Proverb in Nasta'liq Script
Calligraphy by Ali Riza Khan, Indian
In this proverb, written in Arabic, greed is condemned and conquest is lauded. As Iran converted to Islam in the seventh century, the Arabic alphabet replaced the older Persian alphabet, but the Persian language retained its grammatical forms. In India, Persian was often used when composing poetry or documenting government affairs, while Arabic was the language of religion.