Can you provide the reference and Arabic of this please:

Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah) said: “Conceal your hardship so much so the people presume you are blessed and have an easy life”



Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has cited this statement of Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah).

Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah) said: “The true beauty of man lies in three things: “Concealing poverty so much that others mistaken your abstention from begging as affluence, restraining anger so much that others perceive that you are happy and enduring and concealing hardship so much that people think you are living in comfort.”

(Manaqibush Shafi’i, vol. 2 pg. 188)


Kindly find the Arabic text below.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar



التخريج من المصادر العربية

مناقب الشافعي للبيهقي: (٢/ ١٨٨)
قال: وقال محمد بن إدريس الشافعي: جَوهَرُ المرءِ في خِلالٍ ثلاثٍ: كِتْمانُ الفَقْرِ حتى يَظُنَّ الناسُ مِنْ عِفَّتِكَ أنَّكَ غَنِيٌّ، وكِتْمانُ الغَضَبِ حتى يظنَّ الناسُ أنك راضٍ، وكِتْمانُ الشِّدَّةِ حتى يظن الناس أنك مُتَنَعِّمٌ.