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Good Turns And Benevolent Actions

Good Turns and Benevolent Actions الإحسان والصنيعة

1. Showing kindness to the enemy is one of the two triumphs.

1ـ اَلأخْدُ عَلَى العَدُوِّ بِالفَضْلِ أحَدُ الظَّفَرَيْنِ.

2. Following up one favour with another favour is from the perfection of munificence.

2ـ إتْباعُ الإحْسانِ بِالإحْسانِ مِنْ كَمالِ الجُودِ.

3. Doing good is the nature of the righteous and doing evil is the nature of the wicked.

3ـ اَلإحْسانُ غَرِيزَةُ الأخْيارِ، والإساءَةُ غَرِيزَةُ الأشْرارِ.

4. Benevolence from the wicked corrupts just as much as it reforms from the honourable.

4ـ اَلكَرامَةُ تَُفْسُِدُ مِنَ اللَّئيمِ بِقَدْرِ ما تَُصْلَُحُ مِنَ الكَريمِ.

5. If a righteous act is not nurtured, it wears away, just like worn out garments and dilapidated buildings.

5ـ اَلصَّنِيعَةُ إذا لَمْ تُرَبَّ أخْلَقَتْ، كَالثَّوْبِ البالي والأبْنِيَةِ المُتَداعِيَةِ.

6. Do good and you shall enthral.

6ـ أحْسِنْ تَسْتَرِقَّ.

7. Bestow goodness and you shall advance.

7ـ أفْضِلْ تُقَدَّمْ.

8. Do good and you will be thanked.

8 ـ أحْسِنْ تُشْكَرْ.

9. Forget your gift, [and] remember your promise.

9ـ اِنْسَ رِفْدَكَ، أُذْكُرْ وَعْدَكَ.

10. Give and you shall become capable (or be chosen).

10ـ أعْطِ تَسْتَطِعْ(تَصْطَنِعْ).

11. Give generously and you shall gain authority.

11 ـ اِسْمَحْ تَسُدْ.

12. Confer favours and you will be praised.

12ـ اِنْعِمْ تُحْمَدْ.

13. Extend your goodness and do no harm.

13ـ أُبْذُلْ مَعْرُوفَكَ، وكُفَّ أذاكَ.

14. Be good [to others] and good will be done to you.

14ـ أحْسِنْ يُحْسَنْ إلَيْكَ.

15. Be good to the evildoer and you will dominate him.

15ـ أحْسِنْ إلَى المُسيءِِ تَمْلِكْهُ.

16. Bestow favours on the people and your status will increase.

16ـ أفْضِلْ عَلَى النّاسِ يَعْظُمْ قَدْرُكَ.

17. Show kindness to whomever you wish and you will become his master.

17ـ أحْسِنْ إلى مَنْ شِئْتَ وكُنْ (تَـكُنْ) أمِيرَهُ.

18. Confer favours and you will be thanked, fear [Allah] and you will be feared [by the people] and do not crack [silly] jokes such that you are belittled.

18ـ أنْعِمْ تُشْكَرْ، وارْهَبْ تُحْذَرْ، ولاتُمازِحْ فَتُحْقَرْ.

19. Seize the opportunity to perform righteous deeds and be careful of your obligations towards your brothers.

19ـ اِغْتَنِمْ صَنايِعَ الإحْسانِ، وَارْعَ ذِمَمَ الإخْوانِ.

20. Start by giving the one who has not asked you, and extend your favour to the one who has sought it, and be cautious never to turn away a beggar.

20ـ إبْدَأْ بِالعَطِيَّةِ مَنْ لَمْ يَسْئَلْكَ، وابْذُلْ مَعْرُوفَكَ لِمَنْ طَلَبَهُ، وإيّاكَ أنْ تَرُدَّ السّائِلَ.

21. Donate your wealth generously towards righteous works and support your friend[s] with it, for indeed generosity is a more befitting trait for the free.

21ـ أُبْذُلْ مالَكَ فِي الْحُقُوقِ، وَواسِ بِهِ الصَّدِيقَ، فَإنَّ السَّخاءَ بِالحُرِّ أخْلَقُ.

22. Do good to the one who is under your authority and the one under whose authority you are will do good to you.

22ـ أحْسِنْ إلى مَنْ تَمْلِكُ رِقَّهُ، يُحْسِنْ إلَيْكَ مَنْ تَمَلَّكَ رِقَّكَ.

23. The best faith is [that which is accompanied by] righteousness.

23ـ أفْضَلُ الإيمانِ اَلإحْسانُ.

24. The best favours are those that correspond with divinely ordained laws.

24ـ أحْسَنُ الصَّنايِـعِ ما وافَقَ الشَّرايِـعَ.

25. The best act is that which benefits the pious ones.

25ـ أفْضَلُ البِرِّ ما أُصِيبَ بِهِ الأبـْرارُ.

26. The best act is that which benefits those who are deserving of it.

26ـ أفْضَلُ البِرِّ ما أُصِيبَ بِهِ أهْلُهُ.

27. The merit of a righteous action is better than the action [itself].

27ـ أفْضَلُ مِنَ الصَّنِيعَةِ مَزِيَّةُ الصَّنِيعَةِ.

28. The greatest righteous act is establishing ties with near relatives.

28ـ أوْفَرُ البِرِّ صِلَةُ الرَّحِمِ.

29. The most beautiful act of a person in a position of power is conferring of favours [to those under him].

29ـ أجْمَلُ أفْعالِ ذَوِي القُدْرَةِ الإنْعامُ.

30. The best treasure is a free man who has been reserved [in your friendship because of your kindness to him].

30ـ أفْضَلُ الكُنُوزِ حُرٌّ يُدَّخَرُ.

31. The greatest good deed is supporting one’s brothers [financially].

31ـ أحْسَنُ الإحْسانِ مُواساةُ الإخْوانِ.

32. The best gift is forgoing obligation.

32ـ أفْضَلُ العَطاءِ تَرْكُ المَنِّ.

33. The noblest of favours are the good turns of the munificent [and honourable] ones.

33ـ أشْرَفُ الصَّنايِـعِ اِصْطِناعُ الكِرامِ.

34. The most worthy of giving [to] is the one who feels the least in need of asking [from others].

34ـ أوْلَى النّاسِ بِالنَّوالِ أغْناهُمْ عَنِ السُّؤالِ.

35. The best grant is that which is given before it is sought.

35ـ أفْضَلُ النَّوالِ ما وَصَلَ قَبْلَ السُّؤالِ.

36. The most pleasing kindness is offering [something] without being asked [for it].

36ـ أحْلىَ النَّوالِ بَذْلٌ بِغَيْرِ سُؤال.

37. The best grant is that which is [bestowed] before the humility of having to ask [for it].

37ـ أفْضَلُ العَطِيَّةِ ماكانَ قَبْلَ مَذَلَّةِ السُّؤالِ.

38. The best of all people who have preceded you is the one who has preceded you in his good expectation of you.

38ـ أفْضَلُ النّاسِ سالِفَةً عِنْدَكَ، مَنْ أسْلَفَكَ حُسْنَ التَّأميلِ لَكَ.

39. The most worthy of favour among the people is one who is patient when he is put off, excuses when he is denied and shows gratitude when he is given.

