Thursday, 22 August, 2019

21th of April is Commemoration of a World-renowned Scholar: Saadi Shirazi

Abū-Muhammad Muslih al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī, Saadi Shirazi, better known by his pen-name as Saʿdī or simply Saadi, was one of the major Persian poets of the medieval period. He is not only famous in Persian-speaking countries, but has also been quoted in western sources. He is recognized for the quality of his writings and for the depth of his social and moral thoughts. He is widely recognized as one of the most prominent and greatest poets of the classical literary tradition.

 

His best known works are Bostan (The Orchard) completed in 1257 and Gulistan (The Rose Garden) in 1258.[5] Bostan is entirely in verse (epic meter) and consists of stories aptly illustrating the standard virtues recommended to Muslims (justice, liberality, modesty, contentment) as well as of reflections on the behavior of dervishes and their ecstatic practices. Gulistan is mainly in prose and contains stories and personal anecdotes. The text is interspersed with a variety of short poems, containing aphorisms, advice, and humorous reflections.

 

He is also famous for his aphorism such as:

“The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.”

“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.”

“I fear God and next to God I mostly fear them that fear him not.”

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