Letter 79: To the army officers

when Amir al-muminin became Caliph

أَمَّا بَعْدُ،


فإِنَّمَا أَهْلَكَ مَنْ كَانَ قَبْلَكُمْ

what ruined those before you

أَنَّهُمْ مَنَعُوا النَّاسَ الْحَقَّ

was that they denied people their rights


and then they had to purchase them (by bribes),

وَأَخَذُوهُمْ بِالْبَاطِلِ

and they led the people to wrong


and they followed it.

تمّ الباب بحمدالله.