The more faithful you are with people, the more deceived they are

Saudi poet Saad bin Jadlan passed away few days ago after almost reaching the age of seventy

Turki Aldakhil
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God bless the soul of the great Saudi poet, Saad bin Jadlan, who passed away few days ago after almost reaching the age of seventy.

This brilliant Southern poet surpassed his contemporaries, and perhaps even his predecessors, not only with his wisdom, and the beauty of his poetry but because he was the only poet who was never hated by anyone. He did not write even a single satirical poem, according his friend the poet Zen bin Omair.


This is a lesson from Saad bin Jadlan Al-aklabi for the coming generations. Many believe that the wisest of his poems reflected his life experiences in fighting poverty and looking for better ways of living. Here is an example:

“The more faithful you are with people more they are ungrateful!
Your hands full of truthfulness might not to get in return
Learn to Love yourself...."

Many believe that the wisest of Saad bin Jadlan poems reflected his life experiences, his fight against poverty and looking for better ways of living

Turki Al-Dakhil

Poetry and humility

Ben Jadlan reached high ranks as a poet yet he was a very humble man, and considered himself a beginner.

He also wrote about love:

"I felt in love and passed through all its stages......
Like the Arab Afghans in Kandahar
Fighting or not fighting turned out to be the same
Love came to me and I accepted its invitation…"

How beautiful and expressive are his writings about life experiences and lessons especially when he wrote:

If God closed one door, he will open a lot of other doors for you!

This article was first published in Okaz on May 2, 2016.
Turki Al-Dakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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