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Hopes And Aspirations

Hopes and Aspiration الآمال والأماني

1. Many [of those] who hope get disappointed, and many a traveller fails to return.

1ـ كَمْ مِنْ آمِل خائِب وغائِب غَيْرِ آئِب.

2. Many a person hopes for what he never achieves.

2ـ كَمْ مِنْ مُؤَمِّل ما لا يُدْرِكُهُ.

3. Hope brings death closer and takes aspiration further away.

3ـ اَلأمَلُ يُقَرِّبُ المَنِيَّةَ، ويُباعِدُ الاُمنِيَّةَ.

4. Hope is the dominion of devils over hearts of the negligent.

4ـ اَلأملُ سُلطانُ الشَّياطينِ على قُلُوبِ الغافِلينَ.

5. Hope is like a mirage, it deceives the one who sees it and disheartens the one who looks forward to it.

5ـ اَلأملُ كالسَّرابِ، يُغِرُّ مَنْ رَاهُ، ويُخْلِفُ مَنْ رَجاهُ.

6. Hope is always in denial; and long life is an affliction for man.

6ـ اَلأملُ أبَداً في تَكْذِيب، وطُولُ الحَياةِ لِلْمَرْءِ تَعذيبٌ.

7. Belie hope and do not trust it, for it is a deception and he who possesses it is deceived.

7ـ أكذِبِ الأمَلَ، وَلا تَثِقْ بِهِ، فَإنَّهُ غُرُورٌ، وصاحِبُهُ مَغْرُورٌ.

8. Belie your hopes and take advantage of your lifetimes to perform your best deeds, and hasten with the hastening of the wise and those endowed with understanding.

8ـ أكذِبُوا آمالَكُمْ، واغْتَنِمُوا آجالَكُمْ بِأحسَنِ أعْمالِكُمْ، وبادِرُوا مُبادَرَةَ اُولِي النُّهى والألبابِ.

9. Be wary of the deceit of hopes, for many a person has hoped for a day that never came and built a house that he never occupied and amassed wealth that he never used, and it may be that he amassed it unlawfully by depriving others of their rights, thereby acquiring what is forbidden and carrying the burden of sin.

9ـ إتَّقُوا خِداعَ الآمالِ، فَكَمْ مِنْ مُؤَمِّلِ يَوْم لَمْ يُدْرِكْهُ، وَباني بِناء لَمْيَسكُنْهُ، وجامِعِ مال لَمْ يَأكُلْهُ، وَلَعَلَّهُ مِنْ باطِل جَمَعَهُ وَمِنْ حَقّ مَنَعَهُ، أصابَهُ حَراماً، واحْتَمَلَ بِهِ أثاماً.

10. Be wary of vain hopes, as it is possible for one who starts a day not to end it and for one who is deemed fortunate at dusk to be mourned at dawn.

10ـ إتَّقُوا باطلَ الأمَلِ، فَرُبَّ مُسْتَقْبِلِ يَوم لَيْسَ بِمُسْتَدْبِرِه، ومَغْبُوط في أوّلِ لَيْلَة قامَتْ بَواكيهِ في آخِرِهِ.

11. Be cautious of dashed hopes and seized blessings.

11ـ إحْذَرُوا الأمَلَ المَغْلُوبَ، والنَّعيمَ المَسْلُوبَ.

12. Beware of relying on [your] hopes, for this is the trait of fools.

12ـ إيّاكَ والثِّقَة بِالآمالِ فَإنَّها مِنْ شِيَمِ الحَمْقى.

13. The deception of hope corrupts [one’s] action.

13ـ غُُرُورُ الأمَلِ يُفْسِدُ العَمَلَ.

14. An ignorant person is fooled by the deception of his hope, so he loses the best of his actions.

14ـ غَرَّ جَهُولاً كاذِبُ أمَلِهِ فَفاتَهُ حُسْنُ عَمَلِهِ.

