Algerian Proverb: When Someone Takes from You

اللي دالك خبالك 

Transliteration: Elli dalek khabalek

Literal translation: Whoever took from you, saved (or hid) for you.

If somebody took something or stole from you, then they are essentially hiding it, or saving it for you. The meaning of this is that when someone steals something from you, at some point and in some way you will get something back. It might not be the same thing, in fact probably it will be better. It might not be tomorrow, next week or next month. Maybe it will be a year but it will come when you need it most.

Good actions and good manners attract goodness and the same applies vice versa. Recently, a friend of mine locked her bike at a train station. When she returned to it later she found that the inner tube of her front wheel had been stolen. Someone had obviously taken it to repair a flat tyre; little did they know that they had taken it from a tyre that was also flat so they wouldn’t get very far and I hope they learnt their lesson and did not steal another inner tube.

If you take something in a manner such as this, there will be no barakah (blessings) in it and you will in some way face the consequences.

The concept of saving means that it won’t be forgotten, even if you forget about it yourself. Whenever something it taken it is saved.

You will get back what has been taken from you, in some form or another. If you have taken something from someone, then surely it is a principle of balance and something will be taken from you.

A similar concept is that of Sadaqah (charity) in Islam. If you donate money and give in charity then it will not decrease you in wealth nor in any way. In fact, if you give in charity then you will have more blessings and ease in your life.

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah (RadhiAllahu ‘anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:

“Allah said: ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.’”

[ Sahih Bukhari ]




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