39ـ أَوْلَى النّاسِ بِالاِصْطِناعِ، مَنْ إذا مُطِلَ صَبَرَ، وإذا مُنِعَ عَذَرَ، وإذا أُعْطِيَ شَكَرَ.

40. Of all people, the most worthy of doing good to others is the one upon whom Allah has bestowed favours and granted with the ability [to do good to others].

40ـ أحَقُّ النّاسِ بِالإحْسانِ مَنْ أحْسَنَ اللّهُ إلَيْهِ، وبَسَطَ بِالقُدْرَةِ يَدَيْهِ.

41. The most worthy of bestowing favours [to others] is the one upon whom numerous favours of Allah have been bestowed.

41ـ أوْلَى النّاسِ بِالإنْعامِ مَنْ كَثُرَتْ نِعَمُ اللّهِ عَلَيْهِ.

42. Verily the good act that brings reward quickest is the act of kindness.

42ـ إنَّ أسْرَعَ الخَيْـرِ ثَواباً البِـرُّ.

43. Verily giving away this wealth is an acquisition [for the Hereafter] and withholding it is an affliction.

43ـ إنَّ إعْطاءَ هذا المالِ قِنْيَةٌ، وإنَّ إمْساكَهُ فِتْنَةٌ.

44. Verily spending this wealth in obedience to Allah is the greatest blessing and spending it in disobedience to Him is the greatest tribulation.

44ـ إنَّ إنْفاقَ هذا المالِ في طاعَةِ اللّهِ أعْظَمُ نِعْمَة، وإنَّ إنْفاقَهُ فِي مَعاصِيهِ أعْظَمُ مِحْنَة.

45. Indeed extending greetings is from sublime morals.

45ـ إنَّ بَذْلَ التَّحِيَّةِ مِنْ مَحاسِنِ الأخْلاقِ.

46. Verily Allah, the Glorified, loves everyone who is open-handed and strong in faith.

46ـ إنَّ اللّهَ سُبْحانَهُ يُحِبُّ كُلَّ سَمِحِ اليَدَيْنِ، حَريزِ الدّينِ.

47. Verily the value of asking is greater than the worth of what is given, so do not regard that which you give as much, for it will never be equal to the humiliation of asking.

47ـ إنَّ قَدْرَ السُّؤالِ أكْثَرُ مِنْ قِيْمَةِ النَّوالِ، فَلا تَسْتَكْثِرُوا ما أعْطَيْتُمُوهُ، فَإنَّهُ لَنْ يُوازِيَ قَدْرَ السُّؤالِ.

48. Verily the little that is from Allah, the Glorified, is more valuable than the plenty [that is gotten] from His creatures.

48ـ إنَّ اليَسِيـرَ مِنَ اللّهِ سُبْحانَهُ لأكْرَمُ مِنَ الكَثيرِ مِنْ خَلْقِهِ.

49. Verily the good turn that you did to one of the people was only a means to ennoble yourself and embellish your honour, so do not seek gratitude from others for that which you did for yourself.

49ـ إنَّ مَكْرُمَةً صَنَعْتَها إلى أحَد مِنَ النّاسِ، إنَّما أكْرَمْتَ بِها نَفْسَكَ، وَزَيَّنْتَ بِها عِرْضَكَ، فَلا تَطْلُبْ مِنْ غَيْرِكَ شُكْرَ ما صَنَعْتَ إلى نَفْسِكَ.

50. Indeed your goodness towards the ones who plots against you from your opponents and enviers is more irritating for them than your trying to do them harm, and it is [also] a means of inviting them to reform [themselves].

50ـ إنَّ إحْسانَكَ إلى مَنْ كادَكَ مِنَ الأضْدادِ والحُسّادِ لأغْيَظُ عَلَيْهِمْ مِنْ مَواقِعِ إسائَتِكَ مِنْهُمْ وهُوَ داع إلى صَلاحِهِمْ.

51. Verily your munificence does not extend to all of the creation, so aim it towards the noblest of creation.

51ـ إنَّ كَرامَتَكَ لا ئَتَّسِعُ لِجَميعِ الخَلْقِ، فَتَوَّخَ بِها أفاضِلَ الخَلْقِ.

52. It is not from the practice of the virtuous to delay the bestowal of favours.

52ـ لَيْسَ مِنْ عادَةِ الكِرامِ تَأخيرُ الإنْعامِ.

53. Benevolence is authority.

53ـ اَلمَعْرُوفُ سِيادَةٌ.

54. Benevolence is distinction.

54ـ اَلمَعْرُوفُ حَسَبٌ.

55. Kindness is [a cause of] love.

55ـ اَلإحْسانُ مَحَبَّةٌ.

56. Benevolent acts are loans.

56ـ اَلمَعْرُوفُ قُرُوضٌ.

57. Doing good [to others] is beneficial.

57ـ اَلإحْسانُ غُنْمٌ.

58. Benevolence is merit, munificence is nobility.

58ـ اَلمَعْرُوفُ فَضْلٌ، اَلكَرَمُ نُبْلٌ.

59. Benevolence is a treasure.

59ـ اَلمَعْرُوفُ كَنْزٌ.

60. The human being is a slave of kindness.

60ـ اَلاْنْسانُ عَبْدُ الإحْسانِ.

61. Benevolence is the alms-tax for blessings.

61ـ اَلمَعْرُوفُ زَكاةُ النِّعَمِ.

62. Benevolent acts are the best booty.

62ـ اَلمَعْرُوفُ أفْضَلُ المَغانِمِ.

63. Kindness is the pinnacle of excellence.

63ـ اَلإحْسانُ رَأْسُ الفَضْلِ.

64. Kindness enslaves (or enthrals) human beings.

64ـ اَلإْحْسانُ يَسْتَعْبِدُ(يَسْتَرِقُّ) الإنْسانَ.

65. Benevolence is the most honourable authority.

65ـ اَلمَعْرُوفُ أشْرَفُ سِيادَة.

66. The evil deed is erased by a benevolent act.

66ـ اَلإسائَةُ يَمْحاها الإحْسانُ.

67. Merit is [acquired] with benevolence.

67ـ اَلفَضْلُ مَعَ الإحْسانِ.

68. Conferring favours is the most excellent munificence.

68ـ اَلإفْضالُ أفْضَلُ الكَرَمِ.

69. Benevolence is an everlasting reserve.

69ـ المَعْرُوفُ ذَخيرَةُ الأبَدِ.

70. Kindness is a treasure and the munificent is one who obtains it.

70ـ اَلإحْسانُ ذُخْرٌ، والكَريمُ مَنْ حازَهُ (جازَهُ).

71. People are the followers of what they deem to be good.1

71ـ اَلنّاسُ أبْناءُ ما يُحْسَِنُونَ.

72. The good turn done by an intelligent (or an honourable) person is most excellent [in] merit.

72ـ اِصْطِناعُ العاقِلِ (الكَريمِ) أحْسَنُ فَضيلَة.

73. The favour of an ignoble person is the worst depravity.

73ـ اِصْطِناعُ اللَّئِيمِ أقْبَحُ رَذيلَة.

74. Rewarding good with evil is [the highest form of] ingratitude.

74ـ اَلجَزاءُ عَلَى الإحْسانِ بِالإسائَةِ كُفْرانٌ.

