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World Day of Arabic Language: Egypt 2016

 
In commemoration of the World Day of Arabic Language, Egypt issued in 2016 three stamps featuring Arabic calligraphic art with a poem of the famous Muslim scholar,  al-ُmam Al-Shafi’ (767 – 820 A.D.). The text can translate to:
If you want to live safe from harm ***, with good fortune and preserved honor
Your tongue should never mention the flaws of others *** For you are full of flaws and people have tongues
 
Arabic language Day 2016
Arabic language Day 2016
 
The original text in Arabic:
إذا شئت أن تحيا سليما من الأذى *** وحظك موفور وعرضك صيـّن
لسانك لا تذكر به عورة أمـــريء *** فكلك عورات وللناس ألســن

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