Firdousi (035-1025)

But hear an old man’s words: the heart that’s freed

From gnawing passion and ambitious greed

Looks on kings’ treasures and the dust as one;

The man who sells his brother, as you’ve done,

For this same worthless dust, will never be

Regarded as a child of purity.

The world has seen so many men like you,

And laid them low: there’s nothing you can do

But turn to God; take thought then for the way

You travel, since it leads to Judgment Day.”

Ferdowsi Hakim Abu ʾAl-Qasim(935–1025) But hear an…..

But hear an old man’s words: the heart that’s freed
From gnawing passion and ambitious greed
Looks on kings’ treasures and the dust as one;
The man who sells his brother, as you’ve done,
For this same worthless dust, will never be
Regarded as a child of purity.
The world has seen so many men like you,
And laid them low: there’s nothing you can do
But turn to God; take thought then for the way
You travel, since it leads to Judgment Day.”

Firdousi (940-1026)

Hakim Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi , a scholar of the Golden age of  Islam,  was born in 940 in Tus in Iran. He was a  well known poet and wrote in Farsi. He is best known for his  “Shahnameh” or  “Shahnama”  (The story of kings). It contains 50,000 couplets or two line verses.
Here is a sample of his work.:
 “Listen: this story’s one you ought to know,
You’ll reap the consequence of what you sow.
This fleeting world is not the world where we
Are destined to abide eternally:
And for the sake of an unworthy throne
You let the devil claim you for his own.
I’ve few days left here, I’ve no heart for war,
I cannot strive and struggle any more,
But hear an old man’s words: the heart that’s freed
From gnawing passion and ambitious greed
Looks on kings’ treasures and the dust as one;
The man who sells his brother, as you’ve done,
For this same worthless dust, will never be
Regarded as a child of purity.
The world has seen so many men like you,
And laid them low: there’s nothing you can do
But turn to God; take thought then for the way
You travel, since it leads to Judgment Day.”