Nahjul Balagha Part 2, Letters and Sayings

The English translation (accompanied with original Arabic text) of a collection of letters and sayings of the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (peace be upon him) that provide divine wisdom and eternal guidance for his followers. The Sermons of Imam 'Ali can be found here:

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  1. Letters of Imam ‘Ali Amir Al-Mu’minin, Peace Be On Him
  2. Letter 1: Addressed to the people of Kufa before proceeding for the Battle of Jamal
  3. Letter 2: Written to the people of Kufah after the victory of Basrah
  4. Letter 3: To the Qadhi (judge) of Kufa, Shurayh b. Haarith when he purchased a costly house
  5. Letter 4: To one of the officers of his army
  6. Letter 5: To al-Ash'ath ibn Qays (al-Kindi), the Governor of Azarbaijan
  7. Letter 6: To Mu`awiyah (ibn Abi Sufyan)
  8. Letter 7: To Mu'awiyah
  9. Letter 8: To Jarir ibn `Abdillah al-Bajali
  10. Letter 9: To Mu`awiyah
  11. Letter 10: To Mu'awiyah
  12. Letter 11: Given to the contingent sent to confront the enemy.
  13. Letter 12: to Ma'qil ibn Qays ar-Riyahi
  14. Letter 13: To two of the officers in his army
  15. Letter 14: To his soldiers before the Battle of Siffin
  16. Letter 15: His invocation to Allah whenever he faced an enemy.
  17. Letter 16: His advice to his followers during a battle
  18. Letter 17: In reply to a letter from Mu'awiyah
  19. Letter 18: To `Abdullah ibn al- `Abbas, his Governor of Basrah
  20. Letter 19: To one of his officers
  21. Letter 20: To Ziyad ibn Abih
  22. Letter 21: Also to Ziyad
  23. Letter 22: To `Abdullah ibn al-`Abbas.
  24. Letter 23: Instructions to his family a little before his martyrdom.
  25. Letter 24: His Will
  26. Letter 25: Instructions to assessors and collectors of Zakat
  27. Letter 26: Instruction Given to one of his officers whom he sent for the collection of zakat and charities
  28. Letter 27: Instruction Given to Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him), when Amir al-mu'minin appointed him as the Governor of Egypt
  29. Letter 28: In reply to Mu'awiyah, and it is one ot his most elegant writings
  30. Letter 29: To the People of Basrah
  31. Letter 30: To Mu'awiyah
  32. Letter 31: Advice to one of his sons after returning from the Battle of Siffin
  33. Letter 32: To Mu'awiyah
  34. Letter 33: To Qutham ibn al- 'Abbas, his Governor of Mecca
  35. Letter 34: To Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr
  36. Letter 35: To 'Abdullah ibn al-'Abbas after Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr had been killed.
  37. Letter 36: To his brother 'Aqil ibn Abi Talib
  38. Letter 37: To Muawiyah
  39. Letter 38: To the people of Egypt when he appointed (Malik) al-Ashtar as their Governor
  40. Letter 39: To 'Amr ibn al-'As
  41. Letter 40: To one of his officers
  42. Letter 41: To one of his officers
  43. Letter 42: To `Umar ihn Abi Salamah al-Makhzumi
  44. Letter 43: To Masqalah ibn Hubayrah ash-Shaybani, the Governor of Ardashir Khurrah (Iran)
  45. Letter 44: To Ziyad ibn Abih
  46. Letter 45: To `Uthman ibn Hunayf al-Ansari
  47. Letter 46: To one of his Officers
  48. Letter 47: Will To Imam Hasan (a) and Imam Husayn (a) after he was wounded by Abd al-Rahman b. Muljam whilst offered the morning prayers in the mosque of Kufa.
  49. Letter 48: To Mu'awiyah
  50. Letter 49: To Mu`awiyah
  51. Letter 50: To the officers of his army
  52. Letter 51: To his collectors of (land) tax
  53. Letter 52: To the Governors of various places concerning prayers
  54. Letter 53: An order to Malik al-Ashtar
  55. Letter 54: To Talhah and az-Zubayr
  56. Letter 55: To Mu`awiyah
  57. Letter 56: Instructions to Shuray bin Hani
  58. Letter 57: To the people of Kufah at the time of his march from Medina to Basrah
  59. Letter 58: Written to the people of various localities deseribing what took place between him and the people of Siffin
  60. Letter 59: To al-Aswad ibn Qutbah, the Governor of Hulwan
  61. Letter 60: To the officers through whose jurisdiction the army passed
  62. Letter 61: To Kumayl ibn Ziyad an-Nakha`i
  63. Letter 62: To the people of Egypt sent through Malik al-Ashtar when he was made the Governor of that place
  64. Letter 63: To Abu Musa al-Ash`ari, when Amir al-mu'minin learned that he was dissuading the people from joining in the battle of Jamal
  65. Letter 64: In reply to Mu`awiyah
  66. Letter 65: To Mu`awiyah
  67. Letter 66: To `Abdullah ibn al-`Abbas
  68. Letter 67: To Qutham ibn al-`Abbas, his Governor of Mecca
  69. Letter 68: To Salman al-Farisi before Amir al-mu'minin's caliphate
  70. Letter 69: To al-Harith (ibn `Abdillah, al-A`war) al-Hamdani
  71. Letter 70: To Sahl ibn Hunayf al-Ansari
  72. Letter 71: To al-Mundhir ibn Jarud al-`Abdi
  73. Letter 72: To `Abdullah ibn al-`Abbas
  74. Letter 73: To Mu'awiyah
  75. Letter 74: A treaty which Imam Ali (a) has worded for the Bani Rabi'a tribe and the Yemenites to agree upon
  76. Letter 75: To Mu`awiyah, soon after Amir al-mu'minin was sworn in
  77. Letter 76: Instructions to Abdullah b. Abbas when he sent him as his representative to Basra
  78. Letter 77: Instructions to Abdullah b. Abbas
  79. Letter 78: To Abu Musa al-Ash`ari
  80. Letter 79: To the army officers when Amir al-mu'minin became Caliph
  81. Selections from The Sayings And Preaching Of Amir Al-Mu’minin ‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib (Peace Be Upon Him) Including His Replies To Questions And Maxims Expressed For Various Purposes