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ĎAlī bin Abī Ṭālib (Arabic: علي بن أﺑﻲ طالب)‎ (599 Ė 661)[1] was an early Islamic leader. He is revered by Sunni Muslims as the fourth Rightly Guided Caliph and as a foremost religious authority on the Qur'an and Islamic jurisprudence. Shi'a Muslims consider him the First Imam appointed by the Prophet Muhammad and the first rightful caliph. Ali was the cousin of Muhammad, and after marriage to Fatima Zahra, he also became Muhammad's son-in-law. He is the first male to convert to Islam, and the father to the prophet of Islamís only bloodline.
Selected sayings from Nahj al Balagha:
Value of each man depends upon the art and skill which he has attained.
He who is deserted by friends and relatives will often find help and sympathy from strangers.
Our affairs are attached to the destiny decreed by Allah, even our best plans may lead us to destruction.
If someone's deeds lower his position, his pedigree cannot elevate it.
A virtuous person is better than virtue and a vicious person is worse than vice.
One who says unpleasant things about others, will himself quickly become a target of their scandal.
A wise man first thinks and then speaks and a fool speaks first and then thinks.
The sin which makes you sad and repentant is more liked by Allah than the good deed which turns you arrogant.
Value of a man depends upon his courage; his veracity depends upon his self-respect and his chastity depends upon his sense of honor.
Do not feel ashamed if the amount of charity is small because to refuse the needy is an act of greater shame.

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