Alternative sources for this sermon
(see Bibliography for details of these texts)
Amir al-mu'minin's utterance which runs like a Sermon
About his own steadfastness in religion and precedence in (acceptance of) belief.
The low is in my view worthy of honour till I secure (his) right for him while the strong is in my view weak till I take (other's) right from him. We are happy with the destiny ordained by Allah and have submitted to the command of Allah. Do you think I would speak lie about the Prophet of Allah? By Allah, I am surely the first to testify him, so I will not be the first to falsify him. I looked at my affairs and found that my obedience should have precedence over my allegiance while my pledge with him is a burden on my neck.