Gems from the lips of al-Shafi’



يخاطبني السفيه بكل قبح      فأكره أن أكون له مجيباً

يزيد سفاهةً فأزيد حلماً          كعود زاده الإحراق طيباً

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  1. Abdul Sattar says:

    The insolent one addresses me with every insult
    And I would hate to give him any answer
    He grows in his insolence and I grow in my patience
    As the candlewick – the more you burn it, the greater its goodness.

    I dont know if suhaibwebb.com mods are eligible so you dont have to post this :)
    I just thought I’d try

  2. Nomad78 says:

    It’s funny because I really try to live by this motto:

    The ignorant speaks to me ever so rudely and I hate/refuse to answer him (Or dignify his ignorance with an answer)
    He increases in ignorance and I increase in patience like an incense increase in its beautiful aroma as it burns

    Imam Shafi3i if I remember correctly

  3. MT.Akbar says:

    The fool addresses me with all manner of ugliness,
    And I dislike that I should answer him,
    He increases in foolishness whereas I increase in forbearance,
    Just like the incense that increases in its burning increases in its pleasent scent.

    -MT

  4. Abu Layla says:

    The fool directed his words at me in all ugliness and I disliked to be replying.

    He intensified in his insolence and I increased in my forbearance.

    Like Oud, as burning it, increases it’s fragrance.

  5. Mahmoud says:

    the fool addresses me with all foulness,
    while I detest to be a respondent to him

    he increases in foolishness while I increase in forbearance,
    as a thin stick where burning increases it in pleasant fragrance

  6. zfnd says:

    The foolish one addresses me with all ugliness/
    So much so, that I would detest to respond to him/
    as he increases in his foolishness, I increase in my softness(kindness)/
    just like incense; the more it burns the better it becomes/

    …man, there’s the translation, then the actual meaning, then the poetry.
    ‘lost in translation’ is an understatement. :P

    There’s got to be a better way to capture the elegance, mashallah.

  7. Asad says:

    The foolish person addresses me with every foul word,
    So I dislike to be one who responds to him,
    He increases in foolishness and I increase in forbearance,
    Like an incense stick whose burning increases it in fragrance.

    (Not word for word, but more along the spirit)

  8. Hatem says:

    يخاطبني السفيه بكل قبح فأكره أن أكون له مجيباً

    يزيد سفاهةً فأزيد حلماً كعود زاده الإحراق طيباً

    The ignorant addresses me with complete insult, so I dislike to respond to him. He increases his ignorance so I increase in forbearance, just like incense its burning increases its fragrance (scent).

  9. Nusaybah says:

    With obscenity the ignoramus speaks to me

    But I do not want to to answer him

    I increase in fortitude,

    like a Oud which increases in pleasantness as it burns ,

    whilst he increases in utter idiocy

  10. Hatem says:

    يخاطبني السفيه بكل قبح فأكره أن أكون له مجيباً

    يزيد سفاهةً فأزيد حلماً كعود زاده الإحراق طيباً

    The foolish addresses me with complete insult, so I dislike to respond to him. He increases his foolishness so I increase in forbearance, just like incense its burning increases its fragrance (scent).

  11. Jinan says:

    The foolish one speaks to me with all ugliness
    And I hate to respond to him

    He increases in his foolishness while I increase in my forbearance
    Like the ‘oud which intensifies its sweet scent the more it is burnt

    Is there an english word for ‘oud?

  12. Ahmed says:

    Check it out, check it out…

    Someone speaks non-sense?
    Silence is my de-fence
    Starts to swear?
    I’ll forebear
    He’s fire burning in-cense!

    :-)
    alhamdulellah,
    Ahmed

  13. Sohaib Scotlandi says:

    Nicely done ya Ahmed!

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