A couplet by “Imam Shafi’i (شافعي‎)”

خاطبني السفيه بكل قبح

فأكره أن أكون له مجيبا

يزيد سفاهة فأزيد حلما

كعود زاده الإحراق طيبا

(امام شافعی رحمہ اللہ)

Just read a beautiful Arabic couplet by Imam Shafi’i and wanted to shared on my blog. There is always something valuable to learn in every word of his poetry.

– In this couplet Imam Shafi’i teaches a lesson of tolerance by giving an example of a fool, who addresses him with all the ugliness and bad manners. But Imam says, i hate to reply back to him in any such manner because his bad manners are helping me to increase in tolerance. He says, as this behavior increase the fool’s ignorance, it increase my tolerance.  As we see in sandalwood, just like when the fire burns sandalwood, it adds to the value of its fragrance increases.

Very beautifully message indeed, our tolerances gets increased once we learn to refrain ourselves from reacting in the same manners as a fool would react.  There won’t be any difference between us and the fool when we reply in the same manner as the fool does.

Peer-e-Kamil (SAW) by Umaira Ahmed

Peer-e-Kamil (پیرکامل صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم)  by Umaira Ahmed

Peer-e-Kamil (SAW) is another brilliant and inspiring books in Urdu Literature. It is among one of my most favorite novel by any female Urdu writer about religious philosophy. It is an inspiring book full of the inspiration to live a pious life in accordance with Islamic values. Indeed, a very well written book with great theme and brilliant way of writing. Of-course the construction of the story is just amazing.

Its a story of Imama Hashim, belonging to a family of Qadiyanis, a group of people who choose divergence by selling their faith for money and were considered non-believers by Islamic Law. Imama grew up in that family but feels something to be missing. She found what she was looking for in Islam to fulfil the void of her heart. Her conversion to Islam brought challenges to her life,  and faced rejection and harsh behavior of her family on her becoming a Muslim. Her family planned her wedding with her cousin who belonged to Qadiyani firqa too. It isn’t permissible for a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim, so she asks for her Muslim neighbor, Salar’s help.

It is also the story of Salar Sikandar, who has I.Q. of 150+ , a very different and complicated character, who was living a sinful perverse life, life of anyone in the world but not that of how a good Muslim should live. Getting involved in helping Imama, gave him a chance to study and examine Islam and get the chance to examine himself closely and see how sinful life he has been spending all life long.

Latter half of the book is about the time after the salutation, and hardship these characters face in life. Persistence and repentance is what makes Salar get closer to Allah(God) and leads them to love Prophet Mohammad [PBUH] and live a pious life.

The novel’s plot, facts, the scenes hence, everything was heart touching and heart shaking. It is not just a novel, it lets you examine your own life and see if the type of lives we are living are in accordance with what Allah (God) wants us to live like, or we are getting trapped in worldly desires Satan puts in our heart.

A very good book, but unfortunately not available in any other language than Urdu yet. I would recommend all Muslims who understand Urdu to read it. You all will love it Insh’Allah.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

 The Kite Runner is one of my most favorite books of all time. It is a captivating book – a book you read and feel connect with the characters. You get attached to the characters so much especially to Hassan, his innocence and unconditional love and respect he had for the “friendship”. As you read along the book, you find yourself living among the characters.

The Kite Runner is a story of Friendship between two boys of different social statues. Amir, who was the son of  a wealthy man and  Hassan who was the son of a servant. The construction of the story is mixture of a friend’s loyalty, love  and trust towards the other friend, also the betrayal in the meanwhile.

 – It is a book based in Afghanistan, a country on the verge of collapse due to the invasion of Soviet Union.  While Afghans were trying to fight of the Soviets, many among them  were trying to flee the country and Amir was one of those privileged. It is a story of one’s struggle and usage of all means to survival for himself.

 – This is the story of Amir,  whose life has been shaped by a childhood incident.  He resides in the United States and feels the guilt of betrayal of friendship deep down in his heart. His guilt led him back to his home country, Afghanistan, with hope  to correct the damage once done when he stayed silent upon witnessing his childhood friend, Hassan, who turned out to be his half-brother, being attacked and brutalized. Amir tried to redeem himself by traveling back to the home country. It was very unsafe and dangerous to travel to Afghanistan at that war time, but he did not care for any danger he would face.  Upon reaching Afghanistan, he found out about the death of Hassan and that his son was living in an orphanage. He got a second chance to make things right after so many years, and did not let go of it, this time he wouldn’t let anything bad happen to Hassan’s son. He brought Hassan’s son with him to the United States and made him a part of his family.

  – Without any doubt this is a story of tremendous amount of twists and turns. Once you get started with the book, there is no way you can think of anything else then completing the book and to know more. You feel angry at some characters but feel sorry and their pain in your heart too. At times you will even cry for them as if you have been witnessing the pains and sufferings they were going through by living between them. Once when you are done with the book, you feel like you didn’t want the book to end.

   – I would recommend this book to all of you. If you want to read a good book, this is the right book for you. You got to read this book and are definitely going to love it.

Enjoy !

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