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Thinking And The Thinker

Thinking and the thinker-الفكر والمتفكّر

1. Think and you will perceive.

1ـ أفْكِرْ تَسْتَبْصِرْ.

2. The root of wisdom is reflection, and its fruit is wellbeing.

2ـ أصْلُ العَقْلِ الفِكْرُ، وثَمَرَتُهُ السَّلامَةُ.

3. The root of safety from error is thinking before acting, and reflecting before speaking.

3ـ أصْلُ السَّلامَةِ مِنَ الزَّلَلِ، اَلفِكْرُ قَبْلَ الفِعْلِ، والرَّوِيَّةُ قَبْلَ الكَلامِ.

4. Verily the one who observes with his heart and acts with foresight begins his action by first looking at [the consequence of] his action, is it his favour or against him; if it is in his favour then he goes ahead with it and if it is against him then he holds back from [doing] it.

4ـ إنَّ النّاظِرَ بِالقَلْبِ، اَلعامِلَ بِالبَصَرِ، يَكُونُ مُبْتَدَأُ عَمَلِهِ أنْ يَنْظُرَ عَمَلَهُ، عَلَيْهِ، أمْ لَهُ، فَإنْ كانَ لَهُ، مَضى فيهِ وإنْ كانَ عَلَيْهِ، وَقَفَ عَنْهُ.

5. Thinking guides, truth saves.

5ـ اَلفِكْرُ يَهْدي، اَلصِّدْقُ يُنْجي.

6. Contemplation is worship.

6ـ اَلفِكْرُ عِبادَةٌ.

7. Contemplation is [a means to] right guidance, heedlessness is [a cause of] loss.

7 ـ اَلفِكْرُ رُشْدٌ، اَلغَفْلَةُ فَقْدٌ.

8. Contemplation illuminates the mind.

8ـ اَلفِكْرُ يُنيرُ اللُبَّ.

9. The benefit of thinking is finding solutions.

9ـ اَلحِيلَةُ فائِدَةُ الفِكْرِ.

10. Thinking guides [one] towards the way of right guidance.

10ـ اَلفِكْرُ يَهْدي إلَى الرَّشادِ.

11. Thinking is the recreation of the God-fearing.

11ـ اَلفِكْرُ نُزْهَةُ المُتَّقينَ.

12. Contemplation leads to gaining wisdom.

12ـ اَلفِكْرُ يُفيدُ الحِكْمَةَ.

13. Thought is a gleaming mirror.

13ـ اَلفِكْرَةُ مِراةٌ صافِيَةٌ.

14. Thinking is the polish of the minds.

14ـ اَلفِكْرُ جَلاءُ العُقُولِ.

15. Thinking about the bounties of Allah is the best worship.

15ـ التَّفَكُّرُ في آلاءِ اللّهِ نِعْمَ العِبادَةُ.

16. Thinking outside [the bounds of] wisdom is folly.

16ـ اَلفِكْرُ في غَيْرِ الحِكْمَةِ هَوَسٌ.

17. Thinking about good [action] invites one to act upon it.

17ـ اَلفِكْرُ فِي الخَيْرِ يَدْعُو إلَى العَمَلِ بِهِ.

18. Thinking about the consequences saves one from places of destruction.

18ـ اَلفِكْرُ فِي العَواقِبِ يُنْجي مِنَ المَعاطِبِ.

19. When you precede all your actions with thought [and deliberation], your outcomes will be good in all matters.

19ـ إذا قَدَّمْتَ الفِكْرَ في جَميعِ أفْعالِكَ حَسُنَتْ عَواقِبُكَ في كُلِّ أمْر.

20. By thinking, deliberation is improved.

20ـ بِالفِكْرِ تَصْلُحُ الرَّوِيَّةُ.

21. By repeated thinking [and contemplation], doubt is dispelled.

21ـ بِتَكَرُّرِ الفِكْرِ يَنْجابُ الشَّكُّ.

22. Through contemplation the darkness [and ambiguity] of matters get clarified.

22ـ بِالفِكْرِ تَنْجَلي غَياهِبُ الأُمُورِ.

23. By repeated thinking the outcomes become sound.

23ـ بِتَكْرارِ الفِكْرِ تَسْلَمُ العَواقِبُ.

24. By considering the consequences, one is saved from harm.

24ـ بِالنَّظَرِ فِي العَواقِبِ تُؤْمَنُ المَعاطِبُ.

25. Distinguishing the everlasting from the perishing is from the noblest discernment.

25ـ تَمْييزُ الباقي مِنَ الفاني مِنْ أشْرَفِ النَّظَرِ.

26. Think before you decide, consult before you proceed and ponder before you rush forward.

26ـ تَفَكَّرْ قَبْلَ أنْ تَعْزِمَ، وشاوِرْ قَبْلَ أنْ تُقْدِمع، وتَدَبَّرْ قَبْلَ أنْ تَهْجُمَ.

