Wise Quotes by Hazrat Ali (RA)

Wise Quotes by Hazrat Ali (RA) Hazrat Ali (RA) was the fourth Pious Caliph of the Pious Caliphate (Khilafat-e-Rashida) of Islam. He is consider to be the ultimate leader of Sufis, or the Islamic mystics, on the way of Rasool Allah (Peace Be upon Him).
The quotes and sayings by Hazrat Ali (RA) are very famous among Muslims. His words  have a sense of divine wisdom in them and convey a deeper understanding of life than any of the thinkers, whosoever. I’m proud and honored to present a few of his great and pithy quotes for you in the lines below.


    • “I define Islam for you in a way that nobody dared do it before me. Islam means obedience to Allah, obedience to Allah means having sincere faith in Him, such a faith means to believe in His Power, belief in His Power means recognizing and accepting His Majesty, acceptance of His Majesty means fulfilling the obligations laid down by Him and fulfillment of obligations means actions (Therefore, Islam does not mean mere faith, but faith plus deeds).”
    • “If you understand Allah's Majesty, then you will not attach any importance to the creatures.”
    • “If you want to pray to Allah for better means of subsistence, then first give something in charity.”
    • “When someone is sure of the returns, then he shows generosity.”
    • “Aid (from Allah) is in proportion to the trouble.”
    • “He who practices moderation and frugality will never be threatened with poverty.”
    • “One of the conveniences in life is to have less children.”
    • “Loving one another is half of wisdom.”
    • “Grief is half of old age.”
    • “Grant of patience (from Allah) is in proportion to the extent of calamity you are passing through. If you exhibit fretfulness, irritation, and despair in calamities, then your patience and your exertions are wasted.”
    • “Many persons get nothing out of their fasts but hunger and thirst, many more get nothing out of their night prayers but exertions and sleepless nights. Wise and sagacious persons are praiseworthy even if they do not fast and sleep during the nights.”
    • “Defend your faith (in Allah) with the help of charity. Protect your wealth with the aid of Zakat. Let the prayers guard you from calamities and disasters.”
    • “The first fruit of forbearance is that people will sympathize with you and they will go against the man who offended you arrogantly.”
    • “One who takes account of his shortcomings will always gain by it; one who is unmindful of them will always suffer. One who is afraid of the Day of Judgment, is safe from the Wrath of Allah. One who takes lessons from the events of life, gets vision, one who acquires vision becomes wise and one who attains wisdom achieves knowledge.”
    • “Bear sorrows and calamities patiently, otherwise you will never be happy.”
    • “One who comes into power often oppresses.”
    • “Adversities often bring good qualities to the front.”
    • “If a friend envies you, then he is not a true friend.”
    • “Avarice dulls the faculties of judgment and wisdom.”
    • “Oppression and tyranny are the worse companions for the Hereafter.”
    • “The best deed of a great man is to forgive and forget.”
    • “Silence will create respect and dignity; justice and fair play will bring more friends; benevolence and charity will enhance prestige and position; courtesy will draw benevolence; service of mankind will secure leadership and good words will overcome powerful enemies.”
    • “A greedy man will always find himself in the shackles of humility.”
    • “Submission to Allah's Will is the best companion; wisdom is the noblest heritage; theoretical and practical knowledge are the best signs of distinction; deep thinking will present the clearest picture of every problem.”
    • “The mind of a wise man is the safest custody of secrets; cheerfulness is the key to friendship; patience and forbearance will conceal many defects.”
    • “A conceited and self-admiring person is disliked by others; charity and alms are the best remedy for ailments and calamities; one has to account in the next world for the deeds that he has done in this world.”
    • “If you overpower your enemy, then pardon him by way of thankfulness to Allah, for being able to subdue him.”
    • “Unfortunate is he who cannot gain a few sincere friends during his life and more unfortunate is the one who has gained them and then lost them (through his deeds).”
    • “When some blessings come to you, do not drive them away through thanklessness.”
    • “He who is deserted by friends and relatives will often find help and sympathy from strangers.”
    • “One who rushes madly after inordinate desire, runs the risk of encountering destruction and death.”
    • “Often your utterances and expressions of your face leak out the secrets of your hidden thoughts.”
    • “Hearts of people are like wild beasts. They attach themselves to those who love and train them.”
    • “So long as fortune is favoring you, your defects will remain covered.”
    • “Only he who has the power to punish can pardon.”
    • “Generosity is to help a deserving person without his request, and if you help him after his request, then it is either out of self-respect or to avoid rebuke.”
    • “There is no greater wealth than wisdom, no greater poverty than ignorance; no greater heritage than culture and no greater support than consultation.”
    • “Patience is of two kinds: patience over what pains you, and patience against what you covet.”
    • “Wealth converts a strange land into homeland and poverty turns a native place into a strange land.”
