The Sayings and Wisdom of Imam Ali
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri
The sayings and wisdom of Imam `Ali transcend superficial differences, to reveal everlasting truths that can only serve to guide and illuminate the seeker and traveler on his or her journey through life, as clearly, constantly, and unerringly as the Pole Star.
“Imam ‘Ali was the first person to accept Islam while was still a young boy, and for the next twenty-three years he was one of the Prophet Muhammad’s closest companions. A first cousin of the Muhammad (pbuh), Imam ‘Ali was constantly at the side of the Prophet, learnt from him, and also married his daughter Fatima. The Prophet famously declared of Imam ‘Ali: ‘I am the city of knowledge, and ‘Ali is its gate’.
Many of Imam ‘Ali’s sayings and letters were accurately remembered and recorded during his lifetime. The Sayings & Wisdom of Imam ‘Ali is a selection of this great man’s sayings gathered together from authentic, reliable sources and arranged into easily accessible sections by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri. The material was collated by him in the original Arabic and has been carefully translated into modern English so as to remain true to the intended meaning of the original Arabic text.”