Nahjul Balagha Letter 20

To Ziad bin Abih (son of his unknown father), when Abdullah bin Abbas was the Governor of Basrah, the suburbs of Ahwaz, Persia and Kerman while Ziad was his deputy in Basrah.

I truthfully swear by Allah that if I come to know that you have misappropriated the funds of the Muslims, small or big, I shall inflict upon you such punishment which will leave you empty handed, heavy backed and humiliated.