Kulliyyat-i Saʽdi by the famous Persian poet Saadi Shirazi was registered on Iran Memory of the World list in 2015.
Born in Shiraz in thirteenth century, Saadi, is the master among Persians. He is known as the master of speech because of his deftness in language and use of words. He wrote two books: Bustan means “Orchard” covering large number of anecdotes and stories about love, justice, education, praying etc. The second one is Golestan, means “The Rose Garden”, an alpine piece of work in Persian literature. The book heavily influenced the other Persian poets as well as the Western scholars such as the German romantic writer, Goethe.
Of what use will be a dish of roses to thee?
Take a leaf from my rose-garden.
A flower endures but five or six days
But this rose-garden is always delightful.
Saadi is well known for his aphorisms, the most famous of which, Bani Adam, is part of the Gulistan. In a delicate way it calls for breaking down all barriers between human beings
"The children of Adam are the members of each other,
and are from the same essence in their creation.
When the conditions of the time hurt one of these members,
other members will suffer from discomfort.
If you are indifferent to the misery of others,
it is not fitting that they should call you a human being."
Saadi's global and historical reputation is due to his charming expression, simple literature and poetry that are pleasing to all the world. Numerous handwritten versions of his work and numerous translations into various languages attest to this. A very valuable manuscript of Saadi's cliques, which was collected about five years after his death and is now available in the National Museum of Iran, is on the Iran UNESCO Memory of the World.
Tomb of Saadi
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