    • “Contentment is the capital which will never diminish.”
    • “Wealth is the fountain head of passions.”
    • “Whoever warns you against sins and vices is like the one who gives you good tidings.”
    • “Tongue is a beast, if it is let loose, it devours.”
    • “Woman is a scorpion whose grip is sweet.”
    • “O son of Adam, when you see that your Lord, the Glorified, bestows His Favors on you while you disobey Him, you should fear Him (take warning that His Wrath may not turn those very blessings into misfortunes).”
    • “There are four causes of infidelity and loss of belief in Allah: hankering after whims, a passion to dispute every argument, deviation from truth; and dissension, because whoever hankers after whims does not incline towards truth; whoever keeps on disputing every argument on account of his ignorance, will always remain blind to truth, whoever deviates from truth because of ignorance, will always take good for evil and evil for good and he will always remain intoxicated with misguidance. And whoever makes a breach (with Allah and His Messenger) his path becomes difficult, his affairs will become complicated and his way to salvation will be uncertain.”
    • “Similarly, doubt has also four aspects absurd reasoning; fear; vacillation and hesitation; and unreasonable surrender to infidelity, because one who has accustomed himself to unreasonable and absurd discussions will never see the Light of Truth and will always live in the darkness of ignorance. One who is afraid to face facts (of life, death and the life after death) will always turn away from ultimate reality, one who allows doubts and uncertainties to vacillate him will always be under the control of Satan and one who surrenders himself to infidelity accepts damnation in both the worlds.”
    • “A virtuous person is better than virtue and a vicious person is worse than vice.”
    • “Recommended prayers cannot attain the pleasures of Allah for you when obligatory prayers are left unattended.”
    • “Value of a man depends upon his courage; his veracity depends upon his self-respect and his chastity depends upon his sense of honor.”
    • “Every breath you take is a step towards death.”
    • “Like your body your mind also gets tired so refresh it by wise sayings.”
    • “Whenever a tradition of the Holy Prophet is related to you, scrutinize it, do not be satisfied with mere verbatim repetition of the same because there are many people who repeat the words containing knowledge but only few ponder over them and try to fully grasp the meaning they convey.”
    • “A friend cannot be considered a friend unless he is tested on three occasions: in time of need, behind your back and after your death.”
    • “There is enough light for one who wants to see.”
    • “It is wiser to abstain then to repent.”
    • “Obstinacy will prevent you from a correct decision.”
    • “If two opposite theories are propagated one will be wrong.”
    • “When truth was revealed to me I never doubted it.”
    • “Death is never very far.”
    • “One who forsakes truth earns eternal damnation.”
    • “O son of Adam, if you have collected anything in excess of your actual need, you will act only as its trustee for someone else to use it.”
    • “There are people who worship Allah to gain His Favors, this is the worship of traders; while there are some who worship Him to keep themselves free from His Wrath, this is the worship of slaves; a few who obey Him out' of their sense of gratitude and obligations, this is the worship of free and noble men.”
    • “A wise man first thinks and then speaks and a fool speaks first and then thinks.”
    • “A fool's mind is at the mercy of his tongue and a wise man's tongue is under the control of his mind.”
    • “Lack of friends means, stranger in one's own country.”
    • “Not to have a thing is less humiliating than to beg it.”
    • “Do not feel ashamed if the amount of charity is small because to refuse the needy is an act of greater shame.”
    • “To refrain from unlawful and impious source of pleasures is an ornament to the poor and to be thankful for the riches granted is the adornment of wealth.”
    • “If you cannot get things as much as you desire than be contented with what you have.”
    • “An ignorant person will always overdo a thing or neglect it totally.”
    • “The wiser a man is, the less talkative will he be.”
    • “Time wears out bodies, renews hopes, brings death nearer and takes away aspirations. Whoever gets anything from the world lives in anxiety for holding it and whoever loses anything passes his days grieving over the loss.”
    • “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 own morals is superior to the man who tries to teach and train others.”
    • “Every breath you take is a step towards death.”
    • “Anything which can be counted is finite and will come to an end.”
    • “If matters get mixed up then scrutinize the cause and you will know what the effects will be.”
    • “A man hypocritically started praising Imam Ali, though he had no faith in him and Imam Ali hearing these praises from him said ‘I am less than what you tell about me but more than what you think about me.’”
    • “Those who have come alive out of a blood-bath live longer and have more children.”
    • “One who imagines himself to be all-knowing will surely suffer on account of his ignorance.”
    • “I appreciate an old man's cautious opinion more than the valor of a young man.”
    • “I wonder at a man who loses hope of salvation when the door of repentance is open for him.”

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