The Gulistan of Sa’di

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

Story 30

A padshah having issued orders to kill an innocent man, the latter said: ’O king, seek not thine own injury on account of the anger thou bearest towards me.’ He asked: ’How?’ The man replied: ’This punishment will abide with me one moment but the sin of it for ever with thee.’

The period of life has passed away like the desert wind.

Bitter and sweet, ugliness and beauty have passed away.

The tyrant fanded he had done injury to us.

It remained on his neck and passed away from us.

This admonition having taken effect, the king spared his blood.


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Chicago: Sheikh Muslih-uddin Sa'di Shirazi, "Story 30," The Gulistan of Sa’di Original Sources, accessed March 29, 2023,

MLA: Shirazi, Sheikh Muslih-uddin Sa'di. "Story 30." The Gulistan of Sa’di, Original Sources. 29 Mar. 2023.

Harvard: Shirazi, SM, 'Story 30' in The Gulistan of Sa’di. Original Sources, retrieved 29 March 2023, from