Proverbs - Level 2

pro·verb: A short pithy saying in general use, stating a general truth or piece of advice.

A wonderful way to connect to a language and culture is to learn proverbs. These pieces of popular wisdom are gateways into understanding finer aspects of the language and thinking.

Each Fawakih lesson starts with a proverb. These are not critical for the lesson, thus much class time is not dedicated to it, but nonetheless are an enjoyable way to gain further insights into the language. Some students like to memorize these! Watch these short videos when you have time:

For each dictation listed, follow these 5 short steps:

  1. Read the proverb (with translation covered), look for words and grammar that you understand

  2. Make a guess as to the meaning of the statement prior to looking at translation

  3. Play the clip to learn more insights

  4. Try your best to memorize the saying

  5. Share with someone!

Proverb #1 - “Do not obverse fasting for the day or two days preceding Ramadan.”

Proverb #2 - “Ramadan has come to you, a blessed month. Allah the Mighty and Sublime, has enjoined you to fast it.”

Proverb #3 - “He who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him speak good or remain silent.”

Proverb #4 - “Whenever the Messenger of Allah awoke, he would rub his teeth with the siwak.”

Proverb #5 - “The emigration of one who emigrates for the the sake of Allah and His Messenger, his emigration is for the sake of Allah and His Messenger.”

Proverb #6 - “He who innovates something in this matter of ours that is not of it will have it rejected.”

Proverb #7 - “He prayed Dhuhr just as he used to pray it at its appointed time, then he established the ‘Asr prayer and prayer it in the same way.”

Proverb #8 - “The likeness of one who comes early to prayer is that of one who has sacrificed a camel (in charity).”

Proverb #9 - “…that is because I am the Most Generous, the Most Glorious, I do as I will.”

Proverb #10 - “I was sent to all of mankind, the red and the black.”

Proverb #11 - “The comets were send down upon them, so the devils returned to their people and so they said, ‘What is with you?’”

Proverb #12 - “On the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas, he said, ‘I saw the Messenger of Allah in a dream during the middle of the day.’”