Words Of ‘Alee On His Deathbed
When death was imminent, he gave the following advice:
“…I advise you, O Hasan and all my children and family, to fear Allaah your Lord, and never die except in a state of slam, [3:102] and hold fast, all of you together, to the rope of Allah (this Qur’an), and be not divided among yourselves [3:103]. I heard Abu Al-Qaasim say: ‘Reconciling between people is better than supererogatory prayers and fasts.’ Check on your relatives and uphold ties with them, then your reckoning with Allaah will he easier. I urge you by Allah to he kind to orphans, and do not silence them or ignore them when they are with you. I urge you by Allah to b e kind to your neighbours, for your Prophet (saw) enjoined that, and he continued to enjoin that until we thought that he would make the neighbour an heir.
I urge you by Allaah to take care of the Qur’an, and do not let others he better at putting it into practice than you. I urge you by Allaah to take care of the prayer, for it is the foundation of your religion. I urge you by Allaah to take care of the House of your Lord; do not forsake it as long as you live.
I urge you by Allaah to engage in jihaad for the sake of Allaah with your wealth and your lives.
I urge you by Allaah to take care of zakaah, for it extinguishes the wrath of the Lord. I urge you by Allaah to take care of those whom your right hands possess (female slaves).
The prayer, the prayer; never fear the blame of the blamers for the sake of Allaah. Allaah will suffice you against anyone who wants to harm or transgress against you. Speak kindly to people as Allaah has commanded you, and do not give up enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, lest the worst of you attain positions of authority, then you will call upon Allaah but receive no response.
I enjoin you to keep in touch with one another and help one another; beware of turning away from one another, cutting off ties with one another and becoming divided. Cooperate in righteousness and piety; do not cooperate in sin and transgression. Fear Allaah, for Allaah is severe in punishment. May Allaah take care of you, my household. May the teachings of the Prophet (saw) continue to guide you. I bid you farewell, peace be upon you and the mercy of Allaah.”
[Taken from ” ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, His Life And Times”, by ‘Alee muhammad As-Salaabee, Pp. 620-621]