: Nov 19, 2014

An episode in our history mentions that Imam Ali ibn Ab

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An episode in our history mentions that Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, may God be pleased with him, was fighting against someone who transgressed against him. At the moment when he overcame his opponent and was about to strike him, the man spat in his face. Imam Ali paused momentarily and then walked away from the situation. He did not do anything to his opponent. When he was asked why he said “Up until the point he spat in my face I was fighting him for the sake of God. When he spat I feared that I would kill him out of anger and selfishness for what he had done to me.”

Every action we do to help the oppressed and rectify injustice should proceed from this principle: that we walk on the path of truth by the truth itself. We should observe ourselves with deep insight and check ourselves and see if we are doing this for the sake of making the truth a victor or whether we are doing this for the fervour of ignorance (jahiliya).

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