Pliability - Page 1

142 - المُداهَنةُ


724 - مُداهَنَةُ أهلِ المَعاصي‏

724. Flattering the Transgressors

(وَدُّوا لَوْ تُدْهِنُ فَيُدهِنُونَ) .2

"Who are eager that you should be pliable, so that they may be pliable [towards you]." 3

2252.الإمامُ الباقرُ عليه السلام : أوحَى اللَّهُ تعالى‏ إلى‏ شُعَيبٍ النبيِّ : إنّي مُعَذِّبٌ مِن قومِكَ مائَةَ ألفٍ : أربعينَ ألفاً مِن شِرارِهِم وسِتّينَ ألفاً مِن خِيارِهم ، فقالَ : يا ربِّ ، هؤلاءِ الأشرارُ فما بالُ الأخيارِ ؟! فَأوحَى اللَّهُ عزّوجلّ إلَيهِ : داهَنوا أهلَ المعاصِي فلَم يَغضَبُوا لِغَضَبِي .4

2252.Imam al-Baqir (AS) said, 'Allah revealed to Prophet Shuayb 5 , 'Verily I am punishing one hundred thousand members of your community: forty thousand from among the evil doers and sixty thousand from among the good doers.' He said, 'My Lord, evil doers fine, but what about the good doers?' Then Allah, Mighty and Exalted, revealed to him, 'They were pliable with the transgressors and did not express any anger at what angers Me'.' 6

2253.الإمامُ عليٌّ عليه السلام : شَرُّ إخوانِكَ مَن داهَنَكَ في نفسِكَ وساتَرَكَ عَيبَكَ .7

2253.Imam Ali (AS) said, 'The worst of your brothers is he who flatters you and conceals [from you] your faults.' 8

2254.الإمامُ عليٌّ عليه السلام : مَن داهَنَ نفسَهُ هَجَمَت بهِ على المعاصِي المُحَرَّمَةِ .9

2254.Imam Ali (AS) said, 'Whoever flatters himself trespasses into the forbidden transgressions.' 10

1.Translator's Note: The word mudahana in Arabic has no exact English equivalent, and can be translated with two or three English words depending on the context it is used in. It denotes 'pliability', 'flattery' or 'sycophancy'. In the text it has been translated differently in its different contexts in order to best convey the meaning of the traditions, though the title has been kept as 'pliability' because of its most general implication.

2.القلم : ۹ .

3.Qur'an ۶۸:۹

4.مشكاة الأنوار : ۱۰۴ / ۲۳۸ .

5.Known as Jethro - Prophet Moses's father-in-law - in the biblical tradition (ed.)

6.Mishkat al-Anwar, no. ۵۱

7.غرر الحكم : ۵۷۲۵ .

8.Ghurar al-Hikam, no. ۵۷۲۵

9.غرر الحكم : ۹۰۲۲ .

10.Ibid. no. ۹۰۲۲

Page From 2