الرسالة ۴۶

و من كتاب له عليه السلام إلى بعض عماله

اما بعد فانک ممن استظهر به على اقامه الدین و اقمع به نخوه الاثیم و اسد به لهاه الثغر المخوف فاستعن بالله على ما اهمک و اخلط الشده بضغث من اللین و ارفق ما کان الرفق ارفق و اعتزم بالشده حین لا یغنی عنک الا الشده و اخفض للرعیه جناحک (و ابسط لهم وجهک) و الن لهم جانبک و آس بینهم فی اللحظه و النظره و الاشاره و التحیه حتى لا یطمع العظما فی حیفک و لا ییاس الضعفا من عدلک و السلام

Letter 46

A Letter from Imam Ali (a.s)

[A letter from Imam Ali (a) to one of his governors.] You are one of those persons whose assistance I require in propagating the religion, in strengthening its hold, in defeating the unbelievers and sinners and in guarding dangerous frontiers of this State. Seek the help of Allah in your difficulties and enterprises. In your behaviour with your subjects remember that you should use leniency and tolerance alongside severity. Be kind, tolerant and lenient as far as and as long as possible but when you feel that your purpose cannot be achieved without severity only then can you adopt such an attitude. But remember always to treat them sympathetically, kindly, courteously and to treat them cheerfully. While meeting them, talking to them and wishing everyone of them, whether rich or poor, big or small you should behave as if they are your equals so that important persons of your State may not presume to derive undue advantage out of your uncalled for servile behaviour and poor people may not lose hope in your justice and sympathy.