At some point or the other, you're going to face criticism from other people. People who know nothing about you, your life, your marriage or your personal struggles will take it upon themselves to make comments/observations that are hurtful, inaccurate and sometimes, downright spiteful. These lines by Imam Shafi'i are as relevant today as they were when he penned them. I've written a general translation below. . . The foolish person addresses me in the ugliest way… . But I don't like to answer him . The more foolish he becomes, the more forbearing I become… . Like a stick of Oud whose sweetness increases as it's burned.