The Gulistan of Sa’di

Author: Sheikh Muslih-uddin Sa'di Shirazi  | Date: 1258

Story 13

A man used to shout superfluous calls to prayers in the mosque of Sinjar and in a voice which displeased all who heard it. The owner of the mosque, who was a just and virtuous amir, not desirous to give him pain, said: ’My good fellow, in this mosque there are old muezzins’ to each of whom I pay five dinars monthly but to thee I shall give ten, if thou wilt go to another place.’ The man agreed and went away. Some time afterwards however, he returned to the amir and said: ’My lord, thou hast injured me by turning me away for ten dinars from this place because where I next went they offered me twenty dinars to go to another locality but I refused.’ The amir smiled and said: ’By no means accept them because will give thee even fifty dinars.’

No one can scrape the mud from gravel with an axe

As thy discordant shouting scrapes the heart.


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Chicago: Sheikh Muslih-uddin Sa'di Shirazi, "Story 13," The Gulistan of Sa’di Original Sources, accessed May 27, 2022,

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