ARAB WISE SAYINGS – ISLAMIC PROVERBS – AND THE MIRACLE OF THE QUR’AN – HOW THE ARABIC LANGUAGE IS CONSTRUCTED – WHY WAS THE QURAN REVEALED IN ARABIC

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

ARABIC (AND MUSLIM) PROVERBS

Alhamdulillah,

Muslims have been blessed by the mercy of Their Creator, Allah. Muslims have been blessed by the revelation  of the Qur’an which was revealed in the Arabic language. This article is both for the Muslim and Non-Muslim, for any enthusiast of linguistics and in this case the Arabic language and the deep history of it.

Check below for over 170 Arabic proverbs, both in the original Arabic and with their English translation.

Before you read the proverbs and wise sayings have a quick read about The Arabic Language.

Arabic is an ancient language, and Arabs have an ancient, rich culture, with an equally rich bank of proverbs and sayings. Most of the saying may sound familiar to you, as many have been translated into other languages, and have thus gained life in Non-Arabic speaking countries. Language in itself is fascinating has a life of its own, and just reading some old proverbs makes a person to want to see what else was taken by Non-Muslims and converted into another form of the same word. Most of the proverbs below will include the original Arabic writing but will always be translated into English.

The Arabic language is spoken by 420 million people all across the world, countries like Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Yemen, Palestine and dozens of others all speak the Arabic Language.

The Arabic language is very important to Muslims, as the Qur’an was revealed in the Arabic Language, The Qur’an is the Holy Book of over 1.6 Billion People,  majority which are non-Arabs, we have hundreds of thousands of Non-Arabs that have memorized the Qur’an (which in itself is a miracle – because if tomorrow all the books in the world were to be destroyed – The Qur’an would be able to be reproduced and written with no errors within minutes due to the Mass Memorization of It).

Point of Note: All the Sects and Subsects in Islam, use the same Qur’an, unlike the many different versions of the Bible with Books and Verses ommitted, The Qur’an has always been whole, complete, unchanged and agreed upon by all Muslims.

Moreover, every Practicing Muslim by default knows Some Arabic, (In the form of Verses, Chapters and Prayers) as they need it to practice Islam day to day. Whether the Muslim is Malaysian, Turkish, Brittish or Australian he/she is able to walk into any Mosque around the world and be able to understand the prayer and commands that are read aloud.

Modern Standard Arabic is a descendant of Classical Arabic, a language from the 6th century. Its written alphabet is the Arabic alphabet, read from the right to the left.

Please Note: Some of the sayings are tongue in cheek.

I have divided them into Egyptian Sayings and General Arab Proverbs, on some there is an attempt at transliteration of the saying, with a meaning where applicable. I have also added the western version of the sayings, where possible for comparison.

 

FAMOUS EGYPTIAN (ARABIC) WISE SAYINGS AND PROVERBS


  1. التكرار يعلّم الحمار. (it-tikraar yi3allim il-Humaar.)
    Repetition teaches (even) a donkey. (Practice makes perfect.)

  2. في الامتحان يكرم المرء أو يحان. (fil-imteHaan yokram il-mar’ aw yohaan.)
    At the time of a test, a person rises or falls. (People’s real worth is known only through trial.)

  3. يا واخد القرد على ماله يروح المال ويقعد القرد على حاله. (ya waaxod il-‘ird 3ala maalu yiruuH il-maal wa yi’3od il-‘ird 3ala Haalu)
    If you marry a monkey (i.e. someone ugly) for his money, the money will go away and the monkey will stay the same (as ugly as ever). (Don’t marry for money.)
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    الوحدة خير من جليس السوء. (il-waHda xeir min giliis is-suu’.)
    Being alone is better than being with someone bad. (Warning about keeping bad company.)

  5.  

    امشي في جنازة ولا تمشي في جوازة. (imši fi ganaaza walla timši fi gawaaza.)
    Being involved in a funeral is be
    tter than trying to arrange marriages. (Warning about matchmaking.)

