Ghurar Al-Hikam Wa Durar Al-Kalim, Exalted Aphorisms And Pearls Of Speech

A Collection of Aphorisms of Imam ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib

A collection of Aphorisms and short sayings of Imam ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s.) The book is a late fifth or early sixth century work by Al-Amudi, translated from Arabic, original title غرر الحکم و درر الکلم. The sayings that are more than 11000 in number contain words of wisdom and advice that can benefit everyone in their daily lives. The book contains Arabic text and its English translation.

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  1. Translator’s Preface
  2. About The Compiler
  3. Introduction
  4. Parents
  5. The Camel
  6. The Son Of Adam (The Human Being)
  7. Grandeur
  8. Self-Sacrifice
  9. The Appointed Time Of Death
  10. The Hereafter
  11. The Brother, The Friend, The Associate And The Companion
  12. Good Etiquette
  13. Harm And Preventing Harm
  14. Eating
  15. Allah And His Attributes
  16. Matters
  17. Enjoining Good And Forbidding Evil
  18. Hopes And Aspirations
  19. The Leader
  20. Leadership
  21. Granting Refuge To The Fearful
  22. The Secure
  23. Security
  24. Feeling Secure From Allah’s Scheme
  25. The Trustworthy
  26. Trustworthiness
  27. Faith
  28. The Believer
  29. The Human Being
  30. Intimacy With Allah
  31. Intimacy
  32. Deliberateness And Acting Unhurriedly
  33. One Who Acts With Deliberateness
  34. Strengthening Oneself
  35. Misery
  36. Stinginess And Avarice
  37. The Miser And The Avaricious
  38. Taking The Initiative
  39. Cold Weather
  40. Righteousness And Those Who Prevent It
  41. Insistence
  42. The Innocent
  43. Being Cheerful And Smiling
  44. Sight, Observation And Insight
  45. Wantonness
  46. Falsehood And Assisting It
  47. The Falsifier
  48. The Stomach And The Private Parts
  49. Early Rising
  50. Weeping
  51. Countries And Homelands
  52. Eloquence
  53. Attention
  54. The Umayyads
  55. Quadrupeds And Predators
  56. Fabricating Lies
  57. The House Of Allah
  58. The Treasury
  59. Trade And Business With Allah
  60. The Merchant
  61. Earth
  62. Abandoning For The Sake Of Allah
  63. Repentance And Returning (To Allah)
  64. Relying On Allah
  65. Reward
  66. Garments
  67. Cowardice
  68. Diligence And Striving
  69. Experience
  70. The Experienced
  71. Anxiety
  72. Requital And Reward
  73. The Body
  74. Antipathy
  75. Loftiness
  76. Intercourse
  77. Beauty
  78. The Beautiful
  79. Grooming
  80. Moderation
  81. Paradise And The People Of Paradise
  82. Generosity
  83. The Generous
  84. Proximity To Allah
  85. Neighbours
  86. Hunger
  87. High Rank
  88. Struggle (Jihad)
  89. Struggling Against The Self (Jihad An-Nafs)
  90. Ignorance
  91. The Ignorant And The Foolish
  92. Hell Fire
  93. Lovers Of The Ahlulbayt
  94. The Beloved
  95. Evidence
  96. The Proof (Of Allah)
  97. The Disproved
  98. The One Who Presents An Argument
  99. The Hajj
  100. Rage
  101. The Cautious
  102. The Warner
  103. War, Soldiers And Armies
  104. Waging War
  105. Freedom And The Free
  106. The Careful
  107. Greed
  108. The Greedy
  109. Vocation
  110. The Prohibited
  111. Deprivation And Frustration
  112. The Party Of Allah
  113. Judiciousness
  114. The Judicious
  115. Grief For What Has Been Lost
  116. The Reckoning
  117. High Regard
  118. Jealousy
  119. The Jealous
  120. The Envied
  121. The Sword And The Steed
  122. Good Deeds
  123. Good Turns And Benevolent Actions
