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Choice

Choice الاختيار

1. One whose choice is bad, his results become ugly.

1ـ مَنْ ساءَ اِخْتيارُهُ قَبُحَتْ آثارُهُ.

2. Some bad choices are seeking to overpower one’s equals and making enmity with people.

2ـ مِنْ سُوءِ الاختيارِ مُغالَبَةُ الأكْفاءِ، ومُعاداةُ الرِّجالِ.

3. One of the best choices is accompanying the virtuous.

3ـ مِنْ أحْسَنِ الاخْتيارِ صُحْبَةُ الأخيارِ.

4. Some of the bad choices are fighting [and seeking to overpower] one’s equals, unveiling an enemy and showing hostility towards one who is able to do harm.

4ـ مِنْ سُوءِ الاخْتيارِ مُغالَبَةُ الأكْفاءِ، ومُكاشَفَةُ الأعْداءِ ومُناواةُ مَنْ يَقْدِرُ عَلَى الضَّـرّاءِ.

5. One of the most excellent choices and best precautions [and supports] is for you to be just in your ruling (or judgment) and to carry it out among the special and the ordinary [people] equally.

5ـ مِنْ أفْضَلِِ الاختيارِ وأحسَنِ الاستظْهارِ أنْ تَعْدِلَ فِي الحُكْمِ (القَضاءِ)، وتُجرِيَهُ فِي الخاصَّةِ والعامَّةِ عَلَى السَّواءِ.

6. From the best of choices is adorning oneself with selflessness.

6ـ مِنْ أفْضَلِ الاخْتيارِ التَّحَلّي بِالإيثارِ.

7. From the good choices [one makes] is keeping company with the virtuous and keeping a distance from the wicked.

7ـ مِنْ حُسْنِ الاخْتيارِ مُقارَنَةُ الأخْيارِ، ومُفارَقَةُ الأشرارِ.

8. The worst choice is being satisfied with deficiency.

8ـ بِئْسَ الاخْتيارُ الرِّضا بِالنَّقْصِ.