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Disgrace الذِّلَّة



1ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): التَّقَلُّلُ ولا التَّذَلُّلُ.

1– Imam Ali (a.s.) said, 'Make do with little rather than disgracing yourself [by begging].’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 362]

2ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): المَنِيَّةُ ولا الدَّنِيَّةُ ، والتَّقَلُّلُ ولا التَوَسُّلُ.

2– Imam Ali (a.s.) said, 'Death is preferable over a life of disgrace. Frugal living is preferable over begging from others.’[Nahjul Balaghah, Saying 396]

3ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): ساعَةُ ذُلٍّ لا تَفِي بِعِزِّ الدَّهرِ.

3– Imam Ali (a.s.) said, 'A lifetime of honour can never compensate for an hour of disgrace.’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 5580]

4ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ في مُناجاتِهِ ـ: اللّهُمَّ اجعَل نَفسِي أوَّلَ كريمَةٍ تَنتَزِعُها مِن كرائمِي ، وأوَّلَ وَديعَةٍ تَرتَجِعُها مِن وَدائعِ نِعَمِكَ عِندي.

4– Imam Ali (a.s.) said in one of his intimate supplications, 'O Allah! Let my soul be the first of those precious objects that you will wrest from me, and the first thing to be reclaimed out of all Your bounties held in trust with me.’[Nahjul Balaghah, Sermon 215]

5ـ قالَ الإمامُ الحسينُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): مَوتٌ في عِزٍّ خَيرٌ مِن حياةٍ في ذُلٍّ . وأنشَأ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) في يَومِ قَتلِهِ:

الموتُ خيرٌ من رُكُوبِ العارِ

والعارُ أولى من دُخُولِ النارِ

واللّه‏ِ ما هذا وهذا جاري .

5– Imam al-Husayn (a.s.) said, 'Death with dignity is better than living with disgrace', and articulated the following couplet on the day he was martyred:

‘Death is better than embarking on (a life of) indignity [lit. 'embarking on a bare backed horse' (ed.)]

And indignity is preferable over plunging into the Fire.’[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 44, p. 192, no. 4]

A Believer Must Never Disgrace Himself

لا يَنبَغي لِلمُؤمِنِ أن يُذِلَّ نفسَهُ

6ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): مَن أقَرَّ بالذُّلِّ طائعاً فَلَيسَ مِنّا أهلَ البيتِ .

6– The Prophet (S) said, 'Whoever succumbs to degrading himself is not considered from among us, the ahl al-bayt.’[Tuhaf al-’Uqul, no. 58]

7ـ الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إنَّ اللّه‏َ تَبارَكَ وتعالى فَوَّضَ إلى المؤمنِ كُلَّ شيءٍ إلّا إذلالَ نَفسِهِ.

7– Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said, 'Verily Allah, Blessed and most High, has placed everything at the disposal of the believer except that which brings disgrace upon him.’[al-Kafi, v. 5, p. 63, no. 3]

8ـ عن داوود الرَّقّي: سمعتُ أبا عبدِاللّه‏ِ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) يقولُ: لا يَنبَغي للمؤمنِ أن يُذِلَّ نفسَهُ ، قيلَ لَهُ: وكيفَ يُذِلُّ نَفسَهُ ؟ قالَ: يَتَعَرَّضُ لِما لايُطيقُ فَيُذِلُّها.

8- Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said, 'A believer must never disgrace himself.’ When asked by someone how this disgrace comes about, he replied, 'By going out of his way to obtain that which is beyond his control, he ends up disgracing himself.’[Mishkat al-Anwar, no. 245]

That Which Brings About Disgrace

ما يورِثُ الذُّلَّ

9ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): إذا ضَنَّ الناسُ بالدِّينارِ والدِّرهَمِ وتَبايَعُوا بالعِينَةِ وتَبِعُوا أذنابَ البَقَرِ وتَرَكُوا الجِهادَ في سبيلِ اللّه‏ِ ، أدخَلَ اللّه‏ُ علَيهِم ذُلاًّ لا يَرفَعُهُ عَنهُم حتّى يُراجِعُوا دِينَهُم.

9– The Prophet (S) said, 'When people are miserly with their dinars and their dirhams [i.e. their wealth] and conclude bargains only upon sampling, and are too busy running after their livestock, and abandon fighting in the way of Allah (jihad), Allah brings down such disgrace upon them that can never be revoked until they turn back to their religion.’[Kanz al-’Ummal, no. 10504]

10ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): أذَلُّ الناسِ مَن أهانَ الناسَ.

10– The Prophet (S) said, 'The most disgraceful of people is he who humiliates others.’[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 44, p. 142, no. 2]

11ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): الناسُ مِن خَوفِ الذُّلِّ مُتَعَجِّلُو الذُّلِّ .

11– Imam Ali (a.s.) said, 'People, in their effort to avoid disgrace, rush headlong into it.’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 2172]

12ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): رَضِيَ بِالذُّلِّ مَن كَشَفَ عن ضُرِّهِ .

12– Imam Ali (a.s.) said, 'He who discloses his shortcomings to others resigns himself to disgrace.’[Tuhaf al-’Uqul, no. 201]

13ـ الإمامُ الباقرُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): لا ذُلَّ كَذُلِّ الطَّمَعِ .

13– Imam al-Baqir (a.s.) said, 'There is no disgrace worse than that of greed.’[Tuhaf al-’Uqul, no. 286]

14ـ الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): مَن أحَبَّ الحياةَ ذَلَّ .

14– Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said, 'He who loves life is bound to face disgrace.’[al-Khisal, p. 110, no. 120]

15ـ وفي نَقلٍ: شَكا إلى أبي عَبدِ اللّه‏ِ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) رجُلٌ جارَهُ فَقالَ: اِصبِرْ عَليهِ، فقالَ: يَنسُبُنِي الناسُ إلى الذُّلِّ، فقالَ: إنّما الذليلُ مَن ظَلَمَ.

15– Someone once came to one of the Imams (a.s.) complaining about a man who was wronging him. The Imam (a.s.) replied, 'Be patient with him.’ The man retorted, 'But people are taking me for a disgraced fool.’ The Imam replied, 'The disgraced one is actually the one who wrongs others.’[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 46, p. 205, no. 78]