  124. The Good Doer
  125. Physical Beauty
  126. Dyslogia (The Inability To Express Oneself Effectively)
  127. Fortune
  128. Gaining Favour
  129. Digging A Pit For A Brother
  130. Spite And Malice
  131. The Spiteful
  132. Belittling Others
  133. Verification
  134. The Truth
  135. One Who Is On The Right
  136. The Rights Of Allah, The Most High
  137. Rights Of The People
  138. Hoarding And Hoarders
  139. The Ordinances Of Allah
  140. Wisdom
  141. The Wise
  142. Government And Sovereignty
  143. The Ruler And Governer
  144. False Oaths
  145. The Lawful
  146. Dreams
  147. The Forebearing
  148. Forbearance
  149. Praise
  150. The Praiseworthy And The Disgraceful
  151. Muhammad (S) And His Progeny
  152. Foolishness
  153. The Fool
  154. Tolerance
  155. Vehemence
  156. Abstinence [From Food]
  157. Fulfilling Needs
  158. Expressing Your Needs
  159. How Are You?
  160. The Perplexed
  161. Recourse
  162. Life And Being Alive
  163. Modesty And Shame
  164. Narration And Transmission Of Information
  165. Gauging People
  166. Deception And The Deceitful
  167. The Servant
  168. The One Who Is Forsaken By Allah
  169. Muteness
  170. Ineptness
  171. The Loser
  172. Submissiveness And Humility In Front Of Allah
  173. The Foe Of Allah
  174. Writing
  175. Ideas
  176. The Daring
  177. Mistakes
  178. Sincerity And Devotion
  179. Sucession
  180. The Caliphs
  181. Disagreement
  182. Good Character
  183. Creation
  184. Seclusion
  185. Wine
  186. Five Bad Qualities
  187. Anonymity
  188. Fear
  189. Fearing Other Than Allah
  190. The Fearful
  191. Frightening Others
  192. The Frustrated
  193. Good
  194. Good Of This World And The Hereafter
  195. Seeking What Is Best
  196. The Virtuous
  197. Choice
  198. The Choice Of Allah
  199. Treachery And Disloyalty
  200. The Treacherous
  201. The Diligent And The Hardworking
  202. Following Up Matters
  203. One Who Turns Back And The One Who Moves Forward
  204. Planning
  205. Desertion And Abandonment
  206. Turning Backward
  207. Entrance
  208. Gradually Drawing Closer To Destruction
  209. Study
  210. Rectification And Making Amends
  211. Amicableness
  212. Supplication And The Supplicant
  213. The Call
  214. The Guide
  215. Seriously Ill
  216. The Despicable
  217. Loathsome Actions And Traits
  218. This World
  219. Remedy And Ailment
  220. Alternation Of Power And Sovereignty
  221. Flattery
  222. Debt
  223. Religion And Sharia Law
  224. The Savings
  225. Remembrance [Of Allah] And The Reminder
  226. Vices And Those Who Commit Them
  227. Divulgence [Of Secrets]
  228. The Compassionate
  229. Opinions And The Opinonated
  230. Showing Off
  231. Profit And Gain
  232. Hope In [The Mercy Of] Allah And [In] Others
  233. Mercy And Compassion
  234. Near Relatives And Keeping Or Cutting Off Ties With Them
  235. Ease
  236. Restraint
  237. Depravities
  238. Sustenance And One Who Seeks It
  239. Confiding In Others
  240. The Messenger And His Message
  241. Rectitude And Right Guidance
  242. Being Pleased And Satisfied
  243. Desire And Longing
  244. Leniency And Gentleness
  245. Self-Scrutiny
  246. Mode Of Transport
  247. The Souls
  248. Peace Of Mind
  249. The Intended Objective
  250. Discipline
  251. Restraint
  252. Charity
  253. Lapses
  254. Adultery
  255. The Wife
  256. Provision
  257. Renunciation Of Worldly Pleasures
  258. Visiting
  259. Adornment
  260. Begging And Asking People
  261. Question And Answer
  262. Causes And Means
  263. Competition
