True freedom

Freedom is for the intellect to be free, not for the soul to be free; for when the intellect becomes free it leads to guidance, but when the soul becomes free it leads to evil whims and desires.

الحريّة أن يتحرر العقل، لا أن تتحرر النفس، فإن العقل إذا تحرر قاد إلى الهدى، والنفس إذا تحررت قادت إلى الهوى

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A faker is the most self-contradicting of people in his words and principles.

A faker is the most self-contradicting of people in his words and principles. His conviction doesn’t mean to him as much as the satisfaction of people does. He continues thinking that he is gaining their (hearts), while in reality he is only proving to them his self-contradiction.

المتصنّع أكثر الناس تناقضاً في الأقوال والمبادىء، لا تعنيه قناعته بقدر ما يعنيه رضا الناس عنه، يستمر ويتوهّم أنه يكسبهم وهو يبرهن لهم تناقضه

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Intelligence

A person’s intelligence is a blessing, but if it doesn’t lead to Allah then stupidity is better than it; he becomes self-deceived thus becoming heedless of his Lord:

{ يَعْلَمُونَ ظَاهِرًا مِنَ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَهُمْ عَنِ الآخِرَةِ هُمْ غَافِلُونَ }
“They know what is apparent of the worldly life, but they are heedless of the Hereafter.” [Al-Rūm 30:7]

ذكاء الإنسان نعمة لكنه إذا لم يوصل إلى الله فالغباء خير منه، يغتر بنفسه فيغفل عن ربه (يعلمون ظاهرا من الحياة الدنيا وهم عن الآخرة هم غافلون)

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Gentleness

 

You can attract people to evil through gentleness more than you can attract them to good through harshness, and even if they are convinced [to do the good], they would hate doing it. He ﷺ said, “Whoever is deprived of gentleness is, in fact, deprived of all good.”

يستطيع الإنسان جذب الناس بالرفق إلى الشر، أكثر من جذبهم بالفظاظة إلى الخير، ولو اقتنعوا كرهوا العمل به قال ﷺ (من يُحرم الرفق يحرم الخير كله

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The step of knowledge must precede the step of action.

Knowledge and action are like the two feet of man; his walking will never be upright except with both of them. The step of knowledge must precede the step of action. Most of those who trip are those who rush, thus causing action to precede knowledge.

العلم والعمل كالقدمين للإنسان لا يستقيم سيره إلا بهما، ويجب أن تسبق خطوة العلم خطوة العمل، وأكثر العاثرين الذي يندفعون فيسبق العملُ العلمَ

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When to ignore

It’s possible for an intelligent person to debate with anyone except the envious and ignorant, for nothing will reform them except ignoring them.

يُمكن أن يُجادل العاقل كلَّ أحد، إلا الحاسد والجاهل فلا يُصلحهما إلا التجاهل

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The tongue

Most of a person’s sins are from his tongue, and most of his missteps occur when he prolongs his sittings; his worthy words finish and so the unworthy words start coming out. Al-Zuhrī said, “If you prolong your sitting, Shayṭān will have his share in it.”

أكثر ذنوب الإنسان من لسانه وأكثر زلاته تخرج إذا طال مجلسه ينتهي كلامه الفاضل فيخرج المفضول، قال الزهري (إذا طال المجلس كان للشيطان فيه نصيب)

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