Al-Amālī > ‘Ali (as) guides to true reform of oneself
Hadith #1

38 - وبالإسناد الأول عن علي بن مهزيار [عن علي بن حديد] قال: أخبرني أبو إسحاق الخراساني صاحب كان لنا قال : كان أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب صلوات الله عليه يقول: لا ترتابوا فتشكوا ولا تشكوا فتكفروا، ولا ترخصوا لأنفسكم فتدهنوا، ولا تداهنوا في الحق فتخسروا، [و] إن الحزم أن تتفقهوا، ومن الفقه أن لا تغتروا، وإن أنصحكم لنفسه أطوعكم لربه، وإن أغشكم لنفسه أعصاكم لربه. من يطع الله يأمن ويرشد ، ومن يعصه يخب ويندم. واسألوا الله اليقين، وارغبوا إليه في العافية ، وخير ما دار في القلب اليقين. أيها الناس إياكم والكذب، فإن كل راج طالب، وكل خائف هارب .

38. And with the former chains of narration from ‘Ali ibn Mahzyar (from ‘Ali ibn Hadeed), who reported from Abu Ishaq al-Khorasani, a friend of ours, that: Amirul Mu’mineen, ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, peace be upon him, used to say: "Do not be shaken in your faith, for that will make you a doubter; and do not be doubters, for that will lead to disbelief. And do not make yourself cheap falling victim to flattery and adulation; and do not be sycophant in matters of truth, for that will cause you a great loss. Firmness lies in becoming more learned in Religion and the sign of true religious learning is not to be conceited nor deceitful. The most honest and sincere to oneself among you is the one who is most obedient to his Sustainer; and the most deceitful to oneself among you is the one who is most insubordinate to his Sustainer. He who obeys Him, is secure and guided; and he who disobeys Him, is disappointed and remorseful. Seek certitude from Allah and set your hearts inclined to Him, when you are free from all harm; for the best experience of heart is that of certitude. O people! refrain from lying. And anyone who expects, proceeds to demand and anyone who fears, flees."