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Respected Sir, I am in need of some quotes of Hazrat Ali (R.A.) to write articles on following topics: 1- Confidence 2- Dua 3- Depression I have tried a lot through google but unable to find the required quotes. I need minimum 6 quotes on each topic. I hope I can get the required help from your kind self. Hoping to receive a positive and prompt response. Thanks & Regards, Sheharyar Wasi

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Answer: Salaams to you dear brother To find the views of Imam Ali (AS) on any of the issues that you have mentioned there is need for extensive researches, which is beyond the scope of this brief response. We are sending only a few hadiths quoted from Imam ‘Ali (p.b.u.h.) on each of the topics as follows: Self Confidence: 1. If the heavens and the earth close the doors on a person and that person fears from [disobeying] Allah[‘s commands], God will make a way for him to get out of the hard situation. Seek out your tranquility in truth; nothing but falsehood should frighten you.”Nahj al-Balaqa, sermon 130 (وَلَوْ أَنَّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرَضِينَ كَانَتَا عَلَى عَبْدٍ رَتْقاً ، ثُمَّ اتَّقَى اللّه َ لَجَعَلَ اللّه ُ لَهُ مِنْهُمَا مَخْرَجاً . لاَ يُؤنِسَنَّكَ إِلاَّ الْحَقُّ ، وَلاَ يُوحِشَنَّكَ إِلاَّ الْبَاطِلُ: نهج البلاغه، الخطبه ۱۳۰.) 2. "Wise is he who understands his value. Ignorant are those who do not recognize their dignity and worth." Nahj al-Balaqa, sermon 103 (العالمُ مَن عرفَ قدرَه و كفى بالمرءِ جهلا أن لا يعرفَ قدرَه: نهج البلاغه، خطبه ۱۰۳.) 3. “Whoever does not [make an effort] to raise his dignity, no one else will do it for him.” Source: Qurar al-Hikam Wa Durar al-Hikam (the book of memorable words of Imam ‘Ali ( p.b.u.h.) translated into Persian by Mohammad ‘Ali Ansari, published by Muhammad ‘Ali Ansari, Tehran vol. 2, p. 642) (من لم ينجد لم ينجد: غررالحکم و دررالحکم، ترجمه محمد علي انصاري قمي، ناشر محمد علي انصاري قمي؛ تهران 1337.ج2؛ ص 642.) 4. The Commander of the faithful, Imam ‘Ali (p.b.u.h.), considers as blameworthy one’s urging whims of the soul, that is, subordinating one’s life to [unruling] passions and personal inclinations. This sort of confidence in one’s sensual desires destroys the life. There is a tradition to this effect, “When one trusts his sensual soul, it will act treacherously.” Hedayat al-‘ilm fi tanzim Qurar al-hikmah, volume 1, page 609, written by Husayn Shaykh al-Islam, ( مَنْ وَثَقَ بِنَفْسِهِ خانَتْهُ؛ هداية العلم في تنظيم غرر الحكم نويسنده : السيد حسين شيخ الإسلامي جلد : 1 صفحه : 609.) 5. Poverty sets off negative reactions, an example of which is social rejection. This may in turn prepare the ground for lack of self-confidence. Imam ‘Ali (p.b.u.h.) says, “Poverty entails lowering of a person’s [degree], astounding of his reasoning, and bringing about of his worries.” Source: Mawsu’a al-Imam ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (p.b.u.h.) fil Kitabl wa Saunna wa al-Tarikh, vol. 6, p. 200, written by Muhammd al-Rayshahri (اِنّ الفَقْرَ مِذَلَّةٌ لِلنَّفسِ، مِدْهَشَةٌ لِلْعَقْلِ، جالِبٌ لِلْهُمُوم.[ موسوعة الإمام عليّ بن أبي طالب (ع) في الكتاب و السُّنَّة و التّاريخ نويسنده : محمد الريشهري جلد : 6 صفحه : 200.) 6. Imam ‘Ali (p.b.u.h.) has said, “When hardships frighten you, you [need to] become impenetrable to them. Experiencing hardships will make problems easier for you [to overcome].” Source: Uyun al-Hikam wa al-Mawa’iz, vol. 1, p. 136 author: ‘Ali bin Muhammad al-Laythi al-Wasity. ( إِذا خِفْتَ صُعُوبَةَ أَمْرٍ فاصْعُبْ لَهُ يَذِلَّ لَكَ وَخادِعْ الزَّمانَ عَنْ أَحْداثِه تَهُنْ عَلَيْكَ. عيون الحكم و المواعظ نويسنده : علي بن محمد الليثي الواسطي المجلد : 1 الصفحه : 136.) 7. Imam ‘Ali’s (p.b.u.h.) words concerning a believing person’s [nature]: “The spirit of a believing person is more invincible that granite.” Source: Memorable Words No. 325, Nahj al-Balaqa, Fayz al-Islam . Du’a (prayer): 1. Imam ‘Ali (p.b.u.h.): “Sins prevent prayer from being answered. You [yourself] have blocked the way for answers [to come]. So don’t think delayed answers as unlikely. Source: Uyununa li Hikam wa al-Mawa’iz, Ed. 1, p. 524, printed by Dar al-Hadith, Qum ( لا تَسْتَبْطِى ءْ إِجابَةَ دُعائِكَ وَ قَدْ سَدَدْتَ طَريقَهُ بِالذُّنُوبِ: ليثي واسطي، علي، عيون الحکم و المواعظ، ص 524، قم، دار الحديث، چاپ اول، 1376ش.