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Arabic Wisdoms

Arabic Wisdoms

Arabic Wisdoms

Timidity Cupidity, miserliness, generosity– 

Avoid doing bad deeds when alone or with others. Be ashamed of yourself more than any one else. Get used to moderation, both in your deeds and in your speech. (Abul Malik Ibn Marwan).  *

Do not be ashamed of three things: knowledge, sickness, and a poor relative. (Al Mamun, 9th century). 

Whoever deprives himself is accumulating for others. (Ali Bin Abi Talib 7th century) .

Money is like love. It kills the miser and brings the life to the one who gives it. (Al-Ahnaf Ibn Qais, 6th century). *(.

Never think that a stingy man can be honest .There is never honesty with miserliness. (Omar Ibn Abdelaziz 7 -8th century).

We asked a wise man: “Who are the kings?” he replied: “The chaste ones”. We asked him “and the vile ones?” he replied: “Those who live on the religion’s trade”. (Omar Ibn Abdelaziz).* *(.

Generosity makes one close to his enemies, whereas cupidity makes one far from his own sons. (Ali Bin Abi Talib) **(

A stingy man naively invites his wife to adore every generous man. (Rawdatu alward: The garden of roses).

Don’t pick all the fruits, leave some for the passers-by. (prophet Muhammad). *(

“Cupidity: someone claims what he is not entitled for, whereas miserliness is refusing to return their rights to his fellows. Cupidity is the most dangerous because it is the origin of evil, and the tool of oppression. (From the Abbasid era 9th -12th centuries Al-Jahiz).

Three things spoil the good character: cupidity, miserliness and anger. (Ali Bin Abi Talib 7th ).

Asking in case of need 

Nothing is uglier than submission in case of need and pride in case of richness. (Ali Bin Abi Talib* (.

 To be deprived of what ones need is better than asking for it to those who do not possess it. (Muawiya).  *

 If you ask something to a magnanimous person, give him the time to think, because he thinks only of good. And if you ask an ill-omened person, hurry him on, because if he thinks a lot, he comes back quickly to his nature.  (Ali Bin Abi Talib) .

Anxiety and sadness 

 Be fond of sane things: a sweet smell strengthens  the good thinking and the cleanliness of clothes diminishes worries.  ( Abdul Malik Ibn Marwan).*(.  

the most pleasant: “exchanging jokes with those we like, conversing with honest people, and expressing good wishes to strengthen our hopes in the future. (bu Nawass- Al Hassan Ibn Hani’i) *

 I have not suffered from anxiety by living in the desert, there, in paradise; I have found tranquility and satisfaction. (Jebran Khalil Jebran).

Happiness relies on four things: good behavior, common sense, abundance of assets and love from others. (abbassid era 9-12th C, Jahiz).

 The sources of tranquility for man: well educated children, healthy food, a consenting wife, and an obedient servant. (Al Jahiz ). *(.

 The most comforting thing is security, and the happiest life is that of a person who lives among wise people. (Ali Bin Abi Taleb). *.

 With three things, we are never alone: good behavior, abstention from evil and the fact of avoiding bad suspicions. (sanabilu  al zman, ears of time).


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