on answering fools

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  1. abu Hasan

    abu Hasan Administrator

    These lines are attributed to Imām Shāfiýī :

    yukhāţibunī as-safīhu bi kulli qubĥin
    fa akrahu an akūnu lahu mujībā
    yazīdu safāhatan wa azīdu ĥilman
    ka úūdin zādahu’l iĥrāqu ţībā

    The idiot talks to me in the ugliest manner,
    And i do not like to give him an answer.
    His increase in stupidity increases my forbearance
    Just like oud - when burnt more, gives more fragrance. [oud = aloe]

    Dīwān ash-Shāfiýī p.144; Aĥsanu’l Qasas 4/105; these have also been attributed to Imām Álī karramaAllāh wajhah.
     
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  2. abu Hasan

    abu Hasan Administrator

    idhā naţaqa as-safīhu fa lā tujib’hu
    fa khayrun min ijābatihī as-sukūtu

    fa in kallamtahū farrajta ánhu
    wa in khallaytahū kamdan yamūtu

    sakattu áni’s safīhi fa žanna annī
    áyītu áni’l jawābi wa mā aýītu

    If an idiot drags you to a debate, answer him not
    Being silent is better than answering him.

    If you attempt to answer him, you’ll encourage him
    And if you neglect him, he will die in frustration.

    I choose to keep quiet rather than answer an idiot, and he imagines -
    That I am unable to answer; whereas I do not lack an answer.

    Dīwān ash-Shāfiýī p.155; Adabu’d Dunyā wa’d Dīn p.246; Minhāju’l Yaqīn p.420; Shiýr al-Fuqahā’a p.368
     
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