Listen

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Listen to the scholar with an attentive soul
Even if his action may not appear to agree with his word

The stubborn disagree wrongly:
How can the sleeping wake the asleep?

Man must listen to advice
Even if it is written on a wall

– Shaykh Saadi rahimahu Llah –

Unsown land

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Whoever acquires knowledge and does not practice it resembles him who ploughs his land and leaves it unsown.

– Shaykh Saadi rahimahu Llah –

Sufi Poem about the Mir’aj

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Balaghal ula bikamaalihi
He [Muhammad ﷺ ] reached the highest place by his Perfection.

Kasha fad-dujaa bijamaalihi
He removed darkness by his Beauty.

Hasunat jami’u khisaalihi
Beautiful are all his Attainments

Sallu ‘alayhi wa aalihi
Send blessings to Him and his Family

This quatrain (ruba’i – Poem) was written by Shaykh Saadi Shirazi (rahimahu Llah) and is found in the introduction to his “Gulistan”. This most famous (ruba’i – Poem) written by Shaykh Saadi Shirazi (rahimahu Llah) covering the event of Mir’aj of our Beloved Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). There is a very interesting event behind this ruba’i, when Shaykh Saadi (rahimahu Llah) wrote this ruba’i he was not getting the last line which would complete the ruba’i and because of this he was not satisfied and was worried, what is lacking, why I’m not unable to complete the last line and in these thought he slept, what Shaykh Saadi (rahimahu Llah) saw was unbelievable.

He found himself at the court of our Beloved Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) surrounded by Sahaba Karam (radi Allah ‘anhum). The Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asked Shaykh Saadi (rahimahu Llah)

what happen why are u worried what has disturb you.

Shaykh Saadi (rahimahu Llah) replied

Ya Rasulullah (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) I have written a ruba’i in Your praise but I am not getting the last line.

The Beloved Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied

Read it here what have u written.

Shaykh Sadi (rahimahu Llah) read the above lines; and got stuck our Beloved Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) then completed the ruba’i by saying sallu ‘alayhi wa aalihi (Send blessings to Him and his Family).

A broken heart hides treasures…

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Intellect and love are made of different materials. Intellect ties people in knots and risks nothing, but love dissolves all tangles and risks everything. Intellect is always cautious and advises, ‘Beware too much ecstasy,’ whereas love says, ‘Oh, never mind! Take the plunge!’ Intellect does not easily break down, whereas love can effortlessly reduce itself to rubble. But treasures are hidden among ruins. A broken heart hides treasures.

– Shams-e-Tabriz rahimahu Llah –

Wash your hands of all ulterior purpose

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If you’re a lover, wash not your head of the sickness;
Like Sa’di, rather wash your hands of all ulterior purpose!
Go not upon the sea! Beware! I’ve told you –
But if you do, submit your person to the storm!

– Saadi rahimahu Llah  (1210 – 1291) –

Learning is a weapon

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People are responsible for their own transgressions, but the learned bear a greater responsibility than others because learning is a weapon.

– Shaykh Saadi rahimahu Llah –

Courage or Generosity?

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Some people asked a Sufi master,

Which is better, courage or generosity?

The Sufi master replied,

Those who are generous, have no need for courage.

– Gulistan Saadi of Shiraz rahimahu Llah –

Pearls in desert

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A man lost his way in the desert, and wandered aimlessly for several days. He ran out of food, and thought he would die. Then he saw a bag lying in the sand. He opened it, and at first he thought it was filled with grains of barley. He was overjoyed. But when he tried to eat them, he discovered they were pearls and he plunged into despair.

– Shaykh Saadi rahimahu Llah –