75. Benevolence is the most thriving cultivation and the best treasure.

75ـ المَعْرُوفُ أنْمى زَرْع وأفْضَلُ كَنْز.

76. Doing good to the one who offends you is the most excellent merit.

76ـ اَلإحْسانُ إلَى المُسِيءِ أحْسَنُ الفَضْلِ.

77. A benevolent act is sullied by repeatedly putting one under obligation through it.

77ـ اَلمَعْرُوفُ يُكَدِّرُهُ تِكْرارُ المَنِّ بِهِ.

78. Doing good to the honourable ones is the best provision and the noblest deed.

78ـ اِصْطِناعُ الأكارِمِ أفْضَلُ ذُخْر وأكْرَمُ اِصْطِناع.

79. Doing good to the one who offends [you] reforms the enemy.

79ـ اَلإحْسانُ إلَى المُسِيءِ يَسْتَصْلِحُ العَدُوَّ.

80. Benevolence is a treasure so consider whom you are leaving it with.

80ـ اَلمَعْرُوفُ كَنْزٌ فَانْظُرْعِنْدَ مَنْ تُودِعُهُ.

81. Righteous work is a provision, so be wary of whom you are placing it with.

81ـ اَلاِصْطِناعُ ذُخْرٌ فَارْتَدْ عِنْدَ مَنْ تَضَعُهُ.

82. If you confer favours, you will be served.

82ـ إنْ تَفَضَّلْتَ خُدِمْتَ.

83. Verily if you do good [to others] then you are [actually] honouring your own soul and doing good to it.

83ـ إنَّكَ إنْ أحْسَنْتَ فَنَفْسَكَ تُـكْرِمُ وإلَيْها تُحْسِنُ.

84. Verily you are more in need of doing good to the people than of accumulating wealth.

84ـ إنَّكُمْ إلَى اصْطِناعِ الرِّجالِ أحْوَجُ مِنْكُمْ إلى جَمْعِ الأمْوالِ.

85. The bane of giving is procrastination.

85ـ آفَةُ العَطاءِ المَطَلُ.

86. When you perform a good turn then conceal it.

86ـ إذا صَنَعْتَ مَعْرُوفاً فَاسْتُرْهُ.

87. When a good turn has been done to you then publicize it.

87ـ إذا صُنِعَ إلَيْكَ مَعْرُوفٌ فَانْشُـرْهُ.

88. When you [wish to] give, be quick.

88ـ إذا أعْطَيْتَ فَأوْجِزْ.

89. When a good turn is done to you, recall it.

89ـ إذا صُنِعَ إلَيْكَ مَعْرُوفٌ فَاذْكُرْ.

90. When you do a good turn [to someone], forget it.

90ـ إذا صَنَعْتَ مَعْرُوفاً فَانْسَهُ.

91. If you do good to a vile person, he will wrong you in return for your goodness to him.

91ـ إذا أحْسَنْتَ عَلَى اللَّئِيمِ وتَرَكَ بِإحْسانِكَ إلَيْهِ.

92. I am free to choose with regards to the one upon whom I have not bestowed any favour but am bound to complete my favour on the one upon whom I have bestowed it; for if I complete it, I will have preserved it and if I cut it off then I will have lost it, and if I lose it then why did I embark on it [in the first place]?

92ـ أنَا مُخَيَّـرٌ فيِ الإحْسانِ إلى مَنْ لَمْ أحْسِنْ إلَيْهِ، ومُرْتَهَنٌ بِإتْمامِ الإحْسانِ إلى مَنْ أحْسَنْتُ إلَيهِ، لأنّي إذا أتْمَمْتُهُ فَقَدْ حَفِظْتُهُ، وإذا قَطَعْتُهُ فَقَدْ أضَعْتُهُ، وإذا أضَعْتُهُ فَلِمَ فَعَلْتُهُ.

93. If your bounty falls short of reaching the weak, then [at least] let your mercy reach them.

93ـ إذا عَجَزَ عَنِ الضُّعَفاءِ نَيْلُكَ فَلْتَسَعْهُمْ رَحْمَتُكَ.

94. If you find from the needy people one who will carry your provision for you up to the Day of Resurrection and return it to you tomorrow when you need it most, then take the opportunity and give it to him, and increase the provisions that you give him [to carry for you] while you are able to, for it is possible that you may [at one time] seek him but not find him.

94ـ إذا وَجَدْتَ مِنْ أهْلِ الفاقَةِ مَنْ يَحْمِلُ لَكَ زادَكَ إلى يَوْمِ القِيمَةِ، فَيُوَفّيكَ بِهِ غَداً حَيْثُ تَحْتاجُ إلَيْهِ فَأغْتَنِمْهُ، وحَمِّلْهُ إيّاهُ وأكْثِرْ مِنْ تَزْويدِهِ، وَأنْتَ قادِرٌ عَلَيْهِ، فَلَعَلَّكَ أنْ تَطْلُبَهُ فَلا تَجِدْهُ.

95. Through kindness, human beings are enslaved.

95ـ بالإحْسانِ يُسْتَعْبَدُ الإنْسانُ.

96. Through benevolence, gratitude lasts.

96ـ بِفِعْلِِ المَعْرُوفِ يُسْتَدامُ الشُّكْرُ.

97. Through kindness, hearts are owned.

97ـ بِالإحْسانِ تُمْلَكُ القُلُوبُ.

98. Through kindness, freemen are owned.

98ـ بِالإحْسانِ تُمْلَكُ الأحْرارُ.

99. Through kindness and covering faults with forgiveness, eminence increases.

99ـ بِالإحْسانِ وتَغَمُّدِ الذُّنُوبِ بِالغُفْرانِ يَعْظُمُ المَجْدُ.

100. Through kindness, people are enthralled.

100ـ بِالإحْسانِ تُسْتَـرَقُّ الرِّقابُ.

101. Giving generously is the alms-tax of blessings.

101ـ بَذْلُ العَطاءِ زَكوةُ النَّعْماءِ.

102. Extending the hand in giving is the most beautiful virtue and the most excellent trait.

102ـ بَذْلُ اليَدِ بِالعَطِيَّةِ أجْمَلُ مَنْقَبَة، وأفْضَلُ سَجِيَّة.

103. Stretching out the hand in giving increases reward and multiplies recompense.

103ـ بَسْطُ اليَدِ بِالعَطاءِ يُجْزِلُ الأجْرَ، ويُضاعِفُ الجَزاءَ.

104. Expediting good turns is the basis of righteousness.

104ـ تَعْجيلُ المَعْرُوفِ مِلاكُ المَعْرُوفِ.

105. Wasting benevolence is showing it to someone who does not comprehend [its value].

105ـ تَضْييعُ المَعْرُوفِ وَضْعُهُ في غَيْرِ عَرُوف.

106. Do good [to people] and you will be served; be forbearing (or gain knowledge) and you will advance.

106ـ تَفَضَّلْ تُخْدَمْ واحْلُمْ (وَاعْلَمْ) تُقَدَّمْ.

107. The completion of benevolence is abandoning [putting one under] obligation by it.

107ـ تَمامُ الإحْسانِ تَرْكُ المَنِّ بِهِ.

108. The peoples’ expectation of your kindness is better than their fear of your retribution.

108ـ تَأْمِيلُ النَّاسِ نَوالَكَ خَيْـرٌ مِنْ خَوْفِهِمْ نَكالَكَ.

