Photo: A miniature of Nizami's work. Layla and Majnun meet for the last time before their deaths. Both have fainted and Majnun's elderly messenger attempts to revive Layla while wild animals protect the pair from unwelcome intruders. Late 16th-century illustration.
O God, Your mercy is a boundless ocean:
I would be satisfied with only one drop of it.
If the impurity of all sinful creatures
Were to be immersed but once in that vast expanse,
It would not darken such a timeless ocean:
Rather, the work of the world would turn into light!
Source & Recommended Reading:
Sharafuddin Maneri: The Hundred Letters
by Sharafuddin Maneri (Author), Paul Jackson (Translator), Syed Hasan Askari (Introduction)
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