Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (R.A) had the best upbringing as he experienced childhood in place of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). So you can envision his character of Hazrat Ali and how great it was. Every last expression of Hazrat Imam Ali would be of extraordinary significance and motivating to any age of Muslims and even non-believers.
Hazrat Imam Ali (R.A) was the first from the Prophet’s (PBUH) family after Khadijah (RA) to embrace Islam and it was at a very young age. There are many collections about the life of Hazrat Ali, especially among the Shia Muslims.
Quotes of Hazrat Ali in English
Smile even if your heart is dripping blood. – Hazrat Ali Quotes
The tongue is like a lion. If you let it loose, it will wound someone. Quotes by Hazrat Ali (R.A)
It is easier to turn a mountain into dust than to create love in a heart that filled with hatred – Imam Ali (R.A)
Forgiveness is the best revenge. Imam Ali (R.A)
Anger is like a ball of fire, but if you swallow it, it’s sweeter than honey. – Imam Ali Sayings (R.A)
Conquer your lustful desires and your wisdom will be perfect. – Imam Ali (R.A) Quote
There are two ways to live a pleasant life, either in someone’s heart or someones’s prayer – Quote of Hazrat Ali. (R.A)
Evildoers never think well of anyone because they see others in their nature. Imam Ali (R.A) Saying
Do not be a slave to others when Allah has created you free. Hazrat Ali (R.A) Quotes in English
Let go of anything that brings you stress and sorrow. Imam Ali (R.A)
Be like the flower that gives its fragrance even to the hand that crushes it. – Quote by Imam Ali (R.A)
Nothing hurts a good soul and a kind heart more than to live amongst people who cannot understand it. Imam Ali (R.A)
Do not disappoint the one whose hope lies in you. Imam Ali (R.A) quote
If you succeed in misleading somebody, Do not think of him of being a big fool, Rather think about how he trusted you. – Imam Ali (R.A)
Beautiful people are not always good, but good people are always beautiful – Hazrat Imam Ali (RA)
I didn’t see anyone who smiled more than Rasul-Allah (Peace be upon him), saying of Hazrat Imam Ali (RA)
The moment you start arguing with an ignorant fool, you have already lost. – Imam Ali (AS)
Honesty – O’ People! Try to be honest for Allah is the helper of honest people, Avoid telling lies since it will ruin your faith. Know that honest people are on the verge of nobility and honor, while liars area on the verge of collapse and destruction. – Imam Ali
Do not try to run after him who tries to avoid you. Hazrat Ali (a.s) Quote
Aim to live in this world without allowing the world to live inside you because when a boat sits on water, it sails perfectly, but when water enters the boat, it sinks. – Imam Ali (a.s)
One of the most respected names in the history of Islam is Hazrat Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib. I thought he is the luckiest companion of Hazrat Muhammad because he grew up in the house of Last Prophet Hazrat Muhammad.
He was the son of last Prophet’s uncle, and later he became His the son-in-law. He was youngest in children who embrace Islam just at the age of 10.
He ruled as the fourth caliph from 656 to 661. Nahj al-Balagha, Supplications are read worthy books written by Hazrat Ali. As a third caliph in Islamic history, He advised His people to behave as true Muslims, warning that he would tolerate no revolution and those who were found guilty of subversive activities would be dealt with harshly
He was so brave that he achieved the title of Title of “Asadullah”- The Lion of Allah Hazrat Muhammad. Hazrat Ali (RA) was not only a great warrior but a great scholar as well. The Holy Prophet (SAW) said about him, “I am the city of knowledge and Ali is its gate; therefore, whoever wants the city should enter through the gate.”
Some of His credible quotes full of precious messages are given below.
Beautiful people are not always right but good people are still good.
Do not be the slave to others when Allah has created you free.
The best revenge is to improve yourself.
Nothing hurts a good soul and a kind heart more than to live amongst people who cannot understand it.
Never mock someone for a reason know you carry yourself. We must take a deep look inside our collar first.
There is no limit to knowledge or its attributes, Hazrat Ali (R.A) states the difference between two types of people in this world.
Don’t remember Allah in the times of trouble only. Faith in difficulty and prosperity. Massive saying by Hazrat Ali (R.A)
Smile even if your heart is dripping blood.
