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الإمامُ الحسينُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ لَمّا سَألَهُ أبوهُ عنِ السُّؤدُدِ ـ: إحشاشُ العَشِيرَةِ ، واحتِمالُ الجَرِيرَةِ

when asked by his father about what chiefdom involves, replied, '[The ability] To make one's tribe flourish, and [the capacity] to bear the burden of their crimes.
Imām Husayn ibn ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 72, p. 194, no. 14; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 184

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): بِاحتِمالِ المُؤَنِ يَجِبُ السُّؤدُدُ

Chiefdom is achieved through tolerating hardships.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Nahj al-Balagha, Saying 224; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 184

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): الشَّريفُ كُلُّ الشَّريفِ مَن شَرَّفَهُ عِلمُهُ ، والسُّؤدُدُ حَقُّ السُّؤدُدِ لِمَنِ اتَّقى اللّه‏َ رَبَّهُ

The truly noble one is he who has been ennobled by his knowledge, and true chiefdom belongs to he who is wary of his duty to Allah, his Lord.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 82, no. 82; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 185

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): فَضيلَةُ السادَةِ حُسنُ العِبادَةِ

The virtue characteristic of chiefs is the beauty of their worship.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 6559; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 185

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): أربَعُ خِصالٍ يَسُودُ بِها المَرءُ: العِفَّةُ ، والأدَبُ ، والجُودُ ، والعَقلُ

There are four virtues that qualify a man for chiefdom: chastity, courtesy, magnanimity and intelligence
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 1, p. 94, no. 23; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 185

الإمامُ الحسنُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): الإعطاءُ قَبلَ السُّؤالِ مِن أكبَرِ السُّؤدُدِ

The greatest characteristic of chiefdom is giving before one is asked.
Imām Hasan ibn ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 113, no. 7; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 185

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): مُنازَعَةُ السُّفَّلِ تَشِينُ السّادَةَ

Engaging in disputes with the lower classes is a source of disgrace for chiefs.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 9813; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 185

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): لا يَطمَعَنَّ... المُعاقِبُ على الذَنبِ الصغيرِ في السُّؤدُدِ ، ولا القَليلُ التَّجرِبَةِ المُعجَبُ بِرَأيِهِ في رئاسَةٍ

The person guilty of petty sins should not be coveting chiefdom, and neither should the inexperienced person who proudly holds his own opinion be coveting leadership.
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
al-Khisal, p. 434, no. 20; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 185

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): لا يَسودُ سَفِيهٌ

A fool can never be chief.
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
al-Khisal, p. 271, no. 10; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 185