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Some two hundred and fty years ago the great King Ahmad Shah Durrani ruled Afghanistan. His magni cent empire extended from eastern Iran to northern India, and from the Amu Darya to the Indian Ocean. Known to his people as Ahmad Shah Baba (Ahmad Shah our Father), the king was an outstanding general and a just ruler.

LONG, LONG AGO in a land as far from here as the sun, yet as near to you as your breath, if you had wandered to the outskirts of a certain town, you would have come across a small house set in a well-tended garden. It was the home of a poor young man called Alim and his wife, Aisha.

This is a tale of two princes and their destinies. Prince Hoshyar gains rank and fortune by supervising the construction of huge metallic fishes that perform wondrous tasks and bring riches to the people of his land. His brother, Prince Tambal, is interested only in a wooden horse that he obtains from a humble carpenter. But the horse is a magical one. It carries the rider, if he is sincere, to his heart’s desire. One day Prince Tambal disappears on the magic horse. He is away a long time and has many exciting adventures before he obtains his heart’s desire and can return home.

Once, in a city in the Farthest West, there lived a girl called Fatima. She was the daughter of a prosperous spinner, who taught her to spin. One day her father said to her, “Come, daughter, we are going on a journey, for I have business in the islands of the Middle Sea. Perhaps you may find some handsome youth in a good situation whom you could take as husband.”

Once upon a time, when flies flew backwards and the sun was cool, there was a country called Hich-Hich, which means “nothing at all.” 
This country had a king, and it also had a queen.

One day, an eagle was flying high in the sky and decided to stop for a rest. He swooped down and landed — where do you think?

ONCE UPON A TIME, when the moon grew on a tree and ants were fond of pickles, there was a lovely brown fox.

So the parents called him “Benaam,” which means “Nameless” in the language of that country. For he was a boy without a name.


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"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel." ~ Socrates
"If your tree brings the fruit of knowledge / it shall bring the sky down to the earth” - Nasir Khusraw (1004 – 1088 AD)
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. -- Herbert Spencer
Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave. -- Hadith
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ― William Arthur Ward
Asking good questions is half of learning. -- Sufi saying
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well. ― Aristotle
Enlightenment must come little by little-otherwise it would overwhelm. -- Idries Shah
We were scared. But school was where we wanted to be. -- Shabana Basij-Rasikh, Afghan education activist
Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim, male and female. -- Hadith
Education is a living treasure for all humankind. ~ Ehsan Ullah, Founder, Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies
I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
A teacher is a candle that burns to enlighten others. ~ Afghan proverb
There is a path to the top of the highest mountain. ~ Afghan proverb
Drop by drop a river is made. ~ Afghan proverb
We should all attempt to acquire as much knowledge as possible in order that we may render our services to society in the manner of the women of early Islam. -- Queen Soraya of Afghanistan, 1926
If you learn even one word more than yesterday, you will be totally a different person.