Be like the flower that gives its fragrance even to the hand that crushes it.
I didn’t see anyone who smiled more than Rasul-Allah (Peace be upon him).
“Woman is a delicate creature with strong emotions which has been created by the Almighty God to shoulder responsibility for educating society and moving toward perfection. God created woman as a symbol of His beauty and to give solace to her partner and her family.”
“If you find that somebody is not grateful for all that you have done for him, then do not get disappointed because often you will find that someone else feels under your obligation though you have done nothing for him and thus your good deeds will be compensated, and Allah will reward you for your goodness.”
“In this world, man is a target of death, an easy prey to calamities, here every morsel and every draught is liable to choke one, here one never receives a favor until he loses another instead, here every additional day in one’s life is a day reduced from the total span of his existence, when death is the natural outcome of life, how can we expect immortality?”
“Whoever wants to be a leader should educate himself before educating others. Before preaching to others, he should first practice himself. Whoever educates himself and improves his morals is superior to the man who tries to teach and train others.”
“A brother is like gold and a friend is like a diamond. If gold cracks you can melt it and make it just like it was before. If a diamond cracks, it can never be like it was before.”
“When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.”
“Life consists of two days, one for you one against you. So when it’s for you don’t be proud or reckless, and when it’s against you be patient, for both days are a test for you.”
“The nourishment of body is food, while the nourishment of the soul is feeding others.”
10 Pearls of Wisdom by Ali ibn Abi Talib
1 – فَاعِلُ الْخَيْرِ خَيْرٌ مِنْهُ، وَفَاعِلُ الشَّرِّ شَرٌّ مِنْهُ
“The doer of good is better than the good itself, and the doer of evil is worse than the evil itself”
2 – أَزْرَى بِنَفْسِهِ مَنِ اسْتَشْعَرَ الطَّمَعَ وَ رَضِيَ بِالذُّلِّ مَنْ كَشَفَ عَنْ ضُرِّهِ وَ هَانَتْ عَلَيْهِ نَفْسُهُ مَنْ أَمَّرَ عَلَيْهَا لِسَانَهُ
“He who adopts greed as a habit devalues himself; he who discloses his hardship agrees tohumiliation, and he who allows his tongue to overpower his soul debases the soul.”
3 – الصَّدَقَةُ دَوَاءٌ مُنْجِحٌ، وَأَعْمَالُ الْعِبَادِ فِي عَاجِلِهِمْ، نُصْبُ أَعْيُنِهِمْ فِي آجِلِهِمْ
“Charity is an effective cure, and the actions of people in their present life will be before their eyes in the next life.”
4 – إِذَا وَصَلَتْ إِلَيْكُمْ أَطْرَافُ النِّعَمِ فَلَا تُنَفِّرُوا أَقْصَاهَا بِقِلَّةِ الشُّكْرِ
“When you are bestowed with small favours, do not push them away through lack of gratefulness.”
5 – قُرِنَتِ الْهَيْبَةُ بِالْخَيْبَةِ وَالْحَيَاءُ بِالْحِرْمَانِ وَالْفُرْصَةُ تَمُرُّ مَرَّ السَّحَابِ، فَانْتَهِزُوا فُرَصَ الْخَيْرِ
“The consequence of fear is disappointment and the consequence of bashfulness is frustration. Opportunity passes away like the passing of clouds, so make use of good opportunities.”
6 – مِنْ كَفَّارَاتِ الذُّنُوبِ الْعِظَامِ إِغَاثَةُ الْمَلْهُوفِ، وَالتَّنْفِيسُ عَنِ الْمكْرُوبِ
“Rendering relief to the grief-stricken and providing them with comfort in hardship are among the means of atonement for great sins.”
7 – لِسَانُ الْعَاقِلِ وَرَاءَ قَلْبِهِ، وَقَلْبُ الاْحْمَقِ وَرَاءَ لِسَانِهِ
“The tongue of the wise man is behind his heart, and the heart of the fool is behind his tongue.”
8 – طُوبَى لِمَنْ ذَكَرَ الْمَعَادَ، وَعَمِلَ لِلْحِسَابِ، وَقَنِعَ بِالْكَفَافِ، وَرَضِيَ عَنِ اللهِ
“Blessed is the person who kept in mind the next life, acted so as to be able to render account, remained content with what sufficed him and remained pleased with Allah (swt).”
