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  1. Abdur Rahman

    al-salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful and informative blog. It is wonderful to have access to the wisdom of Imam Ali (may God ennoble his countenance) in English.

    Allah bless you always

  2. qoia

    وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته

    You are welcome.

    It’s good for seekers of the truth to expand their knowledge by reading quotes from religious figures. Imam Ali (a.s.) has a huge legacy of quotes and speeches still unknown to the English reader, I am just presenting a tiny part of it.

  3. anonymous

    Hi. Can you send me some references for the following quote
    “A person’s deeds must be better than his words, a person’s words must not be better than his deeds.”
    Is it from the nahjul balagha?

  4. qoia


    My source of the quotes is the Arabic book:
    حكم الإمام علي (عليه السلام) أو غرر الحکم ودرر الكلم — عبد الواحد الآمدي التميمي

    I am not sure if this quote appears in Nahjul Balagha or not. Nahjul Balagha’s English version is here: Nahjul Balagha

  5. asad

    ager aap kisi per ehsaan karen to phir us ke shar se bachen (where AND is this quotation is present in NEHJUL BALAGAH

  6. qoia

    I am translating directly from:
    حكم الإمام علي (عليه السلام) أو غرر الحکم ودرر الكلم — عبد الواحد الآمدي التميمي
    Which contains only quotes from Imam Ali. If you can read Arabic this book is worth buying.
    As compared to the above book, Nahjul Balagha contains mostly sermons, and few quotations.

  7. kidsquranblog

    mashallah you have nice collection of saying but felt to suggest you that if you can change some of the settings of your tags appearance it would be great for the design of your blog as well and love the work that you are doing

  8. mohdhusaam

    Hi! Its really a very nice blog and I would like to tell you that I really appreciate it. Get the effort going. The type of English used to translate is also very good. Good Work. Keep it up.

    Also, is there a way to contact you..?

  9. Nicolette

    “Hate no one, no matter how much they’ve wronged you. Live humbly, no matter how wealthy you become. Think positively, no matter how hard life is. Give much, even if you’ve been given little. Keep in touch with the ones who have forgotten you, and forgive who has wronged you, & do not stop praying for the best for those you love.”

    Do you by any chance have the translation for this quote?

  10. qoia

    This is one of the translations I found online:

    لا تكره أحدا مهما أخطأ في حقك
    عش في بساطة مهما علا شأنك
    توقع خيرا مهما كثر البلاء
    أعط كثيرا ولو حرمت
    صل من قطعك
    وأعف عمن ظلمك
    ولا تقطع دعاءك لعزيز لديك

    It is attributed to Ali bin Abi Talib, but I couldn’t verify its authenticity.

  11. Ana

    Do you have the source for this quote:

    “Hate no one, no matter how much they’ve wronged you. Live humbly, no matter how wealthy you become. Think positively, no matter how hard life is. Give much, even if you’ve been given little. Keep in touch with the ones who have forgotten you, and forgive who has wronged you, and do not stop praying for the best for those you love.” – Imam Ali

    I posted it on fb and I ve gotten questions from what the source is. Do u know? I woud greatly appreciate it!!

  12. qoia

    I searched for the source of this quote but unfortunately couldn’t find it. An earlier comment in this page has the Arabic translation.

  13. Ellen O. Wasfi

    The quote, “Fear not the path of truth for lack of people walking on it” has been ascribed to Imam Ali bin Abi Talib, but I could not find it in any collection of his sayings. Could you please refer me to the source? Thank you.

  14. Mo

    qoia, the links you provided do not have that quote. Does no one know the source of this hadeeth? “Hate no one…”

  15. Nafisa

    I have come across a quote It says Moula Ali (AS) teaches that if a person takes one piece of roti with little salt before leaving his home all his problems which he is facing will be resolved for sure e.g any type like an examination or worry. Can anyone help. Thanks

  16. qoia

    I couldn’t find that quote, I suggest you ask a scholar about it.
    In this blog, sayings of the Imam are taken from only one book, but his quotes span many other sources. Also, not all his sayings are translated.

  17. KAtzi

    plz could any one tell me is that quote belong to hazarat Ali Ibn Abi Talib(A.S)…..with refrence….. i really want to know…. plz help
    “”There are four kinds of people, three of which are to be avoided and the fourth cultivated: those who don’t know that they don’t know; those who know that they don’t know; those who don’t know that they know; and those who know that they know.””

  18. ET

    Hey, first of all I want to thank you for sharing these amazing quotes. There is one quote in particular that I really like, but I can’t find the original Arabic version. Could you please help me? The quote is ‘Do not be too hard lest you be broken, do not be too soft lest you be squeezed.’

  19. qoia

    You are welcome!. The exact wording of the quote you mentioned is not attributed to Ali bin Abi Talib, but someone else. It is:

    لَا تَكُن يَابِسَا فَتُكْسَر ولَا لَيِّنَا فَتُعْصَر

    But Ali bin Abi Talib said a similar quote and I translated it here: https://qoia.wordpress.com/2010/06/04/6618/ .

  20. ali

    I appreciate
    the notion of translating Arabic philosophy and I know how hard it is to find find equivalent and how many nilforms are there between the two cultures. I’ve read alnost all the translated qoutes…and to be honest: you are suceeding to render no more than the superfecial meaning and failing bigtime to create a counterpart phenetic elequence in the second language.
    im not saying i can make better work coz i know how hard it is….but ill give it a shot

  21. JA McCracken

    Asalaamu Alaykum – many people are asking for a reference for this quote and someone above gave a link to Najh al Balagha sermon 200 and 201 in english and arabic. Neither link to this passage. I have seen this quoted 100s of times on the internet but no one seems to be able to tie it to a reference. In sh Allah someone will be able to give one.

  22. H D

    Alsalam Alaykum every one,, its a very nice and useful Blog, found it by sudden
    is it possible to translate for me the following words of Hazrat Imam Ali, and I will be thankful for this
    من كساه الحياء ثوبه، لم ير الناس عيبه

  23. Khusraw

    Don’t do good in order to show off, and don’t refrain from doing it because it’s embarrassing

    Please provide ref to this sayings.

  24. far

    Im looking for 2 quotes but cant find them as im not sure about the wordings
    1. Related to taking risk, a quote goes if you feel that might be risky so go for it as Allah will help you.( im not sure about the wordings)
    2. To start your own business is likely to have more barakah or Allah’s blessings..again not sure about the wordings.

    This is highly appreciated.

  25. qoia

    وعليكم السلام،

    1. إِذَا هِبْتَ أَمْراً فَقَعْ فِيهِ، فَإِنَّ شِدَّةَ تَوَقِّيهِ أَعْظَمُ مِمَّا تَخَافُ مِنْهُ
    rough translation: if you fear something, jump right into it. Because your sensation of fear is greater than the thing you fear
    Source: http://imamali.net/?id=5940

    2. اتجروا، بارك الله لكم؛ فإني قد سمعت رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) يقول: الرزق عشرة أجزاء؛ تسعة أجزاء في التجارة، وواحدة في غيرها
    rough translation: Do your own business, may Allah bless you. As I heard Prophet Muhammed say: livelihood is 10 parts, 9 of them is in doing business and 1 elsewhere
    source: https://tinyurl.com/yd7vs4ug

  26. Maaha

    Really enjoy reading all these quotes, thank you for sharing these!
    I wanted to ask there a quote “do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly” and I can not find the Arabic version of this. If you possibly have it that would be great if you could let me know on the correct Arabic version.
    Many thanks

  27. qoia

    وعليكم السلام،

    Unfortunately I couldn’t find the source of this quote. It could be misattributed to Imam Ali.

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