is one of those specials words which lends itself across cultures and languages as a term of endearment and affection meaning, love, dear, heart, and life in East Asia. Arab/Persian:
In Arabic, jan
represents beloved one
The Persian origins of this word mean life,
equivalent to the Punjabi and Hindi
definition. Calling a person your jaan,
in comparison to the Arab and Persian culture, in South East Asian countries is an act of true love and intimiacy, and not used as liberally as the Persian connotation. Its true origins stem from Sanskrit.
you often refer to the person you are in love with as “meri jaan
[meh-ree jan],” also meaning my life, and my dear. It has a deeper emotional meaning than merely calling someone your love, or sweetheart; it is used in the essence of true love. (via wordsnquotes
al-Ḥaytham ibn Jamīl said:
الإمام مالك أنه سئل عن ثماني وأربعين مسألة فقال في اثنين وثلاثين منها: لا أدري
❝I heard Imām Mālik being asked about 48 questions and he replied to 32 of them by saying: ‘I don’t know.’❞
(Ibn ʿAbd al-Barr, Jāmiʿ bayān al-ʿilm wa faḍlihi: vol. 2, pg. 25)
Great wisdom. We can improve much better if we all stop claiming we know everything and then we’d finally learn… and even get to understand each other better.
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