If someone doesn’t care about you…
Greetings everyone! I hope #HumpDay is going along just fine for you…
Today I give you a gift, few verses from a poem by Imam Abū ʿAbdillāh Muhammad ibn Idrīs al-Shāfiʿī. Alshafi’i is the father of the third school of thought in Islam. He was a scholar, a poet, a traveler, a knight, a writer, and an archer! (Like what else can you ask God for in life?). Some narrators were saying he was handsome too! (OMG!) The only thing Alshafi’i was missing was money! Although his family tree traces him back to the Quraish tribe, he was born in Gaza, Palestine to a simple poor family. His father died when Alshafii was just a newborn so his mother moved with him to Medina when he was nearly 2 years old. Alshafi’i memorized the Qur’an when he was just 5 years old and completed memorizing “Almawataa“, a book written by scholar Malik Ibn Anas, the father of the first school of thought, Almalikyah at age 10!
Alshafii traveled around the Islamic empire at the time (he lived during the golden era of the Abbasids and famous Khalifah Haroun Alrasheed), argued fiercely on rulings by Malikyah and Hanafiah followers. Ahmed Ibn Hanbal(who later had his own school of thought) which later became known as Hanblyah, was Alshafi’i’s student.
Alshafi’i was a fluent poet and most of his poems are just doses of wisdom… so here is my humble attempt at translating one of his famous ones, “If someone doesn’t care about you..”
Disclaimer: If you believe you can offer better translation to the verses, please write them in the comment so I can improve…The sad reality of the Arabic language is that some of the true meanings for its expressions/words as well as their sweetness are lost in the translation…
So here goes!:
إذا المرء لا يرعاك إلا تكلفاً..
فدعه ولا تُكثِر عليه التأسفا
ففي الناس أبدال وفي الترك راحةٌ..
وفي القلب صبرٌ للحبيب ولو جفا
If someone doesn’t care about you except with affectation…
Then leave him(her) alone and don’t abound any regret about them..
In “people” you will find alternatives, and leaving them altogether is sometimes comfort.
And in the heart, there is patience for the loved ones even if they ignore you..
فما كل من تهواه يهواك قلبهُ
ولا كل من صافيته لك قد صفى
اذا لم يكن صفو الوداد طبيعةً
فلا خير في ودٍ يجي تكلفا
And not everyone you love; his/heart loves you back
And not every person you have purified yourself to; purifies themselves toward you either (or not every person you forgive, forgives you back)
If the pure amiability isn’t a natural manner of the person, there is no good from goodwill that comes affectation
ولا خير في خل يخون خليله
ويلقاه من بعد المودة بالجفا
And there is no goodness in a friend who betrays his best friend
And treats him coldly after a warm relationship
وينكر عيشاً قد تقادم عهده
ويظهر سراً كان بالأمس قد خفا
And denies “bread broken” after having it for a long time
And reveals a secret that was hidden yesterday
سلاماً على الدنيا اذا لم يكن بها
صديق صدوق صادق الوعد منصفا
This life isn’t worth it if it lacks a:
A truthful, trustworthy, and honest friend who keeps their word and is always equitable
- أبو عبد الله محمد بن إدريس الشافعيّ المطَّلِبيّ القرشيّ
- Abū ʿAbdillāh Muhammad ibn Idrīs al-Shāfiʿī
A bonus… here is the poem sang by Munshid, Abdulkarim Mahyoub