PERIOD OF YOUTH
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Leaders of society should be forbearing and patient strong and powerful brave and valiant fearless and bold and should possess a great soul.
How can it be possible for persons who are timid and chicken-hearted weak and cowardly feeble-minded and lazy to lead the society through intricate paths? How can they take a stand before the enemies and protect their entity and personality from the attacks of the people at large?
The greatness and magnificence of the soul of a leader and his corporeal and spiritual power and ability have wonderful impact on his followers. When Ali the Commander of the Faithful selected one of his sincere companions for the Governorship of Egypt he wrote a letter to the afflicted people of Egypt who had been greatly put out on account of the tyranny of the government which was then in position in that land. In that letter he praised his governor-designate for his bravery and spiritual purity. We reproduce here an extract from that letter wherein the real attributes of a ruler have been narrated
"..... I have sent to you a servant of Allah who does not go to sleep in dreadful days and does not show cowardice while facing the enemy during an emergency. For the wicked he is more harsh than the burning fire. He is Malik bin Harith from the clan of Mazhaj. Listen to his words and enforce his orders because he is one of the swords of Allah which does not become blunt and whose stroke does not remain ineffective'.
 Nahjul Balaghah vol. III page 92.
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SPIRITUAL POWER OF THE HOLY PROPHET
During his boyhood as well as manhood the signs of strength bravery firmness and forcefulness were patent in the forehead of the darling of Quraysh. When he was fifteen years of age he took part in a battle which has fought by Quraysh against the tribe of Hawazan and which is called the Fujjar Battle. In the battle-front his duty was to ward off the arrows aimed at his uncles. In his Seerah-i Ibn Hisham quotes this sentence from the Prophet: "I warded off the arrows from my uncles".
Participation in this battle and that too at such a young age tells us about the unparalleled valour of the Holy Prophet and we understand as to why Imam Ali the most valiant of the valiant the Commander of the Faithful says "Whenever matters became difficult for us (the Muslim Soldiers) on the battle front we took refuge with the Prophet of Allah and none of us was nearer to the enemy than the Prophet himself.