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Wise Men

inna li’llāhi íbādan fuţanā ţallaqu’d dunya wa khāfu’l fitanā nažaru fīhā falammā álimū annahā laysat li ĥayyin waţanā jaálūhā lujjatan wa’t-takhadhū şāliha’l aámāli fīhā sufunā Truly there are bondsmen of Allah who are very wise They have renounced the world, fearing fitna [temptation, turmoil] They have looked long at it, and they have...

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A Just Friend

This poem is attributed Imām Shāfiýī: idha’l mar’u lā yaráāka illā takallufā fa daá’hu w lā tukthir álayhi ta’assufā fa fi’n nāsi abdālun wa fi’t tarki rāĥatun wa fi’l qalbi şabrun li’l ĥabībi wa law jafā fa mā kullu man tahwāhu yahwāka qalbuhū wa lā kullu man şāfaytahu laka qad şafā idhā lam yakun şafwu’l widādi...

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Answering Fools

These lines are attributed to Imām Shāfiýī :yukhāţibunī as-safīhu bi kulli qubĥin fa akrahu an akūnu lahu mujībā yazīdu safāhatan wa azīdu ĥilman ka úūdin zādahu’l iĥrāqu ţībāThe idiot talks to me in the ugliest manner, And i do not like to give him an answer. His increase in stupidity increases my forbearance Just like oud – when burnt more, gives more fragrance.[oud = aloeswood]Dīwān ash-Shāfiýī p.144;...

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Advice for the Beginner

These verses are attributed to Imām Shāfiýi: daýi’l ayyāma tafálu mā tashā’u wa ţib nafsan idhā ĥakama’l qađā’u wa lā tajzaá li ĥādithati’l layālī fa mā li ĥawādithi’d dunyā baqā’u wa kun rajulan ála’l aĥwāli jaldan wa shīmatuka’s samāĥatu wa’l wafā’u wa in kathurat úyūbuka fi’l barāyā wa sarraka an yakūna lahā ghiţā’u yughaţţā bi’s samāĥati kullu áybin wa kam...

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Independence

These verses are attributed to Sayyidunā Álī rađiyallāhu ánhū. la naqlu’s şakhri min qulali’l jibāli aĥabbu ilayya min minani’r rijāli yaqūlu’n nāsu lī fi’l kasabi áārun fa qultu’l áāru fī dhulli’s su’āli Moving stones from a hill to another – I find it dear, than ask for a favor. Some say, ‘it is, a shame to toil’ I say:...

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Maturity

These lines are attributed to Imām Shāfiýi : kullamā addabanī ad-daharu arānī naqsa áqlī falamma-zdadtu ílman zādanī ílman bi jahlī Time has taught me good behaviour, It has shown me the flaws of my intellect. As my knowledge increases by the day, The awareness of my ignorance amplifies. Dīwān ash-Shāfiýī p.332; Al-Wāfī bi’l Wafyāt 2/179; Wafyāt al-Aáyān, ibn...

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