Sunday, May 18, 2008

Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam was born in Nishapur, on 18 May 1048.
ای صاحب فتوی ز تو پر کارتریم
با این همه مستی ز تو هُشیار تریم
تو خون کسان خوری و ما خون رزان
انصاف بـده کـدام خونخوار تریم؟

O City Mufti, you go more astray
Than I do, though to wine I do give way;
I drink the blood of grapes, you that of men:
Which of us is the more bloodthirsty, pray?
          -- Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam,
          Trans. Edward Henry Whinfield, 1883
Answers to many of the questions in the Islamic tradition today will be found in the Islamic tradition itself if Muslims seek them there.

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