Cuirtear an Fáidh Almustafa in aithne dúinn i dtosach an leabhair. Dosaen bliain atá sé ag feitheamh leis an long a thabharfaidh abhaile é. Sula n-imíonn sé, iarrann cuid d'áitreabhaigh na cathrach Orfalaís air a thuiscint do choincheapa áirithe a roinnt leo den uair dheireanach ("Labhair linn faoi..."). Tugann an Fáidh 26 seanmóir uaidh a bhaineann le buncheisteanna na beatha, is e sin an grá, an pósadh, leanaí, déirc, ithe is ól, obair, áthas is brón, tithe, éadach, díol agus ceannach, coiriúlacht agus pionós, dlíthe, saoirse, réasún agus paisean, pian, féin-eolas, teagasc, cairdeas, caint, am, maith is olc, paidreoireacht, pléisiúr, áilleacht, reiligiún, agus i ndeireadh na dála, an bás. Sa chaibidil dheireanach, tá ceist cad is brí le brí fite fuaite ina bhriathra scoir.
The Prophet is a book of 26 fables written in English prose poetry by the Lebanese-American poet and philosopher Kahlil Gibran. It was first published in 1923 and is Gibran's best known work. The Prophet has been translated into over 100 languages, making it one of the most translated books in history. It has never been out of print.
The narrative introduces us to the Prophet Almustafa, who has waited twelve years for his ship, which will finally take him back to his homeland. Before leaving, some inhabitants of the city of Orphalese ask him to convey to them his insights on various topics for the last time ("Speak to us of..."). The Prophet relates 26 sermons that deal with basic questions of human life, namely love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punish-ment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and finally death. In the final chapter, Almustafa interweaves a discussion about the question of meaning into his parting words.
Traschruthaithe ag Gabriel Rosenstock