Nahjul Balagha Letter 42

To Umar bin Abi Salamah al-Makhzumi (foster son of the Holy Prophet from Umm al-mu'minin, Umm Salamah) who was Ameerul Momineen’s Governor of Bahrain, hut whom he removed and replaced by Nu'man bin Ajlan az-Zuraqi.

Now, I have posted Nu'man bin Ajlan az-Zuraqi at Bahrain and have released you from that position without anythingbad from you nor reproach on you, because you managed the governorship well and discharged the obligations. Therefore, proceed to me when you are neither suspected nor rebuked, neither blamed nor guilty. I have just intended to proceed towards the recalcitrant of Syria and desired that you should be with me because you are among those on whom I rely in fighting the enemy and erecting the pillars of religion, if Allah wills.