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Unformatted text preview: e would also successfully capture their hearts. A thought... With gentleness and interpersonal skills, we can achieve our objectives. 47 (8) Enjoy the skills These skills give us physical pleasure, and I do not mean by this the pleasure of the Hereafter only. Rather, it is that pleasure one actually feels in this world. So enjoy these skills and practise them with the old, young, rich, poor, near or far. Use these skills with them in order to guard yourself from their harm, to earn their love, or to rectify them. `Ali bin al-Jahm was a very eloquent poet, but he was a Bedouin. The only life he knew was the desert life. The Caliph, al-Mutawakkil, was very powerful. People would go to visit him and return with whatever they wished. One day, `Ali bin al-Jahm entered Baghdad and it was said to him, "Whoever praises the Caliph is bestowed with honour and gifts." `Ali became excited and went to the Caliph's palace. There he saw the poets reciting their poems in praise of the Caliph and returning with gifts. Al-Mutawakkil was known for his authority, awe and power. `Ali began to praise the Caliph with a poem in which he likened him to a dog, a goat and a bucket, whilst other poets likened him to the sun, the moon and the mountains! The Caliph became angry, and his guards unsheathed their swords and prepared to strike off his neck. But then, the Caliph 48 Enjoy the skills 8 realised that `Ali bin al-Jahm was from the desert and that his personality and poetic taste was shaped accordingly. He decided to change his personality, so he ordered his men to house him in a section of the palace, be treated with kindness and be given all the available pleasures. Al-Jahm tasted some of these bounties and sat on couches side by side with eloquent poets and authors for seven months. One day, as the Caliph was sitting in his nightly gathering, he remembered `Ali bin al-Jahm, so he sent for him. When al-Jahm finally came to him, he said, "Sing some verses to me, O `Ali bin al-Jahm!" Al-Jahm began to move emotions using soft and...
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