‏) 2. What a strange person is the one who prays, yet slows down the answer to it through [committing] sins. Source: Majlisi, Muhammad Baqir, Bohar al-Anwar, vol. 75, p. 72, Beirut, Dar al-Ihya al-Turath al-Arabi, second edi. 1403 A.H. ( العجب ممن يدعو ويستبطئ الإجابة وقد سد طريقها بالمعاصي: مجلسي، محمد باقر، بحار الأنوار، ج ‏75، ص 72، بيروت، دار إحياء التراث العربي، چاپ دوم، 1403ق.) 3. Imam’Ali (p.b.u.h.) has said, “Allah, the Mighty and the Magnificent, revealed this to Issa son of Maryam (=Jesus Christ p.b.u.them) : Tell the dignitaries of the Children of Isra’il: Do not enter a house of Mine except with pure hearts, cast-down eyes and unpolluted hands, with which injustice has not been committed. Tell them: I will not answer the prayer of any one of you who owes [even] one of my servants his due rights. ” Source: Saduq, Muhammad b. Ali, Khisal, vol. 1, p. 337, printed by Daftar Intisharat Islami, Qum, ed. 1) ( إن الله عز وجل أوحى إلى عيسى بن مريم عليه السلام: قل للملا من بني إسرائيل: لا يدخلوا بيتا من بيوتي إلا بقلوب طاهرة، وأبصار خاشعة، وأكف نقية، وقل لهم: اعلموا أني غير مستجيب لاحد منكم دعوة ولاحد من خلقي قبله مظلمة: صدوق، محمد بن على‏، خصال، ج ‏1، ص 337، قم، دفتر انتشارات اسلامي، چاپ اول، 1362ش.) 4. The Commander of the faithful, ‘Ali (p.b.u.h.) noticed a man reading a lengthy prayer from a [piece of] paper. ‘Ali (p.b.u.h.) said, “The One Who hears [your] long [petition], answers it even if it is brief.” The man asked him, “My Mawla! What should I say [instead]? “ The Imam said, “Say, “All praise belongs to Allah for all His blessings, and I request Him of all good, and invoke the protection of Allah against all evil, and request Allah’s pardon for all sins.” Source: Majlisi, Muhammad Baqir, Binhar al-Anwar, vol. 91, p. 242, printed by Dar al-Ihya al-Turath al-Arabi, Beirut, second ed. 1403 A.H. (روي عن أمير المؤمنين عليه السّلام: أنّه رأى رجلا يدعو من دفتر دعاء طويلا فقال له:يا هذا الرجل ان الذي يسمع الكثير هو يجيب عن القليل، فقال الرجل:يا مولاي فما أصنع؟قال:قل:الحمد للّه على كلّ نعمة،و أسأل اللّه من كلّ خير و أعوذ باللّه من كلّ شر و استغفر اللّه من كلّ ذنب. ؛ مجلسي، محمد باقر، بحار الانوار، ج ‏91، ص 242، بيروت، دار إحياء التراث العربي، چاپ دوم، 1403ق.) 5. “It is through prayer that afflictins are warded off.” Source: An Anthology of Qurar al-Hikma and Durar al-Kilam, vol. 1, p. 43 written by Abdul Wahid b. Muhammad Tamim, (بِالدُّعاءِ يُستَدفَعُ البَلاءُ ؛ گزيده غررالحكم و دررالكلم نويسنده : عبدالواحد بن محمد تميمي جلد : 1 صفحه : 43.) 6. “Whoever is bestowed upon the success to pray, will not be denied the answer to it.” Source: An Anthology of Qurar al-Hikma and Durar al-Kilam, vol. 1, p. 79 written by Abdul Wahid b. Muhammad Tamim, (مَن أُعطِىَ الدُّعاءَ لَم يُحرَمِ الإجِابَةَ ؛ گزيده غررالحكم و دررالكلم نويسنده : عبدالواحد بن محمد تميمي جلد : 1 صفحه : 79.) Depression: 1. Imam ‘Ali (p.b.u.h.): “Depression destroys [the feeling of] brotherhood.” ( المَلَلُ يُفسِدُ الاُخُوَّةَ.) 2. Imam ‘Ali (p.b.u.h.): “The gloomy person has no one [with fraternal feeling to turn to]. ( لا اُخُوَّةَ لِمَلولٍ.) 3. Imam ‘Ali (p.b.u.h.): “The depressed person has no friends.” ( لا خُلَّةَ لِمَلولٍ.) 4. Imam ‘Ali (p.b.u.h.) repeatedly said, “No jealous person enjoys peace of mind, and no gloomy person a friend.” (ـ كانَ يَقولُ ـ: لا راحَةَ لِحَسودٍ ، و لا مَوَدَّةَ لِمَلولٍ.) 5. Imam’Ali (p.b.u.h.): “Seldom is a hasty person’s solution effective or a gloomy person’s friendship lasting.” Source of Traditions 1 - 5: Friendship in the Qur’an and Hadith, a book by Muhammad Muhammadi Rayshahri, p. 153 ( قَلَّما تَنجَحُ حيلَةُ العَجولِ ، أو تَدومُ مَوَدَّةُ المَلولِ؛ منبع روايات 1 تا 5: دوستي در قرآن و حديث نويسنده : محمد محمدي ري شهري صفحه : 153.) 6. He, peace be upon him, has said, “Like bodies, the hearts become weary. Search for wisely sayings to remedy it.” Source: Naj al-Balaqa, vol. 3, p. 170, printed by Matbi’eh al-Istiqamah. (وَ قالَ عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ: اِنَّ هذِهِ الْقُلُوبَ تَمَلُّ كَما تَمَلُّ الاَبْدانُ، فَابْتَغُوا لَها طَرائِفَ الْحِكَمِ نهج البلاغة ط-مطبعة الإستقامة؛ محمد عبده جلد : 3 صفحه : 170)

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