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  1. Imam Ali sent this letter (a) through Imam Husayn (a) and Ammar Yasir to the people of Kufa before he proceeded to Basra for the Battle of Jamal.

  2. After the conquest of Basra Imam Ali (a) wrote the following letter to the citizens of Kufa.

  3. To the Qadhi of Kufa, Shurayh b. Haarith when he purchased a costly house

  4. A letter to one of the commanders of his army.

  5. To the hypocrite Ash'ath bin Qays

  6. To Mu'awiya

  7. A letter to Mu'awiya, on receiving letters from him based on hypocritical advice and false accusations.

  8. Jarir bin Abdullah Bajali was sent to Damascus. He was carrying a letter for Mu'awiya. Some delay occurred in his return. Imam Ali (a) felt anxious about his safety and wrote the following letter to him

  9. A letter to Mu'awiya

  10. A letter to Mu'awiya

  11. Part of instructions to his marshal when Imam Ali (a) sent him to a battle

  12. When Imam Ali (a) sent an expedition of 3000 soldiers under Ma'qil bin Qays Riyahi against the Syrians, he issued the following instructions.

  13. Instructions to two of his commanders

  14. At Siffin Imam Ali (a) gave the following instructions to his soldiers before the battle

  15. Whenever Imam Ali (a) faced an enemy he invoked Allah in the following words

  16. During a battle Imam Ali (a) used to advise his followers in these words

  17. A reply to a letter of Mu'awiya

  18. To Governor of Basra Abdullah bin Abbas

  19. A letter to one of his governors about the ways of Devine Rule.

  20. To Ziyad ibn Abih about misappropriation

  21. The following is a letter from Imam Ali (a) to Ziyad ibn Abih.

  22. Ibn Abbas says that once Imam Ali (a) advised him in the following words, and except for the advice of the Holy Prophet (s) no advice has been so beneficial to him as this.

  23. Imam Ali (a) passed the following instructions to his family a little before his martyrdom.

  24. Will of Imam Ali(a).

  25. Directions to assessors and collectors of Zakat.

  26. The following are his (a) instructions to Zakat collectors.

  27. When Imam Ali (a) appointed Muhammad bin Abu Bakr as the Governor of Egypt, he gave him the following instructions.

  28. The following is a famous reply of Imam Ali (a) to the letter of Mu'awiya. It throws ample light on many phases of the history of Islam from the time of its dawn up to the time of Imam Ali (a).

  29. The following is a letter to the people of Basra

  30. A Letter to Mu'awiya

  31. Advice to one of his sons after returning from the Battle of Siffin

  32. A letter to Mu'awiya

  33. The following letter was written to Qutham bin Abbas, the brother of Abdullah bin Abbas, who was the Governor of Imam Ali (a) in the province of Hijaz.

  34. To Muhammad, son of Abu Bakr (the 1st caliph)

  35. To Abdullah Ibn Abbas ondeath of Muhammad bin Abi Bakr

  36. A letter written by Imam Ali (a) to his brother Aqil

  37. A letter to Mu'awiya.

  38. A letter to the people of Egypt, telling them about Maalik when Imam Ali (a) appointed him as their Governor.

  39. A letter to Amr bin Aas.

  40. A letter to a commissioner of a province. It could not be ascertained as to whom it was addressed.

  41. The following is a letter written to a Governor who left Imam Ali (a) and ran away with Public Treasury, this man was a cousin of Imam Ali (a) and was his confidant. Some historians say that he was Abdullah bin Abbas who was Imam's cousin and had once behaved in this way.

  42. A letter which Imam Ali (a) wrote to Umar bin Abi Salama Mukhzumi

  43. A letter to Masqala bin Hubayra al-Shaybani who was governor of Ardshir Khurra (Iran).

  44. To Ziyad ibn Abih

  45. To Uthman bin Hunayf, the Governor of Basra

  46. A letter from Imam Ali (a) to one of his governors.

  47. To Imam Hasan (a) and Imam Husayn (a)

  48. A letter to Mu'awiya.

  49. A letter to Mu'awiya.

  50. A circular to the chiefs of his army.

  51. A letter to the collectors of taxes and revenues.

  52. A circular about prayers to the governors of all the provinces

  53. An order to Maalik al-Ashtar.

  54. To Talha and Zubayr

  55. A letter to Mu'awiya.

  56. When Imam Ali (a) appointed Shuray bin Hani as commanding officer of the vanguard of his army, which was marching towards Syria, he gave Hani the following instructions.

  57. While leaving Madina for Basra, Imam Ali (a) wrote the following letter to the people of Kufa. It is a wonderful epistle. It invites people to judge his intentions and actions.

  58. A letter sent by Imam Ali (a) to the people of various provinces, giving them the causes of the Battle of Siffin.

  59. To Aswad bin Qatiba, the Governor of Hulwan.

  60. The following is a circular-letter sent to those governors and State officers, through whose territory the armies of Imam Ali (a) were to pass.

  61. To Kumayl bin Ziyad Nakha'i

  62. A letter to the Egyptians which Imam Ali (a) handed over to Maalik bin Haarith Ashtar to take with him when he was appointed as the Governor of that province.

  63. To the Abdullah bin Qays

  64. A reply to Mu'awiya's letter

  65. A letter to Mu'awiya.

  66. A letter to Abdullah bin Abbas. Ibn Abbas said that except the advice and sayings of the Holy Prophet (s) no other advice benefited him more than this. A variation of this letter has appeared earlier on - see Letter 22.

  67. A letter to Qutham bin Abbas (brother of Abdullah bin Abbas), who was the Governor of Makkah.

  68. Imam Ali (a) wrote this letter to Salman al-Farsi, before his caliphate.

  69. A letter to Harith Hamdani

  70. To Suhayl b. Hunayf, the Governor of Madina

  71. Imam Ali (a) had entrusted to Munzir bin Jarud Abdi something which he misappropriated. Thereupon Imam Ali (a) wrote the following letter to him.

  72. A letter to Abdullah bin Abbas.

  73. A letter to Mu'awiya.

  74. A treaty which Imam Ali (a) has worded for Bani Rabi'a tribe and the Yemenites to agree upon. Husham bin Sa'ib Kalbi has quoted this treaty.

  75. After the Muslims took oath of allegiance to Imam Ali (a), he wrote the following letter to Mu'awiya. Waqidi has quoted this letter in his book, al-Jamal. ]

  76. When Imam Ali (a) sent Ibn Abbas as his representative to Basra, he gave him the following instructions.

  77. When Imam Ali (a) sent Ibn Abbas for discussions with the Kharijites, he, peace be upon him, gave him the following instructions.

  78. Abu Musa Ash'ari (Abdullah bin Qays) wrote a letter to Imam Ali (a) from the place where decision of the arbitration took place. Imam Ali (a) wrote to him the following letter in reply. Sayyid bin Yahya Amawi has quoted this letter in his book Al-Maghazi.

  79. This is the order issued by Imam Ali (a) to his generals when he took over rulership of the Muslim State.


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Imam Ali Said:
He who practices moderation and frugality will never be threatened with poverty.

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