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Individual Ethics » Vices » Greediness
الإمام علي (عليه السَّلام):
الجُبنُ والحِرصُ والبُخلُ غرائزُ سُوءٍ يَجمعُها سُوءُ الظَّنِّ باللّهِ سبحانَهُ.
Imam Ali (as):
Cowardice, greed, and miserliness are vile traits which result from distrust in Allah.
Source: Ghurar al-Ḥikam no.1837

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Social Ethics » Government » Social Justice » Justice
الإمام علي (عليه السَّلام):
شَيْئان لا يُوزَنُ ثَوابُهُما: العَفوُ، والعَدلُ.
Imam Ali (as):
There are two things the reward for which is beyond measure: pardon and justice.
Source: Ghurar al-Ḥikam no.5769

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Social Ethics » Government » Social Justice » Justice » The Most Virtuous Of People
الإمام علي (عليه السَّلام):
إنّ أفضَلَ الناسِ عندَ اللّهِ مَن كانَ‏ العَمَلُ بالحَقِّ أحَبَّ إلَيهِ -وإن نَقَصَهُ وكَرَثَهُ- مِن الباطِلِ وإن جَرَّ إلَيهِ فائدَةً وزادَهُ.
Imam Ali (as):
The most virtuous of people according to Allah is he to whom action in accordance with what is right is more beloved - even if it damages and worries him - than what is false, even if it gives him benefit and increases him.
Source: Nahj al-Balāgha no.125

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Individual Ethics » Virtues » Controlling One’s Anger » The Fountainhead of Moral Superiority
الإمام علي (عليه السَّلام):
رَأسُ الفَضائلِ مِلكُ الغَضَبِ، وإماتَةُ الشَّهوَةِ.
Imam Ali (as):
The fountainhead of merits is the overpowering of anger, and the eradication of lust.
Source: Ghurar al-Ḥikam no.5237

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Individual Ethics » Virtues » Benefaction and Beneficence » Moral Superiority
الإمام علي (عليه السَّلام):
حِفظُ اللِّسانِ وبَذلُ الإحسانِ مِن‏ أفضَلِ فَضائلِ الإنسانِ.
Imam Ali (as):
Safeguarding the tongue and spreading goodness [to others] are among the best merits of the human.
Source: Ghurar al-Ḥikam no.4899

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Individual Ethics » Virtues » Forgiveness » Merits
الإمام علي (عليه السَّلام):
كُن عَفُوّا في قُدرَتِكَ، جَوادا في عُسرَتِكَ، مُؤْثِرا مَعَ فاقَتِكَ؛ يَكمُلْ لكَ الفَضلُ.
Imam Ali (as):
Be forgiving despite having the power [to take revenge], generous in spite of your own hardship and selfless [preferring others over yourself] in spite of your own neediness, and your virtue will be perfected.
Source: Ghurar al-Ḥikam no.7179

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Individual Ethics » Virtues » Good-temperedness » Moral Superiority
الإمام علي (عليه السَّلام):
مَن أحسَنَ إلى مَن أساءَ إلَيهِ فقد أخَذَ بجَوامِعِ الفَضلِ.
Imam Ali (as):
He who is good to one who has done bad to him has attained all merits.
Source: Ghurar al-Ḥikam no.8905

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Individual Ethics » Virtues » Benefaction and Beneficence » Moral Superiority
الإمام علي (عليه السَّلام):
الفَضيلَةُ بحُسنِ الكَمالِ‏ ومَكارِمِ الأفعالِ، لا بكَثرَةِ المالِ وجَلالَةِ الأعمالِ.
Imam Ali (as):
Merits come through good perfection [of character] and noble actions, and not through abundant wealth and great feats.
Source: Ghurar al-Ḥikam no.1925

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Social Ethics » Government » Sovereignty » Religious Government » Depriving The Weak From His Right
الإمام علي (عليه السَّلام):
لن تُقَدَّسَ امّةٌ لايُؤخَذُ للضَّعيفِ‏فيها حَقُّهُ مِن القَوِيِّ غيرَ مُتَعتَعٍ.
Imam Ali (as):
A community who does not let the weak uphold his rights from the strong without obstacle will never be sanctified.
Source: Tuḥaf al-‘Uqūl no.142

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Fundamental Beliefs » Human and Existence » World » Idleness
الإمام علي (عليه السَّلام):
اعلَمْ أنَّ الدنيا دارُ بَلِيَّةٍ لم يَفرُغْ صاحِبُها فيها قَطُّ ساعَةً إلّا كانَت فَرغَتُهُ علَيهِ حَسرَةً يَومَ القِيامَةِ.
Imam Ali (as):
Know that the world is a place of trial wherein there is no time a person can afford to be idle, for that time will be a source of regret for him on the Day of Resurrection.
Source: Nahj al-Balāgha no.59

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