The Dua of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) for Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) when Sending Him to Yemen

Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports:

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sent me as his governor to Yemen. Before departing, I addressed him and said, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! You are sending me to people who are older than me. Furthermore, I am a youngster and I do not have any insight in the field of qadhaa (judicial matters).”

Hearing my concern, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) placed his blessed hand on my chest and made dua in the following words:

اللهم ثبت لسانه واهد قلبه

O Allah! Cause his tongue to be firm (in uttering the truth) and guide his heart (towards the haqq)!

Thereafter, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) addressed me and said, “O Ali! When the two disputing parties sit before you, then ensure that you do not issue any verdict or pass any judgment between them until you have heard the case of the second party, just as you heard the case of the first party. If you hold onto this advice of mine, you will understand the situation correctly, and you will know how to decide and pass judgement among them.”

It is reported that on account of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) making this dua for Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and giving him this advice, Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) never faced any difficulty when passing judgment between people.” (Musnad Ahmed #882)

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