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|Tomb of Sa'di from my point of view. Sheikh Mosleh-ed-Din Sa'di (1213-1292 AD), Persian poet and one of the greatest figures in classical Persian literature, admired for his blend of wisdom and kindness, and for the elegance of his verse.|
Born in Shiraz, Sa'di studied in Baghdad and later travelled widely through Anatolia, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Arabia, Iraq, and perhaps India and Central Asia. In North Africa he was held captive by the Franks and put to work in the trenches of the fortress of Tripoli.
After returning to Shiraz in the 1250s, Sa'di wrote his most famous works: the "Bustan" (The Orchard, 1257 AD), a verse collection of fables, maxims, and histories illustrating Iranian virtues (justice, liberality, modesty, contentment); and the "Golestan" (The Rose Garden, 1258 AD), a book of prose stories and anecdotes interspersed with short poems and maxims.
Sa'di took his nom de plume from the name of the local Atabeg, or prince, Sa'd ebn e Zangi.
Manifesting a deeply human understanding of life's serious predicaments, made Sa'di one of the most typical of Iranian culture and beloved poets in the world.
One of his more famous poems is used to grace the entrance to the Hall of Nations of the UN building in New York with this call for breaking all barriers:
بني آدم اعضاي يكديگرند، که در آفرينش ز يك گوهرند
چو عضوى به درد آورد روزگار، دگر عضوها را نماند قرار
تو کزمحنت دیگران بی غمی، نشاید که نامت نهند آدمی
"Of one Essence is the human race,
Thusly has Creation put the Base;
One Limb impacted is sufficient,
For all Others to feel the Mace."
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