Saadi, Master of speech
You who feel no pain at the suffering of others It is not fitting for you to be called human.
Saadi Shirazi is a familiar name for every inhabitant of Iran, this ancient land; a poet who has a world wide fame and his verses are heard all over the world. This great man has a great influence on the Persian language and many of today’s proverbs are derived from his writings. The poet had gained considerable fame in his lifetime, and became known for his trips to all parts of the world.
Abū-Muhammad Muslih al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī, Saadi Shirazi, a Persian poet and writer, opened his eyes to the world in the year 606, and said farewell at 690 Ah. People know him by the titles of the Master of speech, the King of speech, his honor, and... He ended his studies in Al-Nizamiyya of Baghdad, during which the period became the most important center of science and knowledge of the Islamic world, and then he traveled to regions including Syria and Hejaz. After many voyages he returned to his homeland in Iran, where he remained to the end of his life.
His life coincided with the rule of Fars Salghuridsin Shiraz, and the Mongol invasion of Iran and the fall of many of the time states, such as Khwarazmian dynasty and Abbasid Caliphate, occurred in his lifetime.
All of the works of Saadi Shirazi, of verse and prose, are available in the book of Saadi, and among the works listed in this book, Bustan and gulistan are the most popular.