What did Al-Jahiz say about winter? And how misers use logic in defense of miserliness?

Video duration 24 minutes 30 seconds

An episode of “Reflections” program (4/1/2022) dealt with Al-Jahiz’s saying about winter, and an argument that took place between him and a miser, in addition to many other paragraphs.

Al-Jahiz said, “Winter for the people is the dog of the dog, and the enemy is present, he prepares for it as he prepares for the army, and prepares for it as he prepares for burning and drowning.”

Al-Thalabi said, “Winter is a torment, calamity, punishment, and calamity, in which the air thickens and water becomes hard for it, and the poor are stoned. What do you think of what shrivels faces, blinds the eyes, waters the noses, changes colours, peels the bodies, and kills many animals. How many days of his land are like shiny bottles, Its air is like stinging wasps, and the night separates between the dog and its kitten, the lion and its roar, the bird and its hiss, and the water and its purr.”

Miser pleading for miserliness

Al-Jahiz conveyed to us, “I said: For a man you accept that Abdullah is called miserly? He said: May God not punish me with this name.

I said: How? He said: So-and-so is not said to be miserly unless he has money, so hand over the money to me, and call me by any name you wish.

I said: It is also not said so-and-so is generous, except that he has money, for this name combines praise and money, and the name of miserliness combines money and slander, so you have chosen the lesser of them and the weakest of them.

He said: There is a difference between them. I said: Here it is. He said: In their saying is miserly a confirmation of the establishment of money in his possession, and in their saying generous is information about money leaving his possession. And the name of the miser is a name that contains memorization and slander, and the name of the generous is a name that contains waste and praise. Money is bright, useful, honorable to its family, comforter, praise is wind and mockery, and your listening to it is weakness and arrogance. And what is the least singing of praise, and God, for him, if his stomach is hungry, and his skin is bare, and his children are lost, and those who envied him rejoice over him.”

The “Reflections” episode included a variety of paragraphs, including: the origin of the word, linguistic anecdotes, the verses of the verses, a story like, the public eloquence, linguistic reflections, and pauses, as it was introduced to the dean of Arabic literature, Taha Hussein.

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