15. The deception of hope wastes time and brings death closer.

15ـ غُرُورُ الأمَلِ يُنْفِدُ المَهَلَ ويُدْني الأجَلَ.

16. In the deception of hopes, lifetimes lapse.

16ـ في غُرُورِ الآمالِ إنْقِضاءُ الآجالِ.

17. Aspirations may deceive.

17ـ قَدْ تَغُرُّ الاُمنِيَّةُ.

18. Hopes may beguile.

18ـ قَدْ تَكْذِبُ الآمالُ.

19. Rarely do hopes turn out to be true.

19ـ قَلَّما تَصْدُقُ الآمالُ.

20. Reduce your hopes, fear the suddenness of death and hasten towards performing good deeds.

20ـ قَصِّـرُوا الأمَلَ، وخافُوا بَغْتَةَ الأجَلِ، وبادِرُوا صالِحَ العَمَلِ.

21. Decrease your hopes and your actions will become sincere.

21ـ قَلِّلِ الآمالَ، تَخْلُصْ لَكَ الأعمالُ.

22. Reduce your hopes, for your death is indeed near!

22ـ قَصِّـرْ أمَلَكَ فَما أقْرَبَ أجَلَكَ.

23. Reduce [your] hopes, for verily life is short; and perform good actions, for verily little of it is plenty.

23ـ قَصِّـرِ الأمَلَ فَإنَّ العُمْرَ قَصيرٌ، وافْعَلِ الخَيرَ فَإنَّ يَسيَرهُ كَثيرٌ.

24. Reduce [your] hopes, hasten towards [good] deeds and fear the suddenness of death, as the return of lifetime cannot be hoped for like the return of livelihood. Whatever is missed from livelihood today may be hoped for tomorrow with increase, but whatever is lost from one’s lifetime yesterday, its return cannot be hoped for today.

24ـ قَصِّـرُوا الأمَلَ، وَبادِرُوا العَمَلَ، وَخافُوا بَغْتَةَ الأجلِ، فَإنَّهُ لَنْ يُرجى مِنْ رَجْعَةِ العُمْرِ ما يُرجى مِنْ رَجْعَةِ الرِّزقِ، ما فاتَ اليَوْمُ مِنَ الرِّزقِ يُرجى غَداً زيادَتُهُ، وما فاتَ أمْسِ مِنَ العُمرِ لَمْ تُرْجَ اليَومَ رَجْعَتُهُ.

25. Every person is seeking his aspirations while [concurrently] being sought by his death.

25ـ كُلُّ امْرِء طالِبُ اُمْنِيَّتِهِ ومَطْلُوبُ مَنِيَّتِهِ.

26. How many a person is deluded by hopes, [and] ends up wasting his actions!

26ـ كَمْ مِنْ مَخْدُوع بِالأمَلِ مُضَيِّع لِلْعَمَلِ.

27. Hope is sufficient as a deception.

27ـ كَفى بِالأمَلِ إغْتِراراً.

28. Increased aspirations stem from corruption of the intellect.

28ـ كَثْرَةُ الأماني مِنْ فِسادِ العَقْلِ.

29. For every hope there is a delusion.

29ـ لِكُلِّ أمَل غُرورٌ.

30. Hopes never end.

30ـ اَلآمالُ لاتَنتَهي.

31. Hope causes death to be forgotten.

31ـ اَلأملُ يُنْسِى الأجَلَ.

32. Aspirations are incentives for men.

32ـ اَلأمانيُّ هِمَّةُ الرِّجالِ.

33. Hope is the veil of death.

33ـ اَلأمَلُ حِجابُ الأجَلِ.

34. There is no end to hope.

34ـ اَلأمَلُ لا غايَةَ لَهُ.

35. Hope is an intimate companion.

35ـ اَلأملُ رَفيقٌ مُونِسٌ.

36. Hope is a cheater, deceiver, and harmer.

36ـ اَلأملُ خادِعٌ، غارٌّ، ضارٌّ.

