The Gulistan of Sa’di

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

Story 2

Two sons of amirs were in Egypt, the one acquiring science, the other accumulating wealth, till the former became the ullemma of the period and the other the prince of Egypt; whereon the rich man looked with contempt upon the faqih and said: ’I have reached the sultanate whilst thou hast remained in poverty as before.’ He replied: ’O brother, I am bound to be grateful to the most high Creator for having obtained the inheritance of prophets whilst thou hast attained the inheritance of Pharaoh and of Haman, namely the kingdom of Egypt.’

I am that ant which is trodden under foot

Not that wasp, the pain of whose sting causes lament.

How shall I give due thanks for the blessing

That I do not possess the strength of injuring mankind?


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Chicago: Sheikh Muslih-uddin Sa'di Shirazi, "Story 2," The Gulistan of Sa’di Original Sources, accessed February 4, 2023,

MLA: Shirazi, Sheikh Muslih-uddin Sa'di. "Story 2." The Gulistan of Sa’di, Original Sources. 4 Feb. 2023.

Harvard: Shirazi, SM, 'Story 2' in The Gulistan of Sa’di. Original Sources, retrieved 4 February 2023, from