Slogans of the Sage
Reviving India’s Pluralism
A coffee table book for promoting Indian Pluralism
Religion is an ironic concept. It forms the foundations for moral standards, love and tolerance. Yet, it’s also one of the most prominent defining factors for war and violence worldwide. Many people say, “Actions speak louder than words”. This book was written to prove otherwise.
Slogans of the Sage, inspired by the life and message Sayyid Shihab – the late Indian Statesman and Philanthropist respected and adored by the masses- was compiled to rewire our mind and outlook, promoting pluralism and tolerance as the beauty of humanity. He was a national icon respected and adored by the masses.
The book is laced with powerful messages that hold the power to change lives – especially when shared via today’s thriving Social Platforms. Each quote promotes mutual respect and tolerance in modern society, particularly upon the youth ready to lead the next generation.
Mujeeb Jaihoon, the acclaimed author, has carefully handpicked spine-tingling quotes, flawlessly accompanied by soul-stirring illustrations engineered to invigorate the heart, mind and spirit. Jaihoon has earned an undeniable reputation for being able to transport his readers into another world where divinity is the protagonist and spiritual worldviews form the fascinating plot.
Rahul Gandhi, president of Indian National Congress, reading Slogans of the Sage, collection of aphorisms by Sayyid Shihab Thangal
Slogans of the Sage is a definitive antidote against the growing violent and hate-spewing tendencies. Indulge in a book that holds more than just a point of view, but a global purpose.
While most leaders are remembered for their eloquent and fiery speeches, Sayyid Shihab will be remembered for his brevity and meek smile. This “great son of Kerala” remained unapologetically committed to India’s pluralism and democratic values. With his vast knowledge and commitment to Sufi traditions, he furthered the call of communal amity through his speeches and writings. While Sayyid is no longer with us physically, his powerful messages live on in the hearts of millions of Indians.
As an unconventional politician, Sayyid was mildly and miserly-spoken. Hence, Slogans of the Sage.
Mujeeb Jaihoon is one of Sayyid Shihab’s most devoted followers, who always held a deep-seated respect for the politician and tireless humanitarian. This book is his riveting tribute to one of the saintly sages of this age.
Sayyid Shihab’s passing has been a bitter sweet reality for those who knew and respected him. This noble, widely-respected statesman and leader of millions appealed to more hearts in his life than most humanists combined. Such was his love for humanity and his concern for everyone whose path ever crossed his. He fought for the rights of the oppressed, standing firmly for female empowerment. He will forever be remembered as “the voice of democratic secular principles”, as well as a practitioner of secular solidarity. He spent his life furthering his studies and proving that there is never enough knowledge to be absorbed. A noble and humble politician and leader of masses, he had a following of millions in India and worldwide. Apart from living his life as an inspiring soul who played a massive role in millions of lives, Sayyid Shihab was incredibly fond of reading.
It is with this in mind that Slogans of the Sage was conceived – offering insightful wisdom stemming from the life of Sayyid Muhammad Ali Shihab, celebrating his memories and empowering lifestyle; something vitally important in today’s self-destructive society. We live in a challenging era, with intolerant humans, war, and selfishness. By taking a step back and examining Sayyid’s selfless, giving ways, we can promote more peace and tolerance worldwide – turning lessons from the past into an abundant future – just the way Sayyid would have wanted.
Sayyid Shihab was mildly and miserly-spoken. Hence, Slogans of the Sage.
Mujeeb Jaihoon is a UAE-based Indian author and speaker. Timeless wisdom from the past is the root of Jaihoon’s passion. He is also a regular speaker, covering various pressing societal issues involving education, self-actualization and women empowerment.
Illustration: Shiyas Ahmad Hudawi