  6.  

    القرد في عين أمه غزال. (il-‘ird fi 3ein ummu ġazaal.)
    In his mother’s eye, the monkey is (as beautiful as) a gazelle. (Comment about mothers’ bias or partiality to their children.)

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    لا يلدغ المؤمن من جحر مرتين. (la yuldaġ il-mo’men min goHr marratein.)
    The believer is not bitten from the same hole twice. (Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.)

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    قليل البخت يلاقي العظم في الكرشة. (‘aliil il-baxt yilaa’i l-3aDm fil-kirša.)
    The unlucky person finds bones in his tripe dinner. (You can’t escape bad luck.) See also the variation
    قليل البخت يتكعبل في السديري (‘aliil il-baxt yitka3bil fis-sideiri), “The unlucky person trips over [his own] waistcoat/vest.”

  9.  

    الطيور على اشكالها تقع. (iT-Tuyuur 3ala aškaaliha taqa3u.)
    Birds of a feather flock together.

  10.  

    اليد في الميّة مش زي اليد في النار. (il-iid fil-mayya miš zayy il-iid fin-naar.)
    The hand in water isn’t like the hand in fire. (Easier said than done; used to criticize someone removed from the situation at hand who is telling those involved how to deal with it.)

  11.  

    اللى على البرّ عوّام. (illi 3ala l-barr 3awwaam.)
    The one on shore is a master swimmer. (See above.)

  12.  

    اللى على راسه بطحة بيحصص عليها. (illi 3ala raasu baTHa biHaSSiS 3aleiha.)
    Those who have an injury on their head keep checking it. (People who have a weakness show it.)

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    لبس البوصة، تبقى عروسة. (labbis il-buuSa, tib’a 3aruusa.)
    Dressing up a stick turns it into a bride. (Clothes make the man.)

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    ابن الوزّ عوّام. (ibn il-wazz 3awwam.)
    The son of a goose is a swimmer. (Like father, like son.)

  15.  

    دوام الحال من المحال. (dawaam il-Haal min il-muHaal.)
    Continuing the same state is impossible. (Nothing stays the same.)

  16.  

    اللى يشوف بلوة غيره تهون عليه بلوته. (illi yišuuf belwit ġeiru tihuun 3aleih belwitu.)
    Seeing someone else’s problems makes your own problems seem smaller. (Considering others’ problems will give you perspective.)

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    باب النجّار مخلع. (baab in-naggaar maxalla3.)
    The carpenter’s door is falling apart. (Used to criticize someone who tells other people how to do things but doesn’t apply his advice to himself.)

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    الشاطرة تغذل برجل الحمار. (iš-šaTra tiġzil bi-rigl il-Homar.)
    The clever one spins with a donkey’s leg (i.e. can make something out of nothing). (Used to criticize someone who blames their tools for their bad work.)

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    اللى ماعندوهوش مايلزمهوش. (illi ma3anduhuuš mayilzimhuuš.)
    He who doesn’t have (the money to pay for something) does not need it. (If you can’t afford something, think twice about whether you really need it or not.)

  20.  

    بعد ما شاب ودوه الكتّاب. (ba3d ma šaab wadduuh ik-kuttaab)
    After his hair went white, he went to school. (You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Used to criticize someone old trying to do things more suited to young people.)

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    عريان الطوق بينط لفوق. (3iryaan iT-Too’ binuTT li-foo’)
    Someone without (even) a collar tries to jump up (i.e. to a higher social class). (Used to criticize someone poor trying to reach up too high above his social status.)

  22.  

    الفاضي يعمل قاضي. (el-faaDi yi3mel ‘aaDi)
    Someone free plays the judge. (Used to criticize someone with too much free time interfering in other people’s business.)

  23.  

    احنا في الهوا سوا. (eHna fil hawa sawa.)
    We are in the same boat (lit. same air).  

  24.  

