Ali ibn Abi Talib

  • Clergyman
  • Born 600
  • Died 661

Ali ibn Abi Talib (Arabic: عَلِي ابْن أَبِي طَالِب‎, romanized: ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib; 13 September 601 – 29 January 661) was the cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, the last prophet of Islam. He ruled as the fourth caliph from 656 to 661, but is regarded as the rightful immediate successor to Muhammad as an Imam by Shia Muslims. Ali was born inside the sacred sanctuary of the Kaaba in Mecca, the holiest place in Islam, to Abu Talib and Fatimah bint Asad. He was the first male who accepted Islam. Ali protected Muhammad from an early age and took part in almost all the battles fought by the nascent Muslim community.

I was not created to be occupied by eating delicious foods like tied up cattle.

To make one good action succeed another, is the perfection of goodness.

Do for this life as if you live forever, do for the afterlife as if you die tomorrow.

People's hearts are like wild animals. They attach their selves to those that love and train them.

Abstinence from sins is better than seeking help afterwards.

Do not share the knowledge with which you have been blessed with everyone in general, as you do with some people in particular; and know that there are some men in whom Allah, may He he glorified, has placed hidden secrets, which they are forbidden to reveal.

Let me alone, and go in search of someone else.

If poverty were a man, I would have slain him.

A poor man is like a foreigner in his own country.

Do not be too hard, lest you be broken; do not be too soft, lest you be squeezed.

He who busies himself with things other than improvement of his own self becomes perplexed in darkness and entangled in ruin. His evil spirits immerse him deep in vices and make his bad actions seem handsome.

A man's measure is his will.

No one has ever suffered from his people as I have.

Be a good man to Allah and a bad man to yourself (desires); and be one of the commoners among the people