37. Hope corrupts [one’s] actions and wastes [one’s] lifetime.

37ـ اَلأملُ يُفْسِدُ العَمَلَ، ويُفنِي الأجَلَ.

38. Aspirations blind the eyes of insight.

38ـ اَلأمانيُّ تُعْمي عُيُونَ البَصائِرِ.

39. Aspirations beguile you, and in the presence of reality, they abandon you.

39ـ اَلأمانيُّ تَخْدَعُكَ، وعِنْدَ الحَقائقِِ تَدَعُكَ.

40. Verily I am fighting against my hopes and waiting for my death.

40ـ إنّي مُحاربُ أمَلي، ومُنْتَظِرُ أجَلي.

41. Verily you will not reach what you hope for and will never surpass death, so be conscious of Allah and be moderate in your desires.

41ـ إنّكَ لَنْ تَبْلُغَ أمَلَكَ، وَلَنْ تَعدُوَ أجَلَكَ، فَاتَّقِ اللّهَ، وأجْمِلْ في الطَّلَبِ.

42. If you are deceived by hopes, you will surely be annihilated by the fast approaching death and will have lost [the opportunity to perform] good deeds.

42ـ إنَّكُمْ إنِ اغْتَرَرْتُمْ بِالآمالِ، تَخَرَّمَتْكُمْ بَوادِرُ الآجالِ وقَدْ ماتَتْكُمُ الأعْمالُ.

43. The bane of hopes is the coming of death.

43ـ آفَةُ الآمالِ حُضُورُ الآجالِ.

44. The bane of hope is death.

44ـ آفَةُ الأمَلِ اَلأجَلُ.

45. With the realization of hopes, it becomes easier to overcome [one’s] fears.

45ـ بِبُلُوغِ الآمالِ يَهُونُ رُكُوبُ الأهْوالِ.

46. The worst habit is hoping [for too much] as it wastes one’s lifetime and causes one to lose [the opportunity to perform good] deeds.

46ـ بِئْسَ الشّيمَةُ الأمَلُ يُفْنِي الأجَلَ، ويُفَوِّتُ العَمَلَ.

47. Keep away from vain hopes, for they take away the delight of the blessings of Allah from you and make them seem small and insignificant, thereby increasing your lack of gratitude.

47ـ تَجَنَّبُوا المُنى، فإنَّها تَذْهَبُ بِبَهجَةِ نِعَمِ اللّهِ عِنْدَكُمْ، وتُلْزِمُ إسْتِصْغارَها لَدَيْكُمْ، وَعلى قِلَّةِ الشُّكرِ مِنْكُمْ.

48. The fruit of hope is corruption of deeds.

48ـ ثَمَرَةُ الأمَلِ فَسادُ العَمَلِ.

49. The product of aspirations is regret (and its fruit is loss).

49ـ حاصِلُ الأمانِي، الأسَفُ (وَ ثَمرَتُهُ التَّلَفُ).

50. How close death is to hope!

50ـ ما أقْرَبَ الأجَلَ مِنَ الأمَلِ.

51. How corrupting is hope for deeds!

51ـ ما أفْسَدَ الأمَلَ لِلْعَمَلِ.

52. How severing is death for hope!

52ـ ما أقْطعَ الأجَلَ للأمَلِ.

53. No one lengthens his hopes except that he [also] curtails his actions.

53ـ ما أطالَ أحدٌ في الأمَلِ إلاّ قَصَّـَر فِي العَمَلِ.

54. What is the matter with you? You hope for that which you do not achieve, amass wealth which you do not use and build houses which you do not occupy!

54ـ ما لَكُمْ تُؤَمِّلُونَ ما لاتُدْرِكُونَهُ، وتَجْمَعُونَ مالا تأكُلُونَهُ، وَتَبْنُونَ ما لا تَسْكُنُونَهُ؟

55. No one lengthens his hopes except that he forgets death and performs evil actions.

55ـ ماأطال اَحَدٌ الأمَلَ إلاَّ نَسيَ الأجَلَ، وأساءَ العَمَلَ.