    العروسة للعريس والجري للمتاعيس. (il-3aruusa lil-3ariis wel gari lil-mata3iis.)
    The bride gets a bridegroom and the rest get miserable. (The bride and bridegroom are happy at a wedding, but the guests go home unhappily.)

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    اللى مكتوب عالجبين لازم تشوفه العين. (illi maktuub 3al-gibiin laazim tšuufu l-3ein.)
    What is written on the brow will inevitably be seen by the eye. (One will inevitably meet one’s destiny.)

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    يا مآمن للرجال يا مآمن الميّة في الغربال. (ya me’aammin lir-ragaal ya me’aammin il-mayya fil-ġurbaal.) Trusting men is like trusting water in a sieve.

  27.  

    الحلو حلو لو قام من النوم، والوحش وحش لو غسل وشّه كل يوم. (il-Helw Helw law ‘aam min in-noom, wal-weHš weHš law ġasal wiššu kull yoom.)
    The beautiful is beautiful (even right after) rising from sleep, and the ugly is ugly (even) if they wash their face every day. (You can’t hide beauty or make the ugly beautiful.)

  28.  

    يد واحدة ماتسقفش. (iid waHda matsa”afš.)
    One hand doesn’t clap. (Cooperation from all sides is necessary to accomplish anything.)

  29.  

    تحت العمّة قرد. (taHt il-3emma ‘ird.)
    Under the sheikh’s hat is a monkey. (Used to criticize someone who tries to appear good on the outside to cover up their faults, specifically if they try to appear pious.)

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    يا ما تحت السواهي دواهي. (yaama taHt is-sawaahi dawaahi.)
    Underneath the nice exterior is a bunch of problems. (Used to criticize someone who tries to put up a good appearance to cover up their faults.)

  31.  

    على قد لحافك مد رجليك. (3ala ‘add liHaafak midd regleik.)
    Stretch your legs as far as your blanket extends. (Don’t live beyond your means.)

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    اللي يتلسع من الشوربة ينفخ في الزبادي. (illi yetlesse3 min iš-šorba yinfox fiz-zabaadi.)
    He who burns his tongue from soup will blow in yogurt (to cool it). (Once burned, twice shy.)

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    انت تريد وهو يريد والله يفعل ما يريد. (anta turiid wa-howa yuriid wallaah yaf3al ma yuriid.)
    You want what you want and he wants what he wants, but God does what He wants. (Man proposes, God disposes.)


  34. عريان الطيز يحب تأميز. (3iryaan iT-Tiiz beHebb it-ta’miiz.)
    Someone with their ass exposed likes to criticize. (Used in reference to hypocrites.) Note the crude language in this saying, so be careful who you say it around.
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    أقول تور، يقول احلبوه. (a’uul toor, yi’uul iHlibuuh.)
    I say it’s a bull, he says milk it. (Used when you’re talking at cross-purposes with someone who won’t see reason.)

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    العين ماتعلاش عالحاجب. (il-3ein mate3laaš 3al-Haagib.)
    The eye doesn’t go higher than the brow. (No one can go above their status in life.)

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    المتعوس متعوس ولو ركبه على راسه فانوس. (il-mat3uus mat3uus walaw rakibu 3ala raasu fanuus.)
    The miserable person will be miserable even if you hang a lantern on his head. (You can’t escape your luck.)

  38.  

    لقّيني ولا اتغدّيني. (la”iini wallitġaddini)
    Better a warm welcome than being invited to lunch. (Welcoming people warmly is important.)

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    ظرّط الإمام، خريوا المصلّين. (ZarraT il-imaam, xiryu l-muSalliin.)
    The imam farted, so those praying behind him shitted. (A leader’s errors are compounded by his followers.) Again, this saying uses crude language, so you should be careful who you say it around.

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    طبّاخ السمّ بيدوقه. (Tabbaax is-simm biyduu’u.)
    One who cooks poison tastes it. (What goes around comes around.)

