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Saying of the ProphetEnvyEnvy devours good deeds, as a fire devours fuel.
When Fortune knocks, open the door, ' they say. But why should one make fortune knock, by keeping the door shut?
Definitions from Mulla Do-PiazaTruthful man:He who is, secretly, regarded by everyone as an enemy.
Three ThingsThree things cannot be retrieved:The arrow once sped from the bowThe word spoken in hasteThe missed opportunity.(Ali the Lion, Caliph of Islam, son-in-law of Mohammed the Prophet),
Much travel is needed before the raw man is ripened.
Definitions from Mulla Do-PiazaBribe Substitute for law, which is a substitute for justice.
Saying of the ProphetStruggleThe holy warrior is he who struggles with himself.
Definitions from Mulla Do-PiazaSupporter: Someone who will say anything.
Saying of the ProphetHumilityHumility and courtesy are themselves a part of piety.
Saying of the ProphetDeathDie before your death.
Definitions from Mulla Do-PiazaAdherent:Someone who will believe anything except what he should.
Saying of the ProphetSleepSleep is the brother of death.
Definitions from Mulla Do-PiazaPatience: A support for the disappointed.
Inner Knowledge -- You want to become wise in one lesson: First become a real human being.
Definitions from Mulla Do-PiazaCommunity: Irrationals unified by hope of the impossible.
TeachingOne hour's teaching is better than a whole night of prayer.
Haste is from the Devil.
Saying of the Prophet.Ink and Blood:The ink of the learned is holier than the blood of the martyr.
There is a Persian proverb: 'To test that which has been tested is ignorance.' To try to test something without the means of testing is even worse.
Show me a person who really knows what 'good' is, and I will show you that he almost never uses the word.
Definitions from Mulla Do-PiazaEmotionalist:A man or woman who thinks he has experienced the divine.
Saying of the ProphetInk and BloodThe ink of the learned is holier than the blood of the martyr.
You call me an unbeliever. I shall therefore call you a True Believer since a lie is best met with one of similar magnitude.
Definitions from Mulla Do-PiazaIntellectual: One who knows no craft.
Brave is the thief who carries a lamp in his hand.
The definition of the word 'finished' is: 'This word means finished.
Mediation - Before you learn how to meditate, you must unlearn what you think meditation might be.
Definitions from Mulla Do-Piaza.Poverty: The result of marriage.
If you want to be a calligrapher, write, and write, and write.
For every Pharoah there is a Moses.
Pick up a bee from kindness, and learn the limitations of kindness.
Have the nature of a dervish: then wear a stylish cap.
The sort of man who, throwing a stone upon the ground, would miss.
Better the demon which makes you improve than the angel who threatens.
Be kind to the hawk and harm the sparrow.
One day the cub will become a wolf, even if it has been reared among the sons of man.
Each flies with its own kind: pigeon with pigeon, hawk with hawk.
Definitions from Mulla Do-PiazaFlattery:One of the most promising of businesses: always brisk.
Saying of the Prophet. The Bequest: I have nothing to leave you except my family.
Man has less than he suspects of: Time, Friends, Hopes, Qualities.Proverb
A stolen kiss is not easily returned.
You will never reach Mecca, I fear: for you are on the road to Turkestan.
It will pass, whatever it is.
You make me a sinner if you stop me giving you hospitality.
Take the straight path, even if it is long: marry no widow, even if she is a houri.
What goes into a salt-mine becomes salt.
Saying of the ProphetAngerYou ask for a piece of advice. I tell you : 'Do not get angry.' He is strong who can withhold anger.
The power of Allah: no sound, no shape, no form. But when it manifests, none can resist it.
The liar has a bad memory.
Saying of the ProphetHelping othersI order you to assist any oppressed person, whether he is a Muslim or not.