76. Imam Ali (MGB) ordered his staff to do five things

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5-86 حدثنا محمد بن علي ماجيلويه رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا محمد ين يحيى العطار قال: حدثني سهل بن زياد الادمي، عن يعقوب بن يزيد، عن محمد بن إبراهيم النوفلى رفعه إلى جعفر بن محمد أنه ذكر عن آبائه عليهم السلام أن أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام كتب إلى عماله: ادقوا أقلامكم، وقاربوا بين سطوركم، واحذفوا عني فضولكم، واقصدوا قصد المعاني، وإياكم والاكثار، فإن أموال المسلمين لا تحتمل الاضرار


5-86 Muhammad ibn Ali Majiluyih - may God be pleased with him - narrated that Muhammad ibn Yahya al-Attar quoted Sahl ibn Zyad al-Adamy, on the authority of Yaqoob ibn Yazid, on the authority of Muhammad ibn Ibrahim al-Nawfaly who linked it up through a chain of narrators to Imam Ja’far ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq (MGB), on the authority of his forefathers (MGB), “The Commander of the Faithful Imam Ali (MGB) wrote his staff and ordered them to do the following five things: Sharpen your pencils a little when you want to write; write the lines close to each other; skip additional and unrelated issues; and write briefly. I admonish you against wasting the possessions of the Muslims.”