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    اللي يلاقي اللي يطبخ له لية يحرق صوابعه؟ (illi ylaa’i lli yuTbuxlu leih yiHra’ Sawab3u?)
    Why should one who finds someone to cook for him burn his fingers? (Don’t do your own dirty work if you can find someone to do it for you.)

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    اتغدّى بيه قبل ما يتعشّى بيك. (itġadda biih ‘abl ma yit3ašša biik.)
    Eat him for lunch before he eats you for dinner. (Kill him before he kills you; get your blow in first.)

  43.  

    القط مايحبش الا خناقه. (il-‘uTT mayHebbiš illa xannaa’u.)
    The cat only likes its strangler. (People only respond to harsh treatment.)

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    الغاوي ينقط بطاقيته. (il-ġaawi yna”aT bi-Ta’iytu.)
    The fan will donate his skullcap. (An enthusiast will give away everything he has for what he loves.)


  45. الحركة بركة. (il-Haraka baraka.)
    Movement is a blessing. (Exercise is good.)
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    دبّور زنّ على خراب عشّه. (dabbuur zann 3ala xraab 3eššu.)
    A wasp that brought about the destruction of its own nest through its buzzing. (He asked for it, it was his own fault.)

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    تضرب القدرة على فمها تطلع البنت لأمها. (tiDrab il-‘idra 3ala fummaha, tiTla3 il-bint li-ummaha.)
    Like mother, like daughter.

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    هاك الشبل من ذاك الأسد. (haak iš-šiblu min zaak il-asad.)
    Similar to the above, used to desribe someone’s similarity to one of their parents. Lit. “this cub (is) from that lion.”

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    خسارة قريبة أحسن من مكسب بعيد. (xosaara qariiba aHsan min maksab ba3iid.)
    A loss soon is better than a victory much later. (It’s better to cut your losses and admit defeat quickly rather than stick it out and eventually win a victory that cost you a lot.)

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    شحات ونزهي. (šaHHaat we-nozahi.)
    A beggar but acting like a rich man. (Used to describe someone who’s in no position to be picky but is still acting like he can set the terms of whatever bargain etc. is going on. Sort of like the equivalent of “Beggars can’t be choosers,” but in reverse.)

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    شحات وعايز رغيف. (šaHHaat we-3aayiz riġiif.)
    A beggar, and he wants a (whole) loaf. (If you’re relying on other people’s generosity, you should just be grateful for whatever you can get instead of complaining you didn’t get more.)

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    حجة البليد مسح التختة. (Hegget el-baliid masiH et-taxta.)
    The bad student’s excuse is erasing the blackboard. (Used to describe people who are trying to divert attention from their own failings by talking about other things.)

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    مصائب قوم عند قوم فوائده. (maSaa’ib qawmin 3and qawmin fawaa’ido.)
    Some people’s disasters provide benefits for other people. (What is disastrous for some people can prove to be advantageous for other people.)

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    الجايات أحسن من الرايحات. (ig-gayyaat aHsan min ir-rayHHaat.)
    What is coming is better than what is gone. (The future is better than what’s past; used to cheer people up.)

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    لو حرف شعبطة في الجو. (law Harf ša3abaTa feg-gaww.)
    “If” is like trying to hold onto the air (i.e. something impossible). (The equivalent of “If wishes were horses”; if someone is talking about what they’d do if they were a millionaire, or something else impossible, you can tell them “law Harf ša3abaTa feg-gaww” to remind them that just wishing for things is pointless.)

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    عمر الشقي بقي. (3omr iš-ša’i ba’i.)
    The wicked or naughty live longer. (Can be used to hint that if you take risks, it’ll pay off. Can also be used in a joking way; for example, if a friend was in a minor car accident and was uninjured, you could tell them, “3omr iš-ša’i ba’i.”)

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    وقع في شر أعماله. (wi’i3 fi šarr a3maalu.)
    He got entangled in the evil of his own doings. (He was hoisted by his own petard — fell into his own trap, was harmed by his own plan to harm someone else.)

  58.  