27. Your thinking leads to your gaining insight, and acquiring lessons [from the past].

27ـ تَفَكُّرُكَ يُفيدُكَ الاِسْتِبْصارَ، ويُكْسِبُكَ الاِعْتِبارَ.

28. The fruit of reflection is wellbeing.

28ـ ثَمَرَةُ الفِكْرِ اَلسَّلامَةُ.

29. Continuous reflection and caution protects from error and saves from the vicissitudes of time.

29ـ دَوامُ الفِكْرِ وَالحَذَرِ يُؤْمِنُ الزَّلَلَ ويُنْجي مِنَ الغِيَرِ.

30. May Allah have mercy on the person who reflects and then takes lesson, and who takes lesson and hence perceives [the reality of things].

30ـ رَحِمَ اللّهُ امْرَءاً تَفَكَّرَ فَاعْتَـبَـرَ، واعْتَبـَرَ فَأبْصَرَ.

31. The cornerstone of insight is contemplation.

31ـ رَأْسُ الاِسْتِبْصارِ الفِكْرَةُ.

32. Deliberate before acting and you will be saved from error.

32ـ رَوِّ قَبْلَ العَمَلِ تَنْجُ مِنَ الزَّلـَلِ.

33. Deliberate before [taking] action [and] you will not be criticized for what you do.

33ـ رَوِّ قَبْلَ الفِعْلِ لاتُعابُ بِما تَفْعَلُ.

34. The deliberation of the slow is better than the impulsiveness of the hasty.

34ـ رَوِيَّةُ المُتَأنّي أفْضَلُ مِنْ بَديهَةِ العَجِلِ.

35. Lengthy contemplation makes the end results praiseworthy and prevents the corruption of matters.

35ـ طُولُ الفِكْرِ يُحْمِدُ العَواقِبَ،وَ يَسْتَدْرِكُ فَسادَ الأُمُورِ.

36. Lengthy contemplation improves the outcomes of planning.

36ـ طُولُ التَّفْكيرِ يُصْلِحُ عَواقِبَ التَّدبيرِ.

37. Lengthy consideration equals [benefitting from] the opinion of the advisor.

37ـ طُولُ التَّفْكيرِ يَعْدِلُ رَأْيَ المُشيرِ.

38. You must reflect, as this is [means of] a guidance from error and a rectifier of deeds.

38ـ عَلَيْكَ بِالفِكْرِ فَإنَّهُ رُشْدٌ مِنَ الضَّلالِ ومُصْلِحُ الأعْمالِ.

39. The thought of an intelligent person is guidance.

39ـ فِكْرُ العاقِلِ هِدايَةٌ.

40. The thought of an ignorant person is misguidance.

40ـ فِكْرُ الجاهِلِ غِوايَةٌ.

41. Thinking for a short while is better than prolonged worship.

41ـ فِكْرُ ساعَة قَصيرَة خَيْرٌ مِنْ عِبادَة طَويلَة.

42. Your contemplation guides you to the right path and motivates you to improve your Hereafter.

42ـ فِكْرُكَ يَهْديكَ إلَى الرَّشادِ، ويَحْدُوكَ عَلى إصْلاحِ المَعادِ.

43. A man’s thinking is a mirror that shows him his good actions from his bad ones.

43ـ فِكْرُ المَرْءِ مِرْآةٌ تُريهِ حُسْنَ عَمَلِهِ مِنْ قُبْحِهِ.

44. The merit of thinking and understanding is more beneficial than the merit of revision and study.

44ـ فَضْلُ فِكْر وتَفَهُّم أنْجَعُ مِنْ فَضْلِ تَكْرار ودِراسَة.

45. Your thinking about worship prompts you to act upon it.

45ـ فِكْرُكَ فِي الطَّاعَةِ يَدْعُوكَ إلَى العَمَلِ بِها.

46. Your thinking about sin drives you to fall into it.

46ـ فِكْرُكَ فِي المَعْصِيَةِ يَحْدُوكَ عَلَى الوُقُوعِ فيها.

47. So think, O people, and observe; take lesson and seek advice, and acquire provisions for the Hereafter, [for by this] you will attain felicity.

47ـ فَتَفَكَّرُوا أيُّهَا النّاسُ وتَبَصَّرُوا، واعْتَبِرُوا واتَّعِظُوا، وتَزَوَّدُوا لِلآخِرَةِ تَسْعَدُوا.

48. Measure and then cut, think and then speak, verify and then act.

48ـ قَدِّرْ ثُمَّ اقْطَعْ، وَفَكِّرْ ثُمَّ انْطِقْ، وتَبَيَّنْ ثُمَّ اعْمَلْ.

49. How can the thought of one who is always sated be pure?

49ـ كَيْفَ تَصْفُو فِكْرَةُ مَنْ يَسْتَديمُ الشِّبَعَ.