109. Adorn yourselves by taking up kindness, stopping transgression, acting upon the truth, being just and impartial, keeping away from corruption and improving your Hereafter.

109ـ تَحَلَّوْا بِالأخْذِ بِالفَضْلِ، والكَفِّ عَنِ البَغْيِ، والعَمَلِ بِالحَقِّ، وَالإنْصافِ مِنَ النَّفْسِ، وَاجْتِنابِ الفَسادِ، وإصْلاحِ المَعادِ.

110. The beauty of benevolence is [in] relinquishing obligation.

110ـ جَمالُ الإحْسانِ تَرْكُ الإمْتِنانِ.

111. The beauty of a benevolent act is in completing it.

111ـ جَمالُ المَعْرُوفِ إتْمامُهُ.

112. Denying a favour instigates the ugliness of obligation.

112ـ جُحُودُ الإحْسانِ يَحْدُو عَلى قُبْحِ الإمْتِنانِ.

113. Denying the benevolence [of others] leads to deprivation.

113ـ جُحُودُ الإحْسانِ يُوجِبُ الحِرْمانَ.

114. The best good turn is one that benefits the righteous.

114ـ خَيْـرُ المَعْرُوْفِ ما أُصِيبَ بِهِ الأبْرارُ.

115. The best benevolent act is one that is neither preceded by delay nor followed by obligation.

115ـ خَيْـرُ المَعْرُوفِ مالَمْ يَتَقَدَّمْهُ المَطَلُ، ولَمْ يَتْبَعْهُ المَنُّ.

116. The best grant is that which is [given] without being sought.

116ـ خَيْـرُ العَطاءِ ما كانَ عَنْ غَيْرِ طَلَب.

117. Act with kindness towards your enemy for this is one of the two triumphs.

117ـ خُذْ عَلى عَدُوِّكَ بِالفَضْلِ، فَإنَّهُ أحَدُ الظَّفَرَيْنِ.

118. Whoever bestows favours on others, they are thankful for his authority.

118ـ ذُو الإفْضالِ مَشْكُورُ السِّيادَةِ.

119. Whoever shows benevolence, his habit is praised.

119ـ ذُو المَعْرُوفِ مَحْمُودُ العادَةِ.

120. The pinnacle of kindness is being kind to the believers.

120ـ رَأْسُ الإحْسانِ اَلإحْسانُ إلَى المُؤْمِنينَ.

121. The pinnacle of generosity is being expeditious in giving.

121ـ رَأْسُ السَّخاءِ تَعْجيلُ العَطاءِ.

122. The pinnacle of faith is doing good to people.

122ـ رَأْسُ الإيمانِ اَلإحْسانُ إلَى النّاسِ.

123. The pinnacle of excellence is doing good to the virtuous.

123ـ رَأْسُ الفَضائِلِ اِصْطِناعُ الأفاضِلِ.

124. The pinnacle of depravity is doing good to the wicked.

124ـ رَأْسُ الرَّذائِلِ اِصْطِناعُ الأراذِلِ.

125. Nurturing a good turn is better than starting it.

125ـ رَبُّ المَعْرُوفِ أحْسَنُ مِنْ إبْتِدائِهِ.

126. Increase your benevolent acts and bestow more favours, for this is a more lasting provision and a more beautiful legacy.

126ـ زِدْ فيِ اصْطِناعِ المَعْرُوفِ، وأكْثِرْ مِنْ إسْداءِ الإحْسانِ، فَإنَّهُ أبْقى ذُخْراً، وأجْمَلُ ذِكْراً.

127. The cause of affection is benevolence.

127ـ سَبَبُ المَحَبَّةِ الإحْسانُ.

128. Continuous bestowal [of favours] is the practice of the honourable.

128ـ سُنَّةُ الكِرامِ تَرادُفُ الإنْعامِ.

129. Ask for good from one who forgets it and do good to the one who recalls it.

129ـ سَلِ المَعْرُوفَ مَنْ يَنْساهُ، واصْطَنِعْهُ إلى مَنْ يَذْكُرُهُ.

130. The worst grant is that which is preceded by delay and followed by obligation.

130ـ شَـرُّ النَّوالِ ما تَقَدَّمَهُ المَطَلُ، وتَعَقَّبَهُ المَنُّ.

131. Performing benevolent actions protects one from falling into disgrace.

131ـ صَنايِـعُ المَعْرُوفِ تَقي مَصارِعَ الهَوانِ.

132. Doing good turns is from the merits of the human being.

132ـ صَنايِـعُ الإحْسانِ مِنْ فَضائِلِ الإنْسانِ.

133. Performing benevolent actions causes the abundant flow of blessings and wards off calamity.

133ـ صَنايِـعُ المَعْرُوفِ تُدِرُّ النَّعْماءَ، وتَدْفَعُ البَلاءَ.

134. The good turn of wealth ceases with its cessation.

134ـ صَنيعُ المالِ يَزُولُ بِزَوالِهِ.

135. Blessed is the one who does good to the servants [of Allah] and prepares provisions for the Hereafter.

135ـ طُوبى لِمَنْ أحْسَنَ إلَى العِبادِ وتَزَوَّدَ لِلْمَعادِ.

136. He who does a good turn to those who are undeserving of it has oppressed it.

136ـ ظَلَمَ المَعْرُوفَ مَنْ وَضَعَهُ في غَيْرِ أهْلِهِ.

137. The one who confers his favours to the honourable ones acquires the most sublime gains.

137ـ ظَفِرَ بِسَنيِّ المَغانِمِ واضِعُ صَنايِعِهِ في الأكارِمِ.

138. Espouse kindness, for it is the best cultivation and the most profitable merchandise.

138ـ عَلَيْكَ بِالإحْسانِ فَإنَّهُ أفْضَلُ زِراعَة وأرْبَحُ بِضاعَة.

139. Be good to the servants [of Allah] and act justly in the lands, [by this] you will safe when the witnesses are presented [on the Day of Judgment].

139ـ عَلَيْكُمْ بِالإحْسانِ إلَى العِبادِ والعَدْلِ فِي البِلادِ تَأمَنُوا عِنْدَ قِيامِ الأشْهادِ.

140. Perform benevolent works, for they are the best provisions for the Hereafter.

140ـ عَلَيْكُمْ بِصَنايِـعِ المَعْرُوفِ فَإنَّها نِعْمَ الزَّادُ إلَى المَعادِ.

141. Perform benevolent acts and do good to your near relatives and neighbours, for these two actions prolong life and make the lands prosper.

141ـ عَلَيْكُمْ بِصَنايِـعِ الإحْسانِ وحُسْنِ البِـرِّ بِذَوِي الرَّحِمِ والجيرانِ فَإنَّهُما تَزيدانِ فِي الأعْمارِ ويَعْمُرانِ الدِّيارَ.

142. By successive acts of kindness and benevolence, the free man is enslaved.

142ـ عِنْدَ تَواتُرِ البِرِّ والإحْسانِ يُتَعَبَّدُ الحُرُّ.

143. The habit of benevolence is the source of capability [or power].

143ـ عادَةُ الإحْسانِ مادَّةُ الإمْكانِ.

144. I am amazed at the one who buys slaves with his wealth, how can he not buy the freemen with his benevolence, thereby enthralling them.

