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Sa'adi Poem placed at the Entrance of the United Nations Building NYC

Mona Kiani

Fun Fact:
New York is MY FAV CITY in the world.
and on my travels I visited the UN building on Manhattan
guess what I found out?
There is 
a Persian poem written by Saadi 
at the entrance!
Rhyming translations by M. Aryanpoor:
     Human beings are members of a whole,
     In creation of one essence and soul.
     If one member is afflicted with pain,
     Other members uneasy will remain.
     If you've no sympathy for human pain,
     The name of human you cannot retain!
بنى‌آدم اعضای یک پیکرند
که در آفرینش ز یک گوهرند
چو عضوى به درد آورَد روزگار
دگر عضوها را نمانَد قرار
تو کز محنت دیگران بی‌غمی
نشاید که نامت نهند آدمی


Persian carpet with Saadi poem at United Nations

Image Credit: Wikipedia

baní 'Ádam a'zá-ye yek peykar-and
ke dar 'áfarín-aš ze yek gowhar-and
čo 'ozvī be dard āvarad rūzgār
degar 'ozvhā-rā na-mānad qarār
to k-az mehnat-ē dīgarān bīqam-ī
na-šāyad ke nām-at nahand ādamī

Bani aadam aazaye yek digarand
ke dar aafarinesh ze yek gooharand

cho ozvi be dard aavarad roozegaar
degar ozvhaa raa namaanad gharaar

to kaz mehnate digaraan bi ghami
nashaayad ke naamat nahand aadami


Persian Carpet Can you read Persian Farsi

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  • Ruhá on

    Thank you very much, Mona joon ❤️ your site came first, while searching for this particular poem by Saadi!

  • DK on

    By any chance, do you happen to have a picture of this?

  • Zahir Anwar on

    Simply superb….

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