  264. Prostration And Bowing
  265. Prison
  266. Displeasure
  267. Generosity
  268. Aptness
  269. Mirage
  270. Dismissal
  271. Inward Thoughts And Feelings
  272. Secret And Confidential Discussions
  273. Happiness And Putting Joy In The Hearts
  274. Extravagance
  275. Theft
  276. Aid
  277. Felicity
  278. The Felicitous
  279. Striving And Seeking
  280. Travel
  281. The Envoy
  282. Spilling Blood
  283. The Ships Of Salvation
  284. Dimwittedness
  285. The Dimwit
  286. Maladies
  287. Calmness and Solemnity
  288. The Preceding
  289. Salāms And Greetings
  290. Peace and Reconciliation
  291. Islam
  292. The Muslims
  293. Submission To The Will Of Allah
  294. Security
  295. The One Who Surrenders
  296. Forgetfulness
  297. Condolences and Congratulations
  298. Mien
  299. Hearing and Sight
  300. Listening and The Listener
  301. Righteous Practices
  302. Doing Wrong To Others
  303. Procrastination
  304. Eminence And The Eminent
  305. Markets
  306. Night Vigil
  307. Facilitation
  308. Mode Of Conduct
  309. Administrative Policies
  310. Youth
  311. Overeating And Gluttony
  312. Vilification
  313. Courage And The Courageous
  314. Difficulties
  315. Evil And The Wicked
  316. Honour And The Honourable
  317. East And West
  318. Polytheism
  319. Partnership
  320. Voraciousness And The Voracious
  321. Satan
  322. Being Occupied
  323. The Intercessor and Interceder
  324. Dissension
  325. Wretchedness
  326. The Wretched
  327. Gratitude And The Grateful
  328. Doubt And Misgiving
  329. Complaining Of Distress
  330. Schadenfreude
  331. Consultation And Deliberation
  332. Eagerness And Longing
  333. Lust
  334. The Martyr
  335. Testimony
  336. Fame And Renown
  337. Grey Hair Of Old Age
  338. The Followers (Shi‘a)
  339. The Disgrace Of A Man
  340. Patience And The Patient
  341. Young Children
  342. Good Health And The Healthy
  343. The Chest
  344. Charities
  345. Truthfulness
  346. The Truthful
  347. Change Of Circumstances
  348. The Rigid
  349. Welfare Of The Believers
  350. Being Dutiful With Allah
  351. Reforming The People
  352. Vainglory
  353. Prayer And One Who Stands For Prayer
  354. Silence
  355. Hardships
  356. The One Who Hits The Mark And The One Who Errs
  357. Correctness
  358. Countenance
  359. Fasting
  360. Giving Examples And Using Metaphors
  361. Laughter
  362. Suffering
  363. Necessities
  364. Weakness
  365. Error And Deviation
  366. Inner Consciences
  367. Hospitality
  368. Agony
  369. Jubilation
  370. The Way and The Course
  371. Food And Sustenance
  372. Feeding Others
  373. Criticism
  374. Obedience And Compliance
  375. Obeying Commandments
  376. The Tyrant
  377. The Seeker
  378. Matters That Are Pursued
  379. The Sought After
  380. Covetousness
  381. Haughtiness
  382. Innermost Thoughts
  383. Frivolity
  384. Victory
  385. Injustice And Oppression
  386. The Unjust
  387. The Oppressed
  388. Usurped Rights
  389. Conjecture
  390. Support
  391. Precaution
  392. The Exteriors
  393. Lightness of One’s Burden
  394. Servitude
  395. Worship And The Worshipper
  396. Servants
  397. Taking Lessons And Examples
  398. Reprimand
  399. Emancipation
  400. Slip Up
  401. Conceit
  402. The Self-Admiring One
  403. Inability
  404. The Powerless
  405. The Derriere
  406. Haste And The Hasty
  407. The Denumerable
  408. Readiness And Preparation
  409. Justice And The Just
  410. The Middle Course
  411. Enmity And The Enemy
  412. Apologizing And Offering Excuses
