Zahirod-din Tahir Bin Mohammad
Al-Faryaabi was born around 950 years ago in Paryaab, which in Arabic
pronounced as Faryaab (Arabic has no sound for ‘P’ replaced by ‘F’), a
city in eastern regions of Khorasan. His elementary education took
in his birth city but his higher education for six years commenced in
Nayshaboor, Iran. Apparently he was a prodigy of his time.
He made his living by writing
praises for kings and governors and indulged himself, by his own
admittance with no shame whatsoever, in pleasures of life. His general
conduct and ethics has left a little to be desired and again he was not
hiding anything and was very honest about his vices.
He is a perfect example for
today’s Muslim writers and poets. Let a man indulge out of weakness or
wickedness in pleasures of life, but in the moment the pen touches the
paper, let Iman (faith) focus into a laser beam and blind his eyes,
the words and poems into the hearts.
In this day and age especially
in the west, a man cannot be perfect in all aspects of his Islamic
religion. He must accept, beyond any false pretense, that he is
negligent at times and must focus all spiritual energy into few moments
when he performs his art.
For this reason I have decided
to use the artwork from Pinocchio! This doll strived hard to transform
his wooden body from under the control of other men into a real
boy. Faryaabi, myself, and yes you! The reader must leave our current
personalities behind and strive hard like Pinocchio against all the
mistakes made in Pleasure Island and seek the sanctuary of our Creator.
For those of you whom do not share
this view, please leave my web pages alone, go somewhere else and admire your arrogant self.
A Tent Upon the Flames