144ـ عَجِبْتُ لِمَنْ يَشْتَرِي الْعَبيدَ بِمالِهِ فَيُعْتِقَهُمْ كَيْفَ لايَشْتَِري الأحْرارَ بِإحْسانِهِ فَيَسْتَرِقَّهُمْ.

145. In every [act of] benevolence there is kindness.

145ـ في كُلِّ مَعْرُوف إحْسانٌ.

146. In every good turn there is indebtedness.

146ـ في كُلِّ صَنيعَة اِمْتِنانٌ.

147. Sometimes it is better to give in order to fulfil a promise [and not delay it].

147ـ قَدْ يَهْنَأُ العَطاءُ لِلإنْجازِ.

148. Send your good turn ahead [for the Hereafter] and you will benefit.

148ـ قَدِّمْ إحْسانَكَ تَغْنَمْ.

149. Every [form of] benevolence is a favour.

149ـ كُلُّ مَعْرُوف إحْسانٌ.

150. How many a human being has been enslaved by benevolence!

150ـ كَمْ مِنْ إنْسان اِسْتَعْبَدَهُ إحْسانٌ.

151. Increased rendering of benevolent works prolongs life and spreads renown.

151ـ كَثْرَةُ اصْطِناعِ الْمَعْرُوفِ تَزيدُ فِي العُمْرِ وتَنْشُرُ الذِّكْرَ.

152. Doing a lot of good turns raises one’s honour and makes gratitude last.

152ـ كَثْرَةُ الصَّنايِـعِ تَرْفَعُ الشَّـرَفَ وتَسْتَديمُ الشُّكْرَ.

153. The guarantee of continued affluence and capability [and power] is [in] following up one favour with another favour.

153ـ كافِلُ دَوامِ الْغِنى والإمكانِ اتِّباعُ الإحْسانِ الإحْسانَ.

154. Everything has a merit and the merit of the honourable ones is doing good to the people.

154ـ لِكُلِّ شَيْء فَضِيلَةٌ وفَضِيلَةُ الكِرامِ اِصْطِناعُ الرِّجالِ.

155. Let your traits be generosity and benevolence.

155ـ لِيَكُنْ سَجِيَّتُكَ السَّخاءُ والإحْسانُ.

156. One cannot show gratitude for blessings in a better way than using them to benefit others.

156ـ لَنْ يَسْتَطيعَ أحَدٌ أنْ يَشْكُرَ النِّعَمَ بِمِثْـلِ الإنْعامِ بِها.

157. If you were to see benevolence in the form a person, you would surely see him as a beautiful form that surpasses the worlds [in its beauty].

157ـ لَوْ رَأيْتُمُ الإحْسانَ شَخْصاً لَرَأَيْتُمُوهُ شَكْلاً جَميلاً يَفُوقُ العالَمينَ.

158. One who bestows goodness [to others] is served [by them].

158ـ مَنْ تَفَضَّلَ خُدِمَ.

159. One who generously gives [from] his wealth becomes great.

159ـ مَنْ بَذَلَ مالَهُ جَلَّ.

160. One who bestows favours fulfils the right of authority.

160ـ مَنْ أنْعَمَ قَضى حَقَّ السِّيادَةِ.

161. One who puts others under obligation for his favour, spoils it.

161ـ مَنْ مَنَّ بِإحْسانِهِ كَدَّرَهُ.

162. One who extends his goodness [to the people] deserves leadership.

162ـ مَنْ بَذَلَ مَعْرُوفَهُ اسْتَحَقَّ الرِّياسَةَ.

163. One who renders a beautiful deed acquires great praise.

163ـ مَنْ صَنَعَ العارِفَةَ الجَميلَةَ حازَ المَحْمِدَةَ الجَزيلَةَ.

164. One who performs a benevolent action gains reward and gratitude.

164ـ مَنْ صَنَعَ مَعْرُوفاً نالَ أجْراً وشُكْراً.

165. One who cuts off his usual favours, Allah will cut off his present capabilities.

165ـ مَنْ قَطَعَ مَعْهُودَ إحْسانِهِ قَطَعَ اللّهُ مَوْجُودَ إمْكانِهِ.

166. One who does not bestow favours will not achieve nobility.

166ـ مَنْ لَمْ يَتَفَضَّلْ لَمْ يَنْبُلْ.

167. One who does not give while he is sitting [in comfort] will not be given when he is standing [in a state of struggle].

167ـ مَنْ لَمْ يُعْطَ قاعِداً لَمْ يُعْطَ قائِماً.

168. One who does not give while he is sitting [in ease] will be deprived when he is standing [in adversity].

168ـ مَنْ لَمْ يُعْطَ قاعِداً مُنِعَ قائِماً.

169. One who favours an ignorant person demonstrates the extent of his own ignorance.

169ـ مَنِ اصْطَنَعَ جاهِلاً بَرْهَنَ عَنْ وُفُورِ جَهْلِهِ.

170. One who conceals the favour [that has been done to him] is punished with deprivation.

170ـ مَنْ كَتَمَ الإحْسانَ عُوقِبَ بِالْحِرْمانِ.

171. One who withholds favours is stripped of [his] ability.

171ـ مَنْ مَنَعَ الإحْسانَ سُلِبَ الإمْكانَ.

172. One who does good to a freeman gains a [great] reward.

172ـ مَنِ اصْطَنَعَ حُرّاً اِسْتَفادَ أجْراً.

173. One who does a kind act earns good praise.

173ـ مَنْ أحْسَنَ اِكْتَسَبَ حُسْنَ الثَّناءِ.

174. One whose benefactions are abundant demonstrates his great nobility.

174ـ مَنْ كَثُرَتْ عَوارِفُهُ أبانَ عَنْ كَثْرَةِ نُبْلِهِ.

175. One whose kindness is abundant is loved by his brothers.

175ـ مَنْ كَثُرَتْ إحْسانُهُ أحَبَّهُ إخْوانُهُ.

176. Whoever extends his goodness [to others], more people are inclined towards him.

176ـ مَنْ بَذَلَ مَعْرُوفَهُ كَثُرَ الرّاغِبُ إلَيْهِ.

177. One who accepts your gift has [actually] assisted you in gaining honour.

177ـ مَنْ قَبِلَ عَطاءَكَ فَقَدْ أعانَكَ عَلَى الكَرَمِ.

178. One who perfects his kindness gives generously before he is asked.

178ـ مَنْ أكْمَلَ الإفْضالَ بَذَلَ النَّوالَ قَبْلَ السُّؤالِ.

179. One who does good to the undeserving has wronged his goodness.

179ـ مَنْ أسْدى مَعْرُوفاً إلى غَيْرِ أهْلِهِ ظَلَمَ مَعْرُوفَهُ.

180. One who gives in cases that are undeserving fails to give [the rights] to those who are deserving.

180ـ مَنْ أعْطى في غَيْرِ الحُقُوقِ قَصَّـرَ عَنِ الحُقُوقِ.

181. One who is ungrateful for a good turn deserves an ugly separation.

181ـ مَنْ كَفَرَ حُسْنَ الصَّنيعَةِ اسْتَوْجَبَ قُبْحَ القَطيعَةِ.

