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by Tahawwur Ali

The Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali (a.s.), the appointed “Maula” by the Almighty at Ghadeer-e-Khum, accepted the patent Khilafat on the stormy insistence by the Muslims, issued a comprehensive instruction regarding governance. This may be perfect guidelines for any modern executive of any type of government.

His instructions may be divided into the following categories:

1. The Richest Treasure

2. The Common Man

3. The Counselors

4. The Different Classes of People

5. The Army

6. The Real Guidance

7. Chief of The Justice Department

8. Subordinate Judiciary

9. Revenue administration

10. Clerical Establishment

11. Trade and Industry

12. The Poor

13. Open Conferences

14. Communion with God

15. Aloofness not Desirable

16. Peace and Treaties

17. Last instructions

In such a short writing, it is not possible to discuss every category in details; selected items shall be highlighted as his knowledgeable stamp will be seen at every topic. In “The Richest Treasure”, the Divinely Appointed Imam (a.s.) says: “The fact is that the public speak well of only those who do good. It is they who furnish the proof of your actions. Hence the richest treasure you may covet would be the treasure of good deeds.

Keep your desires under control and deny yourself that which you have been prohibited from, for, by such abstinence alone, you will be able to distinguish between what is good to them and what is not.

Do not behave with the people like a barbarian, and do not appropriate to yourself that which belongs to them. Let your mind respect through your actions the rights of God and the rights of man. For, otherwise, you will be doing injustice to yourself and injustice to humanity. Thus both man and God will turn unto your enemies.

In “Common Man”, The Best Judge in Ummah directs: “Maintain justice in the administration and impose it on yourself and seek the consent of the people, for, the discontent of the masses sterilizes the contentment of the privileged few and the discontent of the few looses itself in the contentment of the many. Remember, the privileged few will not rally round you in moments of difficulty: they will try to side-track justice, they will ask for more than what they deserve and will show no gratitude for favors done to them. So live in close contact with the masses and be mindful of their welfare.

Keep him at a distance one who peers into the weaknesses of others. After all, masses are not free from weaknesses. It is the duty of the ruler to shield them. Try to remove those weaknesses which have been brought to light. God is watchful of every thing which is hidden from you. To the best of your ability cover the weaknesses of the public and God will cover your weaknesses. Do not make haste in seeking confirmation in tale-telling, for; the tale-teller is a deceitful person appearing in the garb of a friend.

In case of “Real Guidance”, he says: “Turn to God and His Prophet for guidance whenever you feel uncertain as to what you have to do. There is the commandment of God: “O People of the faith! Obey God and obey His Prophet and those from among you who hold authority over you.”

For the selection of “Chief Judge”, Imam Ali says: “Select the best man, who is not obsessed with domestic worries, who does not err too often, who dose not turn back from the right path once he finds it, who does not decide before knowing full facts, one whom flattery cannot mislead, who will not grow restive over arguments, who will be strictly impartial. Once you find the man, pay him handsomely enough to keep him away from temptations.

In case of “Subordinate Judiciary”, he says: “Beware, the utmost carefulness should be exercised in these selections. Confirm them after approved apprenticeship and probation.

Never select men for responsible positions out of regard for personal connections or undue influence that might lead to injustice and corruption. Keep a watchful eye on them without their knowledge.

In case of “Poor”, the Chief Caretaker of the poor warns the Governor saying: “Beware, Fear God when dealing with the problems of the poor who have none to patronize, who are indigent and helpless and are greatly torn in mind. Not withstanding their miseries, they do not go about begging. For God’s sake, safeguard their interests. Make such provisions for these people so it shall not oblige you to offer an excuse before God on the Day of Judgment, for it is this section of the people more than any other which deserves benevolent treatment.

As for the “Open Conferences”, the Mushkil-Kusha of the oppressed, says: “Meet the oppressed and the lowly periodically, be conscientious of The Divine Presence there, have a heart to heart talk with them. Make sure that no police or other law enforcement officers are present so that the oppressed may speak fearlessly. I have heard the Prophet of God saying that no nation or community will occupy a high position in which the strong do not discharge their duties towards the weak. Do not get annoyed by the strong language they may use. What ever you can give to them, give them and clearly explain that which you cannot do.

Regarding “Communion with God”, the Imam al-Muttaqeen advises him: “Do not forget to set aside the best of your time for Communion with God, although every moment of yours is for Him only. While leading congregational prayers, make it short enough so that old and disabled may be comfortable.

His last instructions were: “It is imperative on you to study carefully the principles which  have inspired just and good rulers who have gone before you. Give close thought to the  example of our Prophet (s.a.w.s.), his Traditions, and the Commandments of the Book of  God and whatever you might have assimilated from my own way of dealing with things.

I seek the refuge of the might of the Almighty and His limitless Blessings, and invite you  to pray with me that He may give us together the grace willingly to surrender our will  to His Will, and to enable us to acquit ourselves before Him and His creation. I seek of  God the culmination of His Blessings and pray that He may grant you and me His Grace  and the honor of martyrdom in His cause. Verily, we have to return to Him. I invoke His  Blessings on the Prophet of God and his pure Progeny.

Reference: Nahj-ul-Balagha





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