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Negligence

Negligence-الغَفْلَة

1. The wakefulness of eyes is of no benefit with the negligence of hearts.

1ـ إنْتِباهُ العُيُونِ لايَنْفَعُ مَعَ غَفْلَةِ القُلُوبِ.

2. Negligence reaps delusion and brings one closer to destruction.

2ـ اَلْغَفْلَةُ تَكْسِبُ الاِغْتِرارَ، وتُدْني مِنَ البَوارِ.

3. Be cautious of negligence, for indeed it is from the corruption of [one’s sensory] perception.

3ـ اِحْذَرُوا الغَفْلَةَ،فَإنَّها مِنْ فَسادِ الحِسِّ.

4. Beware of negligence and being deluded by respite, for indeed negligence corrupts deeds, and death cut off hopes.

4ـ إيّاكَ والغَفْلَةَ، والاِغْتِرارَ بِالمُهْلَةِ، فَإنَّ الغَفْلَةَ تُفْسِدُ الأعْمالَ، وَالآجالَ تَقْطَعُ الآمالَ.

5. Negligence is misguidance and heedlessness is ignorance.

5ـ اَلْغَفْلَةُ ضَلالَةٌ، اَلغِرَّةُ جَهالَةٌ.

6. Negligence is joy.1

6ـ اَلْغَفْلَةُ طَرَبٌ.

7. Negligence is the most harmful enemy.

7ـ اَلْغَفْلَةُ أضَرُّ الأعْداءِ.

8. Negligence is the trait of the foolish.

8ـ اَلْغَفْلَةُ شيمَةُ النَّوْكى.

9. Negligence is the opposite of judiciousness.

9ـ اَلْغَفْلَةُ ضِدُّ الحَـزْمِ.

10. Negligence is the misguidance of souls and the symbol of misfortunes.

10ـ اَلْغَفْلَةُ ضَلالُ النُّفُوسِ وعُنْوانُ النُّحُوسِ.

11. Continuous negligence blinds insight.

11ـ دَوامُ الغَفْلَةِ يُعْمِى البَصيرَةَ.

12. The intoxication of negligence and delusion is harder to recover from than the intoxication of wines [and alcoholic drinks].

12ـ سُكْرُ الغَفْلَةِ والغُرُورِ أبْعَدُ إفاقَةً مِنْ سُكْرِ الخُمُورِ.

13. Counter negligence with attentiveness.

13ـ ضادُّوا الغَفْلَةَ بِاليَقْظَةِ.

14. I am surprised by the negligence of the intelligent ones with regards to seeking provisions and preparing for the Hereafter.

14ـ عَجِبْتُ لِغَفْلَةِ ذَوِى الألْبابِ عَنْ حُسْنِ الاِرْتيادِ والاِسْتِعْدادِ لِلْمَعادِ.

15. Taking repose in negligence is delusion.

15ـ فِي السُّكُونِ إلَى الغَفْلَةِ اِغْتِرارٌ.

16. Pitiable indeed is the negligent person whose entire life will be used as proof against him and whose days will lead him to wretchedness.

16ـ فيا لَها حَسْرَةً عَلى ذي غَفْلَة إنْ يَكُنْ (أنْ يَكُونَ) عُمْرُهُ عَلَيْهِ حُجَّةً، وَإنْ تُؤَدِّبَهُ (وَ أنْ تُؤَدِّيَهُ) أيّّامُهُ إلى شَقْوَة.

17. Listener, awaken from your negligence, reduce your hastiness, brace yourself, be on your guard and remember your grave, for indeed you must pass through it.

17ـ فَأفِقْ أيُّهَا السّامِعُ مِنْ غَفْلَتِكَ، واخْتَصِرْ مِنْ عَجَلَتِكَ، وأشْدُدْ أزْرَكَ، وخُذْ حِذْرَكَ، واذْكُرْ قَبْرَكَ، فَإنَّ عَلَيْهِ مَمَرَّكَ.

18. Negligence is enough of a misguidance.

18ـ كَفى بِالغَفْلَةِ ضَلالاً.

19. It is enough of negligence for a person to waste his efforts in that which does not concern [or benefit] him.

19ـ كَفى بِالمَرْءِ غَفْلَةً أنْ يَصْرِفَ هِمَّتـَهُ فيما لايَعْنيهِ.

20. It is enough of negligence for a person to squander his life in that which will not save him [in the Hereafter].

20ـ كَفى بِالرَّجُلِ غَفْلَةً أنْ يُضَيِّعَ عُمْرَهُ فيما لايُنْجيهِ.

21. One who is negligent becomes ignorant.

21ـ مَنْ غَفَلَ جَهِلَ.

  • 1. This is because the negligent one is not concerned about anything that goes on around him.