Islamic Thought

Sayings

Nahjul Balagha Sayings 341 to 350

  1. The day of justice will be severer on the oppressor than the day of oppression on the oppressed.

  2. The biggest wealth is that one should not have an eye on what others possess.

  3. Utterances are preserved and actions are to be tried. Every soul, for what it earned, is held in pledge! (Quran, 74:38). People are to be made deficient (as regards their bodies) and meddled with (as regards their minds) except those whom Allah protects. The questioner among them aims at confusing and the answerer creates hardship. It is possible that the man who has the best views among them will be deviated from the soundness of his thinking by pleasure or displeasure, and it is possible that a single glance may affect even the man with the 'best wisdom among them or a single expression may transform him.

  4. O groups of people, fear Allah, for there is many a man who aspires for what he does not get, many a builder of a house who does not live in it, and many a collector of that which he shall just leave behind. Possibly he may have collected it wrongfully or by denying a right. He acquired it unlawfully and had to bear the weight of sins on account of it. Consequently, he returned (from this world) with that weight and came before Allah with sorrow and grief. Loses he both this world and (also) the hereafter; that is a loss (which is) manifest. (Quran, 22:11)

  5. Lack of access to sins is also a kind of chastity.

  6. The dignity of your face is solid but begging dissolves it away: therefore, look carefully before whom you dissolve it.

  7. To praise more than what is due is sycophancy; to do it less is either because of inability to speak or of envy.

  8. The most serious sin is that which the doer considers light.

  9. He who sees his own shortcomings abstains from looking into other's shortcomings. He who feels happy with livelihood with which Allah provides him does not grieve over what he misses. He who draws out the sword of revolt gets killed with it. He who strives without means perishes. He who enters depths gets drowned. He who visits places of ill-repute receives blame. He who speaks more commits more errors. He who commits more errors becomes shameless. He who is shameless will have less fear of Allah. He whose fear of Allah is less, his heart dies. He whose heart dies enters the Fire. He who observes the shortcomingsof others and disapproves of them and then accepts them for himself is definitely a fool. Contentment is a capital that does not dwindle. He who remembers death much is satisfied with small favours in this world. He who knows that his speech is also a part of his action speaks less except where he has some purpose.

  10. The oppressor among people has three signs: he oppresses his superior by disobeying him, and his junior by imposing his authority and he supports other oppresso

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