. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
The generous becomes lenient when his clemency is beseeched, but
the mean becomes more severe when he is treated kindly.

24. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
May I tell you of the true scholar? He is that who does not permit
people to act disobediently to God and does not make them despair of
His mercy, does not make them feel secure from God’s retribution and
does not substitute anything for the Quran. Adoration without
comprehension, knowledge without pondering (over things), and
recitation without understanding—all these are valueless.

25. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
When God will gather people –for judgment- a caller will declare: O
people, today, the most favorable to God will be the most fearful of
Him. The most preferable to God will be the best doers of good acts.
The closest to God will be the most desirous for gaining what He has in
possession through acting. The most honorable to God will be the
most God-fearing.

26. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
I wonder at those who protect themselves against having harmful food,
how do they not protect themselves from committing sins so that they
will be saved from Hell? I wonder at those who purchase slaves with
their money, why do they not purchase the free through doing favors
to them? Good and evil cannot be recognized with any means other
than people. If you want to recognize good, you should do it so as to
know its people, and if you want to recognize evil, you should do it so
as to know its people.

27. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
For you, I am only afraid of two things—prolonged hope and
pursuance of passions. The prolonged hope makes you forget the life
to come, and the pursuance of passions precludes you from the right.

28. A man from Basra asked Imam Ali (peace be upon him) about the
qualifications of friends. He answered:
There are two kinds of friends—friends of confidence and friends of
grimace. The friends of confidence are the refuge, the wing, the folks,
and the wealth. If you confide in your friend, you should provide your
wealth and help to him. You should also befriend him who befriends him and antagonize him who antagonizes him. You should keep his
secrets and defects and publicize his good conducts. You should know,
O asker, that the friends of confidence are as scanty as red sulfur.
Regarding the friends of grimace, you gain from them only your
pleasure; therefore, you should not deprive them of your pleasure. Do
not ask them for any further thing. Give them happy mien and good
wording as long as they give you their happy mien and good wording.

29. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
Do not befriend the enemy of your friend lest you become the enemy of
your friend.

30. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
Do not desert your friend due to suspicion and do not leave him before
you blame him.

31. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
A Muslim should avoid befriending three categories of people: the
sinful, the foolish, and the liars. The sinful shows you his evildoings as
good deeds, wants you to be like him, and does not help you in the
affairs of your religion and your life to come. It is rude and tough to
befriend such an individual whose visit to you brings you dishonor.
The foolish does not advise you of good and is not expected to save you
from any problem even if he does his best. Moreover, he may harm you
as he intends to benefit you. His death is better than his life, his
silence is better than his words, and his remoteness is better than his
closeness. The liar will deprive you of any pleasant life with him. He
tells others of your conducts and relates to you the others’ conducts.
Whenever he finishes from telling a lie, he invents another to the
degree that even his true sayings cannot be believed. He sows enmity
between people to plant malice in their hearts. Fear God and consider
for yourselves.

32. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
Do not care when you associate with the intelligent even if you are
deprived of his generosity. You may benefit by his intelligence, but be
cautions of his ill manners. Do not neglect associating with the
generous even if you are deprived of benefiting by his intelligence. You
may benefit by his generosity for your mind. Escape as remote as
possible from the mean foolish individuals.

33. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
Steadfastness is of three sorts—steadfastness against misfortunes,
steadfastness in (performing) the acts of obedience to God, and
steadfastness by the avoidance of the acts of disobedience to Him.

34. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
It will be quite worthy for those who are able to prevent themselves
from enjoying the following four characters to be saved from
encountering any detestable matter. These four characters are
rashness, disputation, self-conceit, and indolence.

35. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
Deeds are either obligatory, recommendable, or acts of disobedience.
Regarding the obligatory deeds, the servants –of God- practice them
under God’s order, will, satisfaction, knowledge, and arrangement.
Hence, they save themselves –from God’s punishment- through
carrying out such obligatory deeds. The recommendable deeds are not
God’s order, yet they are done under His will, satisfaction, knowledge,
and arrangement. As the servants act such deeds, they are rewarded
for them. Regarding the acts of disobedience (to God), they are done
not for God’s order, will, and satisfaction. Yet, they are done under His
knowledge and arrangement. He arranges their times but the servants
commit them optionally; therefore, God punishes them for committing
such acts of disobedience. This is because God has warned the
servants against them, but they did not obey.

36. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
O people, God enjoys a right (that is incumbent upon you) in every
favor He bestows. He will increase them who thank Him (for that
favor), while those who do not show gratitude are risking the removal
of these favors and dragging God’s punishment nearer to them. You
should show God that you are fearful of the removal of the favors and
terrible for committing sins.

37. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
He who encounters poverty and does not believe that such a situation
has been God’s favor to him is surely wasting an expected errand. He
who is given wealth but does not believe that it has been a means of
test is feeling secure from an alarmed matter.

38. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
O people, supplicate to God to provide you with conviction and
beseech to Him to grant you good health. Good health is surely the
best of graces, and Conviction is the best thing that perpetuates in the
heart. The true wronged is that who wrongs his religion. The true
happy is that whose conviction is proper.

39. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
No one can find the true taste of faith before he believes that whatever
befalls him would never miss him and whatever missed him would
never befall him.

40. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
The harshest misfortunes that a believer may suffer are the
deprivation of three things—the consolation with wealth, self-equity,
and very much reference to God. I do not mean that you mention God
by phrases such as ‘Praise to God’ and ‘Glory to God’, but you should
refer to Him by adhering to the halal and refraining from the haram.

41. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
He who satisfies himself with only what suffices him from the worldly
affairs will be sufficed with the least of it, but whoever is dissatisfied
with what suffices him nothing at all will suffice him.

42. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
Death is preferred to meanness and endurance is preferred to anxiety.
This life consists of two days —one for you and one against you. On
the day that is for you, you should not behave vainly, and on the day
that is against you, you should not be grieved because both days are
tests for you.

43. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
Do favor to whomever you want and he will be your prisoner.

44. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) said:
Flattery and envy are not within the characters of a believer except
when they are used for seeking studies.

Source: almujtaba.com

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