The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. There were two Arabic versions of the story at the time. In the other version, upon seeing Layla he fell in a most passionate love with her. In both versions, however, he went mad when her father prevented him from marrying her; for that reason he came to be called Majnun Layla, which means "Driven mad by Layla". To him were attributed a variety of incredibly passionate romantic Arabic poems, considered among the foremost examples of the Udhari school. As a poet, he began to say poems mentioning his love for her and mentioning her name.
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But just how intense can love be? No one knows the answer, and examples of such a love are rare. But whenever one talks about the depth of love, the intensity of passion, two names almost immediately come to mind- Laila and Majnu.
The love story of Laila and Majnu is a very famous one and is no less than a legend. Even today, people know them as Laila Majnu; the "and" in between is missing. They were two in flesh, but one in spirit. It is based on the real story of a young man called Qays ibn al-Mullawah from the northern Arabian Peninsula, in the Umayyad era during the 7th century.
The love story of "Laila and Majnu" is an eternal one albeit a tragic one. Laila was a beautiful girl born in a rich family. Being no less than a princess, she was expected to marry a wealthy boy and live in grandeur and splendor.
But love is born from the heart; it knows no rules. Laila fell in love with Qays and he too loved her dearly. Qays was a poet and belonged to the same tribe as Laila. He composed splendid love poems and dedicated them to his lady-love, telling in them his love for her and mentioning her name often.
But such taunts had no effect on Qays. He was deeply in love with Laila and it was her thoughts alone that possesed his mind for all time. One day, he went up to them and put the big question before them. But Qays was a poor lad. It would mean a scandal for Laila according to Arab traditions. As fate would have it, the two lovers were banished from seeing each other. When Qays heard of her marriage he was heartbroken. He fled the tribe camp and wandered in the surrounding desert.
His family eventually gave up on his return and left food for him in the wilderrness. Day and night, he pined for her. Laila was no better. Seperated from Qays, she was shattered in mind, body and spirit. Not long afterwards, in AD, she moved to Iraq with her husband, where she fell ill and died eventually.
But they could not find him. Not much later, their search for him came to an end. On a rock near the grave, he had carved three verses of poetry, which are the last three verses ascribed to him. Qays went mad for his love; for this reason he came to be called "Majnu", or "Majnun Layla", which means "Driven mad by Layla".
Such a love is hard to find today. So if ever you love someone, try to love like these two did. Even today, lovers swear by their name. It is their love affair that has made Laila and Majnu immortal in the accounts of great love stories.
Laila Majnu Love Story: The Inspiring Real Life Tale
Layla and Majnun. Images from the Heritage Museum. From my early youth I have been intrigued by the love story of Majnun and Layla, two young lovers from Bedouin Arabia. I remember very well that during long, cold winter nights in Kabul, in the s, my mother would tell us the remarkable story of these two lovers, their intense, splendid romance, and their endless plights leading to their heartrending deaths. Years later, as a student of literature, I read the Persian romance of Laili and Majnun by Nezami Ganjawi CE and then came across several reworkings of this amazing romance. As the two grow older, the intensity of their love increases. The marriage never consummates as Layla insists on preserving her chastity.
The Story of Layla and Majnun
But just how intense can love be? No one knows the answer, and examples of such a love are rare. But whenever one talks about the depth of love, the intensity of passion, two names almost immediately come to mind- Laila and Majnu. The love story of Laila and Majnu is a very famous one and is no less than a legend. Even today, people know them as Laila Majnu; the "and" in between is missing. They were two in flesh, but one in spirit.
The Story of Layla and Majnun: The Idealization of Love
He soon began composing poems about his love for her, mentioning her name often. His unselfconscious efforts to woo the girl caused some locals to call him "Majnun. He was described as a handsome man with reddish complexion whose name was Ward Althaqafi. The Arabs called him Ward, meaning "rose" in Arabic. When Majnun heard of her marriage, he fled the tribal camp and began wandering the surrounding desert. His family eventually gave up hope for his return and left food for him in the wilderness.
The Love Story of Laila and Majnu
He was sure of this love on the very first day he laid eyes upon her at school. He soon began to write beautiful love poems about Layla and he would read them out loud on street corners to anybody who would care to listen. Such passionate displays of love and devotion caused many to refer to the boy as Majnun, meaning madman. Such a marriage, the father reasoned, would only cause a scandal. Instead, Layla was promised to another. Majnun was overcome with grief and abandoned his home and family and disappeared into the wilderness. He lived a miserable life of solitude among the wild animals, spending his days composing poems to his beloved Layla.