Thursday, 22 May 2008

Utilize your youth before it becomes spoiled
And the health of your body before it becomes sick;
And the days of your life before you die
For the one who lives will not live long;
And utilize your free time
Let your nights be spent in some work;
And put something forth, as every man is travelling towards
That which he has put forth…

al-Khatib al-Baghdadi’s ‘Iqtida’ al-’Ilm al-’Amal’ (p. 43-47), in the chapter titled ‘Rushing to Deeds Before One’s Youth and Health Disappear’