A true word by which falsehood is intended

وهذا عليٌّ رضي الله عنه عندما أتاه رجلان من الخوارج زرعة بن البرج الطائي وحرقوص بن زهير فقالا له: «لا حكم إلاَّ لله» وقال عليٌّ رضي الله عنه كلمة حقٍّ أريد بِها باطل, وقال له حرقوص: تب من خطيئتك, وارجع عن قضيتك, وقال له زرعة بن البرج: أما والله يا عليُّ لئن لَم تدع تَحكيم الرجال في كتاب الله عز وجل؛ قاتلتك؛ اطلب بذلك وجه الله ورضوانه». والأثر أخرجه الطبري (تفسير الطبري – 3/114,113).
And when two men from the Khawārij came to ‘Ali, namely Zur’ah bin al-Burj at-Tā‘i and Harqūs bin Zuhayr, they said to him: “Ruling is only for Allah.” So, ‘Ali said: “A true word by which falsehood is intended.” Harqūs said to him: “Repent from your sins, and go back on your decision” and Zur’ah bin al-Burj said to him: “By Allah, O ‘Ali! If you do not leave allowing men to judge regarding the Book of Allah I will fight you. Seek the Face of Allah and His pleasure [by leaving it].”[ The narration is reported by at-Tabari in Tafsīr at-Tabari (3/113-4).]

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