Category: Cultural

THE EPIC OF SHAHNAMEH FERDOWSI: Chapter 10-The Return of Kai Khosrow

This is the translation of one of the world’s greatest masterpieces The Epic of Shahnameh Ferdowsi (The Epic of Kings: Hero Tales of Ancient Persia) created by Hakim Abol-Ghasem Ferdowsi Toosi (940-1020) World famous Persian (Iranian) poet Chapter 10The Return of Kai Khosrow In a little time it came about that there was born unto Ferangis, in the house of Piran, a son of the race of Saiawush. And Piran, when he had seen the […]

FESTIVAL OF ZAYESHMEHR (YALDA)

IRANIAN TRADITIONS & BELIEFS FESTIVAL OF ZAYESHMEHR (YALDA) The Birth of God Mithra & Significance of Winter Solstice in Iranian Culture & Heritage Zayeshmehr* which is known as Yalda and Shab-e Cheleh in Persian is celebrated on the eve of the first day of the winter (December 21-22) in the Iranian calendar, which falls on the Winter Solstice and forty days before the next major Iranian festival “Jashn-e Sadeh (fire festival)”. As the longest night […]

Gulestan Of Saadi : Ch 01 The Manner Of Kings ( Story 23-24 )

Ch 01 Manner of Kings Story 23-24 Persian Language & Literature “Gulestan” Saadi Shirazi, Sheikh Mosleh al-Din CHAPTER I – THE MANNERS OF KINGS Story 23One of the servants of Umrulais had fled but some men, having been sent in pursuit, brought him back. The vezier who bore a grudge towards him desired him to be killed that the other servants may not imitate his example. He placed his head on the ground before Umrulais […]

To Honor Hafiz: On the Occasion of October 12 as Hafiz Day

  Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Shīrāzī (Persian: خواجه شمس‌‌الدین محمد حافظ شیرازی‎‎), known by his pen name Hafez (حافظ Hāfiz; 1325/26–1389/90), was a Persian poet who “laud[ed] the joys of love and wine [but] also targeted religious hypocrisy”.His collected works are regarded as a pinnacle of Persian literature and are to be found in the homes of most people in Iran, who learn his poems by heart and use them as proverbs and sayings to […]

A Wise Sayings of Imam Jafar al-Sadiq(AS)

The 6th Imam, Ja’far Ibn Muhammad As-Sadiq < The Truthful > (as) was Born in Madinah on 17th Rabiul Awwal 83 Hijiri (23.4.702 AD). Died in Madinah on 25th Shawwal, 148 Hijri (7.12.765 AD) at the age of 65. Period of Imamate 34 years. He has wise sayings and rare words. They raise the good souls to the classes of angels and lead people to the virtue and happiness when they use and consider them carefully.    * […]

Festival of Tiragan

  The festival of Tiragan is observed on July 1st, and it is primarily a rain festival and it is one of the three most widely celebrated feasts (along with Mihregan and Norooz) amongst Iranian peoples. Tir in modern Persian,; Tishtar in Middle Persian or Pahlavi; and Avestan Tishtrya, is the Yazad presiding over the Star Sirius, brightest star in the sky, and of rain, and thus Tir Yazad especially invoked to enhance harvest and […]

Gulestan Of Saadi : Ch 01 The Manner Of Kings ( Story 20-22 )

Gulestan Of Saadi : Ch 01 The Manner Of Kings ( Story 20-22 ) Persian Language & Literature “Gulestan”Saadi Shirazi, Sheikh Mosleh al-Din CHAPTER I – THE MANNERS OF KINGS Story 20 I heard that an oppressor ruined the habitations of the subjects to fill the treasury of the sultan, unmindful of the maxim of philosophers, who have said: “Who offends God the most high to gain the heart of a created being, God will […]

How to Understand Mawlana Rumi

  The best way to understand the great Muslim poet of the 13th century C. E., Mawlânâ Jalâluddîn Muhammad Balkhî-ye Rûmî (qaddasa ‘llâhu sirra-hu), is to know that the inward meaning of all of his verses and poems is faithful to the revelation of the Qur’ân and to the Traditions [Ahâdîth] of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallà ‘llâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam). He stated this clearly in a quatrain:I am the servant of the Qur’ân [man banda-yé […]

The Birthday Anniversary of Imam Husain (A.S), Imam Ali Al-Sajjad (AS) and Hazrat Abbas (AS)

  The Birthday Anniversary of Imam Husain (A.S), who was born on the 3rd of Shaban, 4 A.H. (626 AD); Imam Ali Al-Sajjad (AS) who was born on the 5th of Shaban, 38 AH (660 AD) and Hazrat Abbas (AS) who was born on the 4th of Shaban, 26 AH (648 AD) Imam Hussain (AS) The first celebrative Islamic occasion of the glorious month of Shabaan is the birth-anniversary of our 3rd Infallible Imam and […]

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (part 9)

  THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM Written 1120 A.C.E.Translated by Edward FitzGerald For in and out, above, about, below,‘Tis nothing but a Magic Shadowshow, Play’d in a Box whose Candle is the Sun,Round which we Phantom Figures come and go.***** And if the Wine you drink, the Lip you press,End in the Nothing all Things end in – Yes – Then fancy while Thou art, Thou art but whatThou shalt be – Nothing – Thou shalt […]

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