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Eating

Eating الأكل

1. Eating less is from self-restraint and overeating is from indulgence.

1ـ قِلَّةُ الأكلِ مِنَ العَفافِ، وكَثْرَتُهُ مِنَ الإسْرافِ.

2. Eating less prevents many maladies of the body.

2ـ قِلَّةُ الأكْلِ يَمْنَعُ كَثيراً مِنْ أعلالِ الجِسمِ.

3. How often has [the eating of] one food prevented [the eating of] other foods.

3ـ كَمْ مِنْ أكْلَة مَنَعَتْ أكَلات.

4. Overeating is from gluttony, and gluttony is the worst flaw.

4ـ كَثرَةُ الأكلِ مِنَ الشَّـرَهِ، والشَّـرَهُ شَـرُّ العُيوبِ.

5. Overeating and oversleeping corrupt the soul and bring about impairment.

5ـ كَثرَةُ الأكلِ والنَّوْمِ تُفْسِدانِ النَّفْسَ وتَجْلُبانِ المَضَرَّةَ.

6. Overeating causes bad [body] odour.

6ـ كَثرَةُ الأكلِ تُذَفِّرُ (تُدْفِرُ).

7. Be like the bee when it eats it eats what is good and when it secretes it secretes what is good, and when it sits on a twig it does not break it.

7ـ كُنْ كالنَّحْلَةِ إذا أكَلَتْ أكَلَتْ طَيِّباً، وإذا وَضَعَتْ وَضَعتْ طَيِّباً، وإذا وَقَعَتْ على عُود لَمْ تُكَسِّرْهُ.

8. Whoever eats less, his thoughts become pure.

8ـ مَنْ قَلَّ أكلُهُ صَفى فِكْرُهُ.

9. One who restricts his eating, his health improves and his thoughts become righteous.

9ـ مَنِ اقْتَصَرَ في أكْلِهِ كَثُرَتْ صِحَّتُهُ، وصَلُحَتْ فِكْرَتُهُ.

10. One whose efforts are [solely] for [acquiring] that which enters his stomach, his value is [equal to] that which comes out from it.

10ـ مَنْ كانَتْ هِمَّتُهُ ما يَدْخُلُ بَطْنَهُ كانَتْ قيمَتُهُ ما يَخْرُجُ مِنْهُ.

11. One who eats excessively, his health deteriorates and his expenses become heavy for him to bear.

11ـ مَن كَثُرَ أكْلُهُ قَلَّتْ صِحَّتُهُ، وثَقُلَتْ على نَفْسهِ مَؤُنتُهُ.