1. The best worship is overcoming [a bad] habit.

1ـ أفْضَلُ العِبادَةِ غَلَبَةُ العادَةِ.

2. Habit is second nature.

2ـ اَلعادَةُ طَبْعُ ثان.

3. Habit is an enslaving enemy.

3ـ اَلعادَةُ عَدُوٌُّّ مُتَمَلِّكٌ.

4. The bane of training [of the self] is the overpowering habit.

4ـ آفَةُ الرِّياضَةِ غَلَبَةُ العادَةِ.

5. Through overpowering [evil] habits, there is attainment of lofty stations.

5ـ بِغَلَبَةِ العاداتِ الوُصُولُ إلى أشْرَفِ المَقاماتِ.

6. Superfluity [in speech] is one of the worst habits.1

6ـ بِئْسَ العادَةُ الفُضُولُ.

7. Change your habits and acts of worship will become easier for you [to perform].

7ـ غَيِّـروُا العاداتِ تَسْهُلْ عَلَيْكُمْ الطّاعاتُ.

8. One who submits to his [evil] habits does not attain lofty stations.

8ـ غَيْرُ مُدْرِكِ الدَرَّجاتِ مَنْ أطاعَ العاداتِ.

9. Habit has authority over every human being.

9ـ لِلْعادَةِ عَلى كُلِّ إنْسان سُلْطانٌ.

10. Whoever makes jesting his habit, his seriousness is not known.

10ـ مَنْ جَعَلَ دَيْدَنَهُ الهَزْلَ لَمْ يُعْرَفْ جِدُّهُ.

  • 1. Or: Nosiness [and inquisitiveness about that which does not concern you] is one of the worst habits.