TRUST - Trust in God - but tie your camel first.
THE WORLD - Treat this world as I do, like a wayfarer, like a horseman who stops in the shade of a tree for a time, and then moves on.
OBJECTS - It is your attachment to objects which make you blind and deaf.
SLEEP - Sleep is the brother of death.
REFLECTION - The faithful are mirrors, one to the other.
WOMEN - Women are the twin-halves of men.
PRIVACY - Whoever invades people's privacy corrupts them.
WIVES - A virtuous wife is the best treasure any man can have.
OPPRESSION - When oppression exists, even the bird dies in its nest.
LOVE - Do you think you love your Creator? Love your fellow-creature first.
DISTRIBUTION - God it is who gives: I am only a distributor.
HELPING OTHERS - I order you to assist any oppressed person, whether he is a Muslim or not.
MONKISHNESS - No Monkery in Islam.
THE PIOUS - My back has been broken by 'pious' men.
CURSING - You ask me to curse unbelievers. But I was not sent to curse.
TEACHING - One hour's teaching is better than a whole night of prayer.
DAY AND NIGHT - The night is long: do not shorten it by sleep. The day is fair: do not darken it with wrongdoing.
HUMILITY - Humility and courtesy are themselves a part of piety.
ENVY - Envy devours good deeds, as a fire devours fuel.
THE LEARNED - Whoever honors the learned, honors me.
POVERTY - My poverty is my pride.
DEATH - Die before your death.
THE TONGUE - A man slips with his tongue more than with his feet.
DESIRE - Desire not the world, and God will love you. Desire not what others have, and they will love you.
PRIDE AND GENEROSITY - Pride in ancestry is really a property -interest. Generosity is a variety of piety.
PRACTICE - Who are the learned? Those who put into practice what they know.
KINDNESS - Whoever has no kindness has no faith.
PRINCES AND SCHOLARS - The best of princes is one who visits the wise. The worst of scholars is one who visits princes.
ANGER - You ask for a piece of advice. I tell you: "Do not get angry." He is strong who can withhold anger.
THE JUDGE - A man appointed to be a judge has been killed without a knife.
STRUGGLE - The holy warrior is him who struggles with himself.
INK AND BLOOD - The ink of the learned is holier than the blood of the martyr.
CONTEMPLATION - An hour's contemplation is better than a year's worship.
UNDERSTANDING - Speak to everyone in accordance with his degree of understanding.
FOOD - Nobody has eaten better food than that won by his own labor.
WORK - I am a worker.
ACCUSATIONS - Anyone reviling a brother for a sin will not himself die before committing it.
PARADISE - I will stand surety for Paradise if you save yourselves from six things: telling untruths, violating promises, dishonoring trust, being unchaste in thought and act, striking the first blow, taking what is bad and unlawful.
TASKS - Whoever makes all his tasks one task (i.e. the Hereafter), God will help him in his other concerns.
POETRY - In some poetry there is wisdom.
LIES, PROMISES, TRUST - He is not of mine who lies, breaks a promise or fails in his trust.
THOUGHTS - Good thoughts are a part of worship.
VISION OF THE FAITHFUL - The Faithful see with the light of God.
SOME BEHAVIOR - I am like a man who has lighted a fire, and all the creeping things have rushed to burn themselves in it.
THE QUR'AN - The Qur'an has been revealed in seven forms. Each verse has inner and outer meaning.
OBLIGATION TO LEARN - The pursuit of knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim.
THE YOUNG IN PARADISE - Old women will not enter Paradise: they will be young and beautiful first.
A JOURNEY - On a journey, the lord of a people is their servant.
RECOGNITION - Souls which recognize one another congregate together; those which do not, argue with one another.
TRUTH - Speaking the truth to the unjust is the best of holy wars.
KNOWLEDGE - Journey even as far as China seeking knowledge.
THE TIME WILL COME - The time will come when you are divided into 72 sects. A group among you will be my people, the people of Salvation.
THE BEQUEST - I have nothing to leave you except my family.
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