9 – السَّخَاءُ مَا كَانَ ابْتِدَاءً، فَأَمَّا مَا كَانَ عَنْ مَسْأَلَةِ فَحَيَاءٌ وَتَذَمُّمٌ
“Generosity is that which is by one’s own initiative, because giving on being asked is either out of self-respect or to avoid rebuke.”
10 – إِذَا حُيِّيْتَ بِتَحِيَّةٍ فَحَيِّ بِأَحْسَنَ مِنْهَا، وإِذَا أُسْدِيَتْ إِلَيْكَ يَدٌ فَكَافِئْهَا بِمَا يُرْبِي عَلَيْهَا، وَالْفَضْلُ مَعَ ذلِكَ لِلْبَادِىءِ
“If you are met with a greeting, give better greetings in return. If a hand of help is extended to you, do a betterfavour in return, although the credit would remain with the one who was first.”
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Hazrat Ali Quotes About Death
Gone Are those who pile wealth, even while they are alive. But those who are knowledgeable stay as long as there is night & day: although their bodies may be dead, but their knowledge is alive in the hearts.
Charity is an effective cure, and the actions of people in their present life will be before their eyes in the next life.
All matters are subject to destiny, so much so that sometimes death results from effort.
A person’s true patience is shown in a time of anger.
Rendering relief to the grief-stricken and providing comfort in hardship are among the means of atonement for great sins.
Don’t talk about your good health in front of sick. Don’t talk about your riches in front of poor.
When you are running away from the world and death is approaching, there is no question of delay in the encounter.
Our enemies are not Jews or Christians, but our enemies are our ignorance.
The breath of a man is a step towards his death.
He who trusts the world, the world betrays him.
There is no rest for the person who has envy, and there is no love for the person who has bad manners.
You are master of what you say until you utter it, once you deliver it, you are its captive. Preserve your tongue as you do your gold and money. One word could bring disgrace and the termination of a bliss.
Don’t show pleasure in somebody’s downfall, for you have no knowledge of what the future holds in store for you.
Aim to live in this world without allowing the world to live inside you because when a boat sits on water, it sails perfectly, but when water enters the boat, it sinks.
The nourishment of body is food, while the nourishment of the soul is feeding others.
Hazrat Ali Quotes About Friendship, Love, and Marriage
Woman is a delicate creature with strong emotions who has been created by the Almighty God to shoulder responsibility for educating society and moving toward perfection. God created woman as symbol of His own beauty and to give solace to her partner and her family.
A brother is like gold and a friend is like diamond. If gold cracks you can melt it and make it just like it was before. If a diamond cracks, it can never be like it was before.
It is easier to turn a mountain into dust than to create love in a heart that filled with hatred.
Keep in touch with the one who forgotten you, and forgive those who wronged you, and do not stop praying for the best for those who love you.
A friend cannot be considered a friend until he is tested in three occasions: in time of need, behind your back, and after your death,
Meet people in such a manner that if you die they should weep for you and if you live they should long for you.
The most helpless of all men is he who cannot find a few brothers during his life, but still more helpless. is he who finds such a brother but loses him..
He who is abandoned by near ones is dear to remote ones.
A lack of friends means strangeness.
It’s never the value of water but thirst, it’s never the value of life but death and it’s never about the friendship but trust.
Hazrat Ali Quotes on Forgiveness and Sins.
Try to be honest for Allah is the helper of honest people, Avoid telling lies since it will ruin your faith. Know that honest people are on the verge of nobility and honor, while liars area on the verge of collapse and destruction. The best revenge is to improve yourself.
The best revenge is to improve yourself.
If one night you see someone committing a sin, tomorrow don’t look at him as a sinner. He may have repented during the night and you did not know.
The best deed of a great man is to forgive and forget.
The worst sin is that which the sinner takes lightly.
When you gain power over your adversary pardon him by way of thanks for being able to overpower him.
Every mischief monger cannot even be reproved.
Fear the sins that you commit in secret because the witness of those sins is the Judge Himself.
Forgive the shortcomings of people of virtue and honor because when they fall into error Allah raises them up.
Source: Du’a Kumail, trans. N. Husayn Mardi, Chehel Sotoon Theological School: Iran, 1989.