الرسالة ۱۳

و من كتاب له عليه السلام إلى أميرين من أمراء جيشه

و قد امرت علیکما و على من فی حیزکما مالک بن الحارث الاشتر فاسمعا له و اطیعا و اجعلاه درعا و مجنا فانه ممن لا یخاف وهنه و لا سقطته و لا بطوه عما الاسراع الیه احزم و لا اسراعه الى ما البط عنه امثل

Letter 13

A Letter from Imam Ali (a.s)

[Instructions to two of his commanders.] I have appointed Malik bin Harith as chief of the staff over you and the armies under you. Take your orders from him and obey him. Treat him as if he is your shield and armour because there is no risk of laziness or lethargy from him, nor of nervousness and blunders nor of any error of commission and omission.