There’s nothing we love more than a good read, especially when it has been recommended to us. And now, Prime Minister Imran Khan has recommended the youth of the country to indulge in reading the famed book by Elif Shafik, The Forty Rules of Love; in his attempt to bring them closer to Islam.
Imran Khan, who is an avid user of social media, took to his Instagram account to share a post about the book after reading it. He had said that the book had deeply inspired him especially because it was about divine love.
“This October I suggest our youth to read The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak,” he penned. “An inspirational book about divine love, Sufism, Rumi and his Murshid Shams Tabriz. I read it a few years back and was deeply inspired,” the premier wrote as he shared a picture of the book with a revamped cover.
The book has been written by well known Turkish writer Elif Shafik and was published back in 2009. The book narrates the story of love between between Maulana Jalal-Ud-Din, popularly known as Rumi and his companion Shams Tabrizi. It reveals how Shams transformed a scholar into a Sufi through love.
“Elif Shafak unfolds two tantalising parallel narratives — one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century, when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, the whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabriz — that together incarnate the poet’s timeless message of love,” the book’s review says on Amaznon.
It looks like premier Imran Khan has indulged in sharing his love for reading with the youth of the country as he recommended that the youth read the famous book ‘Lost Islamic History’ in May when the country was in the midst of the Coronavirus lockdown. He said the book would allow readers to engage in insightful and enlightening reading. Taking to Twitter, Khan had said that the book elaborates on the rich history of the Islamic civilisations and the factors that led to their decline.
“A great read for our youth during lockdown days. An excellent brief history of the driving force that made Islamic civilisation the greatest of its time and then the factors behind its decline,” the premier wrote on twitter.
A great read for our youth during lockdown days. An excellent brief history of the driving force that made Islamic civilisation the greatest of its time and then the factors behind its decline. pic.twitter.com/XdTSLFmIjj
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 1, 2020