182. One who reciprocates a good turn with a better one has [appropriately] repaid it.

182ـ مَنْ قابَلَ الإحْسانَ بِأفْضَلِ مِنْهُ فَقَدْ جازاهُ.

183. One whose benefaction increases, his assistants and helpers [also] increase.

183ـ مَنْ كَثُرَ إحْسانُهُ كَثُرَ خَدَمُهُ وأعْوانُهُ.

184. Whoever extends his benevolence [to others], the hearts become inclined towards him.

184ـ مَنْ بَذَلَ مَعْرُوفَهُ مالَتْ إلَيْهِ القُلُوبُ.

185. One who grants generously before being asked, then he is truly honourable and much-loved.

185ـ مَنْ بَذَلَ النَّوالَ قَبْلَ السُّؤالِ فَهُوَ الكَريمُ المَحْبُوبُ.

186. One who repays goodness with evil has rid himself of magnanimity.

186ـ مَنْ كافَيَ الإحْسانَ بِالإسائَةِ فَقَدْ بَرِيَ مِنَ المُرُوَّةِ.

187. Whoever does good to the people, their love for him lasts.

187ـ مَنْ أحْسَنَ إلَى النّاسِ اسْتَدامَ مِنْهُمُ المَحَبَّةَ.

188. One who fulfils the [debt of] goodness that was done to him in the past has attained true freedom.

188ـ مَنْ قَضى ما أُسْلِفَ مِنَ الإحْسانِ فَهُوَ الكامِلُ الحُرِيَّةِ.

189. One who turns to you hopefully has already got a good impression of you, so do not disappoint his expectation.

189ـ مَنِ انْتَجَعَكَ مُؤَمِّلاً فَقَدْ أسْلَفَكَ حُسْنَ الظَّنِّ بِكَ فَلا تُخَيِّبْ ظَنَّهُ.

190. Whoever fulfils the rights of one who does not fulfil his rights has enslaved him.

190ـ مَنْ قَضى حَقَّ مَنْ لايَقْضي حَقَّهُ فَقَدْ عَبَّدَهُ.

191. One who is kind to the people, his outcomes become good and the ways [to his goals] become easy for him.

191ـ مَنْ أحْسَنَ إلَى النّاسِ حَسُنَتْ عَواقِبُهُ وسَهُلَتْ لَهُ طُرُقُهُ.

192. Whoever accepts a good turn has made the one who rendered it to him his master.

192ـ مَنْ قَبِلَ مَعْرُوفاً فَقَدْ مَلَكَ مُسْديهِ إلَيْهِ رِقَّهُ.

193. One who accepts your good turn has made his right over you mandatory [on himself].

193ـ مَنْ قَبِلَ مََعْرُوفَكَ فَقدْ أوْجَبَ عَلَيْكَ حَقَّهُ.

194. Whoever does good to the one who does evil to him has taken the all-encompassing excellence.

194ـ مَنْ أحْسَنَ إلى مَنْ أساءَ إلَيْهِ فَقَدْ أخَذَ بِجَوامِعِ الفَضْلِ.

195. One who is not grateful for favours is not spared from deprivation.

195ـ مَنْ لَمْ يَشْكُرِ الإحْسانَ لَمْ يَعْدُهُ الحِرْمانُ.

196. One who begins giving without being asked and completes good deeds without any obligation has perfected his favour.

196ـ مَنْ بَدَأَ العَطِيَّةَ مِنْ غَيْرِ طَلَب وأكْمَلَ المَعْرُوفَ مِنْ غَيْرِ امْتِنان فَقَدْ أكْمَلَ الإحْسانَ.

197. One who bestows a favour on the ungrateful one prolongs his rage.

197ـ مَنْ أنْعَمَ عَلَى الكَفُورِ طالَ غَيْظُهُ.

198. One who is generous in granting [favours], enthrals the people of this world.

198ـ مَنْ سَمَحَتْ نَفْسُهُ بِالعَطاءِ اِسْتَعْبَدَ أبْناءَ الدُّنيا.

199. One who does not nurture his good turn has indeed lost it.

199ـ مَنْ لَمْ يُرَبِّ مَعْرُوفَهُ فَقَدْ ضَيَّعَهُ.

200. One who accepts your good turn has sold you his honour and magnanimity.

200ـ مَنْ قَبِلَ مَعْرُوفَكَ فَقَدْ باعَكَ عِزَّتَهُ ومُرُوَّتَهُ.

201. One who accepts your good turn has humbled his prestige and honour before you.

201ـ مَنْ قَبِلَ مَعْرُوفَكَ فَقَدْ أذَلَّ لَكَ جَلالَتَهُ وعِزَّتَهُ.

202. Whoever does not nurture his favour, then it is as if he did not bestow it.

202ـ مَنْ لَمْ يُرَبِّ مََعْرُوْفَهُ فَكَأنَّهُ لَمْ يَصْنَعْهُ.

203. Doing good to others is part of an honourable purpose.

203ـ مِنْ شَرَفِ الهِمَّةِ بَذْلُ الإحْسانِ.

204. One of the greatest afflictions is wasting good turns [on the undeserving].

204ـ مِنْ أعْظَمِ الفَجايِـعِ إضاعَةُ الصَّنايِـعِ.

205. One of the best favours is the favour that is done to the righteous.

205ـ مِنْ أفْضَلِ الإحْسانِ الإحْسانُ إلَى الأبـْرارِ.

206. Nothing earns gratitude like doing good to others.

206ـ مَا اكْتُسِبَ الشُّكْرُ بِمِثْلِ بَذْلِ المَعْرُوفِ.

207. Nothing enthrals people like doing [them] favours.

207ـ مَا اسْتُرِقَّتِ الأعْناقُ بِمِثْلِ الإحْسانِ.

208. No one has appealed to me with an intercession that is greater in my sight than a favour that I had previously done to him, so that I may nurture it and follow it up with another [favour] like it; for indeed later refusals cut off the gratitude for earlier favours.

208ـ ما تَوَسَّلَ أحَدٌ إلَيَّ بِوَسِيلَة أجَلَّ عِنْدي مِنْ يَد سَبَقَتْ مِنّي إلَيْهِ لاُِرَبِيَّها عِنْدَهُ بِاتِّباعِها أُخْتَها فَإنَّ مَنْعَ الأواخِرِ يَقْطَعُ شُكْرَ الأوائِلِ.

209. The basis of goodness is abandoning obligation through it.

209ـ مِلاكُ المَعْرُوفِ تَرْكُ المَنِّ بِهِ.

210. With goodness [to others], there is loftiness.

210ـ مَعَ الإحْسانِ تَـكُونُ الرَّفْعَةُ.

211. Nurturing a good turn [and completing it] is better than starting it [anew].

211ـ مَرَبَّةُ المَعْرُوفِ أحْسَنُ مِنْ إبْتِدائِهِ.

212. How good a store [for the future] benevolence is!

212ـ نِعْمَ الذُّخْرُ المَعْرُوفُ.

213. The best provision for the Hereafter is doing good to the people.

213ـ نِعْمَ زادُ المَعادِ الإحْسانُ إلَى العِبادِ.

214. Achievement of glorious feats is through performing noble deeds.

214ـ نَيْلُ المَ آثِرِ بِبَذْلِ المَكارِمِ.

215. Never regard what you give as too much, even if it is plenty, for indeed the good praise [you will get for your generosity] will be greater than it.

