Ер - артық сұраса да азға разы болады, ез - аз сұрар, артылтып берсең де разы болмас
Дүниеде жалғыз қалған адам - өлген адаммен тең: қапашылықтың бәрі соның басында
The twelfth word 30 September, 1892

The twelfth word

Abai Kunanbaev is the Shakesphere of Kazakh literature. His Book of Words, «Kara Sozder», created by the great thinker constitute an ethnic philosophical work. This creation of his is an exploration of Kazakh national life in the second half of the 19th century. He influenced social affairs in the country where he lived.

We wouldn’t dare to condemn the man who does one or another thing, remaining pious.

We are impressed with its clean, good intention, and we regret only that this person does not possess the knowledge. It’s not enough to be only God fearing and a good thing if people always remember the two necessary conditions: first - a belief in the power of faith, the second - the desire to know its meaning. If anyone came to believe that he learned the meaning of religion and life, and stopped to learn, let them know - his piety is not real. The men who wear a turban and call themselves as the followers of fasting and prayer, believing this to be the main in worship are worthy of condemnation, because they do not think about the rise of the soul, but only look for satisfaction and peace of mind. There is no true faith without zeal and abstention of its servants, without emotions and fighting for its purity and sublimity.

Абай Құнанбайұлы

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