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The Sagacious

The sagacious-الكيّس

1. The foundation of a sagacious person is his intellect, his magnanimity is his character and his religion is his distinction.

1ـ اَلْكَيِّسُ أصْلُهُ عَقْلُهُ، ومُرُوءَتُهُ خُلْقُهُ،وَ دينُهُ حَسَبُهُ.

2. The sagacious person is one whose today is better than his yesterday and [one who] keeps blame away from himself [by not doing anything blameworthy].

2ـ اَلْكَيِّسُ مَنْ كانَ يَوْمُهُ خَيْراً مِنْ أمْسِهِ،وَعَقَلَ الذَمَّ عَنْ نَفْسِهِ.

3. The sagacious person is one who enlivens his virtues and kills off his vices by subduing his lust and his vain desires.

3ـ اَلْكَيِّسُ مَنْ أحْيا فَضائِلَهُ، وأماتَ رَذائِلَهُ بِقَمْعِهِ شَهْوَتَهُ وَهَواهُ.

4. The sagacious person is one who is inattentive towards others while expecting much from [and constantly judging] himself.

4ـ اَلْكَيِّسُ مَنْ كانَ غافِلاً عَنْ غَيْرِهِ ولِنَفْسِهِ كَثيرِ التَّقاضي.

5. The sagacious person is one who controls the reins of his lustful desires.

5ـ اَلْكَيِّسُ مَنْ مَلَكَ عِنانَ شَهْوَتِهِ.

6. The sagacious person is one who dons the garment of modesty and the armour of forbearance.

6ـ اَلْكَيِّسُ مَنْ تَجَلْبَبَ الحَياءَ، وادَّرَعَ الحِلْمَ.

7. The most sagacious person of all is one who loathes this world, cuts off his hope and aspiration from it, and turns his desire and expectation away from it.

7ـ أكْيَسُ الأكْياسِ مَنْ مَقَتَ دُنْياهُ، وقَطَعَ مِنْها أمَلَهُ ومُناهُ، وصَرَفَ عَنْها طَمَعَهُ وَرَجاهُ.

8. Verily the sagacious people are those who have loathing for this world and lower their eyes from its splendour; they turn their hearts away from it and yearn passionately for the everlasting abode.

8ـ إنَّ الأكْياسَ هُمُ الَّذينَ لِلدُّنْيا مَقَتُوا، وأعْيُنَهُمْ عَنْ زَهْرَتِها أغْمَضُوا، وَقُلُوبَهُمْ عَنْها صَرَفُوا، وبِالدّارِ الباقِيَةِ تَوَلَّهُوا.

9. Verily the sagacious person is one who restrains his lustful desire and subdues his outburst in times of anger by quelling it.

9ـ إنَّ الكَيِّسَ مَنْ كانَ لِشَهْوَتِهِ مانِعاً، ولِنَزْوَتِهِ عِنْدَ الحَفيظَةِ واقِماً قامِعاً.

10. The sagacious person’s friend is truth and his enemy is falsehood.

10ـ اَلْكَيِّسُ صَديقُهُ الحَقُّ وعَدُوُّهُ الباطِلُ.

11. Only he is sagacious who seeks forgiveness when he does wrong and regrets when he commits a sin.

11ـ إنَّمَا الْكَيِّسُ مَنْ إذا أساءَ اِسْتَغْفَرَ، وإذا أذْنَبَ نَدِمَ.

12. For the sagacious person there is admonition in everything.

12ـ لِلْكَيِّسِ في كُلِّ شَيْء إتِّعاظٌ.

13. Sagacity is [in] fearing Allah, the Glorified, eschewing the forbidden and improving one’s Hereafter [through good deeds].

13ـ اَلْكَيِّسُ تَقْوَى اللّهِ سُبْحانَهُ، وتَجَنُّبُ المَحارِمِ، وإصْلاحُ المَعادِ.

14. The most sagacious among you is the most pious among you.

14ـ أكْيَسُكُمْ أوْرَعُكُمْ.

15. The greatest sagacity is God-wariness.

15ـ اَكْيَسُ الكَيْسِ التَّقْوى.

16. The determination and effort of the sagacious one is for the improvement of his Hereafter and for acquiring more provisions [for it].

16ـ عَزيمَةُ الكَيِّسِ وجِدُّهُ لإصْلاحِ المَعادِ، والاِسْتِكْثارِ مِنَ الزّادِ.

17. The sagacious person is one who shortens his hopes.

17ـ اَلْكَيِّسُ مَنْ قَصَُّرَ آمالَُهُ.

18. The sagacious person is one who knows himself and is sincere in his actions.

18ـ اَلْكَيِّسُ مَنْ عَرَفَ نَفْسَهُ، وأخْلَصَ أعْمالَهُ.

19. It is a sufficient sagacity for a person to recognize his own flaws.

19ـ كَفى بِالمَرْءِ كَيْساً أنْ يَعْرِفَ مَعائِبَهُ.

20. It is a sufficient sagacity for a person to remain moderate in his goals and reasonable in his quests.

20ـ كَفى بِالمَرْءِ كَيْساً أنْ يَقْتَصِدَ في مَ آرِبِهِ، ويُجْمِلَ في مَطالِبِهِ.

21. It is a sufficient sagacity for a person to overcome his vain desire and possess intelligence.

21ـ كَفى بِالمَرْءِ كَيْساً أنْ يَغْلِبَ الهَوى، ويَمْلِكَ النُّهى.

22. It is a sufficient sagacity for a person to discover his own flaws [instead of dwelling on the flaws of others] and be moderate in what he seeks.

22ـ كَفى بِالمَرْءِ كَيْساً أنْ يَقِفَ عَلى مَعائِبِهِ، ويَقْتَصِدَ في مَطالِبِهِ.