For my word project, I used the word “مزخرف” which means ornate and so for the paragraph project, I did research on the word “Austere” which is the opposite of ornate. Austere also relates to a strict and disciplined life apart from “plain and boring” and the following are some of the examples I found online :
- “I went to the woods because I wished to live
deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
I wanted to live deep and suck all the marrow of life…”
— Henry David Thoreau
2. Austerity is often mistaken to be poverty, self-denial. It is neither. Austerity comes out of maturity. It is a sign of social health. Often people who practice austerity are resentful of richness. This is a very pitiable state. Such austerity is not born out of maturity but out of compulsion. The true austerity has tolerance for richness and is never resentful.
In fact, one who is mature will have pity for one who is not austere. Austerity is not against celebration and just vanity is not celebration. Celebration dawns in the spirit. Only one who is rich in spirit can practice austerity. One may be rich materially but if he is poor in spirit he can neither celebrate nor evolve. Poverty of spirit is vanity. Austerity brings freedom from the pride of vanity. But taking pride in austerity is again a vanity !
Austerity comes out of abundance, and austerity brings abundance. If you feel a lack in any area of life, immediately start austerity. Austerity not only brings freedom but nurtures sharing and caring.
I like the last one the most since it is said by an ascetic, a person who lives an austere life, about the way we must live in the Earth and I think this works very well. I am really thankful to Sarah Aweida and Latifa for helping me find a similar one in Arabic which is a Hadith. Below is the paragraph I chose for the project:
عن أبي العباس سهل بن سعد الساعدي – رضي الله عنه – قال: جاء رجل إلى النبي – صلى الله عليه وسلم –، فقال: يا رسول الله، دلني على عمل إذا عملته أحبني الله وأحبني الناس، فقال: «ازهد في الدنيا يحبك الله، وازهد فيما عند الناس يحبك الناس» . حديث حسن رواه ابن ماجه وغيره بأسانيد حسنة.