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Nahj-ul-Balgha is an anthology of sayings and writings of Imam Ali (a.s.) compiled by al-Sayyid al-Radi in late 4th century AH.
"Nahj" means "clear path". Therefore, Nahj-ul-balagha means the "clear path of eloquence". In the preface of the book, al-Sayyid al-Radi said:
"Nahjul-Balagha, the pathway of rhetoric would be the appropriate title of the book, in that it would open the doors of eloquence for the reader and shorten its approach for him or her, the scholar and the student would meet their needs from it and the rhetoricians as well as the recluse would find their objectives in it. In this book will be found a wonderful discussion on Allah's Oneness, Justness and His being free from body and form, that will quench every thirst (for learning), provide a cure for every malady (of unbelief) and remove every doubt."
Throughout the sermons, Imam (a.s.) calls people to obey God's orders and abandon prohibitions and in his letters advises his agents to observe the rights of people. Kalimat al-qisar [short sayings] of Nahj-ul-Balagha are a collection of wise sayings stated at the peak of eloquence.
In his preface on Nahj-ul-balagha, al-Sayyid al-Radi writes in the categorization of topics that,
"In my view Amir Al-Mu'minin's utterances are divisible in three categories;
* firstly Sermons and Decrees
* secondly Letters and Communications and
* thirdly Maxims and Counsels"