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Akalim of Amirul Mumineen Maulana Ali (AS)

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Akalim of Amirul Mumineen Maulana Ali (AS)

Reforming The People

1. If your zeal for reforming the people becomes heightened, then begin with yourself; for indeed your pursuit for the righteousness of others while you are [yourself] corrupt, is the greatest flaw.

1. If your zeal for reforming the people becomes heightened, then begin with yourself; for indeed your pursuit for the righteousness of others while you are [yourself] corrupt, is the greatest flaw.

1 إنْ سَمَتْ هِمَّتُكَ لإصْلاحِ النّاسِ، فَابْدَأْ بِنَفْسِكَ فَإنَّ تَعاطيكَ صَلاحَ غَيْرِكَ وأنْتَ فاسِدٌ أكْبَرُ العَيْبِ.

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4. Rectify when you have corrupted and complete [your good act] when you have done good.

4. Rectify when you have corrupted and complete [your good act] when you have done good.

4 أصْلِحْ إذا أنْتَ أفْسَدْتَ، وأتْمِمْ إذا أنْتَ أحْسَنْتَ.

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2. I am amazed at the one who sets out to reform the people while his own soul is more severely corrupted yet he does not reform it and pursues the reformation of others.

2. I am amazed at the one who sets out to reform the people while his own soul is more severely corrupted yet he does not reform it and pursues the reformation of others.

2 عَجِبْتُ لِمَنْ يَتَصَدّى لإصْلاحِ النّاسِ، ونَفْسُهُ أشَدُّ شَيْء فَساداً فلايُصْلِحُها وَيَتَعاطى إصْلاحَ غَيْرِهِ.

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