215ـ لاتَسْتَكْثِرَنَّ العَطاءَ وإنْ كَثُرَ فَإنَّ حُسْنَ الثَّناءِ أكْثَرُ مِنْهُ.

216. Never regard what you give as great, even if it is substantial, for indeed the extent of [humiliation undergone through] begging is greater than that.

216ـ لاتَسْتَعْظِمَنَّ النَّوالَ وإنْ عَظُمَ فَإنَّ قَدْرَ السُّؤالِ أعْظَمُ مِنْهُ.

217. One who does not show kindness [to others] in times of fortune will be abandoned in times of misfortune.

217ـ مَنْ لَمْ يُحْسِنْ في دَوْلَتِهِ خُذِلَ في نِكْبَتِهِ.

218. Whoever places his goodness with the one who does not deserve it has wasted it.

218ـ واضِعُ مَعْرُوفِهِ عِنْدَ غَيْرِ مُسْتَحِقِّهِ مُضَيِّعٌ لَهُ.

219. Doing a good turn to those who deserve it subdues the enemy and protects from falling into evil.

219ـ وَضْعُ الصَّنيعَةِ في أهْلِها يَكْبِتُ العَدُوَّ ويَقي مَصارِعَ السُّوءِ.

220. Never show your benevolence to the one who does not understand its value (or who is not good).

220ـ لاتَضَعَنَّ مَعْرُوفَكَ عِنْدَ غَيْرِ عَرُوف (مََعْرُوف).

221. Do not do a good turn to the one who is ungrateful for your kindness.

221ـ لاتَصْطَنِعْ مَنْ يَكْفُرُ بِرَّكَ.

222. Never hold back an act of benevolence, even if you do not find one who understands its value.

222ـ لاتَمْنـَعَنَّ المَعْرُوفَ، وإنْ لَمْ تَجِدْ عَرُوفاً.

223. Do not be ashamed of giving little, for not giving at all is even less than that.

223ـ لاتَسْتَحْيِ مِنْ إعْطاءِ القَليلِ، فَإنَّ الحِرْمانَ أقَلُّ مِنْهُ.

224. Never regard the abundance of what you have given to be much, for you are [in possession of] even more than that.

224ـ لاتَسْتَكْثِرَنَّ الكَثيِرَ مِنْ نَوالِكَ، فَإنَّكَ أكْثَرُ مِنْهُ.

225. Never hold back from doing good turns and favours thereby being stripped of [your] ability.

225ـ لاتَمْتَنِعَنَّ مِنْ فِعْلِ المَعْرُوفِ وَالإحْسانِ فَتُسْلَبَ الإمْكانَ.

226. Do not delay giving the needy to tomorrow, for you do not know what will happen to you or to him tomorrow.

226ـ لاتُؤَخِّرْ إنالَةَ المُحْتاجِ إلى غَد، فَإنَّكَ لاتَدْرِي ما يَعْرِضُ لَكَ ولَهُ في غَد.

227. Let not your brother be stronger in his iniquity towards you than you are in your goodness [towards him].

227ـ لايَكُونَنَّ أخُوكَ عَلَى الإساءَةِ إلَيْكَ أقْوى مِنْكَ عَلَى الإحْسانِ.

228. Never let the paucity of those who show gratitude for your benevolence deter you from it, for you have been thanked by the One who does not benefit from any of it; and more may be gained from the gratitude of the thankful than what is neglected by the ingrate.

228ـ لايُزْهِدَنَّكَ فِي اصْطِناعِ المعْرُوفِ قِلَّةُ مَنْ يَشْكُرُهُ، فَقَدْ يَشْكُرُكَ عَلَيْهِ مَنْ لايَنْتَفِعُ بِشَـيْء مِنْهُ، وَقَدْ يُدْرَكُ مِنْ شُكْرِ الشّاكِرِ أكْثَرُ مِمّا أضاعَ الكافِرُ.

229. Do not help [anyone] against the one who has favoured you, for the one who helps against the one who has favoured him is stripped of his ability.

229ـ لا تُعِنْ عَلى مَنْ أنْعَمَ عَلَيْكَ فَمَنْ أعانَ عَلى مَنْ أنْعَمَ عَلَيْهِ سُلِبَ الإمْكانَ.

230. Goodness does not thrive with the ignoble.

230ـ لاتَزْكُو الصَّنيعَةُ مَعَ غَيْرِ أصيل.

231. The wicked do not do good to anyone except those who are like them.

231ـ لا يَصْطَنِعُ اللِّئامُ إلاّ أمْثالَُهُمْ.

232. There is no merit loftier than benevolence.

232ـ لافَضيلَةَ أجَلُ مِنَ الإحْسانِ.

233. There is no virtue greater than benevolence.

233ـ لا مَنْقَبَةَ أفْضَلُ مِنَ الإحْسانِ.

234. There is no benevolence more misused than doing good to the ingrate.

234ـ لامَعْرُوفَ أضْيَعُ مِنِ اصْطِناعِ الكَفُورِ.

235. There is no virtue in doing good to one who does not know its value.

235ـ لاخَيْـرَ فِي المَعْرُوفِ إلى غَيْرِ عَرُوف.

236. A good turn does not benefit except with one who possesses loyalty and self-restraint.

236ـ لاتَنْفَعُ الصَّنيعَةُ إلاّ في ذِي وَفاء وحَفيظَة.

237. Giving little is better than offering excuses [for not giving].

237ـ يَسيرُ العَطاءِ خَيْـرٌمِنَ التَّعَلُّلِ بِالإعْتِذارِ.

238. Good turns do not thrive except with the honourable.

238ـ لاتَزْكُو إلاّ عِنْدَ الكِرامِ الصَّنايِـعُ.

239. There is no virtue in the good turn that is reckoned [as a favour].

239ـ لاخَيْرَ فِي المَعْرُوفِ المُحْصى.

240. The consequences of kindness are never dispraised.

240ـ لاتُذَمُّ أبَداً عَواقِبُ الإحْسانِ.

241. None is praised except the one who shows his kindness.

241ـ لا يُحْمَدُ إلاّ مَنْ بَذَلَ إحْسانَهُ.

242. It is enough of a donation to give what is [readily] available.

242ـ كَفى بِالمَيْسُورِ رِفْداً.

243. Benevolence is the better of the two treasures.

243ـ اَلْمَعْرُوفُ أفْضَلُ الكَنْزَيْنِ.

244. Good turns are shackles that cannot be extricated except through gratitude or requital.

244ـ اَلمَعْرُوفُ غُلٌّ لايَفُكُّهُ إلاّ شُكْرٌ، أوْمُكافاةٌ.

245. Completing a good turn is better than starting it.

245ـ إكْمالُ المَعْرُوفِ أحْسَنُ مِنْ إبْتِدائِهِ.

246. A benevolent action is not completed except by three things: by taking it to be insignificant, by expediting it and by concealing it; for when you take it to be insignificant, you have made it great; and when you expedite it, you have made it beneficial; and when you conceal it, you have made it complete.

246ـ اَلمَعْرُوفُ لايَتِمُّ إلاّبِثَلاث: بِتَصْغيرِهِ، وتَعْجيلِهِ، وسَتْرِهِ، فَإنَّكَ إذا صَغَّرْتَهُ فَقَدْ عَظَّمْتَهُ، وإذا عَجَّلْتَهُ فَقَدْ هَنَّأْتَهُ وإذا سَتَـرْتَهُ فَقَدْ تَمَّمْتَهُ.