50. Contemplation is sufficient for right guidance.

50ـ كَفى بِالفِكْرِ رُشْداً.

51. Not everyone who shoots hits the target.

51ـ لَيْسَ كُلُّ مَنْ رَمى يُصيبُ.

52. One who ponders [about the past] learns a lesson [from it].

52ـ مَنْ تَأمَّلَ اعْتَـبَـرَ.

53. One whose thinking is prolonged, his observation becomes good.

53ـ مَنْ طالَ فِكْرُهُ حَسُنَ نَظَرُهُ.

54. One whose thinking increases, his end result becomes good.

54ـ مَنْ كَثُرَتْ فِكْرَتُهُ حَسُنَتْ عاقِبَتُهُ.

55. One whose thought is prolonged, his discernment becomes good.

55ـ مَنْ طالَتْ فِكْرَتُهُ حَسُنَتْ بَصيرَتُهُ.

56. One who puts his mind to work arrives at the correct answer.

56ـ مَنْ أعْمَلَ فِكْرَهُ أصابَ جَوابُهُ.

57. One who thinks before acting, his accuracy increases.

57ـ مَنْ فَكَّرَ قَبْلَ العَمَلِ كَثُرَ صَوابُهُ.

58. One whose thinking is weak, his inattention [and gullibility] is strong.

58ـ مَنْ ضَعُفَتْ فِكْرَتُهُ قَوِيَتْ غِرَّتُهُ.

59. One who reflects on the essence of Allah apostatizes.

59ـ مَنْ تَفَكَّرَ في ذاتِ اللّهِ تَزَنْدَقَ.

60. One who thinks about the consequences is saved from [places of] destruction.

60ـ مَنْ فَكَّرَ فِي العَواقِبِ أمِنَ المَعاطِبَ.

61. One who thinks a lot about sins is pulled towards [committing] them.

61ـ مَنْ كَثُرَ فِكْرُهُ فِي المَعاصِي دَعَتْهُ إلَيْها.

62. One who thinks a lot about [worldly] pleasures is overpowered by them.

62ـ مَنْ كَثُرَ فِكْرُهُ فِي اللَّذّاتِ غَلَبَتْ عَلَيْهِ.

63. One who reflects, perceives the outcomes.

63ـ مَنْ فَكَّرَ أبْصَرَ العَواقِبَ.

64. One who keeps his mind’s eye awake reaches the height of his endeavour.

64ـ مَنْ أسْهَرَ عَيْنَ فِكْرَتِهِ بَلَغَ كُنْهَ هِمَّتِهِ.

65. One who reflects on the majesty of Allah loses hope.

65ـ مَنْ تَفَكَّرَ في عَظَمَةِ اللّهِ أبْلَسَ.

66. One who thinks and reflects learns a lesson from everything.

66ـ مَنْ كانَتْ لَهُ فِكْرَةٌ فَلَهُ في كُلِّ شَيْء عِبْرَةٌ.

67. He who excels in thinking never gets humiliated.

67ـ ما ذَلَّ مَنْ أحْسَنَ الفِكْرَ.

68. There is no worship like contemplation.

68ـ لاعِبادَةَ كَالتَّفْكيرِ.

69. There is no [means to] right guidance like reflection.

69ـ لارُشْدَ كَالفِكْرِ.

70. One who does not take lessons [from the past] does not reflect.

70ـ لافِكْرَ لِمَنْ لاَاعْتِبارَ لَهُ.

71. Thinking about the consequences [of one’s action] saves one from unpleasant calamities.

71ـ اَلفِكْرُ فِي العَواقِبِ يُؤْمِنُ مَكْرُوهَ النَوائِبِ.

72. Thinking is one of the two means of guidance.

72ـ اَلفِكْرُ أحَدُ الهِدايَتَيْنِ.

73. Thinking about the kingdom of the heavens and earth is the worship of the sincere ones.

73ـ اَلتَّفَكُّرُ في مَلَكُوتِ السَّماواتِ وَالأرْضِ عِبادَةُ المُخْلَصينَ.

74. Thinking about a matter before undertaking it saves one from error.

74ـ اَلفِكْرُ فِي الأمْرِ قَبْلَ مُلابَسَتِهِ يُؤْمِنُ الزَّلَلَ.

75. Thinking leads to taking lesson, saves one from missteps and bears the fruit of precaution.

75ـ اَلفِكْرُ يُوجِبُ الاِعْتِبارَ، ويُؤْمِنُ العِثارَ، ويُثْمِرُ الاِسْتِظْهارَ.

76. Reflect and you will awaken [and become alert].

76ـ اِفْكِرْ تُفِقْ.

77. Contemplation guides [one] to the right path.

77ـ اَلفِكْرُ يَهْدي إلَى الرُّشْدِ.