    المؤمن مصاب. (il-mo’men muSaab.)
    The believer is afflicted. (The righteous always suffer.)

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    وقع في شر أعماله. (il-ġurbaal il-gediid luh shadda.)
    The new sieve is taut. (A new broom sweeps clean.)

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    اسعى يا عبد وأنا أسعى معاك. (is3a ya 3abd wana as3a ma3aak.)
    Make an effort, and I’ll make an effort [to help] you. (God helps those who help themselves.)

  61.  

    الفلوس مع التيوس. (il-filuus ma3a t-tuyuus.)
    It’s always the idiots who have [lots of] money. (Used to disparage the rich.)

  62.  

    المية تكدّب الغطاس. (il-mayya tikeddib il-ġaTTaas.)
    The water gives the lie to the diver. (The proof’s in the pudding.)

  63.  

    الجهل نعمة. (il-gahl ni3ma.)
    Ignorance is bliss (lit. a blessing).

  64.  

    كله عند العرب صابون. (kullu 3and il-3arab Sabuun.)
    It’s all the same thing to those who know nothing. Used if someone views different things as if they’re all the same. (Lit. It’s all soap to the Bedouins.)

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    العين بصيرة واليد قصيرة (il-3ein baSiira wal-yad ‘aSiira)
    The eye sees, but the arm is short (cannot reach). Said when someone wishes for something beyond his means.

  66.  

    القفة ام ودنين يشيلوها اتنين (il-‘offa omm widnein yišiiluuha tnein)
    A basket has two handles (lit. ears) for two people to carry it. (Many hands make light work.)

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    تأتي الرياح بما لا تشتهي السفن (ta’ti r-riyaaH bi-ma la taštahi s-sufun)
    Winds do not blow as the ships wish. (You can’t always get what you want.)

  68.  

    المال السايب يعلم السرقة (il-maal is-saayib yi3allim is-sir’a)
    Unattended money teaches thievery. (If you don’t keep a close eye on your property, people will steal from you.)

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    ديل الكلب عمره مايتعدل (deil ik-kalb 3omru mayet3edel)
    The dog’s tail will never straighten out. (A leopard doesn’t change its spots.)

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    اذا كان حبيبك عسل، ماتلحسوش كله (iza kaan Habiibak 3asal, matilHasuuš kullu)
    If your friend is honey, don’t lick it all. (Don’t take advantage of your friends.)

  71.  

    العجل لما يقع تكثر سكاكينه (il-3egl lamma yu’a3, tiktar sakakiinu)
    When the calf falls, the knives come out. (When people sense that someone’s vulnerable, they’ll attack.) There’s also a non-Egyptian variant,
    لما يطيح الجمل تكثر سكاكينه (lamma yTiiH il-jamal, tiktar sakakiinu), referring to a camel instead of a calf.

  72.  

    الكفن مالوش جيوب (il-kafan maluuš giyuub)
    The shroud has no pockets. (You can’t take it with you.)

  73.  

    صاحب بالين كداب وصاحب تلاتة منافق (SaaHib balein kaddaab, wa-SaaHib talaata mnaafi’)
    Someone who tries to do two things at once is a liar, and someone who tries to do three things at once is a hypocrite. (You can’t divide your effort between multiple things and do them well.)

  74.  

    مافيش حلاوة من غير نار (mafiiš Halaawa min ġeir naar)
    There’s no dessert without fire (i.e. in the baking process). (You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.)


  75. الغالي تمنه فيه (il-ġaali tamanu fiih)
    You get what you pay for. (Expensive things are worth the price for their quality.)
  76.  

    إن سرقت، اسرق جمل، وإن عشقت، اعشق قمر (in sara’t, isra’ gamal, wa’in 3eše’t, i3ša’ ‘amar)
    If you steal, steal a camel, and if you love, love (someone as beautiful as) the moon. (If you’re going to do something, go all out.)

  77.  

