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Moderation

Moderation-القصد والاِقتصاد

1. Moderation makes [that which is] little grow [and increase].

1ـ اَلاِقْتِصادُ يُنْمِى القَليلَ.

2. Moderation makes the small grow [big].

2ـ اَلاِقْتِصادُ يُنْمِى اليَسيرَ.

3. Moderation [in one’s expenses] is half of livelihood.

3ـ اَلاِقْتِصادُ نِصْفُ المَؤُنَةِ.

4. The bane of moderation is stinginess.

4ـ آفَةُ الاِقْتِصادِ البُخْلُ.

5. Be moderate in [your] affairs, for whoever is moderate, the burden of his expenses is lightened.

5ـ خُذِ القَصْدَ فِي الأُمُورِ، فَمَنْ أخَذَ القَصْدَ خَفَّتْ عَلَيْهِ المُؤَنُ.

6. Our way is moderation and our practice is right guidance.

6ـ طَريقَتُنا اَلقَصْدُ، وَسُنَّتُنا اَلرُّشْدُ.

7. You must be moderate in your affairs, for the one who deviates from moderation is unjust and one who takes to it is just.

7ـ عَلَيْكَ بِالقَصْده فِي الأُمُورِ فَمَنْ عَدَلع عَنِ القَصْدِ جارَ، ومَنْ أخَذَ بِهِ عَدَلَ.

8. Espouse moderation, for indeed it is the most helpful thing in attaining a fruitful life; and a person will never be destroyed until he prefers his lust over his faith.

8ـ عَلَيْكَ بالقَصْدِ فَإنَّهُ أعْوَنُ شَيْء عَلى حُسْنِ العَيْشِ، ولَنْ يَهْلِكَ امْرُؤٌ حَتّى يُؤْثِرَ شَهْوَتَهُ عَلى دينِهِ.

9. Espouse moderation in food, for indeed it is farther from extravagance, healthier for the body and more assisting in the performance of worship.

9ـ عَلَيْكُمْ بِالقَصْدِ فِي المَطاعِمِ فَإنَّهُ أبْعَدُ مِنَ السَّرَفِ، وأصَحُّ لِلْبَدَنِ، وأعْوَنُ عَلَى العِبادَةِ.

10. The height of moderation is contentment.

10ـ غايَةُ الاِقْتِصادِ القَناعَةُ.

11. Everything that exceeds moderation is extravagance.

11ـ كُلُّ ما زادَ عَلَى الاِقْتِصادِ إسْرافٌ.

12. One who is moderate will never be ruined.

12ـ لَنْ يَهْلِكَ مَنِ اقْتَصَدَ.

13. There is no wastage in moderation.

13ـ لَيْسَ فِي الاِقْتِصادِ تَلَفٌ.

14. One who does not practice moderation is ruined by extravagance.

14ـ مَنْ لَمْ يُحْسِـنِ الاِقْتِصادَ أهْلَكَهُ الإسْرافُ.

15. Whoever is moderate, the burden of his expenses is lightened.

15ـ مَنِ اقْتَصَدَ خَفَّتْ عَلَيْهِ المُؤَنُ.

16. One who is moderate in [both] affluence and poverty has prepared himself for the calamities of time.

16ـ مَنِ اقْتَصَدَ فِي الغِنى والفَقْرِ فَقَدِ اسْتَعَدَّ لِنَوائِبِ الدَّهْرِ.

17. Whoever adopts moderation, it will make his prosperity last and will make up for his poverty and deficiency.

17ـ مَنْ صَحِبَ الاِقْتِصادَ دامَتْ صُحْبَةُ الغِنى لَهُ، وجَبَرَ الاِقْتِصادُ فَقْرَهُ وَخَلَلَهُ.

18. Being generous without extravagance and magnanimous without wastefulness is part of moderation.

18ـ مِنَ الاِقْتِصادِ سَخاءٌ بِغَيْرِ سَرَف، ومُرُوَّةٌ بِغَيْرِ تَلَف.

19. There is no ruin with moderation.

19ـ لاهَلاكَ مَعَ اقْتِصاد.

20. Everything that one is contented with, suffices.

20ـ كُلُّ مُقْتَصَر عَلَيْهِ كاف.

21. Let your riding mount be moderation and your goal be right guidance.

21ـ لِيَكُنْ مَرْكَبُكَ القَصْدَ، ومَطْلَبُكَ الرُّشْدَ.