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Akalim of Amirul Mumineen Maulana Ali (AS)

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Akalim of Amirul Mumineen Maulana Ali (AS)

The Causes Of Downfall And Ruin

3. Three things break one’s spirit and cause downfall: poverty after wealth, humiliation after dignity and loss of loved ones.

3. Three things break one’s spirit and cause downfall: poverty after wealth, humiliation after dignity and loss of loved ones.

3 ثَلاثٌ هُنَّ المُحْرِقاتُ المُوبِقاتُ: فَقْرٌ بَعْدَ غِنىً، وذُلٌّ بَعْدَ عِزّ، وفَقْدُ الأحِبَّةِ.

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1. Three things cause [one’s] ruin: obedience to women, yielding to rage and submitting to lustful desires.

1. Three things cause [one’s] ruin: obedience to women, yielding to rage and submitting to lustful desires.

ثَلاثٌ مُهْلِكاتٌ: طاعَةُ النِّساءِ، وطاعَةُ الغَضَبِ، وطاعَةُ الشَّهْوَةِ.

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2. Three things cause ruin: boldness in front of the ruler, trusting a disloyal person and tasting poison as an experiment [to see how effective it is!].

2. Three things cause ruin: boldness in front of the ruler, trusting a disloyal person and tasting poison as an experiment [to see how effective it is!].

2 ثَلاثَةٌ مُهْلِكَةٌ: اَلجُرْأَةُ عَلَى السُّلْطانِ، وائْتِمانُ الخَوّانِ، وشُرْبُ السَّمِ لِلتَّجْرِبَةِ.

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4. Three things weaken one’s spirit: loss of loved ones, poverty in a strange land and unending hardship.

4. Three things weaken one’s spirit: loss of loved ones, poverty in a strange land and unending hardship.

4 ثَلاثٌ يَهْدُونَ القُوى: فَقْدُ الأحِبَّةِ، والفَقْرُ فِي الغُرْبَةِ، ودَوامُ الشِّدَّةِ.

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