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Source: Bihar Al-Anwar, Vol. 77, p. 113

In the Name of God; the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

Al-Sheikh Al-Sadooq through his chain of narrators, narrated from Imam Ali (a.s) that the Messenger of God (s.a.w) said:

1. The best of the worshippers are those who offer the obligatory.

أعبَدُ الناس مَن أقامَ الفرائض.

2. The best of the generous people are those who have paid the zakat of their wealth.

وأسخى الناس مَن أدّى زكاة ماله.

3. The best of the detached people from dunya are those who are detached from Haraam.

وأزهدُ الناس مَن اجتنب الحرام.

4. The best of the pious people are those who tell the truth be it for or against themselves.

وأتقى الناس مَن قال الحقّ فيما له وعليه.

5. The best of the just people are those who like for people what they like for themselves & dislike for people what they dislike for themselves.

وأعدلُ الناس مَن رضيَ للناس ما يرضى لنفسه، وكَرِه ما يكَرِه لنفسه.

6. The best of the intelligent people are those who remember death more often.

وأكيسُ الناس مَن كان أشدَّ ذِكراً للموت.

7. The best of the enviable people are those who are buried & feel secure from chastisement, hoping for reward.

وأغبطُ الناس مَن كان تحت التراب، قد أمِنَ العقاب يرجو الثواب.

8. The worst of the absentminded people are those who do not learn from the changes of dunya.

وأغفل الناس من لم يتعظ بتغير الدنيا من حال الى حال.

9. The worst of those who are in danger in dunya are those who do not consider any danger upon themselves in this dunya.

وأعظم الناس في الدنيا خطراً، مَن لم يجعل للدنيا عنده خطراً.

10. The best of the learned people are those who add the knowledge of all people to their own.

وأعلم الناس مَن جمع علم الناس إلى علمه.

11. The best of the courageous people are those who fight their desires.

وأشجعُ الناس مَن غَلَب هواه.

12. The best of the precious people are the most knowledgeable.

وأكثر الناس قيمة اكثرهم علما.

13. The least valued of people are those with the least knowledge.

واقل الناس قيمة اقلهم علما.

14. The people with the least peace of mind are the jealous.

وأقلُّ الناس لذّةً الحسود.

15. People with the least comfort are of the stingy people and the stingiest are those who avoid what God has made compulsory upon them.

وأقل الناس راحة البخيل وأبخل الناس من بخل بما افترض الله عز وجل عليه.

16. The best people that truth is expected of, are the most knowledgeable about the truth.

وأولى الناس بالحق أعلمهم به.

17. The least respected people are the sinners.

وأقل الناس حرمة الفاسق.

18. The least loyal people are the kings (politicians).

وأقل الناس وفاء الملوك.

19. The people with the least friends are kings.

وأقل الناس صديقا الملك.

20. The poorest people are the greediest ones.

وأفقرُ الناس الطَّامِع.

21. The richest of all people are those who are not captured by greed.

وأغنى الناس مَن لم يكن للحرص أسيراً.

22. The best of the faithful are people with the best of character.

وأفضلُ الناس إيماناً أحسنُهم خُلقاً.

23. The best of the honored people are the most pious people.

وأكرمُ الناس أتقاهم.

24. The best of the great people are those who avoid what does not concern them.

وأعظمُ الناس قدرا مَن ترك ما لا يَعنيه.

25. The best of the pious people are those who leave the dispute even if they are right.

وأورعُ الناس مَن ترك المِراءَ وإن كان مُحقّاً.

26. The people with the least chivalry are those who lie.

وأقلُّ الناس مُروّةً مَن كان كاذباً.

27. The most distressed of people are the kings.

وأشقى الناس الملوك.

28. The most hated of all people are the arrogant.

وأمقَتُ الناس المتكبّر.

29. The biggest strugglers of people who strive are those who avoid sin.

وأشدُّ الناس اجتهاداً مَن ترك الذنوب.

30. The best of the forbearing people are those who flee from the ignorant people.

وأحلم الناس، مَن فرّ من جُهّال الناس.

31. The best of the prosperous people are those who associate with honorable people.

وأسعدُ الناس، مَن خالط كرام الناس.

32. The best of the intelligent people are the most tolerant of the bitterness of others.

وأعقلُ الناس، أشدُّهم مُداراةً للناس.

33. The most entitled people to be suspected are those who associate most with the suspects.

وأَولى الناس بالتهمة، مَن جالس أهل التهمة.

34. The most tyrannical of people are those who kill other than the murderer and punish other than the perpetrator.

وأعتى الناس مَن قَتَل غير قاتله، أو ضرب غير ضاربه.

35. The best people expected to forgive are those with the most authority to punish.

وأَولى الناس بالعفو أقدَرُهم على العقوبة.

36. The most entitled people to sin are the foolish slanderers.

وأحق الناس بالذنب السفيه المغتاب.

37. The lowest of people are those who insult people.

وأذلُّ الناس، مَن أهان الناس.

38. The best of the cautious people are those who swallow their anger most.

وأحزمُ الناس أكظمُهم للغيظ.

39. The most righteous people are the best reconcilers between people.

وأصلحُ الناس، أصلحُهم للناس.

40. The best of people are the most useful to people.

وخير الناس، مَن انتفع به الناس.