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The Greedy

The Greedy الحريصُ

1. The one who is greedy is poor, even if he owns the whole world in its entirety.

1ـ اَلْحَريصُ فَقِيْرٌ، ولَوْ مَلَكَ الدُّنيا بِحَذافيرِها.

2. The greedy one is [always] weary.

2ـ اَلْحَريصُ تَعِبٌ.

3. The greedy one is never satisfied.

3ـ اَلْحَريصُ لايَكْتَفي.

4. The greedy person is a slave to [his] desires.

4ـ اَلْحَريصُ عَبْدُ المَطامِعِ.

5. The greedy person toils for that which will harm him.

5ـ اَلْحَريصُ مَتْعُوبٌ فيما يَضُـرُّهُ.

6. The glutton is never satisfied.

6ـ اَلشَّـرِهُ لايَرْضى.

7. The greedy one is a prisoner of disgrace, never to be freed from his prison.

7ـ اَلْحَريصُ أسيرُ مَهانَة لايُفَكُّ أسْـرُهُ.

8. If you are greedy in your desire for that which has been guaranteed to you (i.e. your sustenance) then be avid in performing that which has been made incumbent upon you.

8ـ إنْ كُنْتَ حَريصاً عَلى طَلَبِ المَضْمُونِ لَكَ فَكُنْ حَريصاً عَلى أداءِ المَفْرُوضِ عَلَيْكَ.

9. Many a greedy person has been killed by his greed.

9 ـ رُبَّ حَريص قَتَلَهُ حِرْصُهُ.

10. I wonder at the one who knows that Allah has guaranteed sustenance and allotted it, and that his effort will not increase what has [already] been allotted for him of it, yet he is greedy and unrelenting in his desire for [more] wealth.

10ـ عَجِبْتُ لِمَنْ عَلِمَ أنَّ اللّهَ قَدْ ضَمِنَ الأرْزاقَ، وقَدَّرَها، وأنَّ سَعْيَهُ لايَزيدُهُ فيما قُدِّرَ لَهُ مِنْها، وهُوَ حَريصٌ دائِبٌ في طَلَبِ الرِّزْقِ.

11. Every greedy person is needy.

11ـ كُلُّ حَريص فَقيرٌ.

12. Many a greedy person has been frustrated and many a contented person has not been disappointed!

12ـ كَمْ مِنْ حَريص خائِب ومُجْمِل لَمْ يَخِبْ.

13. There is no adequacy for a greedy person.

13ـ لَيْسَ لِحَريص غَناءٌ.

14. One who acts greedily is not bereft of indignity.

14ـ مَنْ كانَ حَريصاً لَمْ يَعْدِمِ الإهانَةَ.

15. One whose greed increases, his wretchedness [also] increases.

15ـ مَنْ كَثُرَ حِرْصُهُ كَثُرَ شَقائُهُ.

16. One for whom greed of worldly possessions is coupled with stinginess has held fast to the two pillars of ignobility.

16ـ مَنْ جُمِعَ لَهُ مَعَ الحِرْصِ عَلَى الدُّنيا البُخْلُ بِها فَقَدِ اسْتَمْسَكَ بِعَمُودَيِ اللُّؤْمِ.

17. A greedy person has no shame.

17ـ لاحَياءَ لِحَريص.

18. A greedy person is never found relaxing.

18ـ لايُلْفَى الحَريصُ مُسْتَريحاً.

19. Nothing makes one amass wealth except greed, and the greedy is wretched and dispraised.

19ـ لايَجْمَعُ المالَ إلاّ الحِرْصُ، وَالحَريصُ شَقِيٌّ مَذْمُومٌ.