The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘The most scarce (rare) things at the end of time will be a trustworthy brother and a legitimately (legally) earned dirham.’
Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘Brothers are of three [kinds]: one, like food, is needed all the time and he is the wise [friend]. Another is similar to disease, and this is the fool. And the third is like medicine, and this is the tactful (thoughtful ) [friend].’
Imam al-Baqir (AS) said, ‘Do not take for brothers or companions: the fool, the miserly (not generous), the coward, and the liar.’
The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘When one of you takes a brother, he must ask him his name, his father’s name, his tribe and his address. This is part of true brotherhood; otherwise it is a foolish amity (friendship).’
Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, 'A fool can never be chief (head).’
Imam al-`Aaskari (AS) said, 'Verily … courage has a limit, which when overstepped becomes foolhardiness (lack of common sense).’
Someone once came to one of the Imam (AS) complaining about a man who was wronging him. The Imam (AS) replied, 'Be patient with him.’ The man retorted (showed anger), 'But people are taking me for a disgraced fool.’ The Imam replied, 'The disgraced one is actually the one who wrongs others.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The one who pries (interferes) into others’ faults, disapproves of them, and then adopts them for himself, is truly a fool.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The one who pries into the faults of people, rebukes (reprimands) them and then adopts those faults himself is truly a fool.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Foolishness is the worst disease.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The greatest poverty is foolishness.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘A person does not ruin his enemy worse than a fool ruins himself.’
Prophet Jesus (AS) when asked about the traits (qualities) of the fool; said, ‘He is one who is proud of himself and his own opinion, who sees all good traits as coming from himself and sees no one better than himself, who has decided that all rights are his and others have no right over him, so this is the fool for whom there is no cure for his disease.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The foolishness of a man is recognised by three things: idle talk, answering something he was not asked, and being careless in matters.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Among the signs of the fool is his profusely (abundantly) whimsical (unusual) nature.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Do not refute (prove false) everything that people say to you for that is enough to classify you as foolish.’
Imam Zayn al-Abidin (AS) in his counsel to his son al-Baqir (AS) said, ‘My son, beware of taking a fool as a companion or mingling (mixing) with him; keep away from him and do not converse with him for verily the fool is a lowly person whether he is absent or present. When he talks he exposes his foolishness and when he is silent he displays his inability to express himself. If he acts he spoils and when he is given responsibility he fails it. His own knowledge does not suffice him and others’ knowledge is of no benefit to him, he does not follow the one who advises him, his associates do not find rest [from him], his mother wishes to be bereaved (deprived) of him, his wife wishes to lose him, his neighbor wishes to live far from him and the one who sits with him would rather be absent from his company. If he is the lowest [in status] in the gathering he abases (humiliates) those above him and if he is the highest of them he denigrates (put down) the others.’
Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘The one who does not refrain from the friendship of a fool will soon adopt his character.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The most foolish of people is the one who thinks that he is the most intelligent.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The most foolish of people is the one who prevents goodness but expects thanks, and he commits evil and expects the reward of good.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The most foolish of people is he who rebukes (reprimands) others for their vices (immoral or wicked behaviors) while he possesses the same.’
Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘Maintaining silence with the fool is the best response.’
It is narrated in the tradition recounting the Prophet’s Ascension (the act of rising) to the Heavens (al-mi`araj) that Allah addresses the Prophet (SAWA) saying, ‘O Ahmad, Verily the good people and the people worthy of a good Hereafter have gentle countenances (support, or encourage) and much modesty, they possess little foolishness, they are of much benefit and they are seldom deceptive. People are at ease when with them whereas their souls are exhausted on account of them. Their words are balanced; they take account of their souls and exhaust them [through making them perform good]. Their eyes sleep but their hearts do not, their eyes weep and their hearts are remembering (Allah SWT). When people are recorded as being neglectful, they are recorded amongst the remembering ones … Nothing preoccupies them from Allah for a split second. They do not desire much food, neither wish to speak much nor have many clothes. According to them, people are dead and Allah is the Living One, the All-Sustainer.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Take of knowledge whatever seems good to you, but beware of seeking knowledge for four reasons in order that you may contend (compete) with the scholars, or in order to wrangle (argue) with foolish people, or that you may show off with it in gatherings, or in order that people may look up to you to lead them.’
The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘The ambition (objective) of knowledgeable people is greater awareness, whereas the ambition of fools is telling stories.’
The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘There are two types of modesty (simplicity, moderation, freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc.); modesty springing from the intellect, and a sense of shame arising from foolishness. As for the modesty of the intellect, it is knowledge, and as for the shame from foolishness, it is ignorance.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘One who is ashamed of speaking the truth is a fool.’
The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘The best of my community are those who when treated foolishly; are tolerant, and when attacked; they forgive, and when they are hurt; are patient.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, condemning those who follow Satan, 'They have taken Satan as the controller of their affairs, and he has in turn adopted them as his partners. He has laid eggs and hatched them in their bosoms (the breast of a human being), and creeps (moves slowly) and crawls onto their laps, until he sees through their eyes and speaks with their tongues. Thus does he lead them to commit errors and glamorizes their own foolish deeds to them, like the act of one whom Satan has made partner in his domain (area), speaking lies through his tongue.’
Imam al-Rida (AS) said, ‘He who seeks forgiveness with his tongue but does not feel remorse (regret) in his heart has fooled himself.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Self-admiration is foolishness.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘None but a man possessing three virtues (qualities) is worthy of sitting in the main seat in an assembly: he who answers when asked, speaks when others are not able to, and provides the counsel which is best for his people. He who does not possess any of these and sits there is certainly a fool.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The ambition (objective) of the foolish is to report [traditions] whereas the ambition of the scholars is to understand the traditions.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Vitality (power to live or grow) has ten parts, nine of which lie in silence except for the remembrance of Allah, and one part of which lies in abandoning the company of fools.’
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The transient (not permanent) world is the booty (treasure) of the foolish.’

Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Being happy with the world is foolishness.’ 

Imam Ali (AS) said: "If you like to remain safe, then keep away from the companionship of a foolish person.”

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