  413. Dignity And Reputation
  414. Cognizance
  415. The Cognizant
  416. Glory And The Honoured One
  417. Seclusion
  418. Resolve
  419. Adversity
  420. Social Interaction And Mingling
  421. The Lover
  422. Seeking Protection From Allah
  423. Preserving Oneself From Sin
  424. Destruction And Damage
  425. Empathy
  426. Respect
  427. Chastity
  428. Well-Being
  429. Forgiveness And Pardon
  430. Outcomes
  431. Filial Impiety
  432. The Intellect
  433. The Intelligent
  434. The Cause And The Effects
  435. The Celestial Realm
  436. Knowledge
  437. The Scholar
  438. Education And Learning
  439. The Student
  440. Age And Lifespan
  441. Development And Prosperity
  442. Delving Deep
  443. Actions And Deeds
  444. Dealings
  445. Blindness And The Blind
  446. The Obstinate
  447. Descent And Lineage
  448. Violence
  449. That Which Is Of No Concern
  450. The Crooked
  451. Habit
  452. Resurrection And The Hour
  453. The Masses
  454. Assistance
  455. Seeking Assistance
  456. Succor
  457. Keeping Promises And Fulfilling Pledges
  458. Flaws And Faults
  459. Taunting
  460. Lifestyle
  461. Lowering The Gaze
  462. Seeing
  463. Helper
  464. Inarticulateness
  465. Outcome
  466. The Enviable
  467. The Deceived
  468. Imbecility
  469. Treachery
  470. Delusion
  471. Usurpation
  472. Anger
  473. Seeking Forgiveness
  474. Negligence
  475. The Negligent
  476. The Victor And The Vanquished
  477. Fighting
  478. Mistake
  479. Betrayal
  480. Rancor And Perfidy
  481. Grief
  482. Being Independent Of Others
  483. Affluence And The Rich
  484. Coming To The Aid Of The Aggrieved
  485. Backbiting
  486. The Unseen
  487. Sense Of Honour And Possessiveness
  488. Deviation From The Right Path
  489. The Utmost
  490. Being Optimistic
  491. Unrest
  492. The One Who Is Enthralled
  493. Chivalry
  494. Wickedness And Immorality
  495. Obscenity
  496. Pride And Boasting
  497. Relief And Waiting For Relief
  498. Happiness And Joy
  499. Fleeing To Allah
  500. Opportunity And Its Loss
  501. The Obligatory And Recommended Acts
  502. Neglect
  503. Idleness
  504. Separation And Isolation
  505. Fabrication Of Lies
  506. Corruption
  507. Indolence And Lassitude
  508. Ignominy
  509. Virtues And Vices
  510. The Superfluous
  511. Astuteness
  512. Loss
  513. Poverty
  514. The Pauper
  515. The Learned Scholars
  516. Thinking And The Thinker
  517. Successfulness
  518. Leaving The Matter To Allah
  519. Understanding
  520. Graves
  521. Facing Issues
  522. Turning Towards Allah
  523. Martyrdom In The Way of Allah
  524. Plunging In
  525. Power And Might
  526. Status And Worth
  527. Undertaking
  528. To Follow
  529. The Qur’an
  530. The Near One
  531. Attaining Nearness To Allah
  532. Admission And Confession Of One’s Sins
  533. Lending To Allah
  534. Knocking The Door
  535. The [Allotted] Share
  536. Hard-Heartedness
  537. Goals
  538. Moderation
  539. One Who Is Neglectful And Falls Short
  540. Retaliation
  541. Divine Decree And Destiny
  542. Judges
  543. Being Cut Off From Allah
  544. Sitting Back
  545. Emulation
  546. The Heart
  547. Little
  548. The Least
  549. Being Less
  550. Qunut (Raising Hands In Supplication)
  551. Despair
  552. Contentment And The Contented
  553. Acquisitions
  554. Speech And Speaking
  555. Steadfastness
  556. Establishing The Command Of Allah
  557. The Strong
  558. Arrogance
  559. The Arrogant One
  560. The Book And Writing
  561. Secrecy
  562. Loquaciousness
  563. Amassing [Wealth]
