Ali ibn Abi Talib Quotes

Our affairs are attached to the destiny decreed by Allah, even our best plans may lead us to destruction.

This quotation is sometimes used as an illustration of a difficulty that many Western officials have in dealing with Islamic governments. Failure of their plans, policies, and strategies do not become a learning experience or an example to guide the future. The failure was the will of Allah and not the result of the policy. So repeating the strategy of staying with the policy is not per se destructive or useless. Allah may favor it the next time. So there are no consequences of bad policies. Only destiny which Allah has shaped for any of a thousand reasons which are not known to man.

Ali ibn Abi Talib, 600?-661, 4th Islamic Caliph, One Hundred Sayings

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Ali ibn Abi Talib
Ali ibn Abi Talib
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Ali was the cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, the last prophet of Islam. He ruled as the fourth caliph from 656 to 661, but is regarded as the rightful immediate successor to Muhammad as an Imam by Shia Muslims.

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