56. The best assistance for action is curtailing hopes.

56ـ نِعْمَ عَوْنُ العَمَلِ قَصْـرُ الأمَلِ.

57. Let aspirations and ploys not deceive you, for this suffices as ineptness.

57ـ لا تَغُرَّنَّكَ الأمانيُّ والخُدَعُ، فَكفى بِذلِكَ خُرْقاً.

58. No deception is more misleading than hope.

58ـ لاغارَّ أخْدَعُ مِنَ الأمَلِ.

59. Nothing is more untrue than hope.

59ـ لاشَيْءَ أكْذَبُ مِنَ الأمَلِ.

60. Aspirations are not loyal to those who rely on them.

60ـ لاتَفِى الأمانيُّ لِمَنْ عَوَّلَ عَلَيْها.

61. The smallest of hopes leads to corruption of actions.

61ـ يَسيرُ الأمَلِ يُوجِبُ فَسادَ العَمَلِ.

62. Be wary of [false] aspirations, for verily they are certain [causes of] deaths.

62ـ إحْذَرُوا الأمانيَّ، فَإنَّها مَنايا مُحَقَقَةٌ.

63. Be cautious not to depend on hopes, for they are the wares of the unintelligent.

63ـ إيّاكَ والإتِّكالَ عَلَى المُنى، فَإنَّها مِنْ بَضائِعِ النَّوْكى.

64. The most beneficial cure is abandoning [false] aspirations.

64ـ أنْفَعُ الدَّواءِ تَرْكُ المُنى.

65. Aspirations are scattered [and dispersed].

65ـ الأمانيُّ أشتاتٌ.

66. Aspirations delude.

66ـ اَلأمانِىُّ تُُخْدَعُ.

67. False aspiration is the trait of fools.

67ـ اَلأمانيُّ شَيْمَةُ الحَمْقاءِ.

68. Submission to hope corrupts [one’s] actions.

68ـ طاعةُ الأمَلِ، تُفْسِدُ العَمَلَ.

69. It is when death comes that the failure of hopes becomes apparent.

69ـ عِنْدَ حُضُورِ الاجالِ تَظْهَرُ خَيْبَةُ الآمالِ.

70. I wonder at the one who has no control over his death, how can he lengthen his hopes?

70ـ عَجِبْتُ لِمَنْ لا يَمْلِكُ أجَلَهُ كَيفَ يُطيلُ أمَلَهُ.

71. The end of hope is death.

71ـ غايةُ الأملِ اَلأجَلُ.

72. The farthest thing is hope.

72ـ اَبْعَدُ شَىْء الأمَلُ.

73. Those who have the most [false] hopes are the ones who remember death the least.

73ـ أكْثَرُ النَّاسِ أمَلاً أقَلُّهُمْ لِلْمَوْتِ ذِكراً.

74. Those who have the longest hopes are the ones whose deeds are the worst.

74ـ أطْوَلُ النَّاسِ أمَلاً أسْوَئُهُمْ عَمَلاً

75. Verily Allah, the Glorified, hates the one who has long hopes and performs evil actions.

75ـ إنَّ اللّهَ سُبْحانَهُ لَيُبْغِضُ الطَّويلَ الأمَلِ، السَّيِّءَ العَملِ.

76. Indeed man reaches near [the realization of] his hopes, when the [sudden] approach of his death cuts them short, then - Glory be to Allah! - Neither is the hope realized nor is the hoper spared.

76ـ إنَّ المَرْءَ يَشْرُفُ عَلى أمَلِهِ، فَيَقْطَعُهُ حُضُورُ أجَلِهِ، فَسُبْحانَ اللّهِ لا أمَلٌ يُدْرَكُ، ولا مُؤَمِّلٌ يُتْرَكُ.

