Alternative sources for this sermon
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When before the commencement of the Battle of Jamal Amir
al-mu'minin sent `Abdullah ibn `Abbas to az-Zubayr ibn al-
`Awwam with the purpose that he should advise him back
to obedience, he said to him on that occasion:Do not meet Talhah (ibn `Ubaydillah). If you meet him you will find him like an unruly bull whose horns are turned towards its ears. He rides a ferocious riding beast and says it has been tamed. But you meet az-Zubayr because he is soft-tempered. Tell him that your maternal cousin says that, "(It looks as if) in the Hijaz you knew me (accepted me), but (on coming here to) Iraq you do not know me (do not accept me). So, what has dissuaded (you) from what was shown (by you previously)?!"
as-Sayyid ar-Radi says: The last sentence of this sermon "fama `ada mimma bada" has been heard only from Amir al-mu'minin.