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Wise Words from Imam Shafi'i

 

diwan shafii

No sadness lasts forever, nor any felicity

 

Nor any state of poverty or one of luxury.

 

If you are the owner of a heart that is content

 

Then you and one who owns the whole world are equal.

 

                                                           — Imam Al-Shafi‘i

 

 

 

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Note:  The Arabic quote above is written in Maghribi style script, which actually writes the Qaf (ق) with one dot on top and the Fa (ف) with a dot on the bottom!  This was a relatively common practice with this older style script, and can even be found in the Quranic calligraphy on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

 

Here is another example of this type of script, vs. the standardized Arabic script we are more familiar with in modern times using a passage from Surat al-Baqarah.  Can you read both styles?

 

 modern day script

 

maghribi script

 

 

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Comments 2

Guest
Guest - Abu Rayyan (website) on Friday, 22 November 2013 03:41

السلام عليكم

Is it suppose to be قنوع instead of فنوع ؟

السلام عليكم Is it suppose to be قنوع instead of فنوع ؟
Guest
Guest - Shazia on Friday, 22 November 2013 18:10

wa alaykum as salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Good eye and good question! The word is indeed قنوع with a Qaf, however if you notice, in this type of khat (calligraphy), the Qaf is written with one dot on top, while the Fa is written with a dot on the bottom! I have heard that this is the norm in the relatively older Maghribi script, and it is even written this way multiple times in the calligraphy on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

I will add a note about this, as well as another example of this type of difference in 'font' to the post above, inshaAllah

wa alaykum as salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, Good eye and good question! :) The word is indeed قنوع with a Qaf, however if you notice, in this type of khat (calligraphy), the Qaf is written with one dot on top, while the Fa is written with a dot on the bottom! I have heard that this is the norm in the relatively older Maghribi script, and it is even written this way multiple times in the calligraphy on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. I will add a note about this, as well as another example of this type of difference in 'font' to the post above, inshaAllah :)
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