77. Be cautious not to lengthen [your] hope, for many a deceived person has been enticed by his long hope and corrupted his deeds and cut [short] his lifetime, then neither was his hope realized nor was that which he lost regained.

77ـ إيّاكَ وطُولَ الأمَلِ، فَكَمْ مِنْ مَغْرُور افتَتَنَ بِطُولِ أمَلَهِ، وأفْسََدَ عََمَلَهُ، وقَطَعَ أجَلَهُ، فَلا أمَلَهُ أدْرَكَ ولا ما فاتَهُ اسْتَدرَكَ.

78. Where will the falsehoods of hopes mislead you to?!

78ـ أيْنَ تَخْتَدِعُكُمْ كَواذِبُ الآمالِ؟!

79. Where will the mirage of hopes misguide you to?!

79ـ أينَ يَغُرُّكُمْ سَرابُ الآمالِ؟!

80. The most delusive thing is hope.

80ـ أكْذَبُ شيْء اَلأمَلُ.

81. The one who is worst in bargaining and most unsuccessful in striving is he who exerts himself in seeking the realization of his hopes while fate does not help him in his aims, and [as a result] he leaves this world in a sorrowful state and proceeds to the next world where he faces the consequences.

81ـ إنَّ أخْسَرَ النَّاسِ صَفْقَةً، وأخْيَبَهُمْ سَعياً، رَجلٌ أخْلَقَ بَدَنَهُ في طَلَبِ آمالِهِ، ولَم تُساعِدْهُ المَقاديرُ على إرادَتِهِ، فَخَرَجَ مِنَ الدُّنيا بِحَسَراتِهِ، وقَدِمَ عَلَى الآخِرَةِ بِتَبِعاتِهِ.

82. Hope is treacherous.

82ـ اَلأمَلُ خَوَّانٌ.

83. Hope deceives and lifetime passes.

83ـ اَلأمَلُ يَغُرُّ، اَلعَيْشُ يَمُرُّ.

84. Hope misleads and transgression strikes down.

84ـ اَلأمَلُ يَخْدَعُ، اَلبَغيُ يَصرَعُ.

85. One who is deceived by hopes is misled.

85ـ اَلمُغْتَـرُّ بِالآمالِ مَخْدُوعٌ.

86. Aspirations are the wares of the unintelligent.

86ـ الأمانيُّ بَضائِعُ النَّوْكى.

87. Hopes are the delusions of the foolish.

87ـ اَلآمالُ غَرُورُ الحَمْقى.

88. Hopes bring death closer.

88ـ اَلآمالُ تُدنِي الآجالَ.

89. One whose aspirations increase, his satisfaction decreases.

89ـ مَنْ كَثُرَ مُناهُ قَلَّ رِضاهُ.

90. One whose hopes lengthen, his actions become worse.

90ـ مَنْ طالَ أمَلُهُ ساءَ عَمَلُهُ.

91. One who is deceived by hope is misled by it.

91ـ مَنِ اغْتَرَّ بِالأمَلِ خَدَعَهُ.

92. One who is deceived by aspirations is belied by death.

92ـ مَنْ غَرَّتْهُ الأمانيُّ كَذَّبَتْهُ الآجالُ.

93. One who reaches the end of his hopes should expect the arrival of his death.

93ـ مَنْ بَلَغَ غايَةَ أمَلِهِ فَلْيَتَوَقَّعْ حُلُولَ أجَلِهِ

94. One who follows his aspirations faces increased hardship.

94ـ مَنْ تَبِعَ مُناهُ، كَثُرَ عَناؤُهُ.

95. One who proceeds on the path of his hopes, stumbles upon his death.

95ـ مَنْ جَرى في مَيْدانِ أمَلَهِ، عَثِرَ بِأجَلِهِ.

96. One whose aspirations increase, his hardship increases.

96ـ مَنْ كَثُرَ مُناهُ، كَثُرَ عَناؤُهُ.

97. One who hopes for that which is not possible, his anticipation becomes long.

97ـ مَنْ أمَّلَ ما لايُمْكِنُ، طالَ تَرَقُّبُهُ.

