Category Archives: Imam Ash-Shafi'ee

Let Days Go Forth…


دع الأيام تفعل ما تشاء *** وطب نفسا إذا حكم القضاء
ولا تجزع لحادثة الليالي *** فما لحوادث الدنيا بقاء
وكن رجلا على الأهوال جلدا *** وشيمتك السماحة والوفاء
وإن كثرت عيوبك في البرايا *** وسرك أن يكون لها غطاء
يغطى بالسماحة كل عيب *** وكم عيب يغطيه السخاء
ولا حزن يدوم ولا سرور *** ولا بؤس عليك ولا رخاء
ولا ترج السماحة من بخيل *** فما في النار للظمآن ماء
ورزقك ليس ينقصه التأني *** وليس يزيد في الرزق العناء
إذا ما كنت ذا قلب قنوع *** فأنت ومالك الدنيا سواء
ومن نزلت بساحته المنايا *** فلا أرض تقيه ولا سماء
وأرض الله واسعة ولكن *** إذا نزل القضا ضاق الفضاء
دع الأيام تغدر كل حين *** ولا يغني عن الموت الدواء

Let days go forth and do as they please
And remain firm when settled is the Decree

Don’t be afraid of what happens by night
For the affairs of this world are not to last

And be a man, strong in the face of calamities
And let your nature be that of kindness and honesty

If your faults become too much in front of the people
And you wish that they were to be concealed,

Then know that kindness covers all faults
And how many faults are kept hidden by kindness!

No sadness lasts forever, nor any happiness
And you shall not remain in poverty, or any luxury

Generosity cannot be hoped from the miserly
For no water exists in the Fire for the thirsty

Your provision will not be decreased due to life’s delays
And it cannot be increased due to your haste

If, in your heart, you possess contentment
Then you and those who possess the world are equal

And for him upon whose horizon death descends,
No earth can offer him protection, nor any sky

Indeed, the earth of Allah is certainly vast
But if decree descends, then the world constricts

Let days be the ones that betray you at all times
For no cure can avail a person of death

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Intellegence

الورع

المرء إن كان عاقلا ورعا *** أشغله عن عيوب غيره ورعه

If a person is intelligent and pious
His piety occupies him from the sins of others
كما العليل السقيم أشغله *** عن وجع الناس كلهم وجعه

Just like the ill one is kept preoccupied
From the sickness of others by his own sickness

Due Provision

تموت الأسد في الغابات جوعا *** ولحم الضأن تأكله الكلاب

Lions die hungry out in the wild
And the meat of sheep is only eaten by dogs

وعبد قد ينام على حرير *** وذو نسب مفارشه التراب

Indeed, a slave may end up sleeping on silk
Whilst the bed of masters turns out to be dust

The Benefits in Travelling

تغرب عن الأوطان في طلب العلى *** وسافر ففي الأسفار خمس فوائد

Leave your country in search of loftiness
And travel! For in travel there are 5 benefits,

تفرج هم واكتساب معيشة *** وعلم وآداب وصحبة ماجد

Relief of adversity and earning of livelihood
And knowledge and etiquettes and noble companionship

فإن قيل في الأسفار ذل ومحنة *** وقطع الفيافي وارتكاب الشدائد

If it is said that travelling brings humiliation and difficulty
And long journeys across deserts and toil and trouble,

فموت الفتى خير له من قيامه *** بدار هوان بين واش وحاسد

Then death is better for a person than him remaining
In a humiliating land between traitors and enviers

From the miser…

و من الشَقاوة أن تحبَ *** و من تحبُ يحبُ غيرك
أو أن تريد الخيرللإنسان *** و هو يريد ضيرك

“And from misery is that you love,
and (the one) who you love, loves other than you,
or that you want good for a person,
and he wants to hurt you”.

The Highest Example

المثل الأعلى

إن الفقيـه هو الفقيـه بفعلـه *** ليس الفقيه بنطقه ومقالـه
وكذا الرئيس هو الرئيس بخلقه *** ليس الرئيس بقومه ورجاله
وكذا الغني هو الغني بحالــه *** ليس الغني بملكه وبمالــه

The Highest Example

Truly the Faqih is a Faqih because of his actions
Not because of his articulated speech or saying
And likewise a leader is a leader because of his nature
Not because of his nation or his men
And likewise a rich man is a rich man due to his state
And not due to his possessions or wealth

Doors of the Kings

إن الملوك بـلاء حيثما خـلـوا *** فلا يكن لك في ابوابهم ظــل
ماذا تؤمل من قوم إذا غضبـوا *** جاروا عليك وإن أرضيتهم ملوا فاستعن بالله عن ابوابهم كرمـا *** إن الوقوف على أبوابهــم ذل

Doors of the Kings

Truly the Kings are a tribulation wherever they withdraw to

So don’t let there be a shade for you at their doors

What can be hoped from a people that if they are angry

they oppress you and if you please them they become bored?

So seek help with Allaah most kindly from their doors