Pearls the Poem #pearlsforpearls

Ma sha Allah I'm in the final stretches of my #PearlsforPearls campaign. If you aren't quite sure what I'm talking about you can check out this short video

When I first read this quote the imagery in the language made me think it would be make for a great hand lettering project. In today's countdown graphic, I mention that the quote is an inspiration for those who are learners/seekers/students and that point is easier to grasp if you read the line in context of the rest of the poem and so I've included the entire poem* below.

Through much toil do you gain high distinction
So he who seeks learning keeps awake during the night.
You strive after glory, but then you sleep at night?

He who seeks pearls immerses himself in the sea. 

The height of (the builder's) block depends on the height of his aspirations;
a man's dignity rests on his nightly vigils.

Whosoever desires elevation without fatigue

wastes his life i the quest for the absurd. 

I have forsaken sleep at night to win Your satisfaction, O LORD of Lords.

So let me attain the acquisition of knowledge & let me reach the utmost degree of accomplishment!

- Muhammad ibn Idris Ash-Shafi'i

*The poem has been attributed elsewhere to al-Mutanabbi, probably most famously in Imam Al-Zarnuji's book Instruction of the Student. However, this particular line (and thus one would assume the accompanying poem) has been attributed to Imam Ash-Shafi'i in several sources, and Imam Ash-Shafi'i pre-dates al-Mutanabbi. I did try to track it down in the original Arabic to confirm but was unsuccessful, it is supposed to be on pg. 100 of the Diwan of Imam Ash-Shafi'i, and Allah knows best. 

If you are interested in checking out more of the content associated w. the #PearlsforPearls campaign you can see a list of sketchnotes here, and please consider supporting the campaign as well. Only 6 days left to go!


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