Shaykh Sa’adi ash-Shirazi (q.s.) on the Blind Man Married to an Ugly Woman

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Sa’adi ash-Shirazi (q.s.) said, “A man had an ugly daughter.  He married her to a blind man because nobody else would have her.  A doctor offered to restore the blind man’s sight.  But the father would not allow him for fear that he would then divorce his daughter.  The husband of an ugly woman is best blind.

Man is ignorant, blind, as if living in sleep, drunk, not aware.  This is the situation.  This has always been so.  Many cures have been invented, many methods to awaken him.  But he resists.  So, the real problem is not ignorance but the resistance.  Ignorance can be cured, but man insists on remaining ignorant.  His eyes can be opened – the medicine exists, the doctors are there but man is not ready to open his eyes.  He is against it.”


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