    حاميها حراميها (Hamiiha Haramiiha)
    Its protector is its thief. (Similar to “the fox guarding the henhouse,” but not exactly the same. Used in reference to someone like a police officer or a government official, who should be protecting people, actually committing crimes, embezzlement, theft, etc. against them.)

  78.  

    القرعة بتتباهى بشعر بنت اختها (il-‘ar3a bititbaaha b-ša3r bint oxtaha)
    The bald woman boasts of her niece’s hair. (Used to describe someone who brags about other people’s accomplishments or abilities, in particular abilities that person lacks.)

  79.  

    حماتى مناقرة، قال طلق بنتها (Hamaati mna’ra, ‘aal Talla’ bintaha)
    [He said:] “My mother-in-law’s a plague.” Someone replied, “Divorce her daughter!” (Used in reference to someone complaining about a problem he can solve himself.)


  80. دخول الحمّام مش زي خروجه (duxuul il-Hammaam miš zayye xruugu)
    Entering a bathroom isn’t like leaving it. (It’s easier to get yourself into a situation than it is to get out of it.)
  81.  

    اتمسكن حتى تتمكّن (itmaskin Hatta titmakkin)
    Pretend to be weak and submissive until you get your chance.

  82.  

    كل مشكلة ولها حل (kulle muškila wa-liiha Hall.)
    Every problem has a solution.

  83.  

    الاعتراف بالحق فضيلة (il-i3tiraaf bil-Ha”e faDiila.)
    Admitting it when someone else is right is a virtue.

  84.  

    ما خفي كان أعظم (ma xafiya kaana a3Zam.)
    What is (still) hidden is more than what has happened/been revealed so far. (This is just the tip of the iceberg.)

  85.  

    الساعي في الخير كفاعله (is-saa3i fil-kheir ka’faa3ilu.)
    The person seeking to do good is (as good as) someone who (actually) does it. (Good intentions count for as much as good actions.)

 

