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Silence

Silence-الصَّمْت

1. Silence covers you with dignity and suffices as your provision for seeking pardon.

1ـ الصَّمْتُ يُكْسِيكَ الوَقارَ، ويَكْفِيكَ مَؤُنَةَ الاِعتِذارِ.

2. Be silent and you will remain safe.

2ـ أُصْمُتْ تَسْلَمْ.

3. Espouse silence and your thoughts will remain hidden (or will become illuminated).

3ـ اِلْزَمِ الصَّمْتَ، يَسْتُرْ (يَسْتَنِرْ) فِكْرُكَ

4. Remain silent in your lifetime and your affair will become lofty.

4ـ أُصْمُتْ دَهْرَكَ يَجِلَّ أمْرُك.

5. Espouse silence, for the least of its benefits is safety.

5ـ اِلْزَمِ الصَّمْتَ، فَأدْني نَفْعِهِ السَّلامَةُ.

6. Espouse silence and you will be accompanied by safety and security; espouse contentment and you will be accompanied by prosperity and honour.

6ـ اِلْزَمِ الصَّمْتَ، يَلْزَمْكَ النَّجاةُ والسَّلامَةُ، وَالْزَمِ الرِّضا يَلْزَمْكَ الغَناءُ وَالكَرامَةُ.

7. Espouse silence and be patient with contentment for the little provision [that you have], [and as a result] you will become great (or your will overcome) in your world and will become great in your Hereafter.

7ـ اِلْزَمِ السُّكُوتَ، واصْبِرْ عَلى القَناعَةِ بِأيْسَرِ القُوتِ تَعِزَّ(تَغِزَّ) في دُنْياكَ وتَعِزَّ في أُخْريكَ.

8. The best silence is that which prevents [one] from error.

8ـ أحْسَنُ الصَّمْتِ ماكانَ عَنِ الزَّلَلِ.

9. Remaining silent when speech is inappropriate is more praiseworthy than eloquence.

9ـ أحْمَدُ مِنَ البَلاغَةِ الصَّمْتُ حينَ لايَنْبَغِي الكَلامُ.

10. Silence is dignity and idle talk is disgrace.

10ـ اَلصَّمْتُ وَقارٌ، اَلَهَذْرُ عارٌ.

11. Silence is a means of deliverance.

11ـ اَلصَّمْتُ مَنْجاةٌ.

12. Silence is the garden of contemplation.

12ـ اَلصَّمْتُ رَوْضَةُ الفِكْرِ.

13. Silence is the sign of forbearance [and judiciousness].

13ـ اَلصَّمْتُ آيَةُ الحِلْمِ.

14. Silence is dignity and safety.

14 ـ اَلصَّمْتُ وَقارٌ وسَلامَةٌ.

15. Silence without contemplation is dumbness.

15ـ اَلصَّمْتُ بِغَيْرِ تَفَكُّر خَرَسٌ.

16. Silence is the sign of nobility and the fruit of intelligence.

16ـ اَلصَّمْتُ آيَةُ النُّبْلِ وثَمَرَةُ العَقْلِ.

17. Silence is the adornment of knowledge and the symbol of forbearance [and judiciousness].

17ـ اَلصَّمْتُ زَيْنُ العِلْمِ، وعُنْوانُ الحِلْمِ.

18. If there is eloquence in speech, then in silence there is safety from blunder.

18ـ إنْ كانَ فِي الكَلامِ البَلاغَةُ فَفِي الصَّمْتِ السَّلامَةُ مِنَ العِثارِ.

19. Only the one who is capable of giving a reply [but does not do so] can be called ‘silent’; otherwise ‘inarticulate’ is more appropriate a description.

19ـ إنَّما يَسْتَحِقُّ إسْمَ الصَّمْتِ المُضْطَلِعُ بِالإجابَةِ، وَإلاّ فَالعَيُّ بِهِ أَوْلى.

20. When you speak a word, it controls you but when you withhold it, you control it.

20ـ إذا تَـكَلَّمْتَ بِالكَلِمَةِ مَلَكَتْكَ، وإذا أمْسَكْتَها مَلَكْتَها.

21. Through silence, reverence increases.

21ـ بِالصَّمْتِ يَكْثُرُ الوَقارُ.

22. Sometimes silence is more eloquent than speech.

22ـ رُبَّ سُكُوت أبْلَغُ مِنْ كَلام.

23. The cause of safety is silence.

23ـ سَبَبُ السَّلامَةِ الصَّمْتُ.

