A Fox is Not Taken Twice…
I was contacted a few weeks ago by a gentleman interested in having a tattoo designed in Arabic calligraphy of an proverb he was familiar with. It seems his family had lived in Saudi Arabia and while he was there he had collected some Arabic proverbs that he considered special to him, and wanted one designed as a tattoo. Naturally, I was only happy to oblige.
The saying he chose was this, a variation on a Hadith (saying of the Prophet):
لا يلدغ المؤمن من جحره مرتين
In English we would translate that as “A fox is not taken twice in the same snare.” Literally, it reads “A believer is not stung from his hole twice.” The original Hadith, which can be found in Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 154, and is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira, reads: لا يُلدغ مؤمنٌ من جحر [واحد] مرتين, “The believer is not stung from [one] hole twice”. Thank you Sulaiman for the clarification and info!
This is the design I gave him:
And this is the final result: