The Role of the Pen

The Role of the Pen


Imam Sadiq (a) has said: I have not seen anything weeping as beautifully as a pen when it smiles.‌

 

لَمْ أَرَ باكِيًا أَحْسَنَ تَبَسُّمًا مِنَ القَلَمِ!

 

 

Imam Ṣādiq (Ýa) has said: I have not seen anything weeping as beautifully as a pen when it smiles.[1]

Brief Commentary:

The pen is an amazing means of the expression of various human emotions and points of wisdom. It can be said that the pen is what gave rise to the concept of civilization and it is what allows society to function in such a smooth fashion. The pen expresses the pain that the people feel and it also expresses the vitality and life that is within them. It is the medium that expresses love, excitement, sorrow, and the very beauty of life.

At the same time, if this pen falls in to the hands of unworthy individuals, it weeps blood rather than ink, and its smile transforms in to a cruel smirk which helps unseat the highest of human values and morals.

 

[1] From the book: LaṭāÞif wa ẒarāÞif.

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