Request for Abu Hasan

Discussion in 'Poetry' started by muslimobserver, Mar 2, 2006.

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  1. Jazakallah Sidi,

    Could you please more by the imam. It will benefit everyone.

    Also, i'm looking for something specific like on wisedom, planning..

  2. abu Hasan

    abu Hasan Administrator

    akhī lan tanāla’l ílma illā bi sittatin
    sa unbīka án tafşīlihā bi bayāni
    dhakāyin wa ĥirşin wa’jtihādin wa bulghatin
    wa şuĥbati ustādhin wa ţūli zamāni

    literal translation:
    my brother! you shall not attain knowledge without six [things]
    and here i explain them to you clearly:
    a keen intellect, an insatiable apetite [for knowledge],
    diligence and sufficient means;
    the company of a teacher and a very long time to spend.

    in verse:
    six they are, without which, knowledge cannot be gained
    hearken this o brother of mine, clearly ’tis explained
    intellect, a greed to learn; and zeal, when means obtained
    and then a master’s company, a lengthy time remained

    [Dīwān ash-Shāfiýī p.378; Mirātu’l Jinān 2/26; Al-Mustaţraf 1/53]
  3. salaamu alaykum,

    Sidi, could you please post some of the words of wisedom by Imam al-Shafi. Sometime ago you translated some of his poems and posted but i couldn't locate it on the internet.


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