  564. Lying
  565. The Liar
  566. Nobleness And Munificence
  567. The Noble -Minded And Munificent
  568. High Esteem
  569. Noble Traits & Deeds
  570. The Disliked
  571. Earnings
  572. Laziness And The Lazy
  573. Revealing & Removing Distress
  574. Suppressing Anger
  575. Ingratitude
  576. The Disbeliever
  577. Disbelief
  578. Restraint
  579. Sufficiency
  580. Recompense
  581. Competence
  582. Duty
  583. The Speaker
  584. The Ideal One
  585. Perfection
  586. Plots
  587. The Sagacious
  588. There Is No God But Allah
  589. Vileness
  590. The Vile
  591. Confusion
  592. Milk
  593. The Stubborn
  594. Stubbornness
  595. Importunity
  596. Important Events
  597. Insults
  598. Pleasure And Delight
  599. The Tongue
  600. Courteousness
  601. Vain Talk
  602. Meeting
  603. Meeting Allah
  604. Hinting
  605. Reproach, Reprimand And Censure
  606. Amusement
  607. Night And Day
  608. Gentleness And Softness
  609. Distinction
  610. Tribulations
  611. Praise And Extolment
  612. The Human Being
  613. Magnanimity
  614. Sickness
  615. Disputation And Argument
  616. Joking
  617. Walking
  618. Delay
  619. Scheming
  620. The Devising Of Allah
  621. The Schemer And Plotter
  622. Flattery
  623. Kings And Rulers
  624. Mālik Al-Ashtar
  625. Angels
  626. The Slave
  627. Disposition
  628. One Who Is Fed-Up
  629. Irritation
  630. The Inaccessible
  631. To Put [Others] Under Obligation
  632. Death
  633. The Dead
  634. Wealth And Riches
  635. Inclination
  636. Nobility And The Noble
  637. Attentiveness
  638. Prophets, Messengers And Imams
  639. Success, Prosperity And Salvation
  640. Helping And Seeking Help
  641. Secret Conversation
  642. Remorse And Regret
  643. The Remorseful
  644. Warning
  645. Dispute
  646. The Home
  647. Remaining Pure And Free From Sin
  648. Outing
  649. The Devotee
  650. Women
  651. Forgetting Allah
  652. Sincere Advice
  653. Supporting The Truth
  654. Supporting Falsehood
  655. Seeking Support
  656. One Whose Supporter Is Allah
  657. Seeking Justice
  658. Equity
  659. The Equitable
  660. The Viewed
  661. Being Systematic In Work
  662. Blessing
  663. Trouble
  664. Aversion
  665. The Soul And Holding It To Account
  666. Giving And Withholding Charity
  667. Hypocrisy
  668. The Hypocrite
  669. Deficiency
  670. The Deficient
  671. Revenge
  672. Divine Wrath
  673. The Defaulters, The Iniquitous And The Transgressors
  674. Marriages
  675. Talebearing
  676. People
  677. Sleep
  678. Deputyship
  679. Obtainment
  680. Intention
  681. Reliance On Allah
  682. Attainment
  683. Pain
  684. Affection And Friendship
  685. Piety
  686. Financial Support
  687. Tattletale
  688. Getting Connected To Allah
  689. Establishing Ties And Relations
  690. Humility
  691. Homeland
  692. Admonition
  693. God-Given Success
  694. Agreement
  695. Shamelessness And The Shameless
  696. Impudence
  697. Reverence
  698. Precautionary Dissimulation
  699. God-Wariness
  700. The God-Wary And Godfearing People
  701. Putting Trust In Allah
  702. The Child
  703. The Close Friends And Lovers Of Allah
  704. Lethargy
  705. The Grant
  706. Delusion
  707. Suspicion
  708. True Guidance From Allah
  709. Gifts
  710. Idle Talk
  711. Joking
  712. The Causes Of Downfall And Ruin
  713. The Scandal-Monger
  714. Endeavours
  715. Irresponsibility
  716. The Frightful
  717. Disdain
  718. Vain Desire
  719. Dread And Awe
  720. Loss Of Hope
  721. Orphans
  722. Alertness And Vigilance
  723. Certitude