98. One whose hope is [to reach] Allah, shall realize the fulfilment of his hope and aspiration.

98ـ مَنْ يَكُنِ اللّهُ أمَلَهُ، يُدْرِكُ غايَةَ الأمَلِ والرَّجاءِ.

99. Whoever regards his remaining lifetime to be fleeting, his hopes and aspirations become short.

99ـ مَنِ اسْتَقصَـرَ بَقاءَهُ وأجَلَهُ، قَصَّـرَ رَجاؤُهُ وأمَلُهُ.

100. One who proceeds on the course of his hopes, stumbles upon his death.

100ـ مَنْ جَرى في عِنانِ أمَلِهِ عَثِرَ بِأجَلَهِ.

101. One who hopes for anything other than Allah, the Glorified, has given lie to his hopes.

101ـ مَنّ أمَّلَ غَيْـرَ اللّهِ سُبْحانَه أكذَبَ آمالَهُ.

102. One who seeks support from his aspirations becomes penniless.

102ـ مَنِ اسْتَعانَ بِالأمانيِّ أفْلَسَ.

103. It is foolishness to depending on [one’s] hope.

103ـ مِنَ الحُمْقِ الاِتِّكالُ عَلَى الأمَلِ.

104. The humiliation of men is in the dashing of hopes.

104ـ ذُلُّ الرِّجالِ في خَيْبَةِ الآمالِ.

105. May Allah have mercy on the man who shortens his hopes, anticipates death, makes good use of his time and takes with him the provisions of [good] deeds.

105ـ رَحِمَ اللّهُ امْرَءاً قَصَّرَ الأمَلَ، وبادَرَ الأجَلَ، واغْتَنَمَ المَهَلَ، وتَزَوَّدَ مِنَ العَملِ.

106. Many an aspiration may lie beneath death.

106ـ رُبَّ اُمْنِيَّة تَحتَ مَنِيَّة.

107. Take away from your long hopes and increase your short lifetime, and do not be deceived by your good physical health and yesterday’s wellbeing, for life is short and good health is prone to change.

107ـ زِدْ مِنْ طُولِ أمَلِكَ في قَصْرِ أجَلِكَ، ولا تَغُرَّنَّكَ صِحَّةُ جِسْمِكَ وَسَلامَةُ أمْسِكَ، فَإنَّ مُدَّة َ العُمرِ قَليلَةٌ، وسَلامَةُ الجِسمِ مُسْتَحيلَةٌ.

108. The worst poverty is [false] aspiration.

108ـ شَـرُّ الفَقْرِ المُنى.

109. Lifetimes are wasted between hope and aspiration.

109ـ ضِياعُ العُمْرِ بَيْنَ الآمالِ والمُنى.

110. Blessed is he who shortens his hopes and makes good use of his time.

110ـ طُوبى لِمَنْ قَصَّرَ أمَلَهُ واغْتَنَمَ مَهَلَهُ.

111. Blessed is he who belies his aspirations and sacrifices his world in order to build his Hereafter.

111ـ طُوبى لِمَنْ كَذَّبَ مُناهُ وأخْرَبَ دُنياهُ لِعِمارَةِ اُخْراهُ.

112. One who relies on his aspirations dies without [realizing] his hopes.

112ـ مَنِاتَّكلَ علَى الأمانيّ ماتَ دُونَ أمَلِهِ.

113. One who trusts his aspirations will have them severed by death.

113ـ مَنْ وَثِقَ بِالاُمْنِيَّةِ قَطَعَتْهُ المَنيِّةُ.

114. Whoever shortens his hopes, beautifies his actions.

114ـ مَنْ قَصُرَ أمَلُهُ حَسُنَ عَمَلُهُ.

115. Whoever lengthens his hopes, corrupts his actions.

115ـ مَنْ أطالَ أمَلَهُ أفْسَدَ عَمَلَهُ.