Al-Kāfi - Volume 5 > Calling to al-Islam before Fighting
Hadith #2

2- عِدَّةٌ مِنْ أَصْحَابِنَا عَنْ سَهْلِ بْنِ زِيَادٍ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ شَمُّونٍ عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ عَنْ مِسْمَعِ بْنِ عَبْدِ الْمَلِكِ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللهِ (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) قَالَ قَالَ أَمِيرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) لَمَّا وَجَّهَنِي رَسُولُ اللهِ (صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِه) إِلَى الْيَمَنِ قَالَ يَا عَلِيُّ لا تُقَاتِلْ أَحَداً حَتَّى تَدْعُوَهُ إِلَى الإسْلامِ وَايْمُ اللهِ لأنْ يَهْدِيَ اللهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ عَلَى يَدَيْكَ رَجُلا خَيْرٌ لَكَ مِمَّا طَلَعَتْ عَلَيْهِ الشَّمْسُ وَغَرَبَتْ وَلَكَ وَلاؤُهُ.

2. A number of our people have narrated from Sahl ibn Ziyad from Muhammad ibn al-Hassan from ‘ Abd Allah ibn ‘Abd al-Rahman from Misma’ ibn ‘Abd al-Malik who has said the following: “Abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, has said that Amir al-Mu’minin, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, has said, ‘When the Messenger of Allah, O Allah, grant compensation to Muhammad and his family worthy of their services to Your cause, instructed me to go to Yemen he said to me, “O Ali, you must not fight anyone before calling him to al-Islam. I swear by Allah, Allah’s guiding only one man (to the right path) is better for you than all things on which the sun shines or sets, and to you will belong his guardianship and legacy.’””