GENERAL ARABIC PROVERBS

  1. أباد الله خضراءهم ابذل لصديقك دمك ومالك
    “Give your friends your money and your blood, but don’t justify yourself. Your enemies won’t believe it and your friends won’t need it.” This saying is about altruism, and how you should never explain why you’re doing good to anyone, because the explanation is not needed.
  2. اتَّكَلْنا منه على خُصٍّ الاتحاد قوة
    “Unity is power.”
  3. اتق شر الحليم اذا غضب
    “Beware the levelheaded person if they’re angry.” Levelheaded people are usually calm and collected, and don’t anger easily. This saying refers to the fact that if something set off a levelheaded person, you should be more worried!
  4. اجتنب مصاحبة الكذاب فإن اضطررت إليه فلا تُصَدِّقْهُ
    “Avoid the company of liars, but if you can’t, don’t believe them.” This one is pretty straightforward, isn’t it?
  5. احذر عدوك مرة وصديقك ألف مرة فإن انقلب الصديق فهو أعلم بالمضرة
    “Be wary around your enemy once, and your friend a thousand times. A double crossing friend knows more about what harms you.”
  6. أحضر الناس جوابا من لم يغضب
    “The best answer will come from the person who is not angry.”
  7. اختر أهون الشرين
    “Go with the lesser of two evils.”
  8. إذا تم العقل نقص الكلام
    “The smarter you are, the less you speak.”
  9. إذا قصرت يدك عن المكافأة فليصل لسانك بالشكر
    “If you’re unable to reward, then make sure to thank.”
  10. أرسل حكيما ولا توصه
    “Send a wise man; don’t advise him.”
  11. أرى كل إنسان يرى عيب غيره ويعمى عن العيب الذي هو فيه
    “Everyone is critical of the flaws of others, but blind to their own.”
  12. أشد الفاقة عدم العقل
    “Lack of intelligence is the greatest poverty.”
  13. إصلاح الموجود خير من انتظار المفقود
    “It’s better to fix what you have than wait to get what you don’t have.”
  14. اصبر تنل
    “Be patient and you’ll get what you want.”
  15. الأفعال أبلغ من الأقوال
    “Actions speak louder than words.”
  16. أقل الناس سروراً الحسود
    “An envious person is the unhappiest.”
  17. الصحة تاج على رؤوس الأصحاء لا يراه إلا المرضى
    “Good health is a crown worn by the healthy than only the ill can see.”
  18. إن مع اليوم غدا يا مسعدة
    “There’s always tomorrow.”
  19. أول الشجرة بذرة
    “A tree begins with a seed.”
  20. أول الغضب جنون وآخره ندم
    “Anger begins with madness, but ends in regret.”
  21. “Avoid that which requires an apology.”
  1. “He makes a dome out of a grain.” This is the equivalent of making a “mountain” out of a “mole hill.”
  2. “Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.”
  3. “You can’t clap with one hand.”
  4. “If the wind blows, ride it.”
  5. “Visit rarely, and you will be more loved.”
  6. “Time is made of gold.”
  7. “The key to everything is determination.”
  8. “Silence is the sign of approval.”
  9. “Lying is a disease, and truth is a cure.”
  10. “Keeping a secret is a commitment.”
  11. “If you have an opinion, you better be determined.”
  12. “A foolish man may be known by six things: Anger without cause, speech without profit, change without progress, inquiry without object, putting trust in a stranger, and mistaking foes for friends.”
  13. “A house divided cannot stand.”
  14. “Arrogance diminishes wisdom.”
  15. “A secret is like a dove: when it leaves my hand it takes wing.”
  16. “A known mistake is better than an unknown truth.”
  17. “A sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to our steps as we walk the tightrope of life.”
  18. “Ask the experienced rather than the learned.”
  19. “Every sun has to set.”
  20. “Wishing does not make a poor man rich.”
  21. “No crowd ever waited at the gates of patience.”
  22. “He who sees the calamity of other people finds his own calamity light.”
  23. “Do not buy either the moon or the news, for in the end they will both come out.”
  24. “Believe what you see and lay aside what you hear.”
  25. “Arrogance is a weed that grows mostly on a dunghill.”
  26. “Ask your purse what you should buy.”
  27. “The fruit of silence is tranquility.”
  28. “Think of the going out before you enter.”
  29. “The fruit of timidity is neither gain nor loss.”
  30. “What is learned in youth is carved in stone.”
  31. الرأي قبل شجاعة الشجعان
    “Opinion comes before the bravery of the braves.”
  32. ربما أراد الأحمق نفعك فضرك
    “The stupid might want to help you, but they ended up hurting you.”
  33. جزاء سنمار جزاء مُجيرِ أُمِّ عامِرٍ الجزاء من جنس العمل
    “You reap what you sow.”
  34. جنت على نفسها براقش الجهل شر الأصحاب
    “Ignorance is the most terrible acquaintance.”
  35. البياض نصف الحسن بيت الظالم خراب
    “The house of a tyrant is a ruin.”
  36. بيت المحسن عمار
    “If you are charitable, you are rich.”