247. Doing a good turn is the best acquisition [for the Hereafter], and generosity is the best ornament.

247ـ اَلإفْضالُ أفْضَلُ قِنْيَة، والسَّخاءُ أحْسَنُ حِلْيَة.

248. When the kind people become fewer, those who adorn themselves get ruined.

248ـ إذا قَلَّ أهْلُ الفَضْلِ هَلَكَ أهْلُ التَّجَمُّلِ.

249. By doing good to others, ranks get elevated.

249ـ بِالإفْضالِ تَعْظُمُ الأقْدارُ.

250. By conferring favours, people are enthralled.

250ـ بِالإفْضالِ تُسْتَـرَقُّ الأعْناقُ.

251. Through [his] abundant favours, the munificent person is recognized.

251ـ بِكَثْرَةِ الإفْضالِ يُعْرَفُ الكَريمُ.

252. By conferring favours [to others], [one’s] faults are hidden.

252ـ بِالإفْضالِ تُسْتَـرُ العُيُوبُ.

253. Give life to your good deed by killing it (i.e. by forgetting it).

253ـ أحْيِ مَعْرُوفَكَ بِإماتَتِهِ.

254. Do good whenever possible, and deter the evildoer with righteous action.

254ـ إفْعَلِ المَعْرُوفَ ما أمْكَنَ، وازْجُرِ المُسِيءَ بِفِعْلِ المُحْسِنِ.

255. Extend your benevolence to all the people, for verily nothing can be equated with the virtue of a good turn in the sight of Allah, the Glorified.

255ـ أُبْذُلْ مَعْرُوفَكَ لِلنّاسِ كافَّةً فَإنَّ فَضِيلَةَ فِعْلِ المَعْرُوفِ لايَعْدِلُها عِنْدَاللّهِ سُبْحانَهُ شَيْءٌ.

256. Give life to the benevolent act by killing it (i.e. forgetting it), for verily the sense of obligation destroys a good turn.

256ـ أحْيُوا المَعْرُوفَ بِإماتَتِهِ، فَإنَّ المِنَّـةَ تَهْدِمُ الصَنِيعَةَ.

257. The best good deed is coming to the aid of the aggrieved.

257ـ أفْضَلُ المَعْرُوفِ إغاثَةُ المَلْهُوفِ.

258. The loftiest good turn is that which is done to those who deserve it.

258ـ أجَلُّ المَعْرُوفِ ما صُنِعَ إلى أهْلِهِ.

259. The best favour of the wicked person is holding back his harm [from others].

259ـ أفْضَلُ مَعْرُوفِ اللَّئيمِ مَنْعُ أذائِهِ.

260. The ugliest deed of an honourable person is withholding his contribution.

260ـ أقْبَحُ أفعالِ الكَرِيمِ مَنْعُ عَطائِهِ.

261. Verily the people who do good [to others] are more in need of doing it than those who request it from them.

261ـ إنَّ بِأهْلِ المَعْرُوفِ مِنَ الحاجَةِ إلَى اصْطِناعِهِ أكْثَرَ مِمّا بِأهْلِ الرَّغْبَةِ إلَيْهِمْ مِنْهُ.

262. Benevolence is [a means of] servitude.

262ـ اَلمَعْرُوفُ رِقٌّ.

263. The most profitable wares are the rendering of benevolent actions.

263ـ أرْبَحُ البَضايِـعِ اِصْطِناعُ الصَّنايِعِ.

264. The perfection of giving is in expediting it.

264ـ كَمالُ العَطِيَّةِ تَعْجِيلُها.

265. The human being is not enthralled until he is engulfed by favour.

265ـ لَنْ يُسْتَرَقَّ الإنْسانُ حَتّى يَغْمُرَهُ الإحْسانُ.

266. One who is not good at seeking sympathy is faced with scorn.2

266ـ مَنْ لَمْ يُحْسِنِ الاسْتِعْطافَ قُوبِلَ بِالاِسْتِخْفافِ.

267. Nothing enthrals the honourable ones like benevolence.

267ـ مَا اسْتُعْبِدَ الكِرامُ بِمِثْلِ الإكْرامِ.

268. The best of treasures are: the good turn that is consigned to (or by) the free and the knowledge that is learned by the virtuous.

268ـ أفْضَلُ الكُنُوزِ مَعْرُوفٌ يُودَعُ(يُودِعُهُ) الأحْرارُ، وعِلْمٌ يَتَدارَسَهُ الأخْيارُ.

269. Ingratitude for favours leads to deprivation.

269ـ كُفْرانُ الإحْسانِ يُوجِبُ الحِرْمانَ.

270. One who withholds from giving is deprived of (or prevents) praise.

270ـ مَنْ مَنََعَ العَطاءَ مَنَعَ الثَّناءَ.

271. Giving after having refused is more graceful than refusing after having given.

271ـ اَلعَطِيَّةُ بَعْدَ المَنْعِ أجْمَلُ مِنَ المَنْعِ بَعْدَ العَطِيَّةِ.

272. Whoever does good to the people, Allah covers him with His mercy and places him in His pardon.

272ـ مَنْ أحْسَنَ إلَى الرَّعِيَّةِ، نَشَرَ اللّهُ عَلَيْهِ جَناحَ رَحْمَتِهِ وأدْخَلَهُ في مَغْفِرَتِهِ.

273. Give whatever you are giving expeditiously and beneficially, and if you refuse then let it be with politeness and apology.

273ـ أعْطِ ما تُعْطِيهِ مُعَجَّلاً مُهَنَّأً وإنْ مَنَعْتَ فَلْيَكُنْ في إجْمال وَإعْذار.

274. One who finds it easy to give away [his] wealth has hopes directed towards him.

274ـ مَنْ هانَ عَلَيْهِ بَذْلُ الأمْوالِ تَوَجَّهَتْ إلَيْهِ الآمالُ.

275. One who loves to be remembered with praise should give generously from his wealth.

275ـ مَنْ أحَبَّ الذِّكْرَ الجَميلَ فَلْيَبْذُلْ مالَهُ.

276. One who gives generously enthrals the people.

276ـ مَنْ بَذَلَ مالَهُ اِسْتَرَقَّ الرِّقابَ.

277. Nothing spreads renown like generosity.

277ـ ماشاعَ الذِّكْرُ بِمِثْلِ البَذْلِ.

278. Generosity is the expander of ability.

278ـ اَلْبَذْلُ مادَّةُ الإمْكانِ.

279. Generosity earns praise.

279ـ اَلبَذْلُ يَكْسِبُ الحَمْدَ.

280. Through generosity, praises are increased.

280ـ بِالبَذْلِ تَكْثُرُ المَحامِدُ.

281. By being generous with blessings, the blessings last longer.

281ـ بِبَذْلِ النِّعْمَةِ تُسْتَدامُ النِّعْمَةُ.

282. Increased generosity is a sign of nobility.

282ـ كَثْرَةُ البَذْلِ آيَةُ النُّبْلِ.

  • 1. Or: People are the children of what they do best.
  • 2. Or: One who does not consider compassion to be good is faced with scorn.