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Proverb of the day: It’s better to attend a funeral than arrange a marriage امشي في جنازة ولا تمشى في جوازة

It’s better to attend a funeral than arrange a marriage

Ahram Online , Tuesday 25 Aug 2015
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امشي في جنازة ولا تمشى في جوازة 

Emshi fe ganaza wa la temshi fi gawaza

Translation: It’s better to attend a funeral than arrange a marriage.

Meaning: This saying warns of the long term problems that can arise from arranging a marriage or setting two people up. Unlike a wedding, a funeral requires you to simply pay your respects and leave. But if you get involved in someone’s marriage then you may get dragged into the couple’s future conflicts.
 

Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha,

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

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