Contributed by Mustafa Mawjee,
Imam Ali’s (a.s.) unique insight into the Offer of Peace Treaty
14 Centuries ago, Imam Ali a.s. wrote to his governor in Egypt, Maalik-e-Ashtar
Maalik, if your enemy invites you to a Peace Treaty that will be agreeable to Allah, then never refuse to accept such an offer because:
But even after such treaties be very careful of the enemies and do not place too much confidence in their promises because they often resort to Peace Treaty to deceive and delude you and take advantage of your negligence, carelessness and trust.
At the same time be very careful:
You must even risk your life to fulfil the promises given and the terms settled because of all the obligations laid by Almighty Allah upon man (in respect to other men) there is none so important as to keep one’s promises when made.