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Why didn’t imam Ali (as) accept Abu sufyan’s offer in funding a war?

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Why did imam Ali (عليه السلام) accuse Abu sufyan of igniting “fitnah” among the Muslims for his attempt to grant him victory? How is granting the imam victory considered “fitnah”? And how is it that Fatima (عليه السلام) said those who consider her cause a fitnah are hell dwellers in her fadak sermon? Yet imam ali (عليه السلام) considers overthrowing Abu bakr as “fitnah”? We know he was ordered to observe patience if he couldn’t find 40 soldiers, otherwise he would have fought, as he did in jamal/siffin, and here Abu sufyan offered them on a golden platter; why didn’t he take it? And so what if Abu sufyan is just a hypocrite with bad intentions, the prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) accepted the jihad of hypocrites all the time and said god grants victory to this religion with the corrupt man (ن الله ليؤيد هذا الدين بالرجل الفاجر). If a non Muslim offers Islam victory; you take it any way you can get it...no?

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When fighting Imam Ali would look into a person's progeny, and if there was one decent person in 7 generations he would spare him, if not he would kill him. I don't know what the specific reason was, but he is not juggling the same information we are because he was the second wisest man of all time and with that he had access to special information. 

And as we know a lot of Imam Ali's soldiers were bottom of the barrel idiots who became the khawarij. And Imam Hussein was let down by the very people who invited him to lead them. Imam Ali knows how the cookie would have crumbled if he took that offer. He decided to lose a finger instead of a hand.

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