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Peak of Eloquence, Nahjul Balagha [Paperback]

Ali ibn Abu-Talib , Sayyid al-Sharif ar-Radi , Martyr Murtadha Mutahhari
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener Jan. 30 2003
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Format:Hardcover
Its a great read. Thought provoking ideas from 1,400 years ago. Its hard to believe his man lived so long ago.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars second to none but the Quran Oct. 8 2002
Format:Hardcover
mohammed PBH called himself the city of knowledge, and ali AS its GATES. "whosoever wishes to enter the city, should enter through its gates".
this book is a window to the mind that was the "gate" of the city of knowledge. a must read not only for muslims, but those who search the meaning of life and wisdom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spring of freshness and inspiration March 16 2010
Format:Paperback
After the Holy Quran, this is the most important book to read imho. Imam Ali bin Abi Talib's discourses and letters cover the following topics:

- Theological and metaphysical issues
- Mystic path and worship
- Government and social justice
- Ahlul bayt and the issue of caliphate
- Wisdom and admonition; the world and worldiness
- Heroism and bravery
- Prayers and invocation
- Social philosophy
- Morality and self-discipline
- ... and a host of other topics

Best,
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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A word of caution , small people appropriate the words of great people according to their own capacities of understanding and concern.
Hadrat Ali (RA) is loved and honoured by muslims and non muslims alike , and his talks & letters contain so many jewels and doors of spirituality that no one can afford to reduce them to a purely political, historical or social level, which is unfortunately exactly what the publishers of this edition have done.
Each talk is followed by an Shia diatribe aimed only at propogating their own limited ideology rather than at elevating the readers spiritual level & closeness to God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars second to none but the Quran Oct. 8 2002
By "seyed_abdullah" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
mohammed PBH called himself the city of knowledge, and ali AS its GATES. "whosoever wishes to enter the city, should enter through its gates".
this book is a window to the mind that was the "gate" of the city of knowledge. a must read not only for muslims, but those who search the meaning of life and wisdom.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Oct. 5 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Whether you are a Sunni or a Shia, or whether you believe every word here to have been spoken by Hadrat Ali or not, it is undeniable that this collection of speeches and letters is saturated with widsom- which, according to a proverb found in this book, is the same no matter its source. The major themes running throughout these sermons are the deadly mirages and shortness of the present life compared to the infinite worth of the hereafter, the major need to work for it, and discourses about God, particularly His astonishing power as manifested through astonishing creations such as the peacock, locusts, bats... Other notable material included two touching prayers for rain, and a portrayal of the luminous qualities of a sober, self-fulfilled believer. The style throughout is highly eloquent and often philosophic, yet also extremely clear. There was also included a instructions to a governor for an ideal government which in their fairness, tolerance, and mercy could well be a guide for any Muslim nation today. I would recommend this book, particularly to non-Muslims who find it hard to believe that a volume of this size could be entirely about Islam, and yet with barely any reference to rules or regulations.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of knowledge! April 7 2003
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This book is one of the greatest literary masterpieces ever. From the details of the creation of the Universe to the day to day advice given by Imam Ali(A.S.), this book is a must read.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Sufis March 17 2001
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No wonder why he is called "Lord of the Sufis". Hazrat Ali, Amir al-moemenin,(Commander and Lord of those who have faith) peace be upon him, can not be described in words. It is said that the light of God in his heart was so expansive, that he once looked to the Sun and said, "For forty years you have not surpassed me." He is the first example of a true student, who demonstrated the truth of following in the footsteps of the Prophets (meaning all of the Prophets without the exclusion of the last and the wisest,) upon them be peace. And along side with him walked another true student, Salman-e Farsi who had spent his life first as a devout Zoroastrian, who then became a christian and spent all his time studying scriptures and the words of Jesus, peace be upon him, untill he began to look for the one of whose coming Jesus spoke of, prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him. One wonders, why are true examples so rarely understood, and so often misunderstood? Are we really in search of the same truth that they endeavored to find? Read and find out; these are amongst the Topics addressed in this book.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all. It is the "Peak of Eloquence", the epitome of wisdom. April 16 2006
By Mirsad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The sheer wisdom and knowledge contained in this volume is both humbling and awe inspiring. As a collection of Imam Ali's speeches, sayings, writings, and letters, it provides a gateway into the mind of perhaps the wisest and most learned man ever to walk the earth, after the Holy Prophet himself.

After reading this volume, it becomes apparent why Imam Ali's "Peak of Eloquence" is hailed above the words of man, and second only to the revealed words of God Almighty, which are manifested in the Holy Qur'an.

Every time I open this book, my thirst for knowledge is quenched, and my longing for wisdom is settled. It is not only an overwhelming treasure to own and comprehend, but it is thought provoking as well as motivational. It will inspire the person to deeply ponder over the greatest and most profound truths of our existence, within the realm of human comprehension.

The Christian Author and Researcher, George Jordaq in his tribute to Imam Ali (AS), says: "The Imam's sermons are full of wise thoughts. O' world, what would have happen if you mobilized your forces to produce in every era a man as great as Imam Ali (AS) in terms of wisdom, moral, expression, eloquence, valour, simplicity, generosity, patience, piety, and magnitude, for the human societies?"

It is a tremendous source of knowledge, and the feeling one gets when one closes this volume is simply amazing, and yet, it is written in a manner such that any reader of any level can benefit from it, from the most educated scholar to the beginning academic.

It would be truly a waste to pass up an opportunity to buy this book. The treasures contained within are boundless. There is nothing like it.
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