Voron, can I please, please
skip these walls of text at the end of every unit about Islam And You?
This shit is way beyond my level. It's like a first-year Russian student trying to read Война и миръ
in the original, complete with pre-reform spelling, by looking up every word in a dictionary.
I tried translating most of the text for Lesson 12, and it makes zero sense.
This book may be less advanced that what we've been using for Kurmanji so far, but at least the Kurmanji book doesn't include long theological treatises.
That being said, here's the nonsense I got:
The human soul gets bored with seriousness and work, and a lot of work makes it bored, so the precepts of Islam allow the human to revive himself with permissible entertainment from time to time and to engage in permissible leisure activities, as long as he returns to his normal state with physical (bodily), spiritual, and intellectual benefits and resumes his activity in life and it pursues him harder in work and worship.
We have a good example in the Prophet of God, may God honor Him and grant Him peace, and he laughed and joked with his remark about the faithful.
His companions told him, with God's approval on them, "You play with us!"
and He, peace and prayers be upon him, said, "I do not speak the truth."
According to Him, may God honor Him and grant Him peace, the wife of an old Ansari came and said, "I ask God to put me in Hell." He said to her, "O mother of someone, you do not enter Hell as an old person," and the woman began to weep; however, He thought she was smiling and said to her, "God, may He be exalted, said, 'We have created them a new creation and made them virgins, lovers, friends.'"
And a man came to ask Him to give him alms in the form of a camel, and the Prophet, may God honor Him and grant Him peace, said to him, "I will carry you to the son of the she-camel." The man said to Him, "O Prophet of God, what will I do with the son of a she-camel?" and the Prophet, may God honor Him and grant Him peace, said to him, "Do camels give birth to she-camels?!"
His companions, may God be pleased with them, were serious and working hard but playing among themselves and reviving themselves by practicing some permissible activities, but that didn't decrease the amounts of work they did.
Ali bin Abi Talib says, "If hearts get bored like bodies do, then they want a change in routine."
Islam endorses leisure activities but doesn't agree regarding their quantity, morality, and etiquette.
It doesn't make the practice of leisure activity its goal or make use of pastimes, but rather makes use of the investment of pastimes for resuming activity and to help with (the struggles of) life.
Permitting leisure does not mean that life becomes all play or that a happy spirit overcomes a serious one. Thus, elements of strength vanish, and Muslims fall behind in the undertaking of their duties. It is performed among them based on factors of love and brotherhood.
Society greets it obliviously and frivolously, but life is more precious than vanishing into frivolous entertainment.
It is considered invalid in the void from its past.
Is anyone interested in working through Munther Younes's Tales from Kalila wa Dimna
Yes, please, anything but what I just tried to do for almost a week!
Also, are you really still "away until further notice"? I sooooo want to pick your brains for every language you know, but especially Persian!