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Following Through on a Request
10/2/2013 3:41:02 PM

By Hakim Abdul-Ali 

It’s an honor to be able to write and share my thoughts, vibes, opinions and critical assessments on various topics with you and others through the medium of this respected African-American weekly newspaper called “The Charleston Chronicle.”

It’s especially humbling and gratifying when readers of my column approach me after having read my views (and those of the other illustrious “Chronicle” reporters, writers and columnists) offering their own candid comments, approvals and rebuttals.

The readers and supporters of “The Chronicle” and all of our nation’s dedicated Black press appreciate these (and your) opinions and your much needed support.

Thanks in advance for your loyal support over the years, and that brings me to where I am now with my topic for today. I ran into an Afro-American sister at a store last week, who asked me to write another column about and along the lines of an earlier piece that I hadn’t written in “The Chronicle” entitled “Quotable Guides.”

It appeared in the April 24, 2013, issue of “The Chronicle.” The article basically dealt with the healing power of some wisdom that came from my personal study and extensive readings and reflections in African, Eastern and Oriental religious and philosophical sayings and thought patterns.

The sister apparently was going through some hard times when she picked up the edition of that newspaper. She seemed fixated on some of the poignant idioms in the article from those, oftentimes, forgotten spiritual sectors of the “hue-manity,” clearly understanding that “knowledge is powerful,” no matter where it comes from.

As she read the sayings, they helped her look at some of the problems she was facing and tried to deal with in a new light. Of course, that made me feel good because she got something out of an article that I’d written, and she felt good about herself in resolving some of her problems.

So here, after much thought and presented in a somewhat different format, are some more mental jewels or treasures of religious and philosophical mixing for you and the sister to read, absorb and reflect upon. I hope that you get as much wisdom out these as those that were included in the earlier “Quotable Guides’ ” article.

Please read them very, very carefully. They are as follows:

“Every moment of time carries away a part of one’s life.”
“The fruit of wisdom is peace, and the fruit of riches is fatigue.”
“Anger in debate causes the argument to be forgotten.”
“Nothing is harder for a lover than the heartlessness of the beloved.”
“Avarice and ignorance, with humility, are better than learning and liberality with pride.”
“A channel leads from one heart to another heart.”
“The friend of a king is like one that rides on a lion; men fear him, and he fears the animal on which he rides.”
“Seize the opportunity before its anger.”
“Bad morals destroy what the ancestors have built.”
“A wound inflicted by speech is more painful than a wound inflicted by the sword.”
“Keep the door closed and do not suspect thy neighbor.”
“Man is known by the place where he firmly stands, not where he was planted; by the place where he is found, not where he was born.”
“A little bitterness spoils much sweetness.”
“The beginning of anger is madness, the end penitence.”
“What is in the pot wastes, what is in the mind remains.”
“He or she who often forgets his or her teachers, does not forget what he or she has learned, and acquires what he or she does not know.”
“The tribute to learning is teaching.”
“Prudence appears in two things: in moderation when we are angry, and in forgiveness when we have the power to punish.”
“The fox favored by fortune conquers the lion favored by strength.”
“The learned knows the ignorant, for before he was learned he himself was ignorant; the ignorant, however, does not know that he was ever learned.”
“Knowledge is like a hill, hard is the ascent but easy is the descent.”
“Separation was only made to annoy lovers.”
“The bad condition of a speaker shall not hinder thee from listening to his or her words, for many a deformed mouth imparts correct knowledge. (The spiritual understanding of this phrase is: Accept the truth from whoever utters it.)”
“The hardest thing for man or a woman to know is that he or she knows himself or herself first.”
“Man and woman are the servants of time, and time is the enemy of men and women.”
“The beginning of learning is silence, next comes hearing, then writing, then work, then promulgation.”
“First think and then act.”
“Do not transact business with him or her who you adore, for his or her love will soon come to end.”
“There are many people from all walks and arenas in life, who will enter your worlds of existences appearing like ‘Little rain from a thundering cloud.’ (The spiritual understanding of this phrase is: ‘To promise much and do little.’)”
“Time consists of two days-one for thee, the other against thee.”
“I wonder that he or she, who knows that he or she must surely die, can be glad; I wonder that he or she, who knows that God (Alone) decrees all things, can be sad.”

These are only a few of the riches from the ancient global wise sayings that I hope will energize your present moments with spiritual enlightenment. Think! We all could use some comforting and judicious words that will uplift our spirits from the stressful doldrums of modernity.

I hope that you get something out of them because they apply to all of ethnic “hue-manity,” regardless of your skin color, religion or nationality. We all must follow through with our promises to be the best that we can be in this life.

As I close this article today in “Following Through on a Request,” I ask you to digest another bit of bygone acumen that’s food for thought. It says, “The wise (among the living) must regard himself or herself in this world like a sick man or woman, but not every food is fit for him or her.”

My request of and for us all is that we establish peace, respect and tolerance. In unity and with love, that’s, “As I See It.”

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