The Last Will and Testament of Imam Ali (peace be upon him)
Imam Ali (peace be upon him) was struck on his head while he was offering
morning prayers and this blow proved to be fatal for he was martyred after two
days. In what follows is the last will of the Imam to his sons Imam Hassan and
Imam Hussein (peace be upon them):
"My advice to you is to be conscious of Allah and steadfast in your religion. Do
not yearn for the world even if it pursues you. Do not resent anything you have
missed in it. Proclaim the truth; work for the divine reward. Oppose the
oppressor and support the oppressed.
I advise you, and all my children, my relatives, and whosoever receives this
message, to be conscious of Allah, to remove your differences, and to strengthen
your ties. I heard your grandfather, peace be upon him, say: "Reconciliation of
your differences is more worthy than all prayers and all fasting."
Fear Allah in matters concerning orphans.
Attend to their nutrition and do not forget their interests in the middle of
Fear Allah in your relations with your neighbors.
Your Prophet often recommended them to you, so much so that we thought he would
give them a share in inheritance.
Remain attached to the Quran. Nobody should
surpass you in being intent on it, or more sincere in implementing it.
Fear Allah in relation to your prayers. It
is the pillar of your religion.
Fear Allah in relation to His House; do not
abandon it as long as you live. If you should do that you would abandon your
Persist in jihad in the cause of Allah, with
your money, your souls, and your tongue.
Maintain communication and exchange of opinion among
yourselves. Beware of disunity and enmity. Do not desist from
promoting good deeds and cautioning against bad ones. Should you do that, the
worst among you would be your leaders, and you will call upon Allah without
O Children of Abdul Muttalib! Do not shed
the blood of Muslims under the banner: The Imam has been assassinated! Only the
assassin should be condemned to death.
If I die of this stroke of his, kill him with one similar stroke. Do not
mutilate him! I have heard the Prophet, peace be upon him, say:
'Mutilate not even a rabid dog.' "
from duas.org, with changes*