  37. البعد جفاء
    “Distance equals disaffection.”
  38. باب النجار مخَلَّع
    “The carpenter’s door is loose.” This might refer to the idea that people who make a profession or a habit of one thing might not have the time to even use that skill in their own life. They take care of everyone except for themselves.
  39. بالأرض ولدتك أمك بالتأني تُدْرَكُ الفُرَصُ
    “With care do you realize your opportunities.”
  40. البخيل عظيم الرواق صغير الأخلاق
    “The stingy have large porches and little morality.”
  41. الباب الذي يأتيك بالريح سده واسترح
    “Close the door that brings in the wind and relax.” This means that sometimes, rather than taking a beating, you should just shut off the source of the noise, distraction, problem – that is, if you can – and take a break.
  42. التجربة العلم الكبير
    “Experimentation is the greatest science.”-
  43.  أول الشجرة بذرة
    “A tree begins with a seed.”
  44. أكرم نفسك عن كل دنيء
    “Make distance between you and every dirtiness.”
  45. إن غدا لناظره قريب
    “Tomorrow is close if you have patience,” or, “Tomorrow is another day.”
  46. أقلل طعامك تجد منامك
    “Eat less to sleep more.”
  47. أقسى من الحجر
    “Tougher than a stone.”
  48. آفة العِلْم النسيان
    “Forgetting is the plague of knowledge.”
  49. اعف عما أغضبك لما أرضاك أَعقَلُ الناس أَعْذَرُهُمْ للناس
    “The wisest is the one who can forgive.”
  50. أصنع من دود القز
    “More skillful than a silk worm.”
  51. إن مفاتيح الأمور العزائم
    “Determination is the key to everything.”
  52. إنك تضرب في حديد بارد
    “You are striking cold iron.” This means you’re trying to change something that you can’t.
  53. في العجلة الندامة و في التاني السلامة
    “In haste there is regret, but in patience and care there is peace and safety.” This means you shouldn’t rush things, because if you rush something you’ll end up doing a poor job and regretting the results. If you take your time, you’re ensuring a good end result and can feel peace in knowing that.
  54. الأيام دول
    “Days are like countries.” This means that a country might be great today, but not tomorrow. This applies to people as well.
  55. إياك وصاحب السوء فإنه يحسن منظره ويقبح أثره إياك وما يعتذر منه
    “Avoid things that will require an apology.” This means if you want to do something that you know you’ll have to apologize for, you should probably just not do it!
  56. كأن الحاسد إنما خلق ليغتاظ
    “The envious were created just to be infuriated.” This means that there’s no end result to envy other than fury. If you’re feeling envious, you’re only leading yourself down a path to anger.
  57. لا تأكل خبزك على مائدة غيرك
    “Do not eat your bread on somebody else’s table.” This means that you shouldn’t benefit off of someone else’s expense; as in, you shouldn’t dirty someone else’s table if you’re just going to be eating your bread.
  58. لا بد دون الشهد من إبر النحل لا بد للمصدور من أن ينفث لا تؤجل عمل اليوم إلى الغد
    “Do not delay today’s work for tomorrow.” Don’t procrastinate!
  59. الضامن غارم الضحك بلا سبب من قلة الأدب
    “Laughing without a reason is rude.”
  60. سماعك بالْمُعَيْدِيِّ خير من أن تراه سمك في ماء
    “Like a fish in water.” Another way to say that someone is a natural.
  61. الثروة تأتي كالسلحفاة وتذهب كالغزال
    “Wealth comes like a turtle, and runs away like a gazelle.” This means it can take ages for you to find wealth, but spending it all is far too easy – it can disappear before you know it!
  62. تجوع الحرة ولا تأكل بثدييها التخطيط نصف المعيشة
    “Planning is half of living.”
  63. التدبير يثمر اليسير والتبذير يبدد الكثير ترك الذنب أيسر من الاعتذار
    “It’s better to avoid mistakes altogether than do something that you should apologize for after.”
  64. تجري الرياح بما لا تشتهي السفن
    “Winds blow counter to what the ship wants.” You don’t always get everything your way.
  65. التجارب ليست لها نهاية والمرء منها في زيادة
    “There is always something to learn from experimentation.”
  66. تعاشروا كالإخوان وتعاملوا كالأغراب
    “Get together like brothers, but work together like strangers.”
  67. حبل الكذب قصير
    “The rope of lies is short.” There is only so much leeway you have when you lie. Once that very short rope runs out, you’ll have to face the consequences.
  68. جولة الباطل ساعة وجولة الحق إلى قيام الساعة
    “Falseness lasts an hour, the truth lasts until the end of time.”

We ask Allah to grant us the understanding of the Arabic language so that we may better Understand His Speech. May Allah guide us to what pleases Him best.

والله تعالى أعلم

وصلى اللهم وسلم وبارك على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه والتابعين

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