The following is a translation of a poem by the renowned Persian poet Hafez (q.s.). It deals with the consequences of a life that is controlled by fear. The metaphor of “the cheapest room in house” represents how such a life puts one in wretched conditions, and how this can be overcome by cultivating hope in order to live “in better conditions”. While fear is important for keeping us alert and careful in our daily lives, we must be mindful that other emotions are equally important. Mawlana Rumi (q.s.) wrote: “Allah (swt) turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.” . We must engage with the world and confront our fears if we are to truly live.
Fear is the Cheapest Room in the House
By Hafez (q.s.) [ ]