Tajikistan (IP) - A scientific and literary meeting was held at the National University of Tajikistan to mark Saadi Day with the participation of the Iranian ambassador, scientists, and academics of Tajikistan.

Iran PressAsia: In the official Iranian calendar, April 21 is named Saadi Commemoration Day.

Saadi Shīrāzī, better known by his pen-name Saadi, was born in 1210 and was a major Persian poet and prose writer of the medieval period. He is recognized for the quality of his writings and for the depth of his social and moral thoughts. Saadi is widely recognized as one of the greatest poets of the classical literary tradition, earning him the nickname "The Master of Speech" or "The Wordsmith" among Persian scholars. He has been quoted in the Western traditions as well. Bustan has been ranked as one of the 100 greatest books of all time by The Guardian. 

The fame of this Persian-speaking poet and writer of Iran is mostly due to his melodic, captivating and strong poetry and prose. 

The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Tajikistan, Mohammad Taghi Saberi, expressed his happiness at the opportunity to attend a gathering of Tajik intellectuals and academics and said: "Saadi is one of the leading speakers of Persian poetry and literature and is very popular among the people of the three Persian-speaking countries of Iran, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan, and for this reason, Persian speakers name Saadi as a great and distinguished figure."

The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran stated: "Saadi is a talented poet, great writer, an experienced jurist, a master commentator, a narrator with a master of hadiths, a profound mystic, a realistic idealist, an anthropologist aware of the Islamic and Iranian ethnic groups, an honest and pious advisor and in a word, the most comprehensive figure in the history of Iranian literature."

Ghabiljan Khoshvaghtzadeh, president of the Tajik National University said: "Tajiks have been familiar with Saadi's sweet words since childhood, and now Saadi's words are one of the most important pillars of Tajik school and university curricula."

The President of the National University of Tajikistan called Saadi a poet and writer with a high and exceptional position at the national and international levels and said: "The passage of centuries has not only reduced his position but also increased it. Saadi's best-known works are Bustan (The Orchard) completed in 1257 and Gulistan (The Rose Garden) completed in 1258. Bustan is entirely in verse. It consists of stories aptly illustrating the standard virtues recommended to Muslims (justice, liberality, modesty, contentment) and reflections on the behavior of dervishes and their ecstatic practices."

Gulistan is mainly in prose and contains stories and personal anecdotes. The text is interspersed with a variety of short poems which contain aphorisms, advice, and humorous reflections, demonstrating Saadi's profound awareness of the absurdity of human existence. The fate of those who depend on the changeable moods of kings is contrasted with the freedom of the dervishes.


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