“Baby, you been driving me crazy, Can you be my lady? Can you be my baby, baby driving me crazy,” Boston’s Boy, a.k.a Sammy Adams, proclaims in his song, Driving Me Crazy. In the song he references the emotional throes he is forced to undergo, now that he has fallen in love with this ‘baby’. In the first part of Yusuf and Zulaikha, her experience’s match very closely those of Boston’s Boy’s.
A stark contrast is provided between Zulaikha before and after her dream about Yusuf. Such exaggerations as, “Never had her heart been oppressed even by the slightest sorrow; never had a thorn so much a s scratched her foot,” mark the tranquility in her life before the dream (pg. 13). But once she has glimpsed Yusuf through her dreams, she enters a deep distress. As Zulaikha is gripped by her love for this beautiful man, she is described as, “her heart languished in silent lamentation” (pg. 15) , “pierced to the heart, Zulaikha collapsed like a hunted animal” (pg.22), and “Zulaikha was wounded to the depths of her being” (pg.27).
Jami however, does not seem to condone or condemn love. What it shows here is that the act of falling in love is never a simple one. Zulaikha also goes through incredible moments of bliss when she sees Yusuf in her dreams, and feels the same sense of passion and elation when she finally does end up seeing him. And before her dream, Zulaikha lives quite an extravagant life, but one that seems to drag on monotonously for the foreseeable future. There is no excitement. So I think what Jami is trying to express here is not disapproval necessarily, but instead a tribute to the emotional roller coaster ride that is falling in love.