The Way and The Course

The way and the course-الطريق والطريقة

1. Blessed is the one who embarks on the way of the honorable and sticks to the highway of illumination [and truth]; and [one who] is infatuated with the Hereafter and turns away from this world.

1ـ طُوبى لِمَنْ رَكِبَ الطَّريقَةَ الغَرّاءِ، ولَزِمَ المَحَجَّةَ البَيْضاءَ وتَوَلَّهَ بِالآخِرَةِ، وأعْرَضَ عَنِ الدُّنيا.

2. Indeed, the highway of truth has been made manifest for those who seek it.

2ـ قد وضَحَتْ مَحَجَّةُ الحَقِّ لِطُلاّبِها.

3. They have indeed been given time to seek deliverance and have been guided to the clear course.

3ـ قَدْ أُمْهِلُوا في طَلَبِ المَخْرَجِ، وَهُدُوا سَبيلَ المَنْهَجِ.

4. One who deviates from the clear tracks ends up following the courses of destruction.

4ـ مَنْ عَدَلَ عَنْ واضِحِ المَسالِكِ سَلَكَ سُبُلَ المَهالِكِ.

5. One who slips from the highway of the course falls into the perplexity of narrowness.

5ـ مَنْ زَلَّ عَنْ مَحَجَّةِ الطَّريقِ وَقَعَ في حَيْرَةِ المَضيقِ.

6. One who deviates from the clear highway drowns in the depths of the sea.

6ـ مَنْ عَدَلَ عَنْ واضِحِ المَحَجَّةِ، غَرِقَ فِي اللُّجَّةِ.

7. Hold back from [traversing] a path when you fear its deviation.

7ـ أمْسِكْ عَنْ طَريق إذا خِفْتَ ضَلالَتَهُ.

8. Adopt the way of steadfastness, for indeed it will earn you honour and save you from reproach.

8ـ عَلَيْكَ بِمَنْهَجِ الاِسْتِقامَةِ، فَإنَّهُ يُكْسِبُكَ الكَرامَةَ، وَيَكْفيكَ المَلامَةَ.

9. Take to the highway of illumination [and truth] and follow it, otherwise Allah will replace you with others.

9ـ عَلَيْكُمْ بِالمَحَجَّةِ البَيْضاءِ فَاسْلُكُوها، وإلاّ اسْتَبْدَلَ اللّهُ بِكُمْ غَيْرَكُمْ.

10. Whoever deviates from the truth, good becomes evil for him and evil becomes good, and he gets intoxicated with the intoxication of misguidance.

10ـ مَنْ زاغَ ساءَتْ عِنْدَهُ الحَسَنَةُ، وحَسُنَتْ عِنْدَهُ السَّيِّئَةُ، وسُكِرَ سُكْرَ الضَّلالَةِ.

11. Do not permit your selves to take you into the paths of the oppressors.

11ـ لا تُرَخِّصُوا لأنْفُسِكُمْ أنْ تَذْهَبَ بِكُمْ في مَذاهِبِ الظَّلَمَةِ.