24. Silence that is results in your safety is better than speech that is results in your reproach.

24ـ صَمْتٌ يُعْقِبُكَ السَّلامَةَ خَيْرٌ مِنْ نُطْق يُعْقِبُكَ المَلامَةَ.

25. Silence that covers you with honour is better than speech that earns you regret.

25ـ صَمْتٌ يَكْسُوكَ الكِرامَةَ خَيْرٌ مِنْ قَوْل يُكْسِبُكَ النَّدامَةَ.

26. Silence that earns you reverence is better than words that drape you with disgrace.

26ـ صَمْتٌ يُكْسِبُكَ الوَقارَ خَيْرٌ مِنْ كَلام يَكْسُوكَ العارَ.

27. Silence, the result of which is praised, is better than speech whose consequence is dispraised.

27ـ صَمْتٌ تُحْمَدُ عاقِبَتُهُ خَيْرٌ مِنْ كَلام تَذُمُّ مَغَبَّتُهُ.

28. Your remaining silent until you are requested to speak is better than your speaking until you are requested to become silent.

28ـ صَمْتُكَ حَتّى تُسْتَنْطَقَ أجْمَلُ مِنْ نُطْقِكَ حَتّى تُسْكَتَ.

29. The silence of the ignorant person is his covering.

29ـ صَمْتُ الجاهِلِ سِتْرُهُ.

30. Blessed is the one who remains silent except from the remembrance of Allah.

30ـ طُوبى لِمَنْ صَمَتَ إلاّ مِنْ ذِكْرِ اللّهِ.

31. Cling to silence, for it keeps you safe and saves you from regret.

31ـ عَلَيْكَ بِلُزُومِ الصَّمْتِ فَإنَّهُ يُلْزِمُكَ السَّلامَةَ، ويُؤْمِنُكَ النَّدامَةَ.

32. The veil of wrongdoing is silence.

32ـ غِطاءُ المَساوي الصَّمْتُ.

33. Increased silence earns you reverence.

33ـ كَثْرَةُ الصَّمْتِ تُكْسِبُكَ الوَقارَ.

34. Be a person of much silence without being inarticulate, for indeed silence is the embellishment of the scholar and the cloak [that hides the ignorance] of the ignorant.

34ـ كُنْ صَمُوتاً مِنْ غَيْرِ عَيّ، فَإنَّ الصَّمْتَ زينَةُ العالِمِ وَسِتْرُ الجاهِلِ.

35. One who maintains silence is safe from reproach.

35ـ مَنْ لَزِمَ الصَّمْتَ أمِنَ المَلامَةَ.

36. One who maintains silence is safe from aversion [and hatred of others].

36ـ مَنْ لَزِمَ الصَّمْتَ أمِنَ المَقْتَ.

37. Whoever restrains himself from excessive speech, the people bear witness to his intelligence.

37ـ مَنْ أمْسَكَ عَنْ فُضُولِ المَقالِ شَهِدَتْ بِعَقْلِهِ الرِّجالُ.

38. One who remains silent is safe.

38ـ مَنْ صَمَتَ سَلِمَ.

39. How good a companion of forbearance silence is!

39ـ نِعْمَ قَرينُ الحِلْمِ الصَّمْتُ.

40. There is no forbearance like silence.

40ـ لاحِلْمَ كَالصَّمْتِ.

41. There is no worship like silence.

41ـ لاعِبادَةَ كَالصَّمْتِ.

42. There is no reverence like silence.

42ـ لاوَقارَ كالصَّمْتِ.

43. There is no guardian that is more protective than silence.

43ـ لا حافِظَ أحْفَظُ مِنَ الصَّمْتِ.

44. There is no treasurer [and protector of secrets] better than silence.

44ـ لا خازِنَ أفْضَلُ مِنَ الصَّمْتِ.

45. There is no benefit in remaining silent from wisdom just as there is no good in speaking falsehood.

45ـ لاخَيْرَ فيِ الصَّمْتِ عَنِ الحِكْمَةِ، كَما أنَّهُ لاخَيْرَ فِي القَوْلِ بِالباطِلِ.

46. There is no good in remaining silent from the truth just as there is no benefit in speech with ignorance.

46ـ لا خَيْرَ فِي السُّكُوتِ عَنِ الحَقِّ، كَما أنَّهُ لاخَيْرَ فِي القَوْلِ بِالجَهْلِ.

47. One who remains safe by being silent is like the one who derives benefit by speaking.

47ـ مَنْ سَكَتَ فَسَلِمَ، كَمَنْ تَكَلَّمَ فَغَنِمَ.