Shaykh Sa’adi ash-Shirazi (q.s.) on Layla & Majnun

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Sa’adi ash-Shirazi (q.s.) wrote, about Layla and Majnun:

“If the leaves on the trees ringing this glade,
Had heard what I heard of the glade’s story,
They would have lamented it with me.  Dear friends,
Say to this man who does not seem to care,
‘Love has not yet wounded you, and so
You cannot know the agony that overflows
Majnun’s heart.’  When you do, we will share our tales.
Until then, there is no point to talk of bees,
With someone who has never felt their sting.
